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Charles Prior CLARKE

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Surname: CLARKE

Forename(s): Charles Prior

Place of Birth: Skipton, Yorkshire

Service No: 205888

Rank: Able-Seaman

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Navy

Battalion / Unit: H.M.S. 'Good Hope'

Division: ---

Age: 32

Date of Death: 1914-11-01

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: 2.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---


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Charles Prior Clarke (born 3 July 1882) was the son of William and Ellen Clarke, née Prior. William was born at Keighley and Ellen at Addingham, Yorkshire.

1891 Addingham, Yorkshire Census: Union Yard - Charles Clarke, aged 9 years, born Skipton, Yorkshire, son of Ellen Clarke (married).

Charles was married to Martha Ibbetson in 1906.

1911 Keighley, Yorkshire Census: 11, York Street, Worth Village - Charles Clarke, aged 28 years, born Skipton, Yorkshire, husband of Martha Clarke.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: Naval Pensions to Widows of Men whose Death is Attributable to Warlike Operations: Martha Clarke. Date of Birth: 27 April ’82. Married: 15 Sept. 1906. Address: Keighley. Particulars as to Children: Charles, born 2 March 1909. Albert, born 9 June 1911. Lilian, born 29 July 1907.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Charles. Name(s) on card(s): Widow: Martha, born 27.4.82. Address: Post Office, Keighley. Children: Charles, born 2 March 1909. Albert, born 9 June 1911. Lilian, born 29 July 1907.

Data Source: Local War Memorial


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

CLARKE, Charles Prior, [Addingham], aged 30, drowned at the sinking (1915) of the 'Good Hope,' had been in the Navy 15 years.


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Navy

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Navy

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Surname: CLARKE

Forename(s): Charles Prior

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 205888

Rank: Able Seaman

Regiment: Royal Navy

Unit: (RFR/PO/B/1190). H.M.S. "Good Hope"

Age: 32


Died Date: 01/11/1914

Additional Information: Husband of Martha Clarke, of 9, Rose St., Keighley, Yorks.

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DE RUVIGNY'S ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-1918 – Part One

CLARKE, CHARLES PRIOR, A. B. (R.F.R., B. 1190), 205888, H.M.S. Good Hope; lost in the action off Coronel, on the coast of Chilli, 1 Nov. 1914.


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11 December 1914

CLARKE - In the sinking of the 'Good Hope,' Charles Prior Clarke, aged 30 years, a native of Addingham.

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11 December 1914


We regret to record the death of another Addingham man while serving his King and country, in the person of Charles Prior Clarke, who went down in the Good Hope. Clarke, who was 30 years of age, had been in the Navy 15 years and had served in many parts of the world. At the outbreak of the war he was residing at Keighley. He leaves a widow and three children.

24 December 1915


Charles Prior Clarke, an Addingham man, who was on the 'Good Hope' when it sank. Thirty years of age, he had been in the Navy 15 years. His home was at Keighley, and he left a widow and three children.

14 April 1916


The following lines have been written by Corpl. Sylvester Selby, R.E., of the British Expeditionary Force, France.

"To the memory of our dear comrades from Addingham who fought so valiantly, and died so nobly in the sacred cause of freedom, justice, and liberty."

We shall meet our loved ones gone some sweet day bye and bye.
Be ye not weary in well doing, for in due season ye shall reap, if ye faint not.
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more sorrow, neither death."


Have they gone for ever, from us,
Shall we never see them more,
Never catch the gleam of sunshine
As they did in days of yore?

Why have they been taken from us
In the fullness of their youth,
When all earth seemed full of gladness
To young hearts all full of life?

Dragged from home, and friends, and loved ones,
In far distant lands to fight
For the glory of old England,
And for honour, and for right!

On the burning plains of Egypt,
On the muddy fields of France,
On the watery bogs of Flanders,
British boys have done their part.

Done it nobly, never murmuring,
In the cause of freedom's right,
Battles, of most bloody nature.
They have fought with gallant hearts.

Men of England! Men of Empire!
Rise in this our common cause!
Come, and smite this haughty tyrant,
That he may no more defile
Heaven's good gifts and mankind's God.

As we march along the country
And the devastation see,
Ruined churches, shattered houses,
Graves, with little crosses fixed.

Make us cry "O God, in Heaven,
Let us of Thy vengeance see;
Give us strength that we may carry
Justice right to victory.

Men of England! Men of Empire!
Come and help us in the strife;
Help to win a glorious victory
For the weak and for the right.

Onward, ever always onward,
Till the common task is done,
Till to those who have so suffered
In the cause of freedom's right
Have been surely liberated
From the thraldom of his might,
Till for brothers, gone before us,
He has paid a fearful toll.

Shall we ever more behold them
In that told-of spirit land?
Where they say there is no sorrow,
Neither death shall be no more?

Let us each be all the stronger
In the hope of such great gain,
Let us carry on our labour,
Sure we'll meet our friends again.

Corporal Sylvester Selby, R.E.
France, April 8th, 1916.

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