Biography of Private Cecil George Clarke, (71957)
“B” Coy, 16th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Formerly 1st Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
and 25894 3rd Lincolnshire Regiment
Died 2nd August 1917

Soldier

  • Name: Cecil George Clarke
  • Date of birth: 1894
  • Place of Birth: Baston, Lincolnshire, England
  • Date of Birth Registration: April – June 1894
  • Place of Birth Registration: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England
Father

  • Name: Unknown
  • DOB:
  • Place of Birth:
  • Occupation:
Mother

  • Name: Mary Ann Clarke
  • DOB: 1876
  • Place Of Birth: Baston, Lincolnshire, England
  • Marriage:
Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • Cecil George Clarke, 1894, Baston
    Cronje Cooper Clarke, 1901, Baston
Census

  • 1901: Cecil is living with his mother at his grandfather’s house at Church Street, Baston, Lincolnshire.
  • 1911: George is living with his mother in Baston, Lincolnshire. The census gives him an age of 17 and he is listed as a waggoner on farm.
Relatives in services

  • None found
Wife

  • Name: Freda Smith
  • Date of birth: 1893
  • Place of Birth: Baston, Lincolnshire, England
Marriage

  • Date of Marriage: 2nd April 1916
  • Place of Marriage: Baston, Lincolnshire

Children

  • George Reuben Clarke, 1917, Bourne
Wife’s parents

  • Father: Unknown
  • Mother: Sophia Smith

Newspaper Mentions

  • War Office Weekly Casualty List September 4th 1917
    DIED OF WOUNDS
    SHERWOOD FORESTERS
    Clarke 71957 C. (Peterborough)

Military Records

Attestation Papers

  • Available
Soldier’s Died In The Great War

  • These records show that Private Cecil Clarke, 71957 1st Bn Notts and Derby (Sherwood Foresters) Regiment was killed in action on 2nd August 1917 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

Pension Records

  • Available

Effects Left To

  • Widow Freda
Medals

  • The British Medal
    The Victory Medal
Memorials

  • UK:
  • Baston, Roll of Honour in St John the Baptist Church

 

  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
  • In memory of Private Cecil George Clarke, 71957, “B” Coy 10th Bn, Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) who died on 2 August 1917.
    Remembered with honour, Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

Military Service Timeline

  • General Service – Attested – 19.1.1916
    General Service – To Army Service – 20.1.1916
    Mobilized – 21.6.1916
    Posted to Lincolnshire Regiment – 24.6.1916
    Unable to read but posted – 22.3.1917
    Posted to 3rd Lincolnshire Regiment – 27.6.1916
    Posted to 1st Sherwood Foresters – 23.5.1917
    Transferred to the 16th Sherwood Foresters 12.6.1917

 

  • This is ongoing research and will be posted when completed
Sources

  • WW1 Soldier’s Records (www.ancestry.co.uk)
    10th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment War Diary (The National Archives, London)
    1st Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment War Diary (The National Archives, London)
    The History Of The Lincolnshire Regiment – C.R.Simpson
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • British Newspaper Archive.

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