Boys of Moulton - F/O A.H.M. Clark

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St James Chapel

Roman Road

Moulton Chapel

PE12 0XG

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Screen
Materials:
  • Timber Oak
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: The story and tragedy of the final stage in the Tunisian campaign was made very clear in an impressive appreciation at St. James Church, Moulton Chapel on Sunday at the dedication of a choir screen in memory of F.O. A. H. M. Clark, who fell in battle at Cekhira, N. Africa, on April 7th, 1942. Alfred Howard Mayhew Clark, R.A.F., was the elder son of Capt. And Mrs, A. H. Clark, Crown Hall, Moulton Eaugate, and to perpetuate his memory, they have presented to the church a beautifully fashioned screen. The design is on the lines of the Dutch School and emblazoned panels bear the arms of Uppingham School and the Royal Air Force. The service was conducted by the vicar, the Rev. J. W. H. Sowerbutts F/O Clark’s school life at Uppingham was the subject of a short appreciation by Mr. P. R. King, M.A., who observed that 216 old scholars paid the supreme sacrifice. He remembered F/O Clark as a boy, during his five happy years at school. Those who gave their lives. Young as they were, had made a greater contribution than those who grew old. “Their memory will last forever, and their names will be enshrined on the walls to be an inspiration in the future to the boys.” Concluded Mr King. “Howard has done his duty and that is the finest thing you can say of anyone. He has given of himself to the tradition of a great institution, and it in the names of boys like him that we flourish.” Continuing the story of his brief life, Wing Comdr. D. Weston-Burt, D.S.O., R.A.F., spoke of Howard as a desert pilot in N. Africa. “I knew him as a man when he joined No 6 Squadron, R.A.F.,” He said” We were training on the Suez with Hurricanes mounted with two 40mm guns designed to destroy tanks from the air. It was a new form of attack, and pilots were specially selected for it. We trained together, played together, and swam together. By the time of El Alamein we were ready to try out this experiment. The day after the big attack we went out for the first time, and he was there with us. “On April 7th, 1943, three years ago today, the campaign was ending in Tunisia. With the Germans beaten back, they started a final tank attack at dusk, and it was on that date that he paid the supreme sacrifice. He went out with the others at dusk. The sun was sinking behind our planes as the came in, and the Germans had an opportunity to direct their flak accurately.” The Vicar also paid tribute to the memory of Howard Clark. “He was an English gentleman,” he said, “and you knew him as a worker, considerate and kind, I want you to do what you can in following his example in radiating sunshine and joy.” The dedication was performed by Canon Lancelot Smith, Vicar of St. John Baptist, Spalding, and Rural Dean Mr. John Russell, of Long Sutton, was soloist and sung “O Rest in the Lord” and “God be in my head.” The collection was for the R.A.F. Benevolent Fund. Lincolnshire Free Press – 08 April 1946 – page 8.
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A.M.D.G. In proud and loving memory of Pilot Officer Alfred Howard Mayhew Clark 6 Squadron, Royal Air Force, killed in action Cekhira, North Africa 7th April 1943. Buried at Sfax War Cemetery, Tunisia

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