J Clarke


John James Clarke was born in West Haddon during the January-March quarter 1890 (Daventry 9 1206 105).   His father William was born in West Haddon.   His mother was Annie Mary Elizabeth (nee Hancock).

The 1891 Census records John James living in West Haddon with his parents, brother Frank aged 6 and sister Alice aged 4.

The 1901 Census shows him aged 11 living at Buttitts Lane, West Haddon with his parents and Frank, now aged 16 employed as a carpenter’s apprentice, Alice aged 14 and Kathleen aged 5.

He married  Florence Beatrice Reeve during the April – June quarter of 1909 – Northants 3b 169

In 1911 John and Florence lived in Marriwell Cottage, West Haddon with their daughter Vera Beatrice, born in September 1910.   John was working as a farm labourer.   They subsequently had a son Norman James, born 28/5/1913.

John James Clarke enlisted at the age of 26 with the 4th Bedfordshire Regiment on a short service attestation with a regimental number of 41183.   He was working at BTH Rugby at the time.   He was attested on 15/11/1916 and placed on the reserve on the same day with the rank of Private.   He was approved on 11/11/1916 and served in France, if I have interpreted the army record correctly, from 12/11/1916 to 6/1/1918.

He received a severe gunshot wound in December 1917 and was transferred to the Western General Hospital on 24/4/1918.   He was discharged from military service on 13/12/1918 as “no longer fit for military service” due to a disability with his left thigh.

In 1921 he was in Edmonton City, Edmonton East, Alberta, Canada.

On 19/1/1922 he emigrated to New Zealand on board the ‘Pakeha’

His wife Florence died in Wellington, New Zealand in 1949.

John James died in 1960, also in Wellington.   He was interred in Karari Cemetery.

Their daughter Vera Beatrice died in 1969.

Their son Norman James died in 2011

Jim Blakey 21st March, 2017