Clarke, Andrew Board Stephenson


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Andrew Clarke was born 11th September 1906, son of Douglas Wellwood Clarke and Mary Louisa Clarke, daughter of Admiral Guy Ouchterlony Twiss, of Lindfield House, Sussex.  He entered Culver’s Close (Bramston’s) from Twyford School in May 1920, becoming a House Prefect and winning the Vere Herbert Smith Prize for History.

On leaving Winchester in December 1924 he went to Sandhurst, and in 1926 got his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the King’s Own Scottish Borderers.  By 1939 he was Adjutant of 8th Battalion Durham Light Infantry.   After serving in France and taking part in the Dunkirk evacuation (for which he was mentioned in Despatches), he went in 1941 to the Middle East.    Having been promoted to Lieutenant Colonel  he left to command 9th Battalion DLI.  He was wounded at El Alamein, and won the DSO at Mareth.  He then went to Sicily and was in command of 9DLI during its ultimately successful, but extremely costly, capture of the Primosole Bridge in July 1943.

He was killed by shell-fire on 23rd August 1943 and is buried in grave III.C.34 at the Catania War Cemetery, Sicily.

In 1938 Andrew Clarke  married Miss Betty Knox, daughter of Ralph Know of Cambus, Clackmannanshire.   He was thirty-seven when he died.

He was succeeded in command of 9DLI by another Wykehamist, Lieutenant Colonel Humphrey Reginald Woods DSO., MC and Bar (I 1929-1934) who was himself killed in action in Normandy on 14th June 1944 (see individual entry).

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Clarke
  • Forenames or initials: Andrew Board Stephenson
  • House: H
  • Years in School: 1920-1924
  • Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Regiment: Durham Light Infantry
  • Date of Birth: 11th September 1906
  • Date of Death: 23rd July 1943
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner E1
  • Decoration: DSO
  • Burial Site: Catania War Cemetery: Grave III.C.34