Sapper Harold Clarke 132985

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Name:  Sapper Harold Clarke 132985

Date of Birth:  December 1893

Address:  Church Lane, Anstey

Parents Names:  James Clarke(Market Gardener) and Lucretia (Louise)

Occupation before the war:  Market Gardener

Siblings Names:

Wilfred b1889  |  Elsie b 1890  |  Sarah Ann b 1899  |  Evelyn b 1892     |  Agnes b 1895 |

Rose b1897  |  Clara b 1901  |   Emily b 1903  |  Louisa b 1907

Date Died:   06.07.1917

Age:  23

Place of Death:   West Vlaanderen, Belgium 

Place of Burial/Memorial:

Ii B 22, Poperinghe New Military Cemetery,

West Vlaanderen, Belgium

Cause of death:   Died of wounds sustained in action.


Unit – Royal Engineers

Section – 254th Company

254 was a Tunnelling Company. It was sent to Gallipoli in December 1915 and moved to France in in 1916.


Any other information (e.g. Service Record/ appearance etc)

  • A sapper was a soldier who performed a variety of engineering duties such as breaching, demolitions, bridge-building, laying or clearing minefields, field defences as well as building, roads and repair.
  • Born in Glenfield and lived there at least until the 1911 census.
  • Enlisted in Coalville.
  • Harold possibly married Florrie Cooke in the Barrow upon Soar, Leicestershire marriage registration district in 1915.
  • Living in Anstey when he died.
  • Memorial in St Peter’s Churchyard Glenfield