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In Remembrance of
David William Clarke

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Date of birth: 27th March 1916
Place of birth: Islington, London, England
Parents: Albert and Jessie Clarke
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Ordinary Seaman
Service Number: P/JX 237281
Joined Hood: Believed early 1941
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

David was born on 27th March 1916 in Islington, London to Albert and Jessie Clarke. The family later lived in Croxley Green, Hertfordshire. A mature entrant who joined the RN during the War, he had only served for a few months before his loss. The newspaper cutting reproduced below gives some detail of his life, and records his mother's vain hope that he might have survived the sinking.

David was 25 years old at the time of his loss.

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An article from a local Hertfordshire newspaper, in which David Clarke's mother poignantly expresses the hope - later dashed - that her son might have survived Hood's sinking.

Hood Chapel, Church of St. John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire, England

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Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea, Hampshire, England

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The part of the memorial in which the Hood casualty names can be found.
(Panels 45 to 61)

David's name is in Column 2 of Panel 50.

Detail of David's name.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
Rowland Starkey, son of David Clarke's sister's best friend, newspaper article and information October 2022.