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Charles Bernard Clark

Born in North Kensington he joined Brighton Borough on 26th June 1912 and then resigned on 20th March 1915 having enlisted at Chelsea to join the London Irish Rifles. At the time of enlistment his residence was given as Queen's Park.

The Borough records show that on 17th November 1915 the Watch Committee passed the following resolution, 'That the Watch Committee have learned with deep regret that PC Charles Bernard Clark of the Brighton Borough Force has been killed in action in France and express their sincere sympathy with his parents in their bereavement'.

Rifleman 3101
1st/18th Bn., London Regiment (London Irish Rifles)

Died Thursday 21st October 1915 age 24

Son of Thomas and Emily Clark of 12, Oliphant Street, Queen's Park, Paddington, London.

Buried at Dud Corner Cemetery, Loos, Pas de Calais, France

Grave reference I. C. 4.

Dud Corner Cemetery, Loos, Pas de Calais, France

Loos-en-Gohelle is a village 5 kilometres north-west of Lens.

The name Dud Corner is believed to be due to the large number of unexploded enemy shells found in the neighbourhood after the Armistice. There are now nearly 2,000 casualties commemorated in this site and of these over half are unidentified. The cemetery covers an area of 5,550 square metres and is bounded by a low rubble wall except on the road side where the War Stone is raised on a grass terrace and flanked by buildings.