Arthur Clarke

Name

Arthur Clarke

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

11/05/1918
28

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
266978
Bedfordshire Regiment
7th Bn.

Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

LARCH WOOD (RAILWAY CUTTING) CEMETERY
IV. A. 15.
Belgium

UK Memorials

Not on the Hertford memorials

Pre War

Born in 1889 in Hertford and christened on 12 Jun 1889 in Hertford son of Thomas and Eliza Maria Clark, he was one of six, and were living at and living in 18 Old Cross, Hertford in 1891 and 1901. Thomas was employed as a groom. In 1911 Alfred was living at 29 Molewood Road, Hertford, with his mother and stepfather Arthur Crane and he was employed as brewer’s labourer.

Wartime Service

Enlisted in Hertford and according to his medal card and the medal roll index he joined the 1st Hertfordshire Battn as Private 5918 later transferring to the 7th Battn Bedfordshire Regt as Private 266978. The CWGC lists him as a member of the Hertfordshire. Regt but with his Bedfordshire Regt service number, this makes it very difficult to ascertain his exact whereabouts when he received his fatal wounds. There may be two possibilities, if in the Hertfordshire Regt. he would have been with them on 11th May when they were passing through Fonquevillers on their way to billets when they came under a heavy gas shell attack and most of the men were evacuated to hospital. If he was in the Bedfordshire Regt, he may have been wounded at the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux on the 24th April.

Acknowledgments

Malcolm Lennox, Terry & Glenis Collins