Oliver George Clark.

Oliver was born  15 September 1894 in Easton, Huntingdonshire.   He enlisted in the 2/1st HCB on 01/1915 at Huntingdon where he was posted to B Company with the HCB number of 1215.  At the time he lived in Easton, Huntingdonshire.

He was posted to the base depot B. E. F. France on 26th July 1916, he was rationed up to and for that day. Order was part 2 No. 171 issued by W. L. Stephenson, 2/Lieut. & acting Adjutant, 2/1st Hunts. Cyclist Battalion. The order was issued at Well Camp Alford at 8-00 p.m., 28th July 1916.

"Private 39283 " A"  Coy. 1st Bn., Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales) who was killed in action on Monday, 25th March 1918. Age 24. Born Easton and enlisted Huntingdon (Easton). Son of Thomas and Charlotte Clarke, of Rose Cottage, Easton, Spaldwick, Hunts. Formerly 1215, Hunts Cyclist Battalion. Commemorated on the ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7. "

From a local paper dated  19/4/18 = Private Oliver George Clark, second son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Clark, Rose Cottage, Easton, was killed in action on 25th March in France his age was 22.

Oliver was a farm worker, with his father - Thomas and mother Charlotte - he had 8 brothers and sisters.

25/3/18 of wounds received 23rd March Died of Wounds at Etricourt - France (Somme) Bur 3001 in a Germans in trench grave with 5 others.

After he was buried by the Germans the trench was within days back in British hands. Their I. D. Discs were removed and given to the British Authorities. He was re buried on 28 March 1918 at Rocquigny Road British Cemetery, as the tags were removed they lay in unmarked graves in that cemetery, but their names are on bay 7 of the Arras memorial.

It is likely that he joined the Royal Berkshire Regt. on the 9-8-1916 or 15-8-1916 when their war diaries states that HCB men joined the Regiment. He had a friend [1214] Benjamin Harrison, and  [1216] Christian Albert Bridge that was married to his older sister Daisy.

His name is on Easton War Memorial and also the Arras Memorial - Faubourg D' Amiens Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

His name is sometimes spelt with an e = Clarke.  Many thanks for information on this page supplied by Mrs Frances Spong - Oliver  was the great uncle of Frances Spong.



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