George CLARKE
Rank: Acting Lance Corporal
Number: P/12584
Unit: MILITARY POLICE (MANCHESTER on mem)
Date of Death: 16 June 1918
Age: 29
Cemetery: North Gate War Cemetery, Baghdad, Iraq

Nothing is known of George except that army records published after the War indicate he was born in the Stockport area and was still living in the town when he enlisted. He originally joined the 2nd Battalion, Manchester Regiment and had the service number 553. It is an unusual and low number perhaps suggesting that he was a special reservist recalled to the colours when War was declared in August 1914 and may have been serving as a civilian police officer. Probably quite soon afterwards, he transferred to the Military Foot Police which was expanded as the War progressed.

Most of George’s work will have been in traffic control duties a little way behind the front line, ensuring the orderly progress of stores and men. He is recorded as having died of wounds and was, no doubt, in a military hospital in Baghdad when he died.

   
           
   
     
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