b. 08/06/1916 Southport, Lancashire. d. 23/04/1943 Guiriat el Atach, Tunisia
He was 23 years old, and a lieutenant in The Loyal Regiment, British Army during the Second World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 23 April 1943 at Guiriat El Atach, Tunisia, Lieutenant Clarke's company were counter-attacked and almost wiped out, he being the sole remaining officer. Although wounded in the head he gathered a composite platoon together and advancing to attack the position again met heavy fire from a machine-gun post. He manoeuvred his men to give covering fire and then tackled the post single-handed, killing or capturing the crew and knocking out the gun. He dealt similarly with two other posts and then led his platoon to the objective, but was killed when he later went forward to tackle two sniper posts singlehanded.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: NOT PUBLICLY HELD.
BURIAL PLACE: MASSICAULT WAR CEMETERY, MANOUBA, TUNISIA.
Cemetery Plan courtesy of Kevin Brazier
PLOT V, ROW B, GRAVE 1.
Southport Garden of Remembrance
St George's Church, Ypres