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Charles Elroy Clarkson

In memory of:

Private Charles Elroy Clarkson

September 2, 1918

Military Service

Service Number:







Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)


54th Bn.

Additional Information


December 5, 1895

Commemorated on Page 385 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Pas de Calais, France

Grave Reference:

II. A. 40.


Dury is a village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, 1 kilometre north of the straight main road from Arras to Cambrai (D939). Approximately 16 kilometres from Arras travelling towards Cambrai on the D939 is the Canadian Forces Memorial at Dury. 300 metres after the Memorial the Cemetery is signposted to the left towards Dury village. 200 metres from the D939 the cemetery is signposted to the left. It is located in open fields, and is approached along an unsurfaced track about 500 metres long.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Circumstances of Death Registers– Source: Library and Archives Canada.  CIRCUMSTANCES OF DEATH REGISTERS, FIRST WORLD WAR Surnames:  CHILD TO CLAYTON.  Microform Sequence 20; Volume Number 31829_B016729. Reference RG150, 1992-93/314, 164.  Page 981 of 1068.
  • Photo of Charles "Elroy" Clarkson
  • Envelope– Letter written May 5, 1918 from Elroy to his sister Sylvia. Envelope
  • Letter– Letter written May 5. 1918 by Elroy to his sister Sylvia. Interpreted by a family member
  • Letter– Page 1 of letter written by Elroy to his sister Sylvia on May 5, 1918.
  • Letter– Page 2 of letter written by Elroy to his sister Sylvia on May 5, 1918.
  • Letter– Page 3 of letter written by Elroy to his sister Sylvia on May 5, 1918.
  • Letter– Page 4 of letter written by Elroy to his sister Sylvia on May 5, 1918.
  • Photo of Charles Elroy Clarkson– Elroy 1915.
  • Group photo– Elroy and his sister, Sylvia 1915.
  • Id Card– Charles Elroy Clarkson, young man from Ancaster, emerged from a dusty 91-year past into the clear light of the present. Elroy found a friend in fellow Hamiltonian Harry Clark. And they made a pact. If one of them should die, the other would take some special memento home to the deceased's parents. Harry Clark came home with Elroy's brown leather, military issue wallet. No one will ever know why Harry Clark failed to return that wallet to Elroy's grieving family. The approach of Remembrance Day spurred Harry's grandson to track down any living Clarksons. He found them, Clarksons and their descendants were coming out of the woodwork, all incredulous at seeing their long-dead ancestor's story in the paper. He is just happy that the wallet, which his grandfather was supposed to return to Elroy's family but never did, will be back with Elroy's family. "The wallet is finally going home."
  • Group photo– Charles Elroy Clarkson (left side) with girlfriend Helen Hammond with friends (right).
  • Photo of Charles Elroy Clarkson

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