Lieutenant Marcus Broadfoot Clark

Biography of Lieutenant Marcus Broadfoot Clark

Marcus Broadfoot Clark was born on the 7th February 1893 at 75 Armadale Street, Dennistoun, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. He was the youngest son of Allan Clark, a Chemical Merchant, and Mary Crawford Clark (née Broadfoot), who had married on the 8th January 1873 in Greenock, Renfrewshire. The family lived at Violet Villa, Cathcart, Renfrewshire, and late of Severn Villa, Innellan, Argyllshire. Marcus attended Hillhead High School from 1901 to 1905, and Glasgow High School from 1905 to 1911.

On leaving School he entered the University of Glasgow as a student of Medicine. Both at Hillhead and Glasgow High School he was an enthusiastic member of the Cadet Corps, and soon after entering the University he joined the Officers' Training Corps (OTC).

Though he might have sheltered behind his medical studies, now well advanced, he put his country's needs before all personal considerations, and by the close of 1914 he was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in the 11th Bn. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, but was later transferred to the 1st Bn., one of the most famous units of the old Army, and went to France on the 14th September 1915.

He was present with them at the Battle of Loos when they penetrated far into enemy lines, but had to withdraw through the lack of support. Invalided home, he acted for some time as Adjutant to the 16th Bn. and 17th Bn. The Cameronians at Hamilton. Marcus married Ada Wilhelma Berk on the 1st August 1917 in Banstead, Surrey, England.

On proceeding again to France he was attached to the 2nd Bn. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, and it was while with them in command of a company in an attack on Polygon Wood that Captain Marcus Broadfoot Clark was killed on the 25th September 1917, aged 24. Captain Clark's company held their position for two days, though surrounded by the enemy, and received the special thanks of Sir Douglas Haig for their gallantry and tenacity. Captain Clark was not only a gallant soldier, but looked the part, and was just the one to lead a forlorn hope or hold to the death a vital position.

Summary

Lieutenant Marcus Broadfoot Clark
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: 2nd Bn. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action, 25th September 1917.
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/359, 407, 987
Photo ID: N/A

Sources

University of Glasgow Faculty and Registry records.

Obituary: Hillhead High School War Memorial Volume (War Memorial Committee, 1921)

Service information and photograph contributed by Jan Van der Fraenen, The Passchendaele Archives of the Memorial Museum Passchendaele. Photograph from With A Poppy And A Prayer (Officers Died at Passchendaele 31st July - 10th November 1917), by Keith Perry (paperback, 424pp, Naval & Miltary Press Ltd (UK), January 2003, ISBN 1843424991)

Memorial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Find War Dead

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