Library of Canada. 1901 Census for Canada.
The 1901 Census for Canada shows us that the Cleverdon family were living in East York, Toronto. Head of the family is shown as Robert age 35 born 16th July 1866 of English origin, a Conductor for the Railroad by trade. His wife is Kate age 35 born 15th November 1865 of Irish origin and sons Albert age 13 born 20th January 1887, John age 8 born 22nd April 1893, Reginald age 7 born 7th July 1896, Ernest age 3 born 9th August 1897 and Frank age 1 born 3rd April 1899.
Moving on 10 years the 1911 Census reveals that the Cleverdon family were living at 43 Swaimmin St. South York, Toronto. There had been some additions to the family in the form of three daughters, Ethel age 7 born September 1903, Catherine age 5 born May 1906 and Olive age 1 born July 1910.
All the Cleverdon’s sons were still at home the elder sons having employment, Albert is shown to be a Cutter by trade working in a Factory, John, a Clerk by trade and Reginald, a Plumber.
Library and Archives of Canada Service Files of 1st WW 1914-1918.
Attestation Papers for Private 3036629 Ernest Norton Cleverdon.
Ernest Norton Cleverdon enlisted into Canadian Reserve Cavalry Regiment on 11th November 1917 in Toronto Canada, he gave his trade as Stenographer and his next of kin as Mrs Kate Cleverdon (Mother).
After training in Canada, Ernest spent some time on the Military Headquarters staff in Toronto where he had the misfortune to be kicked by a horse while at Stanley Barracks, Ernest set sail for England on board the S.S. Bellerophon and arrived on 15th August 1918 and was posted to Seacliffe Camp.
Ernest remained at Seacliffe Camp until 28th November 1918 when he was transferred to Borden Camp in Hampshire then onto Kinmel Camp in Rhyl when hostilities were coming to a close.
Kinmel Park Camp was a segregation camp used to house Canadian Soldiers awaiting repatriation to Canada after the end of WW1. Unfortunately the conditions at that time were extremely harsh with a lack of every kind of commodity, the camp was overcrowded and the services were poor, there were shortages of clothing, food and blankets. As a result of this situation, a vast number of servicemen and women became ill and many succumbed to the Influenza Epidemic or complications associated with this infection.
Sadly Ernest contracted Pneumonia and died at the 9th General Hospital, Kinmel Camp at 6am on 18th February 1919
He was buried at St. Margaret’s Cemetery, Bodelwyddan.
He is commemorated on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.
Ernest’s five brothers all served in WW1.