Rank or Title
Date of Birth
Date of Death
6 Oct 1917
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
War Memorial Location
Soldier or Civilian
Pte Archibald William Clarke, 241584, 1st East Surrey Regiment, died of wounds on October 6th, 1917. He had been at the Front only three weeks after having being transferred from the Middlesex Regiment (5865) to the East Surreys.
Archibald enlisted in the Middlesex Regiment in March 1916 and was stationed for a while at Canterbury after joining the East Surreys and gained a reputation for his talent as a pianist at the Y.M.C.A. and among musical circles there.
Archie Clarke was a pupil of Luton parish church organist Fred Gostelow and became pianist at the Bury Park Pleasant Sunday Afternoon meetings. He also organised concerts for wounded soldiers both in Luton and Canterbury.
His older brother, Reginald, was a well-known violinist in Luton and they had performed together on concert platforms.
Archibald had died at the age of 23. Parents William and Martha lived at 47 Lyndhurst Road, Luton.