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John William Clark was born in Oakenshaw near Blackburn.

On 24th September 1914, John aged 42 yrs 6 mths, enlisted for 1 years Special Reserve service in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment at Preston. John had previously served for nearly 12 years in the Regiment (no 3078).

John had been working as the town postman.

John was posted into D company of the 1st Battalion, and landed in France on 29th November 1914.

On 22nd December 1914, John was reported as missing. This was the last day of the Battle of Givenchy.

John had been taken as a prisoner of war and was being held at Wittenberg POW camp. Whilst at the camp, there was a well documented typhoid endemic, which saw John die from this disease.

Read the official report – The horrors of Wittenberg

His wife, Mrs Elizabeth Clarke of 7 Aspden Street, Preston was notified of her husbands death.  She was later awarded a pension of 29/- a week, for her and their six children. John and Elizabeth were married on 20th February 1897 in Preston. They had a son George who was baptised in August 1898 by the chaplain to the forces – as recorded in the parish registers for St. Judes church Preston. George unfortunately died aged 1 in the last quarter of 1899. They later had six more boys, John (b. 27/08/00), Richard (b. 14/02/02), William (b. 29/12/05), Albert (b. 02/05/08), Edward (b. 05/02/10) and George (b. 17/05/13).

For more information about the Battle of Givenchy and Wittenberg; read the article of Robert Molloy – he was captured on the same date, and served as an orderly on the wards during the epidemic, being awarded an MSM for his work. 

Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment , 1st Bn.
Date of Death: 06/03/1915
Service No: 4436
Cemetery: BERLIN SOUTH-WESTERN CEMETERY,  XIX. D. 9.

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3 Responses to 4436 PTE. J. W. CLARK. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Denise Shuttleworth says:

    I have been researching John William Clark for a project through the Museum of Lancashire. He actually married Elizabeth Clark on 20th February 1897. They had a son George who was baptised in August 1898 by the chaplain to the forces – as recorded in the parish registers for St. Judes church Preston. George unfortunately died aged 1 in the last quarter of 1899.

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