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Sergeant J H Clarke


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Sergeant John Harry CLARKE,  L/11513, 10th  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, 21st September 1917, age 27.

Born Hampstead, Middlesex, son of John Harry Clarke. Brothers, two younger, Herbert, Edward, address not known.

15th December 1912, Edmonton, Middlesex, married Mary Esther Neary, spinster, of 36, Knowle Road, Brixton, London. 

Child - Violet Marie Clarke, born 9th January 1914, Edmonton.

27th September 1905, Letter from Clifton Industrial Boys School, Clifton Wood, Bristol, "This is to certify that John Harry Clark has my consent to his enlistment into the Army as a band boy, I being his guardian, F Lewis Lord, Superintendent"

7th October 1905, Letter from Clifton Industrial Boys School, Clifton Wood, Bristol, "This is to certify that the boy John Harry Clark has successfully passed the sixth standard".

Enlisted Bristol, Gloucestershire, age 15 years & 5 months, height 5ft 1 inch, weight 112lbs, fresh complexion, brown eyes, brown hair, scar palm of ???,  of 3rd finger.  Resided Dublin, Ireland.

Home 9th October 1905 to 6th September 1914; BEF 7th September 1914 to 9th June 1916?

9th October 1905, enlisted as Boy, L/11753,1st Battalion,  Royal Fusiliers; 15th December 1905, awarded 3rd Class Certificate of Education; 28th June 1906, awarded 2nd Class Certificate of Education; 12th July 1906, appointed Bandsman; 2nd April to 9th April 1908, Dublin, cow pox, result of vaccination; 9th May 1908, attained 18 years of age; 24th March 1911, Dublin, Ambulance Class; 2nd June 1911 to 8th June 1911, appendicitis; 6th October 1911 to 27th October 1911, Dublin, tonsillitis; 17th September 1912, appointed unpaid Lance Corporal; 26th December 1912, promoted Lance Corporal; 25th January 1914, qualified for promotion to rank of Corporal; 6th July 1914, promoted Corporal; 7th September 1914, posted BEF; Home, 10th June 1916; 4th October 1916, embarked; 5th October 1916, disembarked; 5th October 1916, 39 Infantry Base Depot, posted 11th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers; 14th October 1916, transferred to 10th Battalion, Service No. 18655, Royal West Kent Regiment; 18th December 1916, appointed paid Lance Sergeant; 2nd July 1917, rejoined Battalion; 27th June 1917, appointed paid Lance Sergeant;

23rd January 1918, Mrs Mary E Clarke, living at 6 Hume Street, St Stephens Green, Dublin.

22nd April 1918, pension of 24/2 a week awarded to widow & two children.

13th January 1920, Mrs Mary E Clarke, living at 36 Knowle Road, Brixton, SW9.

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


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