Lewis James Clarke was born on 27th January 1913 at Hatton, the son of Lewis Clarke, who was born at Norley and Charlotte (nee Maddock, formerly Smith) who was born in Hatton. Lewis James had two older half- siblings, Walter and Fred, and a brother John who was three years his senior.
In the 1921 census, the father was working as a labourer at Joseph Crosfield and Sons in Warrington and the family were living in Factory Yard in Hatton.
The 1939 Register recorded the family as living at Hewitt’s Cottages in Hatton. The father was not working as he was incapacitated, Fred was employed as a head cowman and Lewis James was a highways labourer. Walter and John were married and had left home. Charlotte looked after the house and family.
Lewis James Clarke never married. His father died in 1965 and his mother in 1967.
Lewis James Clarke died on 11th August 1981 at Hatton, at the age of 68 years.
It is known that Lewis James Clarke served in the Second World War, as his name appeared in an article in the Parish Magazine for Daresbury in August 1946, when presentations were made to the men and women of Hatton who had served in H. M. Forces.
However, it is not known in which branch of H. M. Forces he served.
If anyone has any knowledge of Lewis’ WW2 service, please contact Daresbury District Heritage Group.