Frederick Alfred Clark (1898-1917)

We have not found a memorial for Frederick but we know, from newspaper reports, that he was buried in Mill Road Cemetery. He would have been buried in the parish area of St Andrew the Less.

Frederick Alfred Clark was born in 1898 (probably on 6 June) to George and Elizabeth M Clark. He was one of eleven children, one of whom had died before 1911. The family lived at 86 Norfolk Street, Cambridge and his father repaired bicycles.

In 1917, when he was conscripted (being too young to have volunteered for war service), he was working as a grocer’s assistant at the Co-operative. He was called up for service when he reached the age of 18 ½, but was discharged after four months as no longer physically fit for war service. He was evidently never considered fit for service overseas, as he was posted to the 1st Reserve Garrison Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment, a home service battalion, which, according to Major Rowe, saw him never under mental or physical strain, and never under canvass. The exact cause of his unfitness is unknown, but according to the appeal medical board that decided on his eligibility for a pension ‘He certainly suffered hardship by reason of the fact that his ailment necessitated careful dieting and as he was able to eat but sparingly of the food provided, he was reduced to a very low and delicate condition which was obvious to everybody in regular contact with him.’ He was in very poor health when he was discharged from the Army on 18 June 1917, and died just under three months later, on 12 September 1917.

THE LATE PTE. F. CLARK
Funeral at Mill-Road Cemetery.
The funeral took place at Mill-road Cemetery on Monday, of ex-Pte. Fred Clark, late of the Suffolk Regiment, third son of Mr. and Mrs. George Clark, of 86, Norfolk-street. The service was conducted by the Vicar of St. Matthew’s parish (the Rev. Hawtrey May). The mourners were: Mr. and Mrs. Clark (father and mother), Mrs. Linger (sister), Pte. William Clark (brother, 1st. Cambs, who came home from France for the funeral), Jack and Dorothy (brother and sister), Mr. Linger (brother-in-law), Mrs. G. Clark (sister-in-law), Ivy (sister), and Mrs. Rawlins (cousin). Another brother could not attend, as he could not get home from France. Mr. Ben Mills represented the Cambridge Co-operative Society (where the late Pte. Clark was employed), and Mrs Bagstaff the Co-operative Women’s Guild. There were beautiful wreaths rom Father, Mother, Brothers and Sisters, Mrs. G. Clark, from Mr. and Mrs. Linger, Cousin Tom, Alice and Family, his Old Chum (Mont. Miller), his Fellow Employees, Mr. and Mrs. Whitaker and Friends, Mrs. Harding and Laura, Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Dykes, Mrs Camps, Mr. and Mrs. Heaney and Son, Mr. and Mrs. Allebone and Family, and Mr. and Mrs. Homes and Mr Howard. The coffin, which was of elm with brass fittings, bore the inscription, “Frederick Alfred Clark, died September 12th, 1917, aged 19 years. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. Newman, James Street, Cambridge.–Mr. And Mrs. Clark and family wish to offer their sincere thanked for expressions of sympathy with them in their sad bereavement.

Sources:

Cambridge Evening News

Frederick Alfred Clark