Jane E CLARK - Poor Woman!

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  1. kernowmaid

    kernowmaid Well-Known Member

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    I'm still (slowly) trawling through the Clarks in the WW1 Service Records (WO 363) and feel I must share this with you ... it wasn't just the soldiers who suffered ...

    Jane Elizabeth BOWMAN married an ex-soldier, William John CLARK in 1915. He was no spring-chicken - at the age of 39 he was called up in February 1917 - Jane was 8 months pregnant.

    William died of wounds in July 1917, so probably never saw his daughter, Janette Rose.

    When the medals were distributed after the war, Jane received the 3 awarded to her late husband and had one made into a brooch. She also received a medal that should have been sent to another William John CLARK (who had survived). So she informed the Army.

    And what did the pen-pushers do? Got their facts completely mixed up and told her to return her husband's medals (including the brooch). Which she did. Then told her they had been sent back to the War Office because she was not "entitled" to them.

    I wonder whether the mix-up was ever sorted? How on earth did she cope with being widowed, having a young child, and then having the Army take away her keepsakes?

    Jane Elizabeth, I raise my glass to you.

    Source: Anc****y, CLA, pages 99412-99433 & 99257-99260 & 99263-99267

    Jane
     
  2. Ma-dotcom

    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    Oh how they stuffed up the war.....
     
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  3. Daft Bat

    Daft Bat Administrator. Chief cook & bottle washer! Staff Member

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    So sad. :(
     
  4. LianeH

    LianeH Well-Known Member

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  5. Sis

    Sis Rootles out resources!

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    That's dreadful!:(
     
  6. Half Hour

    Half Hour Well-Known Member

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    :mad: Poor lady was just another number....
     
  7. HildaW

    HildaW Well-Known Member

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    War is futile
     
  8. Bay Horse

    Bay Horse Can be a bit of a dark horse

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    Poor Jane. How awful.
     
  9. gillyflower

    gillyflower Always caring about others

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    An inexcusable mix-up in a totally futile war. So sad so many dead needlessly.
     
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  10. Findem

    Findem The Fearless One

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    A great pity she didn't have the confidence to tell the War Office to "get stuffed" and hang on to the medals which she had by right. I wonder if she could have got the newspapers of the day on her side "Poor army widow fighting the War Office to retain her deceased husband's war medals" etc.

    It's terrible to think what government departments could get away with in those days, still when you consider the way our government has treated Vietnam veterans and veyts of later war, their widows and dependents, not much has changed has it.

    I suppose in the WW1 era, had Jane been the widow of the Right Hon so and so, the treatment would have been very different. :mad:
     

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