image from 1918 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper

Born: 1885, Ipswich.

Died: 19th September 1918; age 33; KiA – Palestine.

Residence: 25, Broom Hill Road, Ipswich.

Employed: as Secretary to Mr. Pollard Wilkinson, Headmaster of the Ipswich Municipal Secondary School for Boys.

Date of Entry Therein: 16th February 1918 – Egypt.


Rank: Second Lieutenant.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 3rd Battalion attached 1st/5th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:


Ramleh War Cemetery,

Israel & Palestine (including Gaza).


Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mrs. Emma Eliza Clarke, of 25, Broom Hill Road, Ipswich.




1891   16, Palmerston Road, Ipswich.

Percy was 6 years old and living with his parents & brothers.

Thomas Lancey Clarke, 47, a Grocery Manager, born Harwich, Essex.

Emma Eliza Clarke (nee Runickles), 34, born Stowmarket, Suffolk.

George William Clarke, 9, born Ipswich.

David Henry Clarke, 3, born Ipswich.

John Cyril Clarke, 7 months, born Ipswich.


1901   61, Cemetery Road, Ipswich.

Percy was 16 years old he was living with his parents & brothers.

Thomas, 57, a Manager of the Co-operative Society.

Emma, 43.

George, 19, a Clerk.

David, 13.

John, 10.


1911   61, Cemetery Road, Ipswich.

Percy was 26 years old, a Registrar of Secondary & Technical Schools – Municipal Borough Council. He was living with his parents & brother.

Thomas, 67, a Grocer’s Manager of the Co-operative Society.

Emma, 53.

John, 20, a Tobacco Manufacturer’s Clerk.


Percy’s father, Thomas Lancey Clarke, died in November 1915, of 25, Broom Hill Road, Ipswich.

Evening Star – Monday, 8th November 1915 – The death is announced of Mr. Thomas Lancey Clarke, of 25, Broomhill Road, Ipswich, who was for upwards of 35 years manager of the Central Grocery Co-operative Society in Carr Street. Thomas came to Ipswich from Manningtree in the early eighties of the last century and commenced his duties with the Society at the premises known as the Wellington Inn, which was part of the site now occupied by the Society’s Central premises. He made a wide circle of friends and was well-known for general courtesy and unswerving devotion to duty. Thomas Clarke leaves a widow and four sons – George W. Clarke, of Leamington Spa, Percy T., David H., and John C. Clarke. The third son, who was residing in Berlin at the outbreak of war, is now a prisoner at Ruhlebem. He was interned almost immediately after hostilities had commenced in August of 1914.


In March 1900, Percy was under 16 years of age when he obtained honours for the Class I – Second Division, of the Cambridge Local Examinations.


Soldiers’ Effects to Mrs. Emma Eliza Clarke – mother.


Probate to Emma Eliza Clarke – mother.


Percy is also remembered on the war memorial under Education at the Town Hall, Ipswich, and also at St. Matthew’s Church, and at  Northgate High School. Formerly Ipswich Grammar School for Boys.

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