Born: 28th October 1885 in Paddington, London
Son of J. Somervail Clerk and Dora Somervail Clerk (nee Carew), of Foresters, Windlesham, Surrey and 16 Porchester Terrace, W.
Middle IV—Army IV.
Merton College, Oxford; B.A. (Fourth Class History) 1908 ;
Assistant Master at Sutherland House School, Windlesham ;
Great War, Captain King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) attd. 6th Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment).
The Times: 'In August, 1914, he obtained a commission in the Royal West Surrey Regiment, and went with his battalion to the front in June, 1915. Promoted to Captain in July, 1915, he was invalided home after an operation for appendicitis, and was obliged to remain at home until last June, when he re-joined his regiment. In July he was slightly wounded, and in December he was recommended for, and obtained, a commission (Regulars) in the King's (Royal Lancaster Regiment) as Captain; but remained with his old battalion in the Queen's.
His commanding officer writes: "Your son was killed on the morning of April 9, to the lasting sorrow of his many friends here. His death was almost instantaneous. . . . His loss will be felt very deeply by us all. . . . He played the game until the last, dying most gallantly at the head of his company."
He was killed at Arras whilst leading his company into action.