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John CLARK

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Surname: CLARK

Forename(s): John

Place of Birth: Silsden, Yorkshire

Service No: J/66434

Rank: Ordinary Seaman

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Navy

Battalion / Unit: H.M.S. 'Stonecrop'

Division: ---

Age: 26

Date of Death: 1917-09-18

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: 25.

CWGC Cemetery: ---

CWGC Memorial: PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

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Local War Memorial: ADDINGHAM, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: SILSDEN, YORKSHIRE

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John Clark (born 23 October 1890) was the son of Joseph and Bellina Clark, née Jennison. Joseph was born at Silsden, Yorkshire and Bellina at Stamford, Lincolnshire. John and Acting Corporal Joseph Chapman (18160) (q.v.) were second cousins.

1891 Silsden, Yorkshire Census: 9, North Street - John Clark, aged 5 months, born Silsden, son of Joseph and Belina Clark.

1901 Silsden, Yorkshire Census: 54, Tufton Street - John Clark, aged 10 years, born Silsden, son of Joseph and Belina Clark.

1911 Silsden, Yorkshire Census: 54, Tufton Street - John Clark, aged 20 years, born Silsden, son of Joseph and Belina Clark.

John was married to Mary Ella Leng in 1915.

Royal Navy & Royal Marines War Graves Roll, 1914-1919: Ord Smn John Clark, J.66434 (Po). Death Date: 18 Sep 1917. Relatives Notified and Address: Wife: Mary, E, 114a Main Street Addingham Ilkley, Yorks.

John was serving on H.M.S. 'Stonecrop' on the 5 September 1917 when it was pursuing the German submarine U-88. In the pursuit U-88 probably hit a British laid mine and sank. There were no survivors. The captain of U-88, Walther Schwieger, was captain of the U-20 when it sank the R.M.S. 'Lusitania' on 7 May 1915. Private Robert Hebden (29/618) (q.v.) survived the sinking of the 'Lusitania' but his wife, Clara, lost her life. H.M.S. ‘Stonecrop’ was sunk on the 17 September 1917 by U-43.

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CLARKE, Seaman J., aged 26, 4, Chapel Street, [Silsden], drowned at sea Sept. 17, 1917.

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Ordinary Seaman John CLARK

Ordinary Seaman John CLARK

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Navy

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Navy

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Surname: CLARK

Forename(s): John

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: J/66434

Rank: Ordinary Seaman

Regiment: Royal Navy

Unit: H.M.S. "Stonecrop"

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Died Date: 18/09/1917

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England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966

1930

CLARK Bellina of Clark Deen Bungalow Silsden near Keighley Yorkshire widow died 26 June 1930 Probate London 18 September to Florence Lillian Cockshott (wife of Dennis Cockshott). Effects £103 5s.

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28 September 1917

SILSDEN - SEAMAN JOHN CLARK REPORTED DROWNED

Ordinary Seaman John Clark, son of Mrs. Clark, 4 Chapel Street, Silsden, is reported missing and believed to be drowned. Mrs. Liversedge, of 38, Landguard Road, Portsmouth, in a letter to Mrs. Clark, states:- "I hope you will excuse me writing to you, but I think you ought to know that the ship your boy went out on has gone under, but some of the men are saved. I am sorry to say that John is not one of them, but it is stated that some got away on a raft so they must have been picked up and taken to another port. They are, however, in God's' hands, and He knows best. If we hear anything further, we will let you know at once. I feel very deeply for you, as John was always so willing and pleasant. The ship went down early on Monday morning, September 17th, so we are afraid of the worst now. Bear up as well as you can and rest assured that your boy nobly did his duty. I know what a terrible anxiety it must be for you as I am proud to say that I am both a sailor's wife and mother."

Writing from Portsmouth, his wife also states that her husband is missing. She had not received information from the War Office, but from one of the survivors who had arrived at the Portsmouth Barracks.

Ordinary Seaman Clark, who was 26 years of age, joined the Navy in February last. He served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Smith and Pickles, painters and decorators, Kirkgate, Silsden, and prior to enlisting was employed by Mr. Charlie Carter, painter and decorator, of Ilkley. He formerly attended the Silsden Primitive Methodist Church and Sunday School.

05 October 1917

SILSDEN - IN MEMORY OF THE FALLEN

A service was held at the Silsden Primitive Methodist Church an Sunday morning last in memory of Lance- Corporal A. E. Broadhead, of the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, and son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Broadhead, 9, Daisy Hill, Silsden, who has been killed in action. The officiating minister was the Rev. Wm. Dickinson (pastor). The reverend gentleman said that Lance-Corporal Broadhead had been reported as missing for the past twelve months, but the War Office had now sent intelligence that they could not hold any hope of his safety and his life. They sympathised with the parents and relatives who were with them that morning in their long waiting suspense and anxiety, and now the apparent loss, and prayed that they would be comforted by that grace which was divine, and sustained by that great and precious promise of God's word. Surely, the association of the Sunday School and Church, and of the home, must have gone with him and influenced him to have been good and to do good, and to do his bit for King and Country and the home and loved ones. They were also all sorry to hear that Seaman John Clark was reported missing, and yet they were not without hope for his safety. When they assembled for service of that character he hoped they would remind themselves that not one of them could fully appreciate the heroism of those brave men on land and sea. To fully appreciate the heroism, they would have to be there and see, understand, and pass through what our soldiers and sailors had to pass through. But willingly they paid the supreme sacrifice for us in order to preserve the home, loved ones and country. His prayer was that they might prove themselves worthy of all the brave heroism and the noble and sacrificial work and life of those brave men on land and sea. There were many who had found a sailor's grave, and there were many who would have no mark to show the place where they rest, but yet they were safe in God's keeping. - At the close the organist played the Dead March.

05 October 1917

SILSDEN - THE LATE SEAMAN JOHN CLARK

We give a photograph of Ordinary Seaman John Clark, son of Mr. Clark, 4 Chapel Street, Silsden, who, as reported in our issue of last week, was reported drowned by the sinking of his ship on September 17th last. He was 26 years of age.

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28 September 1917

CLARK - Believed drowned, Sept. 17th, 1917, Ordinary Seaman John Clark, son of Mrs. Clark, of 4, Chapel Street, Silsden, aged 26.

28 September 1917

SILSDEN SAILOR BELIEVED DROWNED

News has been received that Ordinary Seaman John Clark, son of Mrs. Clark, of 4, Chapel Street, Silsden, is missing and believed to have been drowned. Mrs. Liversedge, of 38, Landguard Road, Eastney, Portsmouth, in a letter to Mrs. Clark, states - "I hope you will excuse me writing to you but I think you ought to know that the ship your boy went out on has gone under, but some of the men are saved. I am sorry to say John is not one of them, but it is stated that some got away on a raft, so they must have been taken up and taken to another port. They are however in God's hands, and He knows best. If we hear any thing further we will let you know at once. I feel very deeply for you. John was always so willing and pleasant. The ship went down early on Monday morning, September 17th, so we are afraid of the worst now. Bear up as well as you can and rest assured that your boy nobly did his duty. I know what a terrible anxiety it must be for you, as I am proud to say I am both a sailor's wife and a mother." Writing from Portsmouth his wife also states that her husband is missing. She had not received official news from the War Office, but from one of the survivors who had arrived at the Portsmouth Barracks. Ordinary Seaman Clark, who was 26 years of age, joined the navy in February last. He served his apprenticeship as a painter and decorator with Messrs. Smith and Pickles, Kirkgate, Silsden, and previous to joining up was employed by Mr. C. Carter, painter and decorator, of Ilkley. He formerly attended the Primitive Methodist Church and Sunday school.

05 October 1917

SILSDEN - MEMORIAL SERVICE

A memorial service for the late Lance-Corporal Broadhead, of the King's Royal Yorkshire Light Infantry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Enos Broadhead, of 9, Daisy Hill, Silsden, was held at the Primitive Methodist Church on Sunday morning last. The service was conducted by Rev. Wm. Dickinson (pastor) who at the close of
his sermon said that Lance-Corporal Broadhead had been reported as missing for the past twelve months, but information had now been received from the War Office that he was killed on September 25th, 1916. They deeply sympathised with the parents and relatives in their long wait, suspense and anxiety, and now apparent loss, and they prayed that they might be comforted by the grace that was divine and sustained by that Great and precious promise of God's word. Surely his association with that school and church and the home must have gone with him and influenced him. to have been good, to do good, and to do his bit for King and country, and the home and loved ones. They were all sorry to hear, that Seaman John Clark was reported as missing, and yet they were not without hope for his safety. But in the suspense they prayed that his mother and all his relatives might be sustained and comforted by God's divine blessing. When they met together for service like that, might they remind themselves that not one of them could fully appreciate the heroism of these brave men on land and sea. To appreciate their heroism they would have to be there, to see and to understand, and to pass what they had passed through. But willingly they paid the supreme sacrifice for them and to preserve home and loved ones and country. His prayer was that they might prove themselves worthy of all the brave heroism and the noble and sacrificial work and life of these brave men on land and sea. There were many who found a sailor's grave, and there were many who would have no place or no mark to show the place where they rested, yet they were safe, in His keeping. At the close the organist played the 'Dead march' in Saul.

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