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Private Charles Field Clark

30018 5th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Pte C F ClarkSon of Mr Charles & Mrs Sarah Clark
Husband of Laura Annie Clark

Aged 35 years

Died 6th November 1918

Commemorated at Burigny Communal Cemetery Extension
Grave VIII. A.19.

The Wellingborough News, Friday 22 November 1918, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Chums in Death - Rushden Pigeon Flyer Succumbs in Hospital

Pte Charles Frederick [an error] Clark, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, husband of Mrs Clark, of 104, Newton road, Rushden, and second son of Mrs Clark, of 21 Brookfield-road, Rushden, died on November 6th from pneumonia, following influenza while in hospital suffering from gas effects. A letter received from Pte Bridgement, of Glassbrook-road, Rushden, who sad to say, has since been killed, states that they were resting in a barn after being in the fighting, when a gas shell burst in the barn. Pte Clark was taken to hospital, he says, but he knew no further news about him. The late Pte Clark, who was 35 years of age, went out to Canada in 1911, and came home in 1916, enlisting in the Northants Regiment in July of that year. He was then transferred to the Inniskilling Fusiliers, with Pte Bridgement and they went to Salonika together, where they served nine months, then going to Egypt, where they stayed ten months. The two became firm friends, and always slept side by side. Deceased's brother, Pte Tom Clark, of the 7th Norfolks was killed in action on 29th April, 1917, and his brother-in-law, Pte George Willey, of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, was killed on February 25th 1917. Another brother, Pte George Clark, of the Labour Corps, has been serving in France two years, and another brother-in-law, Pte Ernest Tomlin, of the A.O.C. is also in France. The late Pte Chas. Clark, was well known throughout the county as a pigeon flyer; he and his brother, Mr Frank Clark, going under the name of Messrs. Clark Bros., winning considerable fame in that branch of sport. They won the Rushden Cup outright in 1906 and 1907. [See also Homing Society]

The Wellingborough News Friday 7 November 1919, transcribed by Nicky Bates

In Memoriam

In ever dear memory of my beloved husband CHARLES FIELD CLARK, who died on active service in France, November 6th, 1918.

We often sit and think of him,
And wonder how he died;
To think we could not say good bye
Before he closed his eyes.
We mourn him in silence
And not with outward show;
For they that mourneth silently

Mourn feelingly and low. From his loving wife, mother, sisters and brothers, 104 Newton-road, Rushden.

The Rushden Echo Friday 5 November 1920, transcribed by Nicky Bates

In Memoriam

CLARK - In ever loving memory of Charles Field Clark, the dearly loved husband of Laura Annie Clark, who died on active service in France, November 6, 1918, aged 35 years.

It's sweet to think we'll meet again. From his loving wife, mother, brothers and sisters.

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