Clarke, Michael Christopher (“Chris”)

Force: Army

Born on September 24, 1896, in Drogheda County, Ireland, Chris Clarke was one of 13 children. His early schooling was in Ireland, and as a young man he joined the Scotch Reveilliers, and later he served with the Royal Irish Fuesiliers. After his service, Chris came to Saskatchewan and joined the Canadian Army in the First World War. In 1929, he moved to Spirit River AB where he met his wife, Vera Eleanor England. They were married on October 21, 1933 in Spirit River and settled on a farm of their own. Over the years the Clarkes had 12 children: John, Gwyneth, David, Nora, Patricia, Eleanor, Irene, Christina, Michael, Brian, Robert and Kathleen. Chris joined the Army again in 1941 and 1943. In 1969 Chris and Vera retired from farming and moved to a house in Spirit River. Vera passed away in 1974, and after period of illness, Chris died on July 28, 1977 in Spirit River.

Source: Memories and Moments p. 176 – Photo
pp. 160-162