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Camberwell and St John’s the Divine in Kennington, not that far from the De Laune Institute. Eventually Earnest was accepted into the army and served in the 4 East th Kent Territorial (based at Canterbury) as a 2 Lieutenant. Earnest joined nd the Buffs in March 1917. He had previously been in the 16 London Regiment th (Queen’s Westminster Rifles)* into which he volunteered in 1916 and was th subsequently commissioned. He died in France on 14 June 1917, killed by shell fire in the evening of that day whilst leading his platoon. He is buried at Chester Farm Cemetery, Zillebeke. The portrait of our President is dated 1916, and Alured was in the 24th (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (The Queen's), and serving as Hon. Colonel. Their Headquarters were at 71, New Street, Kennington. The De Laune Institute was at number 22 New Street (now Braganza Street). I think we can conclude from all this that Alured and Earnest were acquainted prior to the commissioning of the portrait. *In the Great War two of our club members, who lost their lives, Frank Reed and Percy Tibbles were both serving in the 16 Battalion, Queens th Westminster Rifles, and another member, Arthur Williams, died whilst serving in the Buffs (East Kent). Thank you once again Alured for sending the photos to us and I hope the above will be of interest to you. Malcolm 9
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