Joseph Clark, Private 43597, 7th Bn. King’s Shropshire Light Infantry
Killed in action 28th October 1918 in France, aged 26
Joseph Clark was born on 17 June and baptised at Christ Church on 9 November 1892, the son of Sarah (nee Bailey) and James Clark, a bricksetter of 4 Pinfold St, Macclesfield.
Joseph’s mother died in 1895, and in 1901, eight-year-old Joseph was living at 96 Vincent St, Macclesfield with his sister and her husband, Sarah and Fred Grundy, and his siblings James (16), Florence (13) and William H (11). By 1901 the Grundy family had moved to 64 High Street, Macclesfield, and Joseph, then employed as a general labourer, still lived with them, as did his widowed father and brother William.
On 23 June 1913, Joseph married Lilian Dunkley at Church Street West Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Macclesfield. Prior to enlistment, Joseph was employed at Salford.
Private Clark’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on Friday 22 November 1918:
PTE JOSEPH CLARK, 7th KSLI, whose wife resides at 11 Sunderland Street, Macclesfield, was killed in action on October 28th. Pte Clark was 26 years of age and enlisted in May this year. He had only served in France about three weeks. Before enlistment he was employed at Salford. He was a native of Macclesfield and attended the Macclesfield Sunday School and Church Street West Chapel. A brother is serving.
Private Joseph Clark is buried at Poix-du-Nord Communal Cemetery Extension, France, in grave ref. II. B. 23. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Joseph Clark, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Locally, Private Joseph Clark is commemorated on the Macclesfield Sunday School war memorial. He may also be the Joseph Clarke commemorated on the G H Heath & Son war memorial.
A brother also served.
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births, Marriages, Deaths
Census (England & Wales): 1901, 1911
Cheshire Parish Baptism Registers: Christ Church, Macclesfield
Cheshire Non-conformist Records, 1671-1900 (FamilySearch): Church Street West Methodist Chapel, Macclesfield
WWI British Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects
WWI British Army Medal Rolls Index Cards
WWI Absent Voters Lists (FindMyPast): Macclesfield Parliamentary Division
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
Macclesfield Times: 22 November 1918