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Service No:60271
Date of Death:03/05/1917
Regiment:Cheshire Regiment
Unit:16th Bn.
Nesle Communal Cemetery
Grave Reference:A.11.

James Clarke was born in Chadderton in 1894. His parents were Richard and Maria. Richard was a labourer in an Ironworks and originally from Gravesend, Maria was originally from Stockport. They had 10 children in total, 8 living past infancy. Older than James were Joseph,Harry,Harriet & Ernest. His younger siblings were William,Florrie & Richard. The family lived at 68 Stanley Street in Chadderton from before James' birth and were still there at the time of his death.
On May 29th,1915 James married Elizabeth Parsons, also from Chadderton, at St.Matthews church there. His brother Harry was killed at Gallipoli within the next month. The young couple set up home at Crossley Street in Royton. James worked as a minder at the Manor Mill in Chadderton and was a member of the Chadderton PSA (Pleasant Sunday Afternoon Society) as well as being involved at St.Mark's Church. He joined the army in December 1916 and just five months later he was dead, he passed away in a casualty clearing station near to the front in France.
Shortly after his death, a sister at the clearing station wrote to Elizabeth back in Royton:
"Private Clarke was wounded in the shoulder and the abdomen.He was operated on immediately and though everything possible was done for him he failed to recover"