Joseph Cushi Clarke

Name

Joseph Cushi Clarke

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

08/07/1916
29

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
18873
Bedfordshire Regiment
7th Bn.

Awards

1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

DANTZIG ALLEY BRITISH CEMETERY, MAMETZ
VIII. M. 8.
France

UK Memorials

Hertford Town Memorial
St Andrew’s Church Memorial and Roll of Honour, Hertford
Bengeo War Memorial Plaque Holy Trinity Church, Bengeo

Pre War

Born on 26th December 1886, in Bengeo, to parents William and Martha, he had two brothers and two sisters and in 1901 he was living at 73 Port Vale, Hertford, with his widowed mother and three siblings and he was employed as an errand boy. By 1911 they were all living at 27 Bull Plain, Hertford, with his brother in law and his family, Joseph was now employed as a general labourer. At the time of his death his brother William was living at 44 Hertingfordbury Road, Hertford.

Wartime Service

Enlisted in the ‘Shiney Seventh’ and after training was sent to France on 27th July 1915. They were stationed in trenches near Ribemont, from late August until mid-September when they moved to the Mametz-Fricourt area, where they stayed until the end of the year. In 1916 they remained in the same area, until they undertook extra training for the beginning of the Somme campaign. The battalion took part in the opening days fighting, the Battle for Albert. They failed to take their objectives on the first day and further attacks followed, including action on the 8th July when Joseph was killed.

Acknowledgments

Malcolm Lennox, Terry & Glenis Collins