Sir Edger Chatfeild-Clarke D.L., J.P., C.C. 1863 - 1925
His death occurred on the 16th April at Oakfield, Beech Lane, Wootton Common of Sir Edger Chatfeild-Clarke D.L., J.P., C.C. at the age of 62 years. He was the second son of Mr. Thomas Chatfeild-Clarke J.P., F.R.I.B.A. F.S.I., and through the family a cousin to the Right Hon. Joseph Chamberlain M.P. and was educated at Kings College School and Dresden [Germany], he lived in Wootton intermittently until settling at Oakfield around 1900, He quickly became involved in public and political life, and in 1900 he was elected a member of the Isle of Wight County Council for Arreton and held the seat for 20+ years until ill health forced him to stand down. During his time on the County Council he was chairman of the finance committee and a member of the education committee. In this later role he took great pleasure in distributing new silver coins at prise giving’s to schoolchildren in Wootton, Arreton and Whippingham. From 1900 he was also county magistrate for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and was appointed Deputy Lieutenant.
In 1913 he was awarded a knighthood by the king for his services in public life In 1922 he became the island’s Liberal Member for Parliament when he beat the Conservative candidate by 1500 votes, at that stage the Conservative party had been in power for the last 12 years. In 1923 parliament was dissolved, but due to ill health partly caused by his public service and other activities, he was advised not to stand at the next election, much to the dismay of the Island Liberals.
Sir Edger was very involved in Wootton affairs and his name appears in many reports of events, and speaks very highly of his contributions.
The funeral was held on Monday 20th at the Congregational Church, Newport followed by interment at Newport Cemetery.
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Isle of Wight County Press, April 1925
Hansard – Constituencies, Isle of Wight November 15th, 1922 – December 6th, 1923.