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Place of Birth: Bentham, Yorkshire
Service No: 42755
Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Engineers
Battalion / Unit: 435th Field Coy
Division: division unknown
Date of Death: 1917-09-28
CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: West of Church.
CWGC Cemetery: BENTHAM (ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST) CHURCHYARD
CWGC Memorial: ---
Non-CWGC Burial: ---
Local War Memorial: HIGH BENTHAM, YORKSHIRE
Robert Clark was the son of Hezekiah and Eliza Clark, née Smith. Hezekiah was born at Sheep Wash near Rathmell, Yorkshire and Eliza at Burton-in-Kendal, Westmorland.
1881 Bentham, Yorkshire Census: Main Street, Low Bentham - Robert Clark, aged 5 years, born Bentham, son of Hezekiah and Eliza Clark.
1891 Bentham, Yorkshire Census: Robert Clarke, aged 14 years, born Bentham, son of Hezekiah and Eliza Clarke.
Robert was married to Catherine Magoolagan in 1900. Catherine was the sister of Private Edward Magoolagan (14404) (q.v.).
1901 Bentham, Yorkshire Census: 10, Lairgill - Robert Clark, aged 24 years, born Bentham. [Robert, with his wife Catherine, and son William H. were boarding with Robert and Catherine Boyd to whom Catherine may have been related.]
1911 Bentham, Yorkshire Census: The Square - Robert Clarke, aged 34 years, born Bentham, husband of Catherine Clarke.
British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: 2nd Cpl Robert Clark, 42755, Royal Engineers. Theatre of War: (1) France. Qualifying date [for 1914-15 Star]: 24 August 1915.
A short biography of Robert is included in: ‘Bentham’s Part in the Great War 1914-18’ by Allan and Marilyn Hartley (2019).
Photograph courtesy of Allan Hartley, High Bentham.
Data Source: Local War Memorial
Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:
CLARK, Sapper Robert, first Bentham volunteer to join the Forces, son of the late Mr. H. Clark, Bentham, died at Military Hospital, Bangor, Sept. 28, 1917.
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Sapper Robert CLARK
Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Engineers
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