William Thomas Clarke

Service No: 41698
Rank: Private
Regiment / Service: 3rd Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment
Age: 19
Date of death: 26th October 1917
Memorial / Grave: No known grave. Commemorated on panel 90-92 and 162-162A, Tyne Cot memorial
Additional information: Only son of William and Mary Clarke, Little Street, Milton Malsor

Private William Thomas Clarke joined the service in January 1917 and was moved to the Western Front in September 1917 where he took part in severe fighting. He was reported missing on 26th october 1917 and was presumed killed whilst taking part in action around the Ypres Salient on that date. he was just 19 years old and was awarded the General Service and Victory medals.

Born in 1898 at 44 Denmark Road, Northampton, he was the only son of William and Mary Clarke who lived at Little Street, Milton Malsor. It is not difficult to imagine the heartbreak and sorrow that must have been evident in that small household when the fatal telegram arrived.

He has no known grave, but his passing is recorded on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

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