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Date of Birth
Date of Death
27 May 1918
War time / or Pre War occupation
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World War I Address
Place of Death
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Soldier or Civilian
Pte Bert (Bertie) Clarke, 96779, 2nd Battalion Middlesex Regiment, was reported missing, later killed in action, in France on May 27th, 1918. He was one of three sons of widow Mary Ann Clarke, of 338 Hitchin Road, Luton to have served and the second to die.
Born in Slip End in 1899, Bert was described as a chemical labourer in the 1911 Census. He enlisted in August 1917 and was drafted to France in April 1918.
Under the heading of 'Three patriotic brothers', the Saturday Telegraph carried Bert's photograph and address along with similar for his brother, Cpl George Clarke (Lincolnshire Regt), who had died of wounds in France on October 29th, 1917.
Third brother, Pte Herbert Clarke, had been discharged in 1915 as no longer fit for war service. He had been seriously wounded in the shoulder, chest and lung while serving in France.