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Name: William Robert CLARK (also known as PEARSON)
Casualty No.: Ranks: Private Initials: W R Service No.: G/1758
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Skelbrook, Doncaster, Yorkshire. Age at Death: 20
Unit: 1st/9th Bn Durham Light Infantry (Territorial Force).
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted:
Place of Residence: Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: Tweedy's Buildings, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment: Pony putter at Emma Colliery.
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Monday 9th August 1915
Place of Death:
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Greenside War Memorial, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co Durham. Emma Colliery Memorial, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Ferme Buterne Military Cemetery, Nord, France. Grave reference D. 3
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 1
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary:
Family Details:
Son of Robina Clark, 148 Maughan Street, Benwell, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland (formerly of Tweedy.s Buildings, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham). One brother; Joseph Harrison. It is understood that William was born in 1895 at Skelbrook, Yorkshire, with the name of William Robert Pearson. The father died in 1898. In the following years, pre-1905, his widowed mother was remarried to an Edward Clark, of Tees Street, Horden, late of Ryton on Tyne, Alnwick, and Gateshead.
Notes : On enlistment in the colours in July 1914 William used the surname Clark. His brother Joseph Harrison also served with the forces during the war.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Soldiers Died in the Great War. Emma Colliery Personnel Records at Durham County Records Office and Tyne and Wear Archives Service. Information from family members.
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