Alured Clarke's first military service was in Germany under the Marquess of Granby. As a lieutenant-colonel in the Royal Fusiliers he served in the American War of Independence. He was in command at Charleston and Savannah. In 1795 he was sent to India with secret instructions to stop off at the Cape of Good Hope and fight against the Dutch. He led a force which engaged the enemy at Wynberg and defeated them. In 1770 he married Elizabeth (Kitty) Hunter who had eloped with the married Earl of Pembroke. She had a son by Pembroke and received a pension from him, but she had no children with Clarke.
1744 Born on 24th Nov
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