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nob1clarke

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My Uncle Norman
« on: January 30, 2010, 04:27:22 PM »
My uncle Norman died (or so we are told) in Singapore in ww11. I have a photo of him in uniform and he appears to have a Fleur de lee collar badge and forage cap badge.  His name was Norman Clarke he was born and bred in Manchester.  I never met him except as a 1 year old baby and would like to know more about what happened to him. I would be grateful if anyone could help.

Arthur Clarke.

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Re: My Uncle Norman
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2010, 04:55:45 PM »
G'day Arthur,

Welcome to the Forum! Any chance we could have a look at the photograph?

Would this be Norman?

Name: CLARKE, NORMAN ERIC
Initials: N E
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment/Service: Manchester Regiment
Unit Text: 1st Bn.
Age: 24
Date of Death: 21/09/1944
Service No: 3534723
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Column 75.
Memorial: SINGAPORE MEMORIAL

It just so happens that I have this pic of the memorial too. If you want a better resolution, please let me know.

Cheers,

Dave

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Re: My Uncle Norman
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2010, 05:04:08 PM »
Hi Arthur and Welcome  ;D

The Norman Eric Clarke to which Dave refers was born in the later part of 1919 and his birth was registered in Prestwich, Lancashire.

I'll move your message over to the WW2 pages....

Wendi  :)
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Re: My Uncle Norman
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2010, 06:04:32 PM »
Hi Arthur
Have a look at his Roll of Honour page at http://www.roll-of-honour.org.uk/regiments/Manchester_Regiment/html/c_database_11.htm  He was lost at see when the Hofuku Maru was sunk by planes from an American carrier.
The attached list gives you some web pages that may be of interest.  I don't have his POW Record Card but maybe when he feels better Roy could get it for you from the National Archive at Kew.
Have a look at the Photos and Postcards by Battalion section and you will find in Photos from the Far East two groups of POW's taken in Singapore, the few identified to date have all been from the 1st Bn The Manchester Regiment.  I can let you have high resolution files of these which give a very clear view of the mens features.  He may be in one of the groups but not all of the Manchester's POW's are in them.
Cliff
Cliff P Son of 3525679 Sgt Arthur Phillips 1st Bn Manchester Regiment and RAPC

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Re: My Uncle Norman
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2010, 06:12:06 PM »
Hi again Arthur
Have a look at this Forum page: http://themanchesters.org/forum/index.php?topic=3616.0  there is a bit more information re documents available from the Regimental Museum on it that may be of use to you.  John Ryan has been identified in one of the groups.
Cliff
Cliff P Son of 3525679 Sgt Arthur Phillips 1st Bn Manchester Regiment and RAPC

nob1clarke

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Re: My Uncle Norman
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2010, 10:43:38 PM »
Thank you very much.  I'm pretty sure this is my uncle as my brother was named Eric after him. I would certainly like to see any photo's that might show him.  The only one I have is in a family frame and difficult to remove and scan.  Thanks again.

Arthur Clarke (RAF Ret'd)

Nephew of 35341723 L/cpl Norman Eric Clarke 1st Btn.

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Re: My Uncle Norman
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2010, 11:15:11 PM »
Hi Arthur
High Res files of the two photos will be sent in 2 messages to your email address.
Cliff
Cliff P Son of 3525679 Sgt Arthur Phillips 1st Bn Manchester Regiment and RAPC