One of the men named on the Great Easton War Memorial is Victor Edwin Clarke, who was born on 8th August 1892, and died in Gallipoli on 7th August 1915.
Nick Clarke, Victor’s great-nephew, came across letters and postcards that Victor had written to his sister, Emily, during the war. These inspired him to find more about his great-uncle Victor, and he decided to research his life and death. As well as family documents, Nick was able to investigate other original sources, including the War Diary of the Manchester Regiment, and also visited the Gallipoli Peninsula in September 2014. He has written a detailed account of Victor’s war service, based on this research, a summary of which can be found here; extracts relating to the Gallipoli campaign, and the Helles memorial, may be accessed here.
Nick visited the War Memorial in Great Easton on the centenary of his great-uncle’s death in August 2015, and attached a card in his memory – a copy can be seen here.
If you are interested in finding out more about Victor Clarke or the Gallipoli campaign in which he fought, please do get in touch; the Group can pass on enquiries to Nick Clarke.