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eMedals-WWI Memorial Crossto the 27th Infantry Battalion CEF

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WWI Memorial Crossto the 27th Infantry Battalion CEF



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WWI Memorial Crossto the 27th Infantry Battalion CEF

WWI Memorial Crossto the 27th Infantry Battalion CEF - George V (623181 Pte. R. CLARKE). Naming is engraved. Light contact, very fine. Accompanied by a copy of his Attestation Paper. Footnote: Robert Clarke was born in Ireland on April 25, 1883, the son of Joseph Clarke and Elizabeth Clarke of Magheraleave Road, Lisburn, Ireland. He had three brothers: Corporal William. J. Clarke (who was in the Liverpool Scottish and was reported missing in 1917 but subsequently, on January 25, 1918 was reported wounded with a bullet through the thigh, and a PoW in Germany), Sergeant Joseph Clarke (Military Medal recipient, who was convalescing in the County Antrim Infirmary at the time of his brother’s death and was wounded again in August 1917, being shot through the mouth, losing a number of teeth) and Quartermaster George Clarke (who served with the 11th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles and had embarked from Borden Camp with them in October 1915), along with a sister, Mabel Clarke (who worked in Hilden Hospital as a Voluntary Aid Detachment volunteer). Robert Clarke signed his Attestation Paper as a Private with the 61st Infantry Battalion "Winnipeg Battalion" on September 8, 1915 at Winnipeg, Manitoba, naming his next-of-kin as Elizabeth Clarke, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was married and that his trade was that of Clerk. It was noted in his medical examination that he had a hernia and would be accepted into the army after an operation to correct it. The Battalion was raised and mobilized in Winnipeg under the authority of G.O. 103A, August 15, 1915. The Battalion sailed on April 5, 1916 under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel F.J. Murray with a strength of 37 officers and 1,091 other ranks. In England, the Battalion was absorbed into the 11th Reserve Battalion. He was later transferred to the 27th Infantry Battalion "City of Winnipeg Regiment", Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment) while in the French theatre, and was with them when he was Killed in Action on September 15, 1916 at the Battle of Flers–Courcelette, at the age of 33. He is remembered with honour on the Vimy Memorial, in Pas de Calais, France and is commemorated on Page 67 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.
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