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Memorable Manitobans: Lionel Beaumaurice “Nobby” “Leo” Clarke (1892-1916)

War hero.

Born in Waterdown, Ontario, he was raised in England and came with his parents to Canada in 1903. He was educated at Argyle and Gladstone Schools in Winnipeg. As an acting corporal in 1916, Clarke single-handedly fought off an entire unit of Germans while a part of the Canadian position at Courcelette was secured. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery. Promoted to acting sergeant, he was killed in a trench cave-in a few months later.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Valour Road Light Post and Plaque (Valour Road, Winnipeg)


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 April 2011

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