No.1953, Private, Harry CLARKE
Aged 21

5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on or since Saturday, 21st August 1915

Born 27th April 1894 in Bury St.Edmunds (3rd qtr 4a:744) son of Samuel and Hannah CLARKE (née ALLUM)

1901 census...Aged 8, He was at The Heath, Hessett with his father Samuel CLARKE [46] engine driver born Stanton; his mother Hannah [39] born Chatham, Kent; brothers Fred [16] and Sidney [14] both farm labourers bron in Stanton; sisters Lily [12] born Stanton, Eva [9] born Little Saxham and Nora [3] born Rougham. Not there were elder siblings Percy S [19] and Olive M [17]

1911 census...Aged 18, a farm labourer, he was still at The Heath, Hessett with his father; sisters Eva, Nora and Pretoria [9] born Bradfield St.George. His mother was visiting the CUTTING family,John and Lily, (daughter and son in law) at 5 Willow Cottages, Mill Road, Bury St.Edmunds

Mother was later at 4 Willow Cottages, Mill Road, Bury St.Edmunds.

His brother Percy died in Belgium in 1915 see here

He enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds.
War Diary :-
21st August..Battalion remained in reserve, digging in, but from 2 to 9 pm was in readiness to advance in support of 1/4th Norfolks should advance be undertaken. Water still very scarce. One pint per man available
Strength of battalion and Battalion HQ was 12 Officers and 499 other ranks.

No offensive is recorded for 21st but CWGC have 53 of the battalion dying that day and only one has a known grave.

Harry Clarke is commmorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli panels 46 and 47

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