Chatteris WW1 Soldier Jesse Clarke 3/9648. Chatteris Remembers Biography
Serjeant Jesse Clark 3/9648 8th Bn Suffolk regiment Died 28 September 1916 Jesse was born in 1890 in Welches Dam. In 1911, before he went to war, he lived at Wenny Farm East and was a farm labourer. His father Frederick was the farmer. By the end of the war his father had moved to 35 New Rd, Chatteris. Jesse enlisted in March in September 1914 and went out to France on 25 July 1915. He was reported as missing in October 1916 and a letter in the Cambs Times stated that he was hit by a sniper during an attack. “He was hit in a very advanced part of the line and it was impossible to get up to him to get any of his personal belongings off him as the place was surrounded by Germans”. Jesse died on September 28th 1916. The 8th Suffolks were engaged in an attack on the Schwaben Redoubt on the Somme. They had been successful advancing and then consolidating their position on 26th & 27th September and the attack was again renewed on 28th. The attack was ultimately successful but there were over 200 casualties in the 8th Battalion on that day. Jesse was officially reported as dead in April 1917. Jess is buried at Mill Road Cemetery on The Somme. Project File contains: • CWGC certificate • Medal Card • 1911 census • Cambs Times Apr 18 1917. 20 Oct 1916 • Extract from The History of The Suffolk Regiment
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