The Royal Zanettos
George, Pip, Arthur, Frank & Albert Bale
artistes of the golden age of music hall

Ernest Bale, Actor and son of Albert of The Royal Zanettos

The obituary below was published by The Brontë Society, and it is followed by photos and other information about Ernest.

[Note from Jane: The town of Arundel, mentioned in the obituary, is just near Clymping where we had the first family get-together in August 2011.]

 

Ernest's name is linked to many well-known characters in show business, such as Sid James, Reg Varney, Richard "Stinker" Murdoch ...  

Ernest in the Royal Navy.

A Royal Navy production with Ernest and Sir Robert Helpmann ...

A young sailor with a rather wicked expression ...

                                                                  

 

and much later in full stage make-up!

                                                                            

Below is a copy of the letter that Jessie (George Bale's daughter) wrote to her cousin Ernest in 1946. As mentioned in his obituary, Ernest was in the Far East at the time of the Japanese surrender.  Jessie tells him part of her own story (see "Jessie: Singapore & Changi"), and writes about the Bale family ...