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Lionel Beaumaurice (Leo) Clarke, V.C. 1892-1916

Lionel Beaumaurice (Leo) Clarke, V.C. 1892-1916

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted April, 2004

Lionel Beaumaurice (Leo) Clarke, V.C. 1892-1916

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted December, 2010

Lionel Beaumaurice (Leo) Clarke, V.C. 1892-1916

Photo Source - Wikipedia

Plaque Location

The City of Hamilton
In Waterdown, on the northwest corner of
Hamilton Street North and White Oak Drive

Coordinates: N 43 20.001 W 79 53.998


Plaque Text

Born near Waterdown, Ontario, Leo Clarke moved to Winnipeg in 1903. He enlisted with the 27th Battalion, C.E.F. in February 1915 and transferred to the 2nd Canadian Battalion later that year. On September 9, 1916, on the Somme battlefront, though wounded, Corporal Clarke single-handedly defended a recently-won trench. Using a revolver and two captured rifles he repulsed an attack by two enemy officers and about twenty others, thus helping to secure the Canadian position. For his courageous action he received the British Empire's highest award for valour, the Victoria Cross. Before his award was announced, however, Corporal Clarke was killed in battle on October 19, 1916, and is buried near Le Havre, France.


Victoria Cross

Hamilton Plaques

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> Posted February 22, 2013
On 5 October 1916, Clarke was fatally injured when a shell blast buried him in a trench. He died of his injuries two weeks later on 19 October.

> Posted July 3, 2010
Johnny Prince was one of Membertou's First Nations soldiers. Prince was born in Hay River Alberta. He served in the Canadian Armed Forces. Lawrence Perry was one of Scotland's soldiers. He was born in Scotland. Gerry Chief Myers was one the First Nations soldiers.

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