Lance Corporal HENRY CLARKE (photo added)

Serviceman Headstone thumbnail image Serviceman grave marker Serviceman thumbnail
Rank Lance Corporal
Forenames HENRY
Surname CLARKE (photo added)
Initials H
Place of Birth LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
Date of Birth Friday, 28 August 1914
Date of Death Wednesday, 28 June 1944
Age 31
Nationality British
Residence or Entered Service From LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
Service Number 4342101
Force British Army
Service/Corps/Regiment East Yorkshire Regiment
Unit / Ship / Battalion / Squadron 2 Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment (3rd Infantry Division)
Military Honours and Awards
Place of Burial/Commemoration BAYEUX MEMORIAL
Roll of honour
Grave/Memorial Location Panel 13, Column 3.
Previous Place(s) of Burial Unknown
Epitaph NO EPITAPH
Family Details HUSBAND OF LOUISA DOROTHY CLARKE, OF PECKHAM, LONDON.

Additional Information

HENRY CLARKE was born at 9 Clarendon Square, St Pancras, London, on Friday 28th August 1914. His father, Thomas Higgins Clarke, was born in Bristol and worked as a road sweeper for the local council before joining the army before HENRY CLARKE's birth. His mother, Agnes (née Hughes), was born in Deptford. His parents also had 7 other children: Thomas Sydney, Emily, Agnes Lilian, Louisa, May, Rose Hephzibah and Lillian, all of whom were born in St Pancras.

 

He married married Louisa Dorothy Tait on the 6th September 1941 and they had a son, James Henry, who was born towards the end of 1942. Private HENRY CLARKE was promoted to Lance Corporal HENRY CLARKE just before he went to Normandy in 1944.1

 

Records show that he was Killed in action2 on the last day of Operation MITTEN at Le Château de la Londe, near Caen, although officially his remains were never recovered.3

 

 

Lance Corporal HENRY CLARKE, his wife Louisa Dorothy and son James Henry, undated.4

 

 

Lance Corporal HENRY CLARKE, his wife Louisa Dorothy and son James Henry, undated.5

 

 

References
1. Additional information kindly provided by Diane Gardner and Ian Gardner, great niece and nephew of Lance Corporal HENRY CLARKE.
2. A History of the East Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of York's Own) In the War of 1939-45. p.332. Published by William Sessions Limited 1952. By Lieutenant Colonel P. R. Nightingale, Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
3. Information kindly provided by Diane Gardner great niece of Lance Corporal HENRY CLARKE.
4. Photograph kindly provided by Nicolás Clarke, grandson of Lance Corporal HENRY CLARKE.
5. Photograph kindly provided by Diane Gardner and Ian Gardner, great niece and nephew of Lance Corporal HENRY CLARKE.

 

Acknowledgements and Credits
Source of original data: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Headstone photograph: Carl Shilleto
Cross marker photograph:  
Individual photograph: Nicolás Clarke, grandson of Lance Corporal HENRY CLARKE.
Additional photographs provided by: Nicolás Clarke, grandson of Lance Corporal HENRY CLARKE and Diane Gardner and Ian Gardner, great niece and nephew of Lance Corporal HENRY CLARKE.
Additional information provided by: Carl Shilleto, Nicolás Clarke, grandson of Lance Corporal HENRY CLARKE and  A History of the East Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of York's Own) In the War of 1939-45. p.332. Published by William Sessions Limited 1952. By Lieutenant Colonel P. R. Nightingale, Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and Diane Gardner and Ian Gardner, great niece and nephew of Lance Corporal HENRY CLARKE.

 

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Yateley, Hampshire. United Kingdom

Diane Gardner

Here's to your dog tags Uncle Son. Mum loves you and has very fond memories of you. Ian and I hope you did not suffer too much in the corn field at the Chateau. (sorry couldnt resist attaching the image! haha!) You survived Dunkirk by the seat of your pants (shame about ditchin the swag bag eh!) to come home to stay with your loving sister (our granma god bless her) only to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Am sure we would have had lots of fun and perhaps you could have kept sister Lily on the straight and narrow too! I know you both were very close. Anyway god bless you! love from your great niece xxx

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