and Photos Courtesy
Alan & Beverly Leeson
290706 Private Harold Clarke
290706 Private Harold Clarke, family history unknown, all we know is that when he enlisted to fight he was living in Moreton, Nr Congleton.
Harold enlisted in Macclesfield sometime in 1915, his original regiment number was 2678, there are no surviving Military records for him, his Medal Index Card does tell us that he went to Balkans (Mesopotamia) on the 8th August 1915 (the same place and date and more than likely the same ship as Private William James Lawton, who is on the All Saints Memorial) when he returned from the Balkans, he was issued with a new Regimental number, then sometime between 1916 and 1917 he was sent to Belgium and probably fought at the 3rd Battle of Ypres- Passchendaele, Harold was killed on 1st August 1917, his body was never found, he has no known grave, he is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium.
Not only is Harold remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial, he is also remembered on the following War Memorials:
Scroll in All Saints Church,
War Memorial outside All Saints Churchyard
Scroll in St Mary’s Church, Astbury
War Memorial outside St Mary’s Churchyard, Astbury.
Scroll in St Luke’s Church, Mow Cop.
It is not rare, but it is unusual to be mentioned on so many.