William Charles Clarke, 5927, 2nd Battalion King's Shropshire
Light Infantry will soon have his name inscribed on the
panels of the Menin Gate at Ypres, ninety years after
his death on the fields around the tiny town of Ypres.
William Charles Clarke, who was born in Ross, was the
son of Mr and Mrs Arthur Clarke of Alton Street. He landed
in France on 28th January 1915 and soon found himself
in the trenches, in the St. Eloi sector. After many tours
in and out of the trenches around Ypres, his battalion
was in the thick of the fighting at Frezenberg Ridge.
They formed up on the 24th May to attack Bellewaerde Ridge
and ordered to retake trenches around Railway Wood, after
severe fighting and holding the newly constructed line.
cost this action was over 192 men killed wounded and missing,
of which Private Clarke was one of the missing. His body
was never found, so having no known grave he should have
been recorded on the panels of the Menin Gate. For some
reason however, this never happened.
several months of contacting the Commonwealth War Graves
Commission, amateur researcher of the King's Shropshire
Light Infantry, Philip Morris has now been informed by
letter that the MOD have approved the commemoration and
have confirmed that Private William Charles Clarke's death
was attributed to his war service. He will therefore be
officially recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
name was recorded on the war memorial at St. Mary's Parish
Church, Ross and can be seen in the photograph below.