William George (W C - on mem) CLARK(E)
Rank: Private
Number: 72555
Unit: 3rd Garrison Battalion ROYAL WELSH FUSILIERS
Date of Death: 24 September 1918
Age: 25
Cemetery: St Paulís Churchyard, Portwood, Stockport

Although local official records of William's birth record his surname as Clarke (as does the Stockport Memorial), it would seem as though he enlisted into the army with the name of Clark and his medal entitlement records are spelt as this (as is his official commemoration by the War Graves Commission).

Nothing is known of his early life, except that he was born in Marple , the son of William Henry and Alice Jane. Records suggest that the couple had married in 1892 in the Stockport area and that her maiden name was Sturmey. When he enlisted into the army at Manchester, he was living in Gorton. After the War, his parents were living at 53 Emperor Street, Portwood and his burial at nearby St Pauls suggest they had been living there for at least a few years.

His service number indicates it was fairly late in the War when he did join up and his attachment to a home service garrison Battalion suggests that his health was not sufficiently robust for the rigours of the trenches. He is understood to have died of natural causes.

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