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Private E W Clark


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Private Ernest William CLARK, G/5910, 6th  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, death presumed on or after 3rd July  1916.

Born Sittingbourne, Kent, son of Nicholas & Grace Clark, 33,Taunton Road, Northfleet, Kent.


1911 Census - 6 Galley Hill Road, Northfleet, Kent - Nicholas Clark, head, age 72, married, shipwright, unemployed, born Rye, Sussex; Grace Clark, wife, age 67, married 43 years, 6 children, 3 still alive, born Sittingbourne, Kent; Edward James Clark, son, age 37, single, labourer, engine fitting, cable works, born Milton, Sittingbourne, Kent; Ernest William Clark, son, age 34, single, stoker, paper works, born Milton, Sittingbourne, Kent; Edith Grace Clark, daughter, age 27, single, chemistry, patent medicines, born Northfleet, Kent.


Enlisted Woolwich, Kent, age 35 years & 215 days, height 5ft 10 inches, weight 135lbs, teeth deficient.  Resided 6 Galley Hill Road, Northfleet, Kent. Formerly stoker.

Home 9th March 1915 to 7th June 1916; BEF 8th June 1916 to 3rd July 1916.

9th March 1915, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 13th March 1915, absconded; 25th October 1915, in custody of Civil Powers; 5th November 1915, District Court Martial, When on Active Service, deserting His Majesty's service, sentenced to 84? days detention, all former service forfeited, now reckons from 5th November 1915; 14th January 1916, Wandsworth Detention Barracks, report, remission earned 13 days out of 14. Remarks, "I have doubts whether this man is responsible for his deeds, he seems deficient in intellect, though doing his best."

15th January 1916, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 9th May 1916, awarded 14 days Field Punishment No.2. for nor complying with an order; 8th June 1916, posted BEF & 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 8th June 1916, embarked; 9th June 1916, disembarked; 20th June 1916, joined Battalion in the Field; 25th June 1916, In the Field, eating his emergency ration without permission, continually late falling in Parade, 10 days confined to Barracks; 3rd July 1916, posted missing.

28th July 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, Nicholas Clark, 33,Taunton Road, Northfleet, Kent; Mother, Grace Clark, 33,Taunton Road, Northfleet, Kent; Brother, Edward James Clark, age 45, 33,Taunton Road, Northfleet, Kent; Sister, Edith Grace Clark, age 36, 33,Taunton Road, Northfleet, Kent.

Commemorated at  Thiepval Memorial, Pier & Face 11C, Somme, France.


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