W G Clarke

Associated with Ethnology collections

Well-known amateur archaeologist and historian, father of R Rainbird Clarke (Director of Norwich Museums 1877-1925), and author of 'In Breckland Wilds' (Robert Scott, 1925). His collection probably passed to Norwich Museum after his death via his son.

Grew up and educated in Thetford, where he developed an interest in, and collected, birds' eggs, butterflies, geological specimens and flint implements. His collection of flints, mainly Neolithic, went to the British Museum. He gained a reputation as a prehistorian and met Sir John Lubbock (Lord Avebury) and leading scientists of the time. Later he developed an interest in botany. He was elected president of Norwich and Norfolk Natural History Society while in the army (1914-1918?), elected to the Society Committee in 1925, and also served as a co-opted member of Norwich Castle Museum and Public Library Committees.

Clarke was a reporter on the Norwich Mercury (later sub-editor), sub-editor on the Norfolk News, and a member of staff of the Eastern Daily Press. He wrote articles under the pseudonym 'Wandering Will' and published a number of books on Norfolk and Suffolk. He married a Miss Holden of Thetford.

Source: Norwich Castle Museum biography from the Eastern Daily Press.
  • Gender
  • Relationship
    Previous owner
  • Nationality
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Born
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Yorkshire: Stokesay
  • Died
  • Place of death
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Yorkshire: Stokesay
  • Cause of death
    Unknown or unrecorded

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