Rank or Title
Date of Birth
23 Aug 1883
Date of Death
30 Jan 1917
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
War Memorial Location
Soldier or Civilian
Sapper Fred Clark, 78518, Royal Engineers, died in German East Africa on January 31st, 1917, from neuritis, attributed to the effects of climate. He was aged 33, married and had three young children.
Sapper Clark was expecting to return home to 152 Leagrave Road, Luton, from East Africa, where he had been serving under General Smuts.
He was formerly employed by engineer Mr Frank Moody, of Chapel Street, Luton, before joinging the East Anglian Royal Engineers on November 19th, 1914.
In March 1915 he went out to the Dardanelles and sustained a bullet wound in the leg and was stricken with dysentery before being sent back to England the following July. After treatment in various hospitals he went out to German East Africa on February 5th, 1916, and had been at Dodoma [Tanzania] for some weeks before his death.
Fred Clark was born at Dunmow, Essex, in 1883 and had married Alice Jane Paine in 1907. The couple had three children - Francis, Frederick and Dorothy - their daughter having been born in Luton after they moved here shortly before the war.