Obit: Clarke, Thomas Henry Matthews March 4, 1941

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File contributed by: Elizabeth W Knowlton June 19, 2011, 1:39 pm


Irish Times, Mar 6, 1941

   The death occurred this week at Marlay Grange, 
Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin, of Colonel Thomas Henry Matthews 
Clarke, C.M.G., D.S.O., C.B.E., A.M.S., aged 72 [probably 

   The son of Staff Surgeon Thomas Matthews Clarke, B.A., 
M.B., of the British Army Medical Department, Colonel Clarke 
was educated in Trinity College, Dublin, where he took his 
B.A., M.B., B.Ch. and B.A.O. degrees; and he entered the 
Army Medical Service in 1897.  He served in the Imperial 
Forces in Kandia, Crete, during the massacre of the 
Christians by the Moslems, was twice wounded, and twice was 
mentioned in despatches.  He was decorated for gallantry 
following the attack by the Moslems on the British Hospital 
at Kandia and became a member of the Kandia Provisional 
British Administration.  For his services he received the 
thanks of the Cretan Chamber of Deputies.  He was "seconded" 
under the Foreign Office, and in 1900 he became personal 
physician to Prince George of Greece.  In 1912 he was 
Physician and Surgeon to the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham.  He 
was a Knight of the Order of the Saviour of Greece.

   Colonel Clarke, who had retired from the Army after the 
Great War (he received the C.B.E. in 1919), wrote several 
works on Crete, notably "Sanitary Work in Crete," "Blue 
Book," "Turkey, No. 1," [and] "Prehistoric Sanitation in 
Crete (Knossus)."

   Colonel Clarke was well-known and popular in racing 
circles.  He was a member of the Turf Club.  [Then follows a 
long paragraph about his horses but no mention of his wife 
and three daughters.]

Additional Comments: He was married to Susan Morrell Chapin, 
an American.  His mother was Elizabeth Anne Hamilton