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Sgt James Clarke
Birth: Apr. 6, 1894
Death: Jun. 16, 1947

World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Winford, England, he served as a Sergeant Major in the 15th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army. During the attack at Happegarbes, France, on November 2, 1918, Sergeant Major Clarke was in command of a forward platoon. Being held up by heavy German machine-gun fire, he rushed forward capturing in succession four machine-guns and single-handed bayoneted the crews. He then led the his platoon to capture three more machine-guns and many prisoners. In the later stages of the attack on the same day, when his platoon was held up by enemy machine-guns, he successfully led a tank over very exposed ground and destroyed the enemy positions. Continuing the attack on the next day, he captured many more prisoners and gained his objective. For most conspicuous bravery, he was awarded the Victoria Cross King George V at Buckingham Palace in February 1919. He died at age 54 from pneumonia in Rochdale, England. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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Rochdale Cemetery
Rochdale
Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale
Greater Manchester, England
 
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Record added: Mar 06, 2005
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Sgt James Clarke
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Sgt James Clarke
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