Able Seaman James Crawford Clarke (D/JX 367926) served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. Born on 1st February 1924, he was the son of James Crawford Clarke and Emily Martha Clarke of Belfast.
He died while serving at HMS Copra on 3rd July 1944 aged 20 years old. This was a Royal Navy shore base to maintain personnel records, pay, and allowances for naval personnel on Combined Operations. COPRA stands for Combined Operations Pay, Records, and Accounts. James’ place of death was off the coast of Normandy, France.
James Crawford Clarke’s grave is in Section V, Row D, Grave 9 of Bayeux War Cemetery, Bayeux, Normandy, France. His headstone bears the inscription:
The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.