Sir Travers Clarke GBE KCB KCMG


Travers Edward Clarke was born on 6 April 1871 and died on 2 February 1962 aged 90.

He attended the Royal Military College, Sandhurst and was commissioned into the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in October 1890. He served with his Regiment on the North West Frontier of India and took part in the Tirah Expedition of 1897-98 and the Boer War 1900-1902. During the First World War, he held a variety of regimental and staff appointments including command of 23 Brigade in 8 Division.

In 1917 he was appointed Quartermaster-General for the British Armies in France where he was responsible for supplying and feeding the army and remained in this post until 1921. On his return to The War Office in London, he was appointed Quartermaster-General to the Forces. In 1924, he was appointed Deputy Chairman of the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley where his ruthless energy and talent for organization was again in demand. He was created GBE and retired from the Army in 1926.

He was Colonel of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers from 1923 until 1941, when he was succeeded by Field Marshal Sir Claude Auchinleck.

In 1911 he married Mary Jordan, daughter of Sir John Jordan, the British Ambassador to China. The couple had one son, John Walrond Edward, before Mary's death in 1918. In 1921, he married Irene Roe, the widow of an Inniskilling officer. By this second marriage, he had a further daughter and two sons, one of whom was killed on active service in 1944.