Albert CLARKE
Rank: Lance Corporal
Number: 206256
Unit: 1st Battalion WORCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 6 June 1918
Age: 33
Cemetery: Soissons Memorial, Aisne, France

Very little is known about Albert's life, except that he had been born in Stockport, the son of James and Mary. After the War, they were living at Cain Street, Edgeley.

Albert originally served with the local 6th (Territorial) Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment. His service number, 1862, confirms he had joined the Territorials some while before the start of the War and was mobilised on 4 August 1914. He went overseas with the Battalion on 10 November. The reason for his transfer to the Worcesters is unknown but he had possibly been wounded or away from the Cheshires due to illness. When he was fit enough to return to duty, the Worcesters will have been in greater need of replacements.

There are no details of the day Albert was reported to have been killed in action. On 27 May, the Germans opened the third and final phase of their spring offensive. As the previous weeks, it was delivered with devastating effect and the Tommies became heavily engaged in a fighting retreat. It was chaos. By 6 June, the Battalion was no longer an effective force, being reduced to 3 officers and 70 other ranks - less than 10% of its full strength. Many had become casualties or been taken prisoner. Others were fighting alongside men of other units. It is possible that Albert had been killed during the previous days but that reports were not submitted until they were relieved from the action. Also recorded as having been killed the same day was another local man, James Ainley, who had also served in the 6th Cheshires. Their bodies were never recovered and identified.

   
           
   
     
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