Beckenham History


Was responsible for the enlistment of recruits for 5th Bn RWK. Born 1880, eldest son of Charles Douglas Clark, educated at The Abbey and Tonbridge where represented school as marksman at Bisley.

Joined Volunteer Bn RWK that later merged with the Territorials as sub Lt 1900, Capt 1905, Major 1912 according to BJ 29.8.14.

When he was encouraging enlistment in Bromley he was working with Lt Hedley Thornton but he left for India and Mesopotamia on 14 October.

He died as Lt Col Clarke on the transport Melita as it arrived in Plymouth on 23 January 1920, leaving a widow and two children.

He is buried in St Mary’s churchyard Hayes where on the day of his funeral the masses of flowers included the badge of the RWK worked on a cushion in white flowers from his regiment.

Ref BJ 31 Jan 1920.

Additional Information:
Date of Death: 23/01/1920

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