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John Norman Pickering-Clarke was an Oakham School pupil between 1907 and 1911, the son of H Pickering-Clarke and his wife from Clarendon Park Road in Leicester. The photograph shows him in the school cricket First XI in 1910. He enlisted in the Highland Light Infantry but won a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant and transferred to the 7th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment. He arrived in France in February 1916 and he was killed in action five months later during the Battle of the Somme in heavy fighting around Bazentin-Le-Petit Wood on 14 July. He was 21 years old. John has no known grave and so his name is remembered on Pier 2C of the Thiepval Memorial in France, as well as on the war memorial in Oakham School chapel.

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  • Thiepval Memorial
  • Pier 2c
  • J N Pickering-Clarke
  • Oakham School Chapel
  • Oakham School Memorial 4

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Born 1894.Oakham School 1907-11; Cricket X1 (photo to come).Remembered on Pier and Face 2c and 3A of the Thiepal Memorial.[His elder brother, Eric Francis (Oakham School 1904-09), served in the Leicestershire Yeomanry, the West Kent Regiment and the 4th Hussars in France (wounded in 1918) and served on the Oakham School Staff 1919-50, becoming Second Master (Deputy Head).]
By BN on Tuesday 17th June '14 at 5:35pm

Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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