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Name: William Robert CLARK
Casualty No.: Ranks: Private Initials: W R Service No.: 27244
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland. Age at Death: 23
Unit: 40th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted: York, Yorkshire.
Place of Residence: Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: Greenside Old House, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address: 10 Milton Street, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Civilian Employment: Miner at Greenside Colliery and a member of the Stella Coal Company Ambulance Corps.
How Died: Died in hospital from disease.
Date of Death: Wednesday 3rd May 1916
Place of Death: Persian Gulf.
Battle/Campaign: Campaign in Mesopotamia.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Greenside War Memorial, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Memorial Organ, United Methodist Church, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Amara War Cemetery, Iraq. Grave reference VI. B. 12
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 2
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: Blaydon Courier, page 5, 20th May 1916.
Family Details:
Son of Thomas and Annie Clark (nee Richardson), of Greenside Old House, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham (formerly of 10 Milton Street, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham). William had four brothers: James Elliott Fellis, Thomas, Matthew R and Isaac Baden Powell. There were also two sisters: Ethel and Dora. Dora married Thomas Fellows Irwin and their son, William, was killed in a German air raid on Blaydon on Tyne in September 1941, aged 17 years.
Notes : William left Greenside with the second contingent of local men who served with the Royal Army Medical Corps. He trained in York and Pontefract, Yorkshire, and Aldershot, Hampshire. He saw service in the Dardanelles/Gallipoli Campaign, Turkey, and on Mudros, in Alexandria, Egypt, and Mesopotamia. He succumbed to fever while in the Persian Gulf.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Soldiers Died in the Great War.
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