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243   Rifleman Robert John Clarke
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Dated added: 24/09/2016   Last updated: 12/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 12th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (British Army)
Died: 02/09/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 21
Robert John Clarke was born about 1897 in Randalstown. Robert was brought up by his grandparents, Charles and Mary Ann Underwood in the Toome area. Robert enlisted in Belfast. He was living in Randalstown at the time. Rifleman Robert John Clarke was serving with the 12th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action near Ypres on Monday 2nd September 1918.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Nieuwkerke Neuve-Eglise Churchyard
  Ypres (Ieper), West-Vlaanderen, 2
Grave Ref: Grave Y-1
CWGC Casualty 482824
Nieuwkerke (Neuve-Eglise)Churchyard is located 12 Kms south of Ieper town centre, on a road leading from the Kemmelseweg (N331) which connects Ieper to Kemmel and onto Nieuwkerke. From Ieper town centre the Kemmelseweg is reached via the Rijselsestraat, through the Lille Gate (Rijselpoort) and straight on towards Armentieres (N336). 900 metres after the crossroads is the right hand turning onto the Kemmelseweg (made prominent by a railway level crossing). After passing the village of Kemmel the N331 continues for 4 Kms towards Nieuwkerke. On reaching Nieuwkerke the first right hand turning leads onto Kemmelstraat. The churchyard is located 80 metres along the Kemmelstraat on the left hand side of the road and facing the Market Place.
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1 1901 Census lists Robert Clark 1901 census lists Robert as age 4 living with grandparents at house 3 in Ballydonnelly, Toome Upper, Antrim
2 1911 Census lists Robert Clark 1911 census lists Robert John as age 14 living with grandparents at house 8 in Groggan, Drumanaway, Antrim
3 Ballymena 1914-1918 Brief details of Rifleman Robert John Clarke
4 Photo of Rifleman Robert John Clarke's grave
5 National Archives UK Medal card of Rifleman Robert John Clarke can be purchased here
6 Randalstown 1914-1918 Brief details of Rifleman Robert John Clarke
7 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Rifleman Robert John Clarke's grave can be purchased here
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