Travers Clarke

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Sir Travers Clarke
Lt. Gen. Sir Travers Clarke
Born 6 April 1871
Died 2 February 1962 (aged 91)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1890–1926
Rank Lieutenant General
Battles/wars Second Boer War
World War I
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George

Lieutenant-General Sir Travers Edwards Clarke GBE KCB KCMG (6 April 1871 – 2 February 1962) was a British Army officer who served in the South African War and the First World War. During the First World War, he held various staff positions; he was Quartermaster-General to the Armies in France from 1917 to 1921, when he became Quartermaster-General to the Forces.

Military career[edit]

Clarke attended the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers on 29 October 1890.[1] He was promoted to lieutenant on 20 July 1892, and served with his regiment on the North West Frontier of India and in the Tirah Expedition of 1897-98, following which he was promoted to captain on 13 April 1898.[2] Transferred to South Africa he served in the Second Boer War from 1900 to 1902, leaving after peace was declared in May 1902 to arrive in the United Kingdom the following month.[3] For his service in South Africa, he received the Queen's South Africa Medal with four clasps.[4]

In 1911, he married Mary Jordan, daughter of Sir John Jordan, the British ambassador to China. The couple had one son, John Walrond Edward Clarke (1913-1987) of Clough, Co. Down before Mary's death in the outbreak of Spanish flu in 1918. He remarried in 1921, to Irene Roe (née Cross), the widow of an officer in the Iniskillings. By his second marriage, he had two sons and a daughter, one of whom was killed on active service in 1944.[4]

He served in World War I as Quartermaster-General for the British Armies in France from 1917.[4] In this role he was responsible for transferring Allied prisoners of war back to the United Kingdom and he strove to ensure they were treated properly and given clothing and blankets as they returned from Germany.[5] After the War he became Quartermaster-General to the Forces; he retired in 1926.[4] From 1923 to 1941 he was the ceremonial colonel of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.[6]

He was also Deputy Chairman of the British Empire Exhibition in 1924.[7]


  1. ^ "No. 26101". The London Gazette. 28 October 1890. p. 5688. 
  2. ^ Hart´s Army list, 1903
  3. ^ "The Army in South Africa - the Coronation contingent". The Times (36791). London. 11 June 1902. p. 14. 
  4. ^ a b c d Who Was Who
  5. ^ Objects of concern: Canadian prisoners of war through the twentieth century By Jonathan Franklin and William Vance, Page 75 University of British Columbia Pross, 1997, ISBN 978-0-7748-0520-9]
  6. ^ "The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers". Archived from the original on 10 February 2006. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  7. ^ House of Lords Hansard, 24 July 1924


  • "CLARKE, Lieut-Gen. Sir Travers (Edwards)", in Who Was Who (Online ed.). A & C Black. 2007. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir John Cowans
Quartermaster-General to the Forces
Succeeded by
Sir Walter Campbell
Preceded by
Sir Archibald James Murray
Colonel of the 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Succeeded by
Sir Claude John Eyre Auchinleck