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Name: Jessie Clark

Burial Number: 1696

Gender: Female

Occupation: Helping Father in Ironmonger business

Born: 00/00/1884

Died: 27/03/1939

Buried: 31/03/1939

Isabella Mary Self

William Henry Clark


Jessie Annie Clark was born in 1884 in Camberwell, London to William Henry and Isabella Mary Clark (nee Self).  William worked as a Carpet Cutter and Upholsterer and lived at 26 Clayton Road, Camberwell, London with his Wife, Isabella and children, including Jessie.

Jessie had 6 siblings-

Henry Cornelius born 1880, Edith Isabella born 1881, Florence Harriett born 1883 died 1902, William Manuel born 1887, Lucy born 1890, Grace M born 1892

When Jessie’s Mother (Isabella) died in 1893 William married Edith Jane Collins in 1897 and had another Son called Edwin Arthur Clark born 1900

Between 1902 and 1911 the family moved to Worthing and William Henry run his own Ironmonger business at 209 Tarring road, Worthing (also known as 15 The Broadway, Tarring Road).


The reason for the move to Worthing may have been because of the loss of his Daughter Florence in Camberwell, London in 1902.  She had been feeling unwell and suffered from anaemia for sometime. She had gone out for the evening but had arrived home at 8.30pm in a cab, appearing to have fainted, she died before a doctor arrived.  It appeared that her corsets were done up too tightly and she died from syncope (fainting) from a fatty heart, accelerated by tight lacing.

In 1921 William was still running the Ironmongers in Tarring Road, with his Wife Edith Jane and Jessie, who was helping in the business.

Jessie Annie died on 27th March 1939, still living with her Father in Tarring Road, she left just £84 (£3305 in 2020) to her Father.


Researcher: Jackie Rooney

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Jessie Clark

Location in Cemetery

Area: SES Row: 7 Plot: 12

Exact Location (what3words): format.sounds.paint

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


In loving memory of Edith Jane the dearly beloved wife of William Henry Clark who died 5th Sep 1923 aged 63 Also of Edwin Arthur Clark 7th Royal Sussex Regt. who was killed in action at Mametz, France 26th Aug 1918 aged 18 Also Jessie Annie Clark who died March 27th 1939 aged 54 years.

Further Information


Name: Jessie Annie Clark

Gender: Female

Born: 00/00/1884

Town: Camberwell

County: London

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

No marriage information is available for this burial record.

Information at Death

Date of Death: 27/03/1939

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Tarring Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £84 s d

Current value of effects: £3305

Census Information


26 Clayton Road, Camberwell, London

William Henry Clark (Head) age 23, Isabella (Wife) age 22, Henry Cornelius (Son) age 1, Edith Isabella (Daughter) age 3 months


7 Russell Road, Camberwell, London

William H Clark (Head) age 33, Isabella (Wife) age 32, Henry C (Son) age 11, Edith (Daughter) age 10, Florence (Daughter) age 8, Jessie A (Daughter) age 6, William M (Son) age 4, Lucy (Daughter) age 1



7 Russell Road, Camberwell, London

William H Clark (Head) age 43, Edith J (Wife) age 41, Henry C (Son) age 21, Edith I (Daughter) age 20, Florence H (Daughter) age 18, Jessie A (Daughter) age 16, William M (Son) age 14, Lucy (Daughter) age 11, Grace M (Daughter) age 9, Edwin A (Son) age 1



Eton House, Tarring Road, Worthing

William Henry (Head) age 53, Edith Jane (Wife) age 51, Jessie Annie (Daughter) age 25, Edwin Arthur (Son) age 11


15 The Broadway, Tarring Road, Worthing

William Henry Clark (Head) age 63, Edith Jane (Wife) age 61, Jessie Annie (Daughter) age 37, plus 2 visitors

Miscellaneous Information

Edwin Arthur Clark

Was born in 1900 in Peckham, London, and was the half-brother of Jessie.

He died in WW1 aged just 18, he served with the 7th Royal Sussex Regiment, and was killed in action at Mametz, France on 26th August 1918. Mametz was the site of particularly heavy fighting during the battle of the Somme. The capture of Mametz by the British army took place on 1st July 1916; however, the village was recaptured by the Germans in 1918.  Edwin earned the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

London Observer 17th May 1902

Dangers of Tight Lacing – Mr GP Wyatt, Coroner, held an inquest at the Camberwell Coroner’s Court on the body of Florence Harriett Clark, aged 20 years, a machinist, lately living at 7 Russell Road, Peckham.
William Henry Clark, a carpet-cutter, identified the body as being that of his daughter, and said that deceased was anaemic. She had lately complained of pains in her side, and last Monday remained in bed. On Tuesday she went out to see if there was any work, but returned saying there was none. She appeared very jolly during the day and assisted in the housework. In the evening she went out to see her sweetheart apparently as usual. She was brought home in a cab about half-past eight o’clock by her “intended” to all appearances in a fainting fit. A medical man was at once called in, but deceased expired before he arrived.
Dr WA Clements, of No. 4 Brayard Road, Peckham, stated that death had occurred a few minutes before he arrived. Deceased was wearing a pair of corsets, the upper portion of which had been undone by the relatives when deceased was brought in; but the lower part was abnormally tight. The witness and the father had the greatest difficulty in  undoing them. Had they been taken off in the first place, and deceased laid flat on her back she  might have recovered. The cause of death was syncope from a fatty heart, most probably accelerated by tight lacing.
The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence.