Clarke, Neville Dutton

Clarke, Neville Dutton

Second Lieutenant

Royal Irish Rifles

Died of disease on 18 April 1916 (death certificate) 10 April (CWGC)

Buried:

Belfast City Cemetery (Grave I. 24)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) War Memorial

Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) Book of Remembrance

Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) Officers’ Training Corps (OTC)

St Mary Magdalene Church of Ireland Church Belfast

North of Ireland Cricket Club Memorial Plaque (includes those members of the Club who played Rugby Football)

BIOGRAPHY

Second Lieutenant Neville Dutton Clarke died of pulmonary tuberculosis at Maple Cottage, Ballygrainey, Craigavad on 18 April 1916 (aged 29).  He was unmarried.  It is also recorded on his death certificate that he was a dental surgeon serving as a Second Lieutenant with the 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles.  His brother, James Cecil Clarke, was the informant named on the death certificate.

Neville Dutton Clarke was born on 26 November 1885 in Dunedin, Antrim Road, Belfast, and he was a son of John Clough Clarke and Annie Clarke (nee Tomlinson).

John Clough Clarke was a dental surgeon (he described himself as a surgeon dentist) and he and Annie had ten children including:

Eva Frances Annie (born 2 April 1878 in Dunedin, Antrim Road, Belfast)

John Ordoyne (born 13 September 1879 in Dunedin, Antrim Road, Belfast)

James Cecil (born 21 September 1881 in Dunedin, Antrim Road, Belfast)

Edgar Tomlinson (born 30 June 1883 in Dunedin, Antrim Road, Belfast)

Winifred Isabel (Winnie, born 14 November 1884 in Dunedin, Antrim Road, Belfast)

Neville Dutton (born 26 November 1885 in Dunedin, Antrim Road, Belfast)

Maurice Alan (born 29 December 1886 in Dunedin, Antrim Road, Belfast)

Harold Spencer (born 25 November 1888 in Lindisfarne, Ballynafeigh, Belfast)

Stanley Evelyn (born 20 April 1893 in Lindisfarne, Ballynafeigh, Belfast)

John Clough Clarke died sometime before 31 March 1901.

Annie Clarke died on 14 February 1921 (aged 67) at 11a Wellington Park as the result of a cerebral haemorrhage.  She was buried in Belfast City Cemetery (Grave I. 23 24)

Neville Dutton Clarke studied dentistry at Queen’s University Belfast and during the Great War he served with the Royal Irish Rifles.  He died of pulmonary tuberculosis on 18 April 1916 (aged 29).

Second Lieutenant Neville Dutton Clarke was buried in Belfast City Cemetery (Grave I. 24).  He is commemorated on the Queen’s University Belfast War Memorial; in the Queen’s University Belfast Book of Remembrance; in the Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) Officers’ Training Corps (OTC); in St Mary Magdalene Church of Ireland Church Belfast; North of Ireland Cricket Club Memorial Plaque (includes those members of the Club who played Rugby Football)

[The North of Ireland Football Club (members played Rugby Football as opposed to Soccer) was founded by members of the North of Ireland Cricket Club and the North of Ireland Cricket Club Memorial Plaque commemorates members of both Clubs.  Members of the Football Club were also members of the Cricket Club but not all members of the Cricket Club were members of the Football Club.]