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Leo Clarke
Birth: Dec. 1, 1892
Death: Oct. 19, 1916

World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Waterdown, Ontario, Canada, he served as a Corporal in the 2nd Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Forces, British Army. On September 9, 1916, near Pozieres, France, Corporal Clarke was assigned to clear the enemy on the left flank to allow his company to build a fortified secure position. When his section reached the trench, it was so heavily defended that they had to battle their way through and Clarke was the only man left standing, with the rest had either been killed or wounded. At that time, about 20 Germans counter-attacked. Corporal Clarke advanced, emptying his revolver into their ranks. He then picked up two enemy rifles, fired those and during attack was wounded by a bayonet, but pursued killing 19 and capturing one. A month later in actions at near Le Havre, France, he was fatally injured when the blast from a shell caused him to be buried in a trench. For most prestigious gallantry in the face of the enemy, he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross in the spring of 1917. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
Burial:
Etretat Churchyard
Etretat
Departement de la Seine-Maritime
Haute-Normandie, France
Plot: II.C.3A.
 
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Record added: Nov 06, 2004
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Leo Clarke
Added by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
 
Leo Clarke
Added by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
 
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