|THE VICTORIA CROSS AND CAMPAIGN MEDALS AWARDED TO CORPORAL LEO CLARKE, 2ND BN ( EASTERN ONTARIO REGIMENT ), CEF, HAVE BEEN ACQUIRED BY THE CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM.|
|11 June 2010|
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|Medal entitlement of Corporal Lionel ( Leo ) Clarke,
2nd Bn ( Eastern Ontario Regiment ), CEF
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|The Victoria Cross and campaign medals awarded to Corporal Leo Clarke, 2nd Bn ( Eastern Ontario Regiment ), Canadian Expeditionary Force, have been acquired by the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.|
|For the award of the Victoria Cross
[ London Gazette, 26 October 1916 ], Near Pozieres, Somme, France, 9 September 1916, Acting Corporal Lionel ( Leo ) Beaumaurice Clarke, 2nd Bn ( Eastern Ontario Regiment ), Canadian Expedionary Force.
For most conspicuous bravery ( near Pozieres, France ). He was detailed with his section of bombers to clear the continuation of a newly-captured trench and cover the construction of a "block".
Although Leo Clarke continued in the battle his wounds became very serious and he was sent to Number One General Hospital, Etretat near Le Havre, where he died on the 19th October 1916. He was buried at Etretat Churchyard, Plot 11, Row C, Grave 3A.
Iain Stewart, 11 June 2010