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17414 Private John Clark

6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers

missing presumed dead 25th September 1915

aged 20

Loos Memorial, panel 53 to 56
St Machar's Church Memorial, Bridge of Weir
Freeland Church Memorial, Bridge of Weir

Son of John Clark and Annie Jardine
Kirkinner Place, Main Street, Bridge of Weir

His Life

John Clark was born on 7th November 1894 in Locher Terrace, Bridge of Weir, the eldest son of John Clark of Bridge of Weir and Annie Jardine, from Houston who had married in Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire on 28th December 1892 .

In 1901, John (28), Annie (32), and their family of three lived in Commercial Buildings, Bridge of Weir. John senior was a mason hewer and family tradition is that he was responsible for building the stone stair in Freeland Church which provides access to the church balcony.

In 1911 the family, now seven in total, were living in a two-roomed flat in Laird's Land, Main Street, Bridge of Weir. John junior (16) was an office boy at a tannery and William was a message boy in a grocer's shop.

John Clark family John volunteered for active service in December 1914 when he was 19 years old. He had been following his father's trade as a stonemason. He was enlisted into the 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.

Private Clark first joined the theatre of war on 15th June 1915 in France. The 6th King's Own Scottish Borderers formed part of 28th Brigade, 9th (Scottish) Division and in September 1915 took part in the Battle of Loos.

John Clark was presumed killed although, like 20,000 others listed on the Loos memorial, he was never found. His death was not confirmed to his mother until almost a year later, by which time his father was working in Canada. The official record states that Private John Clark was missing presumed dead on 25th September 1915, the first day of the battle, little more than 100 days after he had arrived in France. The 6th Battalion was almost wiped out that morning in a failed attack on Auchy. There were 650 casualties and only 70 survivors.

Battle of Loos

The field of battle where John Clark fell on 25th September 1915. The 6th King's Own Scottish Borderers were in the 28th Brigade, on the right of the 10th H.L.I.


1901 Census 1911 Census Birthplace
Name Age Name Age
John6 John16 Bridge of Weir
William J5 William15 Bridge of Weir
Jessie3 Jessie13 Bridge of Weir
Matthew9Bridge of Weir
Alexander3 Bridge of Weir


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