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His service record lists his next of kin as his mother, Louisa Ann King of 217 Windmill Lane, Sneinton. He was her youngest son. 1901 census: John William (50, occupation police officer) and Louisa Ann King (43, b. 1857) of 21 Devon Street, Nottingham; children John Robert (18), George Henry (16), Arthur Sydney (14), Maud Alice (12), Charles Ernest (3, b. March 1898). John Robert had been born in Upper Langwith, Derbyshire, but his siblings had all been born in Nottingham. At the time of the 1911 census, Louisa was a widow living at 217 Windmill Lane, with three children in the household, John Robert (28), Maude Alice (22) and Charles Ernest (13).
Member of 2nd Nottingham Company Boys' Brigade (Dakeyne Street Lads' Club). In 1911 Charles was an errand boy, his occupation at enlistment was given as tailors' presser.
03 May 1917
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8th Bn East Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of York's Own)
Attested 24 June 1916 aged 18 years and 203 days and mobilized 12 December 1916 to Sherwood Foresters, 68420 Private. Transferred to West Yorkshire Regiment, 47089 Private (possible date 20 February 1917). To France 1 March 1917 and posted to West Yorkshire Regiment 16th Bn on 2 March 1917. Transferred 18 April 1917 to the East Yorkshire Regiment 8th Bn, 28802 Private. Reported wounded and missing 3 May 1917 but his death was not confirmed until the following year. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.
Nottingham Post notice (abridged), 4 March 1918: 'King. Missing May 3rd 1917, now reported killed, Private Charles Ernest youngest son of the late Pc. King, 217 Windmill Lane, age 19. Mother, brothers John, George and Sydney, sister Alice.
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