Private David Bradley Clark

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

David Clark Birth Registration Transcript
David Clark Baptism Registration ©

David Bradley Clark was born on 30th August 1896 in Holmwood, Surrey to farmworker and farm bailiff John and Annie (nee Bradley). He was baptised on 20th September 1897 at St Mary´s in Holmwood

David’s father John was born about 1858 in Uffculme, Devonshire to agricultural labourer Henry (born about 1832) and Elizabeth (born about 1828), both in Uffculme. During the 1871 Census, John 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. David’s mother Annie was born about 1863 in Pyrford, Surrey to agricultural labourer David (born about 1834 in West Horsley, Surrey) and Mary (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 and Annie married on 20th 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, Surrey. John was working as an agricultural labourer.

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

David Clark 1901 Census ©

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 was assistant herdsman on the same farm, and Annie was looking after the rest of their children.

David Clark School Admission Register 1901
© Surrey History Centre

The 1901 South Holmwood Church of England School admission book reads, that David was admitted on the 22nd 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 was working as herdsman on a farm, David was a domestic gardener and Harold was at school. The family had also servant Alice Jessie Herris, who was working as a dairymaid on the farm. The accommodation had seven rooms.

David 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 Clark Death Notice

David died on the 20th of February 1915 in Cranleigh (Hambledon) Surrey.

David Bradley Clark Roll of Honour ©

David was buried on 24th February 1915 at St Nicholas in Cranleigh, Surrey. The grave reference number is: I.9.82. His headstone reads: “Good Night, All´s Well“. He was 19 years old.

David Bradley Clark Soldiers Effects ©

David’s mother Annie received on 29th September 1915, £2, 8s and 11d in Soldiers Effects.

Born Holmwood, Surrey
Lived Faringdon, Berkshire
Son of John and Annie Clark of Home Farm, Buscot Park
Regiment 5th Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Number 10414
Date of Death 20th February 1915
Place of Death Cranleigh, Surrey
Age 19
Memorial Cranleigh Cemetery, Surrey
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