Lest We Forget

1914 - 1918

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.

Clark, John

Rank
Private, 1 Bn Highland Light Infantry
Service Number
23124
Born
about 1890 at North Queensferry
Parents
John Clark
Date of death
8 March 1916 (Aged about 26)
Grave
Has no known grave
Other Memorials
Basra Memorial
Scottish National War Memorial (Edinburgh Castle)

Other Information

Census 1911 at Main Street, Bowie’s House, John Clark (20) born North Queensferry, Stone Cutter Admiralty naval base. Grandson of John Clark (67) labourer in Whinstone Quarry and (presumably) son of John (39) Kerb Dresser. There were other Clark families in North Queensferry, but this seems the most probable

His service record has not been located, but he served in the regular battalion of his regiment, so it is possible he had enlisted prior to the outbreak of war, however his service number seems more likely to have been that of a wartime enlistment

The 1st Battalion was in Ambala, India as part of the Sirhind Brigade in the 3rd (Lahore) Division at the start of the war and moved to France via Egypt, landing at Marseilles 1 December 1914 (some weeks after the other Brigades of the Division).

In December 1915 they moved to Mesopotamia

The date of his death suggests involvement in the particularly arduous attempts at the relief of Kut, where other British troops had been besieged for months

Killed in action in Mesopotamia (Iraq).

A different John M. Clark (from Inverkeithing) is remembered on the Inverkeithing Memorial.


Sources

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Scottish National War Memorial (Edinburgh Castle)

Scottish War Memorials Project

Census 1911

Soldiers Died in Great War


Here dead we lie, Because we did not choose
To live and shame the land, From which we sprung.

Life, to be sure, Is nothing much to lose,
But young men think it is, And we were young.

[A.E. Housman]

When You Go Home,
Tell Them Of Us And Say,

For Your Tomorrow,
We gave our Today

[Kohima, attributed to John Maxwell Edmonds]

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