Project Description

ARTHUR CLARK 1896–1915

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Born September 1896, Corby, Lincolnshire

Died 2nd August 1915 in the UK age 18

Buried Boldon (Whitburn) Cemetery. Remembered on Radcliffe on Trent War Memorial as Arthur Clarke.

1901 Census

Parents: Mary Emma Clark born 1876, father unknown. Mary Emma Clark married William Baldwin, also from Lincolnshire, in 1899. In 1901, William and Mary were living in Radcliffe on Trent and Arthur is using name Baldwin. There is also a daughter Ethel.

1911 Census

Age 14 Arthur Clarke now spelled with an ‘e’, working as a brick and pot maker, was living with his mother and William Baldwin in Radcliffe. Described on Census as ‘stepson’. William was working as a platelayer on the Great Northern Railway. Census indicates William and Mary had nine children, five of whom died. Three small children (all under 5) noted on Census. Family living in a house with four rooms on Bingham Road

Military Service

Rank: Private

Service Number: 5068

Military Unit: 3rd Battalion, Sherwood Foresters

Theatre of War: he did not enter a theatre of war as he died in the U.K. while training

Enlisted August 24th 1914 in army reserves, then enlisted into regular army 2nd ? 1915

Age: 17 years, 348 days

Occupation: railway porter

Height 5ft 5¾ins, weight 123 lbs, chest when fully expanded 35 ins, physical development fair

Date of death: 2nd August 1915, South Shields (military hospital for Sherwood Foresters). Died of natural causes. Buried at Whitburn cemetery at Whitburn, County Durham (source, Commonwealth War Graves.) Age at death: 18.

He did not serve abroad and therefore did not receive campaign medals.

Other information

Arthur was in the same battalion as Matthew Baggley, who also died in South Shields. Mother and stepfather living at Railway Cottage, Radcliffe, at time of his death (source, Commonwealth War Graves).

Reasons for inclusion on the Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Lived and worked in Radcliffe on Trent.

 

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Photograph courtesy of Robert Brown

Boldon Cemetery
Boldon (Whitburn) Cemetery, Co. Durham