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He gave no next of kin on enlistment.
He was a labourer.
16 Jan 1917
551735 - CWGC Website
16 Goodhead Street Meadows Nottingham. However following his death Clarke's next of kin could not be traced. This address, according to his ASR, was 'occupied by a Mrs Smith who states she has resided there for the past ten years. She knows nothing regarding him.'
Royal Garrison Artillery
13th Siege Bty Clarke enlisted in London 8/11/1914. He was awarded 7 days Field Punishment No 1 on 5/10/1915 for 'lost equipment and absence'. Field Punishment was introduced in 1881 following the abolition of flogging, and was a common punishment during World War I. A commanding officer could award field punishment for up to 28 days, while a court martial could award it for up to 90 days. Field Punishment Number One, often abbreviated to ‘F.P. No. 1’ or even just ‘No. 1’, consisted of the convicted man being placed in fetters and handcuffs or similar restraints and attached to a fixed object, such as a gun wheel or a fence post, for up to two hours per day. During the early part of World War I, the punishment was often applied with the arms stretched out and the legs tied together, giving rise to the nickname ‘crucifixion’. This was applied for up to three days out of four, up to 21 days total. It was usually applied in field punishment camps set up for this purpose a few miles behind the front line, but when the unit was on the move it would be carried out by the unit itself. It has been alleged that this punishment was sometimes applied within range of enemy fire. During World War I Field Punishment Number One was issued by the British Army on 60210 occasions. Field Punishment Number One was eventually abolished in 1923, when an amendment to the Army Act which specifically forbade attachment to a fixed object was passed by the House of Lords. (Wikipedia)
A civilian testimonial described Clarke as 'intelligent, industrious, trustworthy'. He was 25 on enlistment so may have been 29 when killed.
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