BORN HULL 13/10/1891. YOUNGEST SON OF WALTER CLARK (BOARD OF TRADE INSPECTOR) & MRS CLARK AT 100 BRUNSWICK STREET.
ENLISTED IN THE ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY, IN SEPTEMBER 1914. JOINED THE ROYAL NAVAL RESERVE, APRIL 1915. HE WORKED FOR THE ELLERMAN WILSON LINE AS A SHIP’S OFFICER PRIOR TO WAR. HE SERVED AS A NAVY LIEUTENANT, ON THE TROOPSHIP, “LOUVAIN”, WHICH WAS SUNK ON 20TH JANUARY 1918. HE DROWNED, AGED 26. HE WAS A FORMER TRINITY HOUSE BOY AND IS LISTED ON TRINITY HOUSE SCHOOL MEMORIAL. ALSO COMMEMORATED ON THE PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL. HE LEFT £257 IN HIS WILL TO HIS FATHER. THIS WAS HIS PROBATE ADDRESS. HIS DEATH WAS REPORTED, IN THE HULL DAILY MAIL, ON 31ST JANUARY 1818 WITH HIS PHOTOGRAPH. *
HIS ELDEST BROTHER WAS A HUMBER PILOT AND ANOTHER BROTHER SERVED AT LIEUTENANT IN THE ROYAL NAVY RESERVE.
SS Louvain, built as a passenger ship by Earle’s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd., Hull in 1897 and operated at the time of her loss by Royal Navy, was a British armed boarding steamer of 1830 tons. On January 20th, 1918, Louvain used as a troop transport, was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine UC-22 (Carl Bünte) in the Kelos Strait, in the Aegean Sea. 224 persons were lost.