CLARKE, Oliver George

No.70186, Private, Oliver George CLARKE
Aged 18

8th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
Died of his Wounds on Saturday, 27th July 1918

Oliver George Clarke was born on 1st September 1899 in Culford (school register) (Thingoe Q4-1899 4A:849), son of George and Caroline CLARKE (née DRAKE).

He was admitted to Culford Voluntary School on 18th January 1904, leaving on 25th November 1912.

1901 census...Aged 1, he was at Rat's Hall, Culford with his father George CLARKE [35] bricklayer born Bury St Edmunds; his mother Caroline [32] born in Barrow; brother William [3] born Culford.

1911 census...Aged 11, he was at Rat's Hall, Culford with his parents, brother William and sisters Edith Emily [8] and Lilian Maud [2] both born in Culford.

He enlisted in Bury St Edmunds.

Recorded as dying of wounds,without his service records it is not possible to be certain on what day he was wounded or where.
No 7 and No 33 Casualty Clearing Stations were stationed at Ligny, so it is very likely he was wounded close to, if not on, the 27th July.
The battalion were operating on the northern outskirts of Lens, now covered by the A21 motorway and an industrial estate.

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Oliver Clarke is buried in Ligny-St Flochel British Cemetery, Averdoignt grave 1:F:17

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