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Clarke, Ailwyn Herbert

Lieut.-Col. Ailwyn Herbert Clarke, M.C., R.A.M.C., died from heart failure on June 23 in a prisoners of war hospital in Italy. He was born on March 4, 1893, the youngest son of the Rev. H. S. Clarke of Weybridge, and received his professional education at St. Thomas's Hospital, qualifying M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P. in 1916. He served in France in the war of 1914-18, gaining the M.C., and in 1921 took a permanent commission in the R.A.M.C. Between 1923 and 1927 he saw service in Egypt, in the Sudan, and at Shanghai, in 1928 he served with the British Army of the Rhine; and in the following year he was posted to India, in the Punjab, where he remained until 1935. After a brief spell in England he went to Egypt in October, 1935, and remained there until the end of 1936, when he returned to England. On the outbreak of the present war he first served for a few weeks on a hospital ship and then was stationed at a Scottish general hospital until June, 1940, when he was posted to Egypt, being taken prisoner a few months later. He leaves a widow. He had been a member of the B.M.A. since 1924. British Medical Journal 22 Aug, 1942


First name(s)Ailwyn Herbert
Date of birth04 March 1893
Family detailsYoungest son of Herbert Sydenham Clarke and Edith Jane Clarke; husband of Cicely Mary Graham Clarke, of Walmer, Kent.
QualificationsM.R.C.S., L.R.C.P. (Lond.).1916
Military unitR.A.M.C., 3 Lt. Field Ambulance
War / conflictWorld War Two (1939-1945)
Decorations / medalsM.C.(1st World War)
Date of death23 June 1942
Age at death49
Rank at deathLieutenant Colonel
Cause of deathDied whilst Prisoner of War.
Burial placeMilan War Cemetery
Commemoration(s)St. Thomas’ s Roll of Honour in the chapel
NotesAilwyn Herbert Clarke M.C. Lieitenant Colonel Royal Army Medical Corps. St. Thomas’ s Hospital. Died as a Prisoner of War. University of London O.T.C. Roll of the Fallen 1939-1945
SourcesSt Thomas’ s Hospital Medical School Records, King’ s College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; British Medical Journal; University of London O.T.C. Roll of the Fallen 1939-1945

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