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Thomas Henry Clark

Date of Birth: 18/06/1896Place Of Birth: Croydon, SurreyFather: Thomas ClarkMother: Theresa Clark nee BaughnSiblings: Lydia Theresa Clark, Olive Clark, Violet Clark, Ivy Clark, Joan ClarkDate of Death: 06/08/1914Age Actual: 18Cemetery: Plymouth Naval MemorialRank: Ordinary SeamanService Type: NavyBattalion, sub-unit or ship: HMS AmphionRegiment/Unit: Royal NavyService Number: J/17252 (D)Service Record: Enlisted May 1912. Son of Thomas and Theresa Clark, of 41, Cromwell Rd., Red Hill, Surrey. Native of Croydon, Surrey. HMS Amphion was the very first British ship sunk in the war on 5 August 1914, the day after the war broke out. She had just taken part in the destruction of a German mine layer, the Konigin Luise, the first German ship to be lost in the conflict. At 6.45am, HMS Amphion hit one of the mines laid by the Konigin Luise. Despite this she still had way on and was turning in a slow, wide circle, unfortunately she ran full tilt into another mine. The ship's magazine exploded and just after 7am the Amphion finally sank. One officer and over 150 men were lost. The war was just over 36 hours old.Census Years: 1901, 1911