|Surname||CLARK (photo added)|
|Place of Birth||BELFAST, UNITED KINGDOM|
|Date of Birth||Saturday, 25 September 1920|
|Date of Death||Thursday, 08 June 1944|
|Residence or Entered Service From||WALTHAMSTOW, ESSEX, UNITED KINGDOM|
|Service Number||5771870||Force||British Army|
|Service/Corps/Regiment||Royal Norfolk Regiment|
|Unit / Ship / Battalion / Squadron||1 Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment (3rd Infantry Division)|
|Military Honours and Awards||1939-1945 Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, 1939-1945 War Medal|
|Place of Burial/Commemoration||
HERMANVILLE WAR CEMETERY
Roll of honour
|Grave/Memorial Location||1. G. 1.|
|Previous Place(s) of Burial||Unknown|
|Family Details||SON OF HENRY GEORGE AND HILDA CLARK, OF WALTHAMSTOW, ESSEX.|
FRANK CLARK was born in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast on Saturday 25th September 1920.
He was the son of Henry 'Harry' Clark who had served in 1/10 Battalion (County of London) Battalion, Territorial Force, during the First World War. 'Harry' Clark was qualified as a sniper and served with his regiment at Gallipoli. Later he served in Egypt and took part in General Allenby's battle for Jerusalem in November and Decemeber 1917. He was discharged from the territorial army in Egypt in 1919, and signed on as a regular the next day.
It was while 'Harry' Clark was stationed in Belfast in 1920 that FRANK CLARK was born. in 1936 'Harry' Clark tranferred back to the territorial army with a commision in the Royal Norfolk Regiment.
FRANK CLARK joined the army as a bandsman, he served with 2 Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment, before being transferred to 1 Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment.
His family were told that he was on a tank, on the afternoon of Thursday 8th June 1944, when he was hit by shrapnel in the head, shoulder and stomach. He died of his wounds that evening.1
The war diary for 1 Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment record that day's action:
Lance Sejeant FRANK CLARKS father, had been in Singapore and then Malaya, where he was taken prisoner, in 1941. 'Harry' Clark didn't receive news of his sons' death until 9th September 1945, and returned to the family on leave on the 28th September 1945.
|1.||Information and photogaphs kindly provided by Richard Law, nephew of Lance Serjeant FRANK CLARK.|
|2.||War Diary. 1 Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. National Archives WO171/1350.|
Acknowledgements and Credits
|Source of original data:||Commonwealth War Graves Commission|
|Headstone photograph:||Carl Shilleto|
|Cross marker photograph:|
|Individual photograph:||Richard Law, nephew of Lance Serjeant FRANK CLARK|
|Additional photographs provided by:||Richard Law, nephew of Lance Serjeant FRANK CLARK and Carl Shilleto|
|Additional information provided by:||Richard Law, nephew of Lance Serjeant FRANK CLARK|
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