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In Memory of

Private Alfred Clarke

2771
1st Coy., 2nd Battalion South Lancashire Regiment
Died of Wounds 5th July 1916 Age 42

It has not been possible to find an obituary to Private Clarke, but SDGW and CWGC state that he was born in Warrington, the son of Joseph and Ellen, but lived in Earlestown. His name is on the first list of recruits in by the Newton and Earlestown Guardian, which also published two letters of thanks on 9th April 1915 and just a month before his death on 2nd June 1916.

He died of wounds during the Battles of the Somme. The Regimental Diary gives a detailed account of the action on the 3rd July in which Alfred almost certainly received his wounds. He is buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery in Plot IV Row F Grave 4.