Private David Bradley Clark

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

David Bradley Clark Birth Registration Transcript © findmypast.co.uk
David Bradley Clark Birth Registration Transcript © findmypast.co.uk

David Bradley Clark was born on the 30th of August 1896 in Holmwood,Surrey to agricultural labourer, herdsman on a farm and farm bailiff John Clark and Annie Clark nee Bradley.

David´s father John was born about 1858 in Uffculme, Devonshire to agricultural labourer Henry Clark (born about 1832 in Uffculme, Devonshire) and Elizabeth Clark (born about 1828 in Uffculme, Devonshire). During the 1871 Census, John Clark and his younger brother James were working for farmer John Weber at Hayne Farm in Uffculme. At the time of the 1881 Census, John was a lodger to farm labourer William and Mary Foster of Berwick Farm, Cobham. John was working as a farm labourer.

David´s mother Annie Bradley was born about 1863 in Pyrford, Surrey to agricultural labourer David Bradley (born about 1834 in West Horsley, Surrey) and Mary Bradley (born about 1837 in Bramley, Surrey). Annie was baptised on the 5th of July 1863 at St Nicholas in Pyrford.

At the time of the 1881 Census, Annie was working as a housemaid to Lady Elizabeth Francis of Byfleet, Chertsey.

John Clark and Annie Bradley married on the 20th of October 1883 at St Andrew´s church in Cobham.

At the time of the 1891 Census, John, Annie and their two sons Henry J. Clark and Rowland E. Clark were living at Brookwood Cottage, Beare Green, Capel, Surrey. John was working as an agricultural labourer.

David Bradley Clark Baptism Registration © ancestry.co.uk
David Bradley Clark Baptism Registration © ancestry.co.uk

David Bradley Clark/Clarke was born on the 30th of August 1896 in Holmwood and was baptised on the 20th of September 1897 at St Mary´s in Holmwood. At the time of the baptism the family lived in Holmwood and John was working as herdsman on a farm.

David Bradley had 5 siblings: Henry J. born about 1886 in Capel, Rowland E. born about 1889 in Capel, Reginald Percy born about 1892 in Holmwood/Capel, Dorothy A. born about 1893 in Capel and Harold Sidney born about 1904 in Holmwood.

David Bradley Clark 1901 Census © Ancestry.co.uk
David Bradley Clark 1901 Census © Ancestry.co.uk

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family lived at Jersey Farm Cottages in Holmwood. John was working as a herdsman on a farm, his son Henry J. was assistant herdsman on the farm, and John´s wife Annie was looking after the rest of their children Rowland E., Reginald Percy, David Bradley and Dorothy A.

David Bradley Clark School Admission Register 1901 © findmypast.co.uk
David Bradley Clark School Admission Register 1901 © findmypast.co.uk

The 1901 South Holmwood Church of England School admission book reads, that David Bradley Clark was admitted on the 22nd of April 1901. The family lived at Jersey Farm Cottages.

At the time of the 1911 Census, the family moved to Buckland Home Farm, Bwlch R.S.O., Breconshire, Wales. John was working as a farm bailiff. Annie was at home. Of their children Reginald Percy was working as herdsman on a farm, David Bradley was a domestic gardener and Harold Sidney was at school. The family had also servant Alice Jessie Herris, who was working as a dairymaid on the farm. The accommodation had 7 rooms.

David Bradley Clark/Clarke enlisted in Oxford and became part of the 5th Battalion the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. He was a private with the regimental number 10414. At the time of his enlistment David resided at Faringdon in Berkshire. Possibly at Home Farm, Buscot Park, Faringdon in Berkshire, where his parents lived.

David Bradley died on the 20th of February 1915 in Cranleigh (Hambledon) Surrey. David was buried on the 24th of February 1915 at St Nicholas in Cranleigh, Surrey. Grave reference number is: I.9.82. His headstone reads: “Good Night, All´s Well“. David´s mother Annie Clark received on the 29th of September 1915, £2, 8s and 11d in Soldiers´ Effects´.

He was 19 years old.

Born                             Holmwood, Surrey
Lived                            Faringdon, Berkshire

Son of                          John and Annie Clark of Home Farm, Buscot Park, Oxfordshire

Enlisted                        Oxford

Regiment                     5th Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Number                       10414

Date of Death              20th February 1915
Place of Death             Cranleigh, Surrey
Cause of Death            Died of Wounds

Age                              19

Cemetery                     Cranleigh Cemetery