By reviewing the British Newspaper Archive I've managed to piece together a few more details about him, below. Like his brother, Joseph King, Ernest was also a Liberal Party supporter. He had some unmuzzled dogs, was a County magistrate, was nominated as sheriff in 1896, was a respected local figure and upon his death in 1905 had an estate worth over £106K.
Hampshire Advertiser, Weds 16th April 1890 reported: on the "Guardian's Election - The attempt made by Mr. Ernest Powell King (brother of the Liberal candidate), of Wainsford, to oust one of the sitting Guardians for the parish of Milford has not proved successful. The election created but little interest. The counting of the votes took place on Saturday at the boardroom of the Workhouse. The result being as follows: Mr. E. Neal, 152, Mr. J. Oram, 119 elected; Mr E. P. King, 114. A number of voting papers were returned without having been marked."
|Hampshire Advertiser, 16th April 1890|
Hampshire Advertiser, Weds 14th May 1890 reported under "unmuzzled dogs":
"Ernest Powell King, of Wainsford, Lymington, and the Rev. Frederick Jeffery of Claywood, Sway, were fined 1s and 5s costs each for allowing unmuzzled dogs to be at large."
|Hampshire Advertiser, Weds 14th May 1890|
Hampshire Advertiser, Weds 30th December 1891 reported the marriage of Ernest Powell King:
"King- Johnston - On the 22nd December, at Sway, Hants, Ernest Powell King, of Wainsford, Lymington, second son of Joseph King of Hampstead, to Charlotte Lilias, only daughter of Colonel C. Johnson, late Royal Artillery."
|Hampshire Advertiser, Weds 30th December 1891|
|Hampshire Advertiser, 24 February 1892|
|Hampshire Advertiser, 29th June 1892|
|Portsmouth Evening News, 10th March 1892|
Hampshire Advertiser, Wednesday 5th June 1895 it was reported in Winchester "New County Magistrates - At an adjourned Quarter Sessions, at the Grand Jury Chamber, on Saturday, Mr Henry Herbert Wilford, of Arle Bury, Arlesford, and Mr. Ernest Powell King, of Winsford House, Milton, Bournemouth, qualified as magistrates for the county."
|Hampshire Advertiser, 5th June 1895|
|Western Gazette, 20th November 1896|
E. P. King is referred to in numerous subsequent articles in his justice of the peace or councillor role, as one of many names. The next specific mention of E. P. King is his obituary in 1905. Western Gazette, Friday 2nd June 1905 reported:
Death of Mr. E. Powell King.
Very general and sincere regret was expressed throughout the neighbourhood on Wednesday morning when it became known that Mr. Ernest Powell King, J.P., C.C., of Wainsford, had passed away during the night. Last year, when on a motoring tour of Cornwall, Mr. King and a party met with a serious accident, and he never seemed to have quite recovered from its effects. He, however, had been attending to his many public duties of late, and on Monday week was present at the County Council meeting at Winchester. On the following day, however, he was struck down with a very serious illness, and his condition became so grave his medical adviser (Dr. Pithie, of Lymington) and specialist deemed a serious operation necessary, and this was successfully performed on Sunday afternoon, but despite all that medical science could do, the unfortunate gentleman gradually sank, and passed away as stated.
|Western Gazette, 2nd June 1905|
"At his charming home at Wainsford the deceased gentleman was known as a kindly and generous host, and many in Pennington and the neighbourhood will miss his benevolence. He was a liberal supporter of all philanthropic and charitable organisations, and it is safe to say that no-one appealed to him in vain on behalf of the sick and needy. The various associations and societies with which he was so closely connected have sustained an irreparable loss, while the poor have cause to lament the death of a true friend.
"Mr King married the only daughter of Colonel Johnston who survives him. There is no issue of the marriage."
This report is followed by the Western Gazette, Friday 16th June 1905:
"The Late Mr. E. P. King. On Friday evening a meeting was held in the school-room in connection with the New Forest Liberal Association….The attendance was not large…A resolution of deep regret at the death of Mr. E. Powell King and appreciation of his service: to the cause of Liberalism in the New Forest was passed. In Opening the evening meeting Mr. Pember paid a tribute to the memory of their esteemed and lamented friend, Mr. King. He said they might think and speak of their departed friend in two capacities. First in that of a true and energetic Liberal, and secondly in that of a generous and benevolent gentleman. With regard to his claim to the latter title, he would be much missed by many who had been the recipients both of his bounty and good counsel. However they thought of him that night more particularly in his capacity as a earnest and consistent Liberal. (Hear, hear.) In regard to this aspect of his character a resolution had already been passed by the Committee of their Association and this would in due course be endorsed by the Liberal Association, and sent to the deceased gentleman’s relatives. He did not think it would be out of place for him to read this resolution to them. It was as follows: “That this meeting of members of the New Forest Liberal Association, held at Brockenhurst on Friday, June 9th, hereby expresses its deep and respectful sympathy with the relatives of the late Mr. Ernest Powell King, and desires also to record its grateful remembrance of the devoted services rendered by him to the Association and to the cause of Liberalism in the New Forest division.” (Applause.) Their departed friend was one of those men who were doubly valuable, for he belonged to the class who not only had principles and convictions, but also had the leisure, no less than the will, to give effect to them. (Applause.) They ought to be thankful for such men and to such men, and especially he thought they ought to rejoice that they seemed to be perpetuated for them as it were by a sort of apostolic succession. He used the word in all seriousness and without a tinge of irreverence. Apostles they were – apostles of truth and missionaries to spread it. (Applause.) ….Beside his irreparable loss to his wife and family, for whom they all had the deepest sympathy, his loss to the New Forest and their Liberal party was a very heavy one. Mr King was such an ardent Liberal that he allowed nothing to stand in his way, and notwithstanding all the sorrow in their hearts he was sure their lamented friend would have wished them to press on the Liberal cause by holding that meeting. (Applause)."
|Western Gazette, 16th June 1905|
|Western Gazette, 7th July 1905|