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Arthur George CLARKE


'Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19'  :-

Name: George Clarke
Residence: Tooting
Death Date: 15 Sep 1916
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Putney Bridge
Rank: Private
Regiment: London Regiment
Battalion: 19th (County of London) Battalion (St. Pancras)
Regimental Number: 8538
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre
Comments: Formerly 2303, 25Th London Regt.

[Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19 -  published in 1921 by His Majesty's Stationery Office]
 

In Memory of

Private Arthur George CLARKE

8538, 19th Bn London Regiment.

who died on 15 September 1916 age 18.

Son of David Arthur and Johanna Clarke, of 45, Franche Court Rd., Lower Tooting, Surrey.

Remembered with honour

London Cemetery and Extension, Longueval - 1AD.10.


  
Commemorated in perpetuity by
the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

London Cemetery and Extension, Longueval - Somme, France

Longueval is a village 40 kilometres north-east of Amiens and 12 kilometres east-north-east of Albert, a town on the D929 road from Amiens to Bapaume and Cambrai.From the D929 direction Bapaume-Albert take the 2nd turning for Martinpuich and continue along the D6 direction Longueval, for 2 kilometres. London Cemetery and Extension will be found on the right hand side of the road.

Historical Information

High Wood was fiercely fought over during the Battle of the Somme until cleared by 47th (London) Division on 15 September 1916. It was lost during the German advance of April 1918, but retaken the following August.

The original London Cemetery at High Wood was begun when 47 men of the 47th Division were buried in a large shell hole on 18 and 21 September 1916. Other burials were added later, mainly of officers and men of the 47th Division who died on 15 September 1916, and at the Armistice the cemetery contained 101 graves. The cemetery was then greatly enlarged when remains were brought in from the surrounding battlefields, but the original battlefield cemetery is preserved intact within the larger cemetery, now known as the London Cemetery and Extension.

The cemetery, one of five in the immediate vicinity of Longueval which together contain more than 15,000 graves, is the third largest cemetery on the Somme with 3,873 First World War burials, 3,114 of them unidentified.

London Cemetery and Extension was used again in 1946 by the Army Graves Service for the reburial of Second World War casualties recovered from various temporary burial grounds, French military cemeteries, small communal cemeteries, churchyards and isolated graves, where permanent maintenance was not possible. These graves are in one central plot at the extreme end of the cemetery, behind the Cross of Sacrifice. Second World War burials number 165.

The original London Cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker, but the site was completely re-modelled after the Second World War by Austin Blomfield.

[Courtesy of Commonwealth War Graves Commission]


 

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