Clarke, (Reginald) Alfred

Poppy on a wooden cross

Age: 25
Date of birth: 1889 (Q2)

Parents: Mary Jane Clarke (later Huckvale)
Wife:
Address: 14 Barrack Street

Occupation: Career soldier

Alfred was born in the second quarter of 1889 to Mary Jane Clarke, a laundress, and registered as Reginald Alfred Clarke.

On 29th August 1898, Mary Jane, then 30 and recorded as a spinster, married Thomas Roger Huckvale, also 30 and working as a labourer, at St Mary’s Warwick.

The 1901 census shows Thomas and Mary living at 7 Joyce Pool with Reginald Clarke (11) and Nellie Clarke (3) recorded as Thomas’s stepchildren

By the 1911 census, Thomas and Mary (recorded as Jane) were living at 14 Barrack Street with children Percy (10), Walter (6) and Nellie (14 and now recorded as Huckvale).

Alfred is recorded in 1911 as a Private in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. He was later promoted to Lance Corporal.

Alfred and his family attended the Weslyan Church in Northgate Street, now know as Northgate Methodist Church.

This odd piece appeared in the Warwick Advertiser on 13th February 1915 and must have been quite upsetting for his mother and his sweetheart.

Military Service

Rank & Number: Lance Corporal, 1029
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Brigade/Division: 10th Brigade, 4th Division
Date of death: Friday, September 18, 1914
Cause of death/Battle: Died of wounds
Commemorated/Buried: La Ferte-Souse-Joarre Memorial, Seine-et-Marne
Awards: 1914 Star and Clasp, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Commemorated locally at: Westgate School

Contributors

  • Unlocking Warwick Research Group
  • Our thanks to Richard Ratcliffe, archivist for the Warwick Wesleyans
  • Warwick Advertiser excerpt courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office

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