Walter J Clarke


Parish Records show that Walter John Clarke born at Drtts (not a misprint) West Haddon was baptised on 7/3/1880.   His father was named John and his mother Emma.   He was living with John, aged 43, (born Thornby), his wife Emma, aged 49, also born Thornby, his brothers Thomas, aged 18, Fred aged 12 and a visitor George E Knight.

In 1901, aged 21, Walter John was living with his brother Thomas, then aged 28, Thomas’s wife Rose, aged 26 and Walter’s nephew Walter John.

He married Mary Elizabeth Foulkes on 5/10/1903.   They went on to have four children Elizabeth Ada born 25/4/1908, Herbert John born 5/11/1910, Dorothy born 19/11/1914 and Charles.

In 1911, aged 30, he was living at Yard, Near Mill Hill, Long Buckby and working as a journeyman baker.   His wife and family were “away from home”.

He was “deemed to have enlisted” with the Leicestershire Regiment on 7/9/1917 with a regimental number of 39716.   He had been employed as a bricklayer at a mine and was living at 29 Tanter Banks, Stafford.   He became a heavy lorry driver with the Leicestershire Regiment but was discharged from military service on 5/10/1918 as “no longer physically fit for war service”.

The 1920 Edition of Kelly’s shows Walter John having returned to the village on discharge and working as a shopkeeper and beer retailer.

Walter John Clarke died on 3/5/1959.   The registration of probate read “Clarke, W John of 74 Warwick Street, Leicestershire died 3/5/1959 at Towers Hospital, Leicester.   Admin Leicester 16/6 to Florence May Wilson (wife of Sydney Edward Wilson).   Effects £1356 18s 11d”.

Jim Blakey  22nd March, 2017