Text and research by Brian Roote
Ferdinand was born in Croydon on 24 August 1893 to Louis and Emily Clements. His father ran a shop selling oils and colours (e.g. artist’s paint). He was educated at Oval Road School prior to admission to Selhurst Grammar on 30 April 1907. He left on 20 December 1908 and became a junior clerk with a firm of auctioneers.
He enlisted as a Private into the 12th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, on 24 February 1917, service number 41604. He went to France and was killed in action on 24 November 1917. He is remembered on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, Selhurst Grammar School Memorial (previously known as the Borough Grammar School for Boys) and on the Croydon Roll of Honour (as published in Croydon and the Great War, edited by Ald. H. Keatley Moore, 1920).