Rank: Lance Sergeant
Number: 265612
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 31 July 1917
Age: 22
Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial

Ernest had been born in the parish of St George's C of E Church, Stockport. He was the son of Abram T Clarke who, in 1918, lived at 15 Rae Street, Edgeley and, later, at 125 Northgate Road, Stockport.

Ernest was a printer, working in the composing room of the Stockport Advertiser and Cheshire daily Echo. He was a member of the choir at St Thomas' Church, Wellington Road South.

The press reported that he had enlisted in September 1914 and it was possible that he was a pre-war member of the territorial battalion. Its early months of war service are described here. On 31 July 1917, Ernest took part in an attack on the first day of the Third Battle of Ypres. He was originally posted as missing. It was not until June 1918 that the army made the presumption that he must have been killed. His body was never recovered and identified and, as with men that day, he is commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing at Ieper.

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