Biography of Lance Corporal Alfred Christopher Clark (19920)
8th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment
Died 9th June 1917

Soldier

  • Name: Alfred Christopher Clark
  • Date of birth:  1891
  • Place of Birth: Horbling, Lincolnshire, England
  • Date of Birth Registration: October – December 1891
  • Place of Birth Registration: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England

Father

  • Name: John Thomas Clark
  • DOB: 1853
  • Place of Birth: Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, England
  • Occupation: Farm labourer

Mother

  • Name: Fanny Casswell
  • DOB: 1852
  • Place Of Birth: Horbling, Lincolnshire, England
  • Marriage: 1873 Boston District

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • John Henry Clark, 1874 Boston
  • John William Clark, 1876, Horbling
  • Alice Ann Clark, 1879, Horbling
  • George Edward Clark, 1881, Horbling
  • Elizabeth Ann Clark, 1885, Horbling
  • Thomas Clark, 1887, Horbling
  • Charles Clark, 1890, Horbling
  • Alfred Christopher Clark, 1891, Horbling
  • Plus 1 more whose name is unknown from the 1911 census

Census

  • 1901: Alfred is living with his parents in Poor Row, Horbling, Lincolnshire.
  • 1911: Alfred is living with his parents in Horbling. The census gives him an age of 19 and he is listed as a clog maker for miner’s boots.

Relatives in services

  • Alfred’s brothers Thomas and Charles which also fought and was killed in WW1. Thomas and Charles can be found on our page dedicated to the Horbling War Memoral

Wife

  • Name: Gertrude Key
  • Date of birth: 19th March 1890
  • Place of Birth: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England

Marriage

  • Date of Marriage: 1913
  • Place of Marriage: Nottingham District

Children

  • Gertrude Elizabeth Clark, 1913, Pontefract
  • Alfred William Clark, 1915, Pontefract

Wife’s parents

  • Father: William Key
  • Mother: Ellen Tivey

Newspaper Mentions

  • Lincolnshire Echo Thursday 22nd November 1917
    Mr. T. Clark, of Horbling near Billingborough, has received an official notification that his youngest son, Gunner T. Clark, R.G.A., has been killed in action in France. He was 30 years of age, and leaves a widow and three children.  The family has suffered heavily through the tragedies of the war.  Mr. Clark’s four sons joined up soon after the outbreak of hostilies, and three have now made the great sacrifice.  Pte. Chas. Clark (Lincolns) was missing on the Gallipoli Peninsula, and has not since been heard of, while another boy, gunner Alfred Clark who belonged to a trench mortar battery, was killed in action a few months ago.  The only survivor is Pte. J. W. Clark (LIncolns), who has been wounded, but is now back with his regiment in France.  The deepest sympathy is felt for the family in the heavy burden they are called upon to bear.

 

  • Grantham Journal Saturday 24th November 1917
    HORBLING
    A TRIPLE BEREAVEMENT – Mr. T. Clark, of Horbling  has received an official notification that his youngest surviving son, Gunner T. Clark, of the R.G.A., has been killed in action in France. He was 30 years of age, and leaves a widow and three children.  The family has suffered heavily through the war.  Mr. Clark’s four sons joined up soon after the commencement of hostilies, and three have already made the great sacrifice.  Private Charles Clark (Lincolns) was missing on the Gallipoli Peninsula while another son, Gunner Alf. Clark, who belonged to a trench mortar battery, was killed in action a few months ago.  The only survivor is Private. J. W. Clark (LIncolns), who has been wounded.  The deepest sympathy is expressed for the family in the heavy burden.

 

Military Records

Attestation Papers
  • None found

Soldier’s Died In The Great War

  • These records show that L Corporal Alfred Clark, 19920, 8th Bn York and Lancaster Regiment was killed in action on 9th Jne 1917 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

Pension Records

  • Available

Effects Left To

  • Widow Gertrude
Medals
  • The British Medal The Victory Medal The 15 Star

Memorials

  • UK:
  • Horbling, Roll of Honour in St Andrews Church

 

  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
  • In memory of Lance Corporal Alfred Clark, 19920, 8th Bn., York and Lancaster Regiment who died on 9 June 1917
  • Remembered with honour, Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

Military Service Timeline

  • Enlisted in Pontefract

 

  • This is ongoing research and will be posted when completed

Sources

  • WW1 Soldier’s Records (www.ancestry.co.uk)
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • British Newspaper Archive.

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