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Clarke, MrRef 323-2329
[1???-18??] Son of Joseph Clarke.

He inherited the Scout Hall estate.

He married Unknown.

Child: Joseph Clarke

The Scout Hall estate passed to his son

Clarke, Alfred WilliamRef 323-6
[1843-1876] Son of Jeremiah Clarke, timber merchant.

Born in Clapham, London.

He was a timber merchant of Clapham [1869, 1874].

In 1869, he married Janet Fanny at Holy Trinity, Clapham.


  1. Herbert Alfred [b Q3/1870]
  2. Ernest James [b 1872; bapt Clapham July 1872]
  3. Madeline Jannett Anne [b 1874; bapt Clapham February  1874] who married James Malley-Martin
  4. Sidney [b 1876]
  5. Alfred [b 1877]

They lived at Brighton Villas, Jeffreys Road, Lambeth [1871].

Alfred William died in Lambeth in 1876 (aged 32).

In 1881, Janet Fanny was a publican, at 6 William Street, St Martin in the Fields, Westminster, London.

In 1882, Janet Fanny married (2) Frederick William Martin.

Clarke, C.Ref 323-759

During the South African Wars, he served as a Private with the 3rd Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died about 1900.

He is remembered on the Halifax Parish Church 3rd Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment Memorial

Clarke, CharlesRef 323-761

During World War I, he served as a Private with the Labour Corps.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Clarke, Courtney KennyRef 323-3
[1803-1873] Of Whitechurch, County Dublin.

Son of John Clarke, gentleman.

He was a landed proprietor [1861]

On 12th September 1832, he married (1) Frances Esther at Halifax Parish Church.

Frances Esther / Fanny was the widow of John Walker


  1. Charlotte M. [b Ireland 1836]

Fanny died at Penzance [14th August 1838].

In 1844, Courtney married (2) Delia Edwards.


  1. John H. C. [b Halifax 1847]
  2. Frances C. A. [b Halifax 1848]

They lived at

  • Penzance [1861]
  • Larch Hill, County Dublin

He died at Upper Pembroke Street, Dublin [2nd December 1873] (aged 70) 

Clarke, E.Ref 323-583
[1???-19??] Curate at Brighouse [1942-1947]

Clarke, EdwardRef 323-8

In 1898, he married (2) Mary Ann Smith in Todmorden.

Mary Ann was the widow of
John Smith.

She was a char woman [1911]


Child: Edward

The family lived at

  • 7 Orange Street, Todmorden [1901]
  • 3 Back Pexwood Road, Todmorden [1911]
  • 17 Queen Street, Todmorden

Living with Mary Ann & son Edward [in 1901] were her Smith children by her first marriage. Her husband Edward Clarke was absent.

The Todmorden & District News [14th March 1913] reported a separation order granted to Mary Ann in which her husband Edward Clarke, labourer of Todmorden, was charged with the desertion of his wife. She applied for a separation order because he had been absent for 13 of the 16 years they had been married.

In a report of his death at Dardanelles in 1915, son Edward was recorded as the breadwinner of the home

Clarke, EdwardRef 323-564
[1897-1915] Son of Edward Clarke.

Born in Todmorden.

He was a cotton doffer [1911] / a weaver at Waterside Mill.

During World War I, and he served as a Private with the 1st/6th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers.

He was killed in action in the Dardanelles [6th June 1915] (aged 18).

The Todmorden Advertiser & Hebden Bridge Newsletter [2nd July 1915] reported his death with a photograph

He is remembered on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli [Grave Ref 8-72 / 218-219], and in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Clarke, EdwinRef 323-792
[18??-19??] Born in Kidderminster.

He was a newsagent-general shop keeper [1895].

On 1st September 1895, he married Edith Emily Sheffield [1875-1934] in Halifax.

Edith Emily was born in Kidderminster


  1. Walter Clarke
  2. Jessie [b 1903]
  3. Annie [b 1905]
  4. Edith [b 1910]

The children were born in Halifax.

They lived at

  • 197 Pellon Lane, Halifax [1911]
  • Northlea, Holywell Green [1918]

Clarke, Dr G. G.Ref 323-33
[18??-19??] Assistant house surgeon at the Halifax Infirmary & Dispensary [1895]. Medical practitioner in Halifax [1895]

Clarke, GeorgeRef 323-9600
[1809-18??] Born in Sowerby.

He was a comber in Sowerby [1835] / a wool comber [1841] / a rail labourer [1851] / a dyer [1861]

In 1835, he married widow Ann Butterworth [1807-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.

Ann had 3 children by her first marriage:

  1. Edward [b 1829]
  2. Alice [b 1831]
  3. Thomas [b 1832]

George and Ann had children:

  1. Percival
  2. Robert [b 1837] who was a cotton piecer [1851], a  self-acting cotton winder [1861]
  3. Sarah Ann [b 1839] who was a cotton piecer [1851, 1861]
  4. Susannah [b 1841] who was a cotton piecer [1851]
  5. Mary Elizabeth [b 1846] who was a cotton piecer [1861]

The family lived at

  • Sowerby Street, Sowerby [1841]
  • 56 Sowerby Street, Sowerby Bridge [1851]
  • 55 Sowerby Street, Sowerby Bridge [1861]

Clarke, George ThomasRef 323-1041
[1861-1???] Son of Charles James Clarke, hairdresser.

Born in Holt, Norfolk.

He was a screen man of Millwood, Stansfield [1887] / a tin worker [1891] / a tinner's labourer [1901] / a tin plate works labourer [1911].

In 1887, he married Emma [1861-1???] at Heptonstall Church.

Emma, of Millwood, Stansfield, was born in Hulme, Manchester, the daughter of Robert Cowie, labourer.

She was the widow of Mr Lee



  1. Annie [b 1888] who was a cotton card room hand [1901], a  cotton weaver [1911]
  2. Rainbird [b 1890] who was a mill wright [1911]
  3. Herbert
  4. Ada [1895-1904]
  5. Wilfred

The family lived at

  • 79 Millwood, Stansfield [1891]
  • 16 Major Street, Todmorden [1901]
  • 8 Der Street, Todmorden [1911]
  • Der Street, Todmorden [1918]

Sons Herbert & Wilfred died in World War I

Clarke, H.Ref 323-2654
[18??-19??] Recorded in The Tradesmen's Advertiser of 1874, where he was a practical watch maker and jeweller at 30 Pellon Lane, Halifax

Clarke, HelenRef 323-489
[18??-19??] Daughter of J. A. Clarke of Hunstanton and Fransham, Norfolk.

She was the second wife of John Henry Whitley

Clarke, HerbertRef 323-576
[1892-1915] Son of George Thomas Clarke.

He was an apprentice blacksmith [1911] / a blacksmith employed at Lord Brothers Limited Canal Street Works.

During World War I, and he served as a Sergeant with the 1st/6th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers.

He died of wounds [5th June 1915] (aged 23).

The Todmorden & District News [25th June 1915] reported his death with a photograph.

He was buried at Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Turkey [Grave Ref A 27].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Oddfellows' Hall, Todmorden.

His brother Wilfred also died in the War

Clarke, HubertRef 323-2578
[18??-1???] Assistant to Rev Francis England Millson at Northgate End Chapel, Halifax [1889-1892]

Clarke, Rev J. A.Ref 323-1086
[18??-19??] Minister at Thornfield United Free Methodist Church, Greetland [1907]

Clarke, Rev James WilliamRef 323-1806
[18??-19??] He was educated at London University before becoming Deacon at Brighouse [1892-1894]. He left to serve at Farnborough

Clarke, JohnRef 323-7
[1803-18??] In 1830, he was one of a gang of four men who robbed William Kitson.

They were all sentenced to death, but this was later commuted to transportation.

The men were received aboard the Prison hulk Ship Retribution moored at Woolwich [2nd May 1830].

The Retribution was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line launched as HMS Edgar and converted to a Prison Hulk ship in 1813. She was renamed Retribution in 1814, and was broken up in 1836

Aboard the Retribution, the conduct of Daniel Maude was said to be bad.

They were all aboard the Lord Melville (3) when she departed from Sheerness [around 20th May 1830], carrying 176 male convicts and also a guard detachment of the 17th Regiment of Foot, possibly calling at the Downs, England and departing from there [6th June 1830], and after 137 days arrived in Port Jackson, Sydney Cove [21st October 1830].

The Lord Melville (3) (425 tons) was built in Quebec, Canada in 1825. She had made a previous voyage to Australia in 1829. She was wrecked in 1836 with some loss of life

Clarke, JosephRef 323-386
[17??-18??] Tenant of Scout Hall, Shibden.

In 1805, Elizabeth Ramsden and her son, Robert, conveyed the Scout Hall estate to Joseph for £4,000.

He married Unknown.

Child: son

The Scout Hall estate passed to his son

Clarke, JosephRef 323-1839
[18??-18??] A china dealer at Todmorden.

On 31st October 1859, he posted a letter to Hull which contained a £5 note and a half-sovereign. He made a note of the number of the banknote.

The letter never arrived and the Bank of England stopped the note. In November, William Frederick Hardy, a clerk at Leeds Post Office, tried to offer the note in payment, and the Bank of England trace it back to Hardy. In the trial at Leeds, the jury found Hardy guilty of stealing the money

Clarke, JosephRef 323-2330
[18??-18??] Son of Mr Clarke.

He inherited the Scout Hall estate.

He was involved in coal-mining in the Shibden area.

In 1864, the business failed. The Stocks family, who had loaned money to Joseph, received Scout Hall and the estate when he was declared bankrupt

Clarke, LeonardRef 323-1313
[1899-19??] Son of Joseph Clarke, journeyman jeweller.

He was a woollen spinner of South Lane, Elland.

In 1922, he married Mona Steward Aspinall.

Mona Steward was the daughter of
Moses Aspinall

Clarke, LindsayRef 323-1168
[1939-] Novelist and teacher.

Born in Halifax.

He was educated at Heath Grammar School [1950-1957] and King's College Cambridge.

He married Phoebe Clare, a ceramic artist.

His novel The Chymical Wedding won the Whitbread Fiction Prize [1989]

Clarke, MariaRef 323-647
[17??-1806] Or Rebecca. Daughter of George Clarke of East Barkwith, Lincolnshire.

She married John Prescott.

She was buried at Halifax Parish Church

Clarke, PercivalRef 323-3900
[1835-1896] Son of George Clarke

Born in Sowerby.

He was a cotton piecer [1851] / a warehouseman [1861, 1871, 1881] / a coal agent [1891] / a coal merchant [1896] / a member of the Lily of the Valley Lodge [1896].

In 1868, he married (1) Elizabeth Crowther [1838-1873] from Sowerby, in Halifax.

Elizabeth died in 1873.

In 1874, he married (2) Elizabeth Haley [1846-1???] from Greetland, in Halifax.

Elizabeth was a woollen weaver [1891]


  1. George Haley [Clark] [b 1875] who was an iron turner  [1891], an engine maker's turner [1901]
  2. Bertha Haley [Clark] [b 1877] who was a worsted spinner  [1891], a cotton reeler [1901]

The family lived at

  • West Street, Sowerby Bridge [1871]
  • Victoria Square, Sowerby Bridge [1881]
  • 8a Vale Street, Sowerby Bridge [1891]
  • 5 Vale Street, Sowerby Bridge [1901]

Percival collapsed and died whilst attending the funeral of a fellow Oddfellow.

He was buried at Sowerby Bridge Cemetery [2nd May 1896]

Clarke, Rev Reginald GilbertRef 323-1965
[1???-19??] MA.

He was Vicar of Christ Church, Pellon [1936-1945] / Vicar of St Peter's Church, Sowerby [1945].

In 1940, he married Unknown.

Clarke, ThomasRef 323-1914
[1851-1930] Born in Kings Norton.

He was a brick layer's labourer.

Around 1886, he married Sarah [1853-1934].

Sarah was born in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire.

She worked as a gasser in a silk mill [1911]



  1. Ellen Jane [1884-1955]
  2. James [1888-1892]
  3. Sarah Elizabeth [1891-1961] who was a worker in a cloth  mill [1911]
  4. Florence [b 1894] who was a worker in a cloth mill [1911]
  5. Thomas
  6. Mary [1901-1901]

The family lived at 4 Mellor Square [1901-1930].

Thomas may have died around 1830 when he disappears from the electoral rolls

Clarke, ThomasRef 323-1887
[1852-19??] Alias John Phillips. A cabinet maker living at 21 Dale Street, Brighouse. A married man.

On 28th January 1880, he was arrested on 3 charges of forging cheques belonging to the Halifax Industrial Society and the Brighouse District Industrial Society Limited. Police found cheques together with dies and a machine for stamping cheques at his home. He was sentenced to 15 months' imprisonment with hard labour

Clarke, Thomas HenryRef 323-4701
[1887-1916] DCM.

Born in Halifax.

Son of Dora Clarke [1856-1???].

Dora came from Liverpool, and was an unmarried charwoman [1891, 1901]

His marriage record [1908] states that he was the son of Harry Holland, packer


They lived at

  • 29 Hare Street, Halifax [1891]
  • 38 Hare Street, Halifax [1901]
  • 32 Hare Street, Halifax [1908]

He was a worsted bobbin setter [1901] / a boiler tenter [1908] / a firer stationary boilers [1911] / employed at Brunswick Mills, Halifax.

In 1908, he married Lilian Helm [1886-19??] at St Augustine's Church, Halifax.

Lilian, of 13 Harrow Street, Halifax, was the daughter of Hudson Helm, butcher

Child: Dora [b 1911]

They lived at

  • 8 Leafland Street, Halifax [1911]
  • 2 Dombey Street, Halifax
  • Mires Farm, Rishworth [1916]

During World War I, he joined the Territorials [November 1914] and served as a Lance Corporal, then Sergeant, with the 4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He went to the Front [April 1915].

He was awarded the DCM [29th November 1915]

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on the 16th October 1915, on the Yser Canal. He was in charge of a party of bombers holding up a sap head within a few yards of the enemy's line. The end of the sap head was blown in by a trench mortar and he was buried. He was dug out, found to be wounded in the leg and ankles, and was ordered off to the dressing station much against his will. About 15 minutes later, he was found barricading the end of the sap, and assisted to drive off 2 enemy bombing parties, who, in turn, attempted to break through into our lines

He died instantly, after being hit by shrapnel [5th July 1916] (aged 29).

The Halifax Courier [22nd July 1916] reported his death with a photograph.

He was buried at Authuile Military Cemetery, France [Grave Ref F 23].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, on the Memorial at Park Congregational Church, and on the Memorial at United Reformed Church, Carlton Street

Clarke, TomRef 323-1888
[1897-1915] Son of Thomas Clarke.

His birth was registered as Thomas Clark but others in the family were registered as Clarke.

He was a silk dresser at Thomas Binns & Company Limited.

He enlisted in the Territorial Force at Brighouse [28th May 1914].

He lived at 4 Mellor Square, Brighouse.

During World War I, he was called-up [August 1914] and served as a Private with the 1st/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was killed in action [16th October 1915] (aged 18).

A requiem mass was held at St Joseph's Catholic Church, Brighouse [24th October 1915].

He was buried at Bard Cottage Cemetery, Belgium. [Grave Ref I F 19].

He is remembered on Brighouse War Memorial

Clarke, W. A.Ref 323-2071
[1???-1???] RIBA, MRTPI.

Chief Architect for Halifax Corporation [1975]

His work included Akroydon Infants' School and Boothtown Junior & Infants' School

Clarke, WalterRef 323-794
[1896-1918] Son of Edwin Clarke.

Born in Halifax [20th March 1896].

He was a member of the Boys' Brigade at Stannary Congregational Church, Halifax / a creeler at Crossley's carpet mill [1911] / a Territorial.

During World War I, he was called-up [August 1914] and served as a Corporal with the 97th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps (Territorial Force).

He was killed in action [21st March 1918] (aged 22), the day after his birthday.

He was buried at Ham British Cemetery, Muille-Villette, France [Grave Ref I F 2].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, on the Memorial at Stannary Congregational Church, Halifax, and on the Memorial at Crossley's Carpets.

The Halifax Courier [27th April 1918] reported his death with a photograph

Clarke, WilfredRef 323-580
[1897-1918] Son of George Thomas Clarke.

Born in Todmorden.

He was working in a cotton warehouse [1911] / an apprentice blacksmith employed by Harry Stansfield of Der  Street.

He joined the local Territorials [March 1914].

During World War I, and he served as a Private with the 1st/5th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers.

He fought in Egypt and the Dardanelles before going to France in March 1917.

He was killed instantaneously by a shell fragment to his head [25th March 1918] (aged 21).

He is remembered on the Arras Memorial, France [Grave Ref 5], in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Oddfellows' Hall, Todmorden.

His brother Herbert also died in the War

Clarke, WilliamRef 323-5

In [Q4] 1853, he married Caroline Shaw in Halifax.

Caroline was the daughter of
Samuel Shaw

Caroline died in Bradford [28th July 1867] (aged 37), and was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3406] with her sister Ann and her husband William Turner

Details of William's death / burial place are not yet known

Clarke, WilliamRef 323-2
[1841-1889] A stone-mason / well-sinker in Mytholmroyd.

He died – possibly having been murdered – in an incident at the Dog & Partridge, Heptonstall

Clarke, WilliamRef 323-4
[19??-1???] Calderdale Council's chief architect, who designed the Northgate House, Halifax and the new Central Library in 1974

Clarke, WillieRef 323-773

During World War I, he served as an Able Seaman.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance


The Clarke familyRef 323-1272
From 1696, they were tenants of Mary Mitchell at Scout Hall, Shibden.

See Joseph Clarke


Clarke surnameRef 323-1
A variant of the surname Clark.

Entries for people with this and similar surnames are shown in a separate Foldout

The Surname is discussed in the book Halifax & District Surnames by George Redmonds.

There are 38 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Clarke, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Clarke

Marriages 1874, 1933, 1944; Death 1898


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