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  cap badgePrivate John Clark (Clarke)

1st Battalion Cameron Highlanders
Service No: S/22543

John Clark (Clarke) grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of Thomas and Janet Clark. From the 1911 Census - Address - 13 Sykeside St, Coatbridge - Thomas Clarke aged 41, Janet Clarke aged 33, John Clarke (1898-1918), William Scott Clarke (1899-1965, married Agnes McWhinnie Weir), Frederick Robertson Clarke (1901-1972), Mary Scott Clarke later Cunningham (1904-1950), Samuel James Clarke (1907-1983) and Barbara Clarke later Donald (1910-1978). From the 1901 Census - Address - 26 Paddock St, Coatbridge - Thomas Clark aged 30, Janet Clark aged 22, John Clark aged 3, Walter Scott Clark aged 2. John's Pension was awarded to his mother Janet of 129 Hillhead, Airdrie on the 12/04/1919.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / Coatbridge.


Died of Wounds on the 05/10/1918 received at the Battle of the St Quentin Canal (Battles of the Hindenburg Line)




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Buried / Remembered

Tincourt New British Cemetery (VI. H. 2), Somme, France.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The villages of Tincourt and Boucly were occupied by British troops in March 1917, during the German Retreat to the Hindenburg Line From the following May until March 1918, Tincourt became a centre for Casualty Clearing Stations. On the 23rd March 1918, the villages were evacuated and they were recovered, in a ruined condition, about the 6th September. From that month to December 1918, Casualty Clearing Stations were again posted to Tincourt. The cemetery was begun in June 1917, and used until September 1919; the few German burials, during their occupation of the village, are in Plot VI, Row A. After the Armistice it was used for the reburial of soldiers found on the battlefield, or buried in small French or German cemeteries. There are now nearly 2,000, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, over 250 are unidentified and special memorials are erected to seven soldiers from the United Kingdom and one from Australia, known or believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials record the names of 21 soldiers from the United Kingdom, two from Canada, one from Australia and one from South Africa, buried in other cemeteries, whose graves were destroyed by shell fire. There are 151 German burials here, 7 being unidentified.

Additional Information

The Battalion arrived at Le Havre on the 14/08/1914 as Army Troops. On the 05/09/1914 they were part of the 1st Brigade, 1st Division. The Battles of the Hindenburg Line : 12th September – 12th October 1918. A series of very large scale offensive operations that advance to and break the Hindenburg Line system. Carried out by the First, Third and Fourth Armies these victories rank among the greatest-ever British military achievements. The German Army fights on but it is increasingly clear that their ability to do so is declining fast. Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and United States Divisions all play key parts. John received his wounds at the Battle of the St Quentin Canal. John is listed as CLARK on the Memorial but CLARKE on the 1911 Census, his Grave and from the CWGC. Many thanks to Michael Small who provided the 1911 Census Record and information. See photos for John's Medal Index Card, the 1911 Census, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Headstone Report, Tincourt New British Cemetery, the Cameron Highlanders Cap Badge and John's Pension Records x 2.

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