Two more local WWI soldiers will be commemorated over the next couple of weeks as Corby Borough Council marks the 100th anniversary of their deaths.
Charles Harry Timson – 20th July
Charles was born in Cottingham, his father was William Timson of Middleton and his mother was Elizabeth Timson (nee Atkins) of Cottingham.
Charles Harry Timson enlisted in Northampton on 12th September 1914. He was to serve as a Private (15130) in the Northamptonshire Regiment.
Initially he was posted to the 7th Battalion, then the 3rd Battalion before finally being posted to join the 5th Battalion on the 22nd December 1916. According to his service records he arrived in France from Folkstone on 22nd December 1916, Charles was promoted to the rank of Corporal on 11th May 1917
Corporal Charles Timson died of wounds on 20th July 1917. On that date his Battalion was engaged in construction and repair work to trenches near to Tilloy Wood. The days leading up to the 20th July seemed relatively quiet. How Timson’s fatal wounds were inflicted is currently unknown, possibly as a result of sniper fire.
Corporal Timson is buried at the Monchy British Cemetery, Monchy-le-Preux.
Alfred John Clarke – 26th July
Alfred was born in Far Cotton nr. Northampton on 22nd June 1879. His parents were William and Sarah Clarke. Alfred, his wife and family were living at 2 Woodland View, Corby by 1915 when he enlisted.
Alfred John Clarke enlisted in Kettering on 7th June 1915. He was accepted for the Royal Engineers (103411). Alfred was promoted to Acting/Sergeant in July 1916 serving in the 72nd Field Company, Royal Engineers.
It is recorded that he died on 26th July 1917 in the ‘Persian Gulf’. He had been admitted into hospital on 21st July 1917. His medical records within his service file record that he was suffering from malaria and heatstroke.
Sergeant Clarke is buried in the North Gate Cemetery, Baghdad.
Further information on each soldier will be presented on the Cube Helpdesk on the anniversary of the death. All information regarding the WWI commemorations can be found on Corby Borough Council’s website, www.corby.gov.uk/home/leisure-culture/first-world-war-centenary-1914-1918.