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In Remembrance of
John French Clark

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Date of birth: 28th May 1915
Place of birth: Motcombe, Dorset, England
Parents: Mr. and Mrs. John Clark
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Leading Seaman
Service Number: P/JX 136450
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

John was born on 28th May 1915 in Motcombe, North Shaftsbury to Mr. and Mrs. George Henry Clark. The family later lived at Solent View, Warsash, Hants.

He had a twin brother named Thomas. He is also known to have had a brother named William. He had 11 siblings and 3 half-siblings. John and Thomas were the 9th and 10th children born. His half-brother Laurence was one of the three half siblings.

John is known to have served on the training ship Mercury for 5 years before joining the NAvy at age 15. He was serving as an Acting Leading Seaman and was 25 years old at the time of his loss.

Additional Photos

Hood Chapel, Church of St. John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire, England

Photos of the memorial

Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea, Hampshire, England

Photos of the memorial

The part of the memorial in which the Hood casualty names can be found.
(Panels 45 to 61)

John's name is in Column 3 of Panel 46.

Detail of John's name.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
Hants Telegraph, 13 June 1941 (photo & information, April 2019)
John's niece, Marilyn Stansell (photo & information, 2001)
Mr Bob Dominy (photo & information, October 2001)
His half-brother, Laurence Clark (information, March 2009)