SPURGE, Ernest Clements

1863 - 1949

Born at Church Street, Great Coggeshall, Essex in 1863, son of William Spurge, a lace manufacturer employing 50 people, and his second wife wife Charlotte née Clements, who married at Portsea Island, Hampshire on 12 December 1860. William's first wife was Judith Emma Johnson, lace manufacturer, who married at Islington, London in 1845 and who died at Coggeshall in 1859, when her hairdresser husband took over her lace business. In 1881 18 year old Ernest was an 18 year old apprentice chemist in the employ of chemist Frederick Spurgeon at 37 Upper Brook Street, Ipswich. In 1880 he passed excellent, certificate and prize winner in freehand drawing at the Ipswich School of Science & Art but by 1891 was a 28 year old unmarried chemist at Oatlands Drive, Walton on Thames, Chertsey, Surrey. He married at Ashington, Sussex on 17 September 1891 Ellen Georgina Macey and continued his business at Walton on Thames. He died back at Coggeshall in 1949.