Malcolm Kellas Clark
Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery 104 Brigade
Died 3rd October 1918 aged 21
Driver M.K. Clark – R.F.A
Malcolm Kellas Clark, born Keith on 25 May 1897, was a son of Alexander Clark, farmer Upper Mulben (near Keith), and Isabella Malcolm, domestic servant. Isabella was the daughter of a Shepherd at Mains of Rhynie, and was born at Rhynie. In 1901 young Malcolm was living in his grandmother Malcolm’s household in Keith with his mother, two other boys who may have been siblings – James Grant aged 13 and George Clark aged 5 months, and his uncle John aged 32. Isabella married, in 1905, Alexander Morrison, but in 1908 tragedy struck the family when Alexander, a marine stoker on the Buckie steam drifter “Jeannie Murray”, died by drowning in Stornoway Harbour in the early hours of a Sunday morning, along with five others, who were being conveyed in a rowing boat to their own vessels at anchor in the harbour. In 1910 Isabella married a man called John Abernethy Murdoch. Possibly somewhere in this complicated family background there was a connection with the parish of Kincardine O’Neil but on present information it is unclear what that was.
Clark became a Gunner (No. 549 and 630227) in the Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery 104 Brigade. This was a Howitzer Brigade serving as part of 23rd Division until January 1917 when it became the 104th Army Field Artillery Brigade.
In the absence of his personal record it has so far proved impossible to tell exactly what became of this soldier. He died, aged 21, of wounds inflicted in the course of service on the Western Front, in the very last weeks of the war on 3 October 1918, and is buried/commemorated at Tincourt New British Cemetery.