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Private H W Clarke


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Private Herman Walter CLARKE, G/18134, 7th  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, death assumed on or after, 12th October 1917.

Born Great Whelnetham, Suffolk, son of Walter & Caroline Clarke.


1911 Census - Great Whelnetham Mill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk - Walter Clarke, head, age 55, married, farmer & miller, born London; Caroline Clarke, wife, age 39, married 20 years, 9 children, 7 still alive, Battlesden, Suffolk; Dora Helen Clarke, daughter, age 18, single, born Great Whelnetham, Suffolk; Herman Walter Clarke, son, age 16, single, farmers son, working on farm, born Great Whelnetham, Suffolk; Fredric Owen Clarke, son, age 13, school, born Great Whelnetham, Suffolk; Oliver Franklin Clarke, son, age 9, school, born Great Whelnetham, Suffolk; Lucie Evelyn Clarke, daughter, age 3, born Great Whelnetham, Suffolk; Horace Bernard Clark, son, age 3 months, born Great Whelnetham, Suffolk.


Enlisted Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, age 21 years & 1 month, height 5ft 3½ inches, weight 111lbs, 1 missing tooth.  Resided Hall Farm, Stanningfield, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Formerly farm steward.

Next of Kin, Father, Walter Clarke, Fenton Farm, Great Whelnetham, Suffolk.

Home 24th November 1915 to 26th August 1916; BEF 27th August 1916 to 12th October 1917.

24th November 1915, enlisted; 25th November 1915, to Army Reserve; 24th May 1916, mobilized; 25th May 1916, posted 3rd/1st Battalion, Suffolk Yeomanry, Service No.2655; 27th August 1916, Folkestone, Kent, embarked; Boulogne, disembarked; 27th August 1916, posted 1st/4th Suffolk Regiment; 7th September 1916, transferred to 4th Reserve Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, posted 7th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 12th October 1917, posted missing.

20th December 1918, Probate - Clarke Herman Walter of Great Whelnetham, Suffolk Private in the  Royal West Kent Regiment died on or since 12th October 1917 in action in France. Administration Bury St Edmunds 20th December 1918 to Walter Clarke, farmer. Effects, £106 10s 7d.

17th September 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, Walter Clarke, Fenton Farm, Great Whelnetham, Suffolk; Mother, Caroline Clarke, Fenton Farm, Great Whelnetham, Suffolk; Brothers - Frederic Owen Clarke, age 21, Fenton Farm, Great Whelnetham, Suffolk; Oliver Franklin Clarke; Horace Bernard Clarke; Sisters - Dora Helen Clarke, age 27; Ethel Caroline Clarke, age 23; Lucie Evelyn Clarke, age 11.

Commemorated at Tyne Cot Memorial, Panel 106 to 108, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.


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