Edwin Clark WW1

Edwin from Clyst St Mary in East Devon played with City's reserves as an amateur in the years leading up to the Great War.

He was killed in an accident on his ship HMS Vivid while at Grimsby. He’d fallen into the sea from the upper deck with his head hitting a torpedo net. On 6th December, he died in a Grimsby hospital. His wife Ethel had travelled from Whipton in Exeter to be with him. Edwin is buried in Clyst St Mary churchyard and remembered on the war memorial at St James Park and in Whipton Church.

HMS Vivid was previously called HMS Cuckoo (1873). She became a base ship in 1912. The boat was an Ant-class iron screw gunboat. She was renamed HMS Vivid (Old) in 1920 and YC37 in 1923. She was sold in 1958 pictured below.

For more about Edwin Clark’s playing career see his entry in the A to Z of Exeter City players section of the Archive





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