|Memorial .||Potijze Burial Ground Cemetery||AI. 23.|
Awards & Titles:
Family :Son of George Clarke of London husband of Bessie Caroline Clarke of 39 West Side Clapham Common London. Chartered Accountant.
Herbert George Clarke of 85, Franciscan Road, Tooting Common, Surrey a Rifleman 16th Battalion the London Regiment died 3 June1915 in France having been killed in action. Probate London 9 August to Bessie Caroline Clarke Widow. Effects £201. 18s 5d.
22 April - 25 May 1915. On the 22nd April 1915 the Germans used poison gas at Ypres. This was the first 'official' use of gas and took the Allies by surprise. After initial success capitalising on the confusion and horror of this weapon, a heroic stand, initially by the Canadians and then supported by British and Indian Battalions, held the German advance. However it became clear that the Germans had achieved a tactical advantage and eventually the British were forced to retire to more a more defendable perimeter closer to Ypres. These positions were on the last ridges before Ypres and their loss would have resulted in the loss of the town and possibly open the Channel coast to German occupation with disastrous consequences for the re-supply of the BEF.
|Type||Lodge Name and No.||Province/District :|
|Mother :||Campbell No. 1415 E.C.||Middlesex|
13th April 1912
8th June 1912
13th July 1912
The project globally acknowledges the following as sources of information for research across the whole database:
- The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- The (UK) National Archives
- Ancestry.co.uk - Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History online
- ugle.org.uk - The records of the United Grand Lodge of England including the Library and Museum of Freemasonry
- Book : 1921 - Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918 - Oxford University Press
- Document : 1933 - Masonic Roll of Honour - Freemasons' Hall Vestibule - United Grand Lodge of England