Harry Hamilton Clarke

Date of birth: 1890
Place of birth: Shirley, Southampton
Regiment: London (The Rangers)
Battalion: 1/12th
Rank / Service No: Coy. Sergeant Major, 470410
Died: 7th September 1918, aged 28 years
Buried: Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension, France (Plot V, Row 1, Grave 16)


Harry was the youngest of 11 siblings born to James and Mary Ann Clarke (nee Newton), who married in Lambeth on 11 December 1864.

The family lived in Marylebone for many years but had moved to Southampton by 1887…the reason is unknown.

The family lived at 87 Charlton Road, Shirley.


The commonality of the surname has made it very difficult to be accurate about death and marriage details.



Arthur   b. 1866 Marylebone   d. ??   Married Alice Procter in Marylebone in 1902.

James   b. 1868 Marylebone   d. ??

Edwin G.   b. 1870 Marylebone   d. 1934 Lambeth

Alfred   b. 1872 Marylebone   d. ??

Bertha   b. 1874 Marylebone   d. ??

George   b. 1876 Marylebone   d. ??   Married Jessie in 1902

Charles   b. 1879 Marylebone   d. ??   Married Johan Lockhart Gardner in Southampton in 1902.

Mary Elizabeth   b. 1883 Marylebone   d. 1976 Thanet   Married John Chegney Burden in Southampton in 1905.

Georgina   b. 1884 Marylebone   d. ??

Albert   b 2 May 1887 Southampton   d. ??   Married Harriet E. Billing in Southampton in 1914.

Harry Hamilton


Harry was awarded the Military Medal at some point during the war. This medal was seen as the “other ranks” Military Cross.


Harry was not originally buried in the cemetery he is to be found now. There is a good chance that he was originally buried at Lieramont Communal Cemetery German Extension, along with 62 of his 58th Division colleagues.

After the Armistice, many graves were moved to exclusively Allied cemeteries.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 23rd June 2016


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