Edward was born in 1881 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.  He was one of thirteen children born to James William Clark (1846-1916) and Annie Maria Clark (née Smith) (1847-1933).  In 1901 Edward was still living at home at 42 Panton Street and working as a moulder’s apprentice.  When war broke out Edward enlisted as Private 16172, 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment.  He was killed in action in France on 13 May 1915 ‒ presumably at the Second Battle of Ypres, notoriously the first occasion on which the Germans used mustard gas against the Allies.  He was commemorated on Panel 39, Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial and in Cambridge on this family grave, at St Paul’s with his brother (Walter John) and at the Guildhall.

 

Private Clark Killed.

News was received on Tuesday that Private Clark, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Clark of 24 [sic], Panton-street, Cambridge, has been killed in action.  Pte. Clark was in the 2nd Battalion of the Essex Regiment, and he was 34 years of age.  For some years he served in India, and two or three years ago he was invalided home.  At Christmas last he rejoined his old regiment, and he had been at the front about nine weeks.  Pte. Clark was killed in action at St. Jean on the 13th of May.  He was unmarried.

Pte. Clark was well-known and popular in Cambridge, and he was formerly a clever Association player.

Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 4 June 1915

Clark grave
Edward Joseph Clark grave

 

 

Lat Lon : 52.202005, 0.13697405 – click here for location

Parish : St Paul

See family grave page for more information

 

 

 

 

 

Sources :
War Graves Photographic Project

www.roll-of-honour.com

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England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837-1915

England, Select Marriages, 1538-1973

England & Wales, Death Index, 1916-2007

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England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966

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Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 4 June 1915

By Ian Bent and Emma Easterbrook

Edward Joseph Clark