Thomas Clarke was the son of William Clarke and Charlotte; he was born in Hungerford Berkshire about 1817.
The family were living in Bray, but by 1851 Thomas is a soldier in the Infantry Barracks at Windsor. His occupation was a labourer.
Military Records show that Private Thomas Clarke 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards fought at the Alma, Balaklava and the Inkerman battles in the Crimea in 1854. The three battles took place in less than 2 months.
- Alma – 20th September 1854
- Balaklava – 25th October 1854
- Inkerman – 5th November 1854
Thomas was given a pension and left the Army. There are very little details in the records.
Thomas Clark. Pension Examination Age:33
Birth Year: abt 1817 Birth Place: Hungerford, Berks
Pension Admission or Examination Date: 24 Jul 1855
Regiment: Grenadier Guards. Rank: Private.
Thomas and his wife Caroline who was born in Middlesex, moved to Wrexham. He was a Chelsea pensioner and the lodge keeper at Plas Power Lodge, Bersham. The Fitzhugh`s of the Plas Power Estate also had another Crimean veteran and pensioner looking after one of the other lodges, they may have even fought alongside one another.
They remained there until Thomas died on 3 December 1877, and Caroline stayed on and was still the lodge keeper at Mr. Fitzhugh’s Lodge, Caroline died in Bersham aged 73 in 1884 and was buried with Thomas on 16 January 1884. They are not thought to have had any children.
Researched by Annette Edwards. September 2018. Photographs by Graham Lloyd.
Grave ref: Wrexham Cemetery E-01099
IN MEMORY OF THOMAS CLARKE, LATE GRENADIER GUARDS WHO SERVED AT THE ALMA, BALAKLAVA, INKERMAN. THIS TABLET IS ERECTED FOR A LONG AND FAITHFUL SERVICE OF 22 YEARS AT PLAS POWER. DIED DEC 3, 1877.
ALSO OF CAROLINE CLARKE, WIFE OF THOMAS CLARKE, WHO DIED AT BERSHAM LODGE, PLAS POWER ON THE 13TH JANUARY 1884. AFTER A FAITHFUL SERVICE OF 28 YEARS.