Monday, December 20, 2010

Sapper Ernest Clarke - 172350

According to his attestation papers dated August 17, 1915 at Toronto, Ernest Clarke (mistakenly spelled "Clark" on the monument) was born January 9, 1880 in Leicester, England.  He listed his wife, Lillian Clarke, Sixth Street, New Toronto as his next of kin.  He was a fireman and indicated that he had served with the Royal Engineers for eight years.  He was 34 years, 11 1/2 months of age and stood 5 feet 8 inches in height.  He had blue eyes, black hair and a dark complexion.  He had a tattoo on his chest of a "heart hanging from a bunch of flowers".  He was a member of the Church of England.

He was a member of the 2nd Battalion of Canadian Engineers when he was killed on July 22, 1918. According to the CEF burial register he was killed accidently when he was one of a small party taping out a trench.  An anti-aircraft dud shell was on the ground in his way.  He picked it up and threw it away and when it hit the ground it exploded killing him.  

He is buried in the Duisans British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.  He was listed as the son of Albert and Elizabeth Clarke of Leicester, England; husband of Lily Clarke (nee Brant), of 142 Seventh St., New Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  

 articles courtesy of the Canadian Virtual War Memorial

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