Appeal to trace relatives of Wirral soldier killed in World War One

Wirral Globe: Diane and John Robinson with the plaque commemorating Lt Fred Sumner Clark. Diane and John Robinson with the plaque commemorating Lt Fred Sumner Clark.

THE search is on for the relatives of a Wirral lieutenant who died during World War One.

Fred Sumner Clark was just 33-years-old when he was killed in action in France on October 14, 1918.

Diane and John Robinson, from the Friends of Rake Lane Cemetery, are hoping to trace the descendants of the 2nd lieutenant - who was part of the 10th King’s Liverpool Regiment – after a plaque commemorating his death came into their possession.

“We were giving a talk at Wallasey Village Library when a lady came up to us, she told us she was the parishioner of St Luke’s Church in Poulton and that there had  been a brass plaque on the wall for Fred Sumner Clark,” explained Diane.

“After the church closed, she said she did not want to leave it in there so she took it with her. She asked me if I would research him and see if I could find any living descendents who would like to have the plaque.”

After months of research and countless dead ends, Diane is appealing to Globe readers to help track down any descendants.

Lt Clark, husband of Florence, lived in Wallasey and is believed to have had a son who sadly died when he was just 10.

Diane added: “If it could go back to a descendant of Fred Sumner Clark that would be really great, especially as it’s 100 years since the start of the war, it would be quite nice if we found a descendant.”

Anyone with information should contact Diane and John at jonandi1@btinternet.com

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