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Tracing Your Roots To Gallipoli

Remembering some of the Bolton men who lost their lives in the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915

George Edwin Clark

George Edwin ClarkBolton Journal and Guardian 3 September 1915

Bolton Scout-master Killed

Writing to the “Journal and Guardian” from Gallipoli, Sergt. J. Horner, of the 6th East Lancashire Brigade, and formerly of 2, Melville-st., Great Lever, says:- “Will you kindly publish in your valuable paper the news of the death of Sergt. Geo. E. Clark, 6th East Lancashire Regiment, British Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, who was killed in action on August 9th. He was late Scoutmaster of some troop of Scouts in Bolton, and as a Bolton man myself, I thought it would be best to have it published in your paper, not knowing his wife’s address. We were making a bayonet charge about 4.30 a. m. on the 8th, when Clark was shot through the head, death being instantaneous. As I was only a couple of yards from him when this occurred, I can assure his wife that he died game with his face to the enemy. We buried him at night as throughout that day the Turks were using machine guns all around where he fell. Hoping this will meet the eye of his wife, who has the sympathy of all the sergeants of the regiment. I will close, wishing your paper the best of luck.”

Sergt George Edwin Clark, who lived at 14, Bristol-avenue, Tonge Moor, was formerly a machine man with Mr. J. W. Gledsdale printer, Deansgate, and was a member of the Bolton branch of the Typographical Association. He took a great interest in the Boy Scout movement, and was for some years secretary of the Bolton Scouts Association. He was Scoutmaster of the Bolton 3rd Troop. Most of his boys were connected with the Queen-st. Mission School, and he was a regular attender there up to the time of his enlistment last November. He joined the 6th East Lancashire Regiment, and went out to Gallipoli in June. He came to Bolton from Liverpool nine years ago. He had been brought up in that city from being a boy. He was exceedingly well-known in Bolton, however, and much sympathy will be extended to his wife and two children. Sergt Clark was 35 years of age.

George married Lily Trousdale b.1885, in Liverpool in 1906. They had two children, Violet Brenda Clark b.1908 and Lilian B Clark b.1912.

They appeared on the 1911 Census living at 14 Bristol Avenue, Tonge Moor, Bolton. George was employed as a printing machine minder.



Name Clark, George Edwin
Rank Sergeant
Number 17639
Unit 6th Bn
East Lancashire Regiment
Born Retford, Nottinghamshire
Enlisted November 1914
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
9 August 1915
Age 35
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
East Lancashire Regiment