Other names: Maurice Frederick
Locations in this story: Iwerne Minster, Shaftesbury, DorsetFremlicourt, Cambrai, Somme, FranceFrance & FlandersBalkansDorchester, Dorset.Germany
Story: Maurice Frederick Clark was born in Iwerne Minster, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 26 May 1893 and baptised there on 6 Aug 1893 the son of James Clark and Sarah Ann Clark (nee Burt). He lived all his life in the Iwerne Minster area. He enlisted and joined the 5th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (later Corporal) (Service No. 10143). He served with them in the Balkans. He later went to France and Flanders and whilst there transferred to the 1st Battalion of the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment (Service No. 28887) He took part in the Battle of the Somme which commenced on 21st March 1918 but was taken prisoner on 24th March, 1918 at Fremlicourt, Cambrai, Somme, France, and spent time in a POW Camp in Germany. Following his repatriation he was discharged on 6 Apr 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star. He married Elsie Mabel Pike at Iwerne Minster, Dorset, on 26 Sep 1925. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at The Hollow, Iwerne Minster, Shaftesbury, Dorset, working as a Bricklayer. He died at Darmers Hospital, Dorchester, Dorset, on 17 Aug 1961.