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Date of Birth
Date of Death
12 Dec 1919
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Harry Clarke was born in Bromley, London in 1886.
On 8th October 1905 he married Nellie Elizabeth Ennever in St Andrew's Church, Bromley.
In 1911 he is 25 years old & living with his family at No 2 Maple Road Luton & is working as an iron moulder at the gas stove factory. His wife Nellie is at home looking after their 2 sons Henry 5 & 2 year old Alfred. Harry's 66 year old mother Selina is living with them & working as a charwoman. They also have a boarder, 23 year old Bernard McDade who is an iron moulder for rain water pipes.
On 9th September 1914 Harry joined the 1/2nd East Anglian Field Company, Royal Engineers. On 1st June 1917 he was posted to France & whilst there 3 months later on 19th September he was accidently injured whilst not on duty & was sent home to 1st London General Hospital in Camberwell. He was transferred to the Reserves & spent the rest of the war on home soil. He was suffering from synovitis of the right knee & arteriosclerosis, but on the 12th December 1919 he died in Bute Hospital of a septic ulceration on the mouth, nephritis (inflammation of the kidneys) & toxaemia, possibly due to exposure to gas during war service.
He is buried in the cemetery on Rothesay Road.