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Clarke, R.B., Sgt., M.M., 1917
In Croisilles British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France, is the Commonwealth War Grave of 16558 Sergeant Robert Batson Clarke, serving with the 1st Battalion attached 64th T.M. Battery East Yorkshire Regiment, who died 01/07/1917.

Morpeth Herald 20/07/1917 carries a brief obituary:


News has been received of the death of Sergt. Robert B. Clark [sic], the husband of Isabella Clark [sic], and son-in-law of Edward Dodd, 90 Wansbeck Terrace, Ashington. He was the eldest son of George and Ellen Clark [sic], Hillgate Street, Morpeth, and one of three brothers on active service. He was the eldest grandson of the late James McAllister of Morpeth.

The late Sergt. Clark [sic] won the Military Medal for bravery on April 1st.

Mrs Clark [sic] has received the following letter:- Dear Madam,- I cannot tell you how deeply I regret to have to inform you of the death in action of your husband Robert Batson Clark [sic].

“ He was killed by a shell whilst we were going into the trenches on June 30th [sic]. He only lived for a few minutes after he was hit. His last words showed his thoughts for others,- ‘Leave me sir, I’m done’.

“The battery has lost one of the finest men I ever met. And every officer and man is deeply sorry, and his behaviour will always be an example to us.- Yours, etc., Captain William Datchilder”.

Margaret Allison reports that he lived in Ashington and was aged 30 when he died.

Robert Batson Clarke is remembered in Ashington on A17.01 (A17.27), and A17.43 and at Morpeth on M17.01

The CWGC entry for Sergeant Clarke

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