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  • Name: Lionel (Leo) Beaumaurice CLARKE
  • D.O.B: 1st December, 1892
  • D.O.A: 9th September, 1916
  • D.O.D: 19th October, 1916
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Acting Corporal, 2nd Battalion Eastern Ontario Regiment, 1st Canadian Division, Canadian Expeditionary Force
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Near Pozières, France 9 September 1916

9 September 1916

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The First World War. 1916 

On 9 September 1916 2nd Battalion Eastern Ontario Regiment, 1st Canadian Division, attacked a German trench south of the Albert-Bapaume Road, near Pozières.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery. He was detailed with his section of bombers to clear the continuation of a newly-captured trench and cover the construction of a “block.” After most of his party had become casualties, he was building a “block” when about twenty of the enemy with two officers counter-attacked. He boldly advanced against them, emptied his revolver into them and afterwards two enemy rifles which he picked up in the trench. One of the officers then attacked him with the bayonet, wounding him in the leg, but he shot him dead. The enemy then ran away, pursued by Acting Corporal Clarke, who shot four more and captured a fifth. Later he was ordered to the dressing-station, but returned next day to duty. 

Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette of 24 October 1916. 26 October 1916, Numb. 29802, p. 10395

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