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Edward George Clarke
Remembered with Honour
The Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial.
A local history and genealogy page for the Parish of Wimpole.
Badge of The Suffolk Regiment
In memory of
Edward George Clarke
7762 Private, 7th Battalion,
Suffolk Regiment
Died: Wednesday, 27 March 1918, aged 27,
on the Somme Battlefields, France
- Lest We Forget -
Edward George Clarke was the eldest son of George and Sarah Elizabeth [née Wilkins] Clarke of Crow End, Arrington, Cambridgeshire.
Born: 1890 Arrington, Cambridgeshire.
Baptised: St Nicholas, Arrington 14th September 1890.
Enlisted: 1909 in Cambridge (as career solidier, British Army).
WW1 Theatre of War: France and Flanders.
Died: Wednesday 27 March 1918, aged 27.
How died: Killed in Action at the Somme, no known grave.
Context (Western Front 27 March 1918): "Germans advance on both side of Somme in night attack, reaching Sailly le Sec (12 miles from Amiens), but lose ground in British counter-attacks. Germans afterwards fail in attacks from Bucquoy to Rosieres and are checked near Lassigny and Noyon, but take Montdidier after rapid advance."
1911 Census (Edward George Clarke):
At the time of the national Census in 1911, Edward George Clarke was resident at the Longmoore Military Camp near Liss in Hampshire, training with the 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. He was recorded as being 20 years of age, single, and his profession was listed as 'Soldier' ('Infantaryman').
1911 Census (Edward's Family)
Arrington, Cambridgeshire.
George Clarke, b1864 [2] Head M M Roadman, aged 47 Wimpole, Cambridgeshire
Sarah Clarke, b1867 Wife F M aged 44 [R.D.C.] Arrington, Cambridgeshire
Cornelius Clarke, b1893 Son M S Farm Labourer, aged 18 Arrington, Cambridgeshire
Samuel Clarke, b1896 Son M S Farm Labourer, aged 15 Arrington, Cambridgeshire
Emily Clarke, b1898 Daughter F   At School, aged 13 Arrington, Cambridgeshire
John Clarke, b1900 Son M   At School, aged 11 Arrington, Cambridgeshire
Hilda Clarke, b1903 Daughter F   Aged 8 Arrington, Cambridgeshire
Naomi Clarke, b1905 Daughter F   Aged 6 Arrington, Cambridgeshire
Margaret Clarke, b1907 Daughter F   Aged 4 Arrington, Cambridgeshire
Donald Clarke, b1910 Son M   Aged 8 Months  
[1] Edward also had an elder sister Sarah Jane Clarke, b1888, listed elsewhere.
[2] Edward's father George Clarke was born and baptised in Wimpole in 1864, son of Samuel and Emily of New Wimpole.
Cambridgeshire County War Memorial in Ely Cathedral
Cambridgeshire County War Memorial in Ely Cathedral
Pozieres Memorial, France
Edward George Clarke
Memorial: Panel 25, Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France.
The Pozieres Memorial relates to the period of crisis in March and April 1918 when the Allied Fifth Army was driven back by overwhelming numbers across the former Somme battlefields. The Memorial commemorates over 14,000 casualties of the United Kingdom and 300 of the South African Forces who have no known grave and who died on the Somme from 21 March to 7 August 1918.
The Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial
The Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial pictured in 2011
© Photographed by Lorraine and Keith Bowdler
The servicemen and women are listed under the Parishes of Arrington or Wimpole
as shown on the Cambridgeshire County War Memorial in Ely Cathedral.
War Memorial research by Steve Odell.
The War Memorial Project would welcome any additional information, research,
photographs or memories of Edward George Clarke for this page.
Please contact the website.

This page was last updated on: 12 July 2020.

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