55606 Sergeant George Cecil Clarke, DCM, MM.
Royal Garrison Artillery. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in the London Gazette of 9 July 1917. Awarded the Military Medal in the London Gazette of 13 March 1918. Clarke was a native of Burnley, Lancashire.
The Burnley Express of 18 January 1919 reported: -
DOUBLE HONOUR FOR BURNLEY WEAVER
On January 12, 1918, we announced that Sergeant G. C. Clarke, of the Royal Garrison Artillery, whose home is at Cooke Street, Whittlefield, Burnley, was missing and probably a prisoner in Germany. We also mentioned he had been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. It now appears the Sergeant Clarke was captured on the 12 December 1917, and was released on 11 December 1918. He has now been presented with his Distinguished Conduct and Military Medals. Sergeant Clarke is 23 years of age, and single. He enlisted on 30 November 1914. He was formerly a weaver at Walmesley's Peel Mill, and is on the "Roll of Honour" at Holy Trinity Church. He is interested in football and gymnastics.
The citation for the D.C.M. published in the London Gazette reads: - " For continuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has performed continuous good service on all parts of the front he as been engaged, especially when in action, and has set a splendid example."