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Published in the Kidderminster Shuttle on 4 January 07

CLARKE Arthur Raymond Arthur Raymond Clarke was born in Worcester on 7th November, 1922. He was educated in Worcester and was married with one son. He joined the Worcestershire Constabulary on 11th January, 1941., where he commenced his service in Evesham. On the outbreak of War he joined the Royal Artillery and was posted overseas. He had a distinguished service in a number of theatres of War in North Africa, serving in the 1st Army and Italy. He later transferred to the Special Investigation Department serving in comunicardo throughout Italy. He was highly decorated with a mention in Despatches and Medal of Merit With Palm awarded by the Italian Government He was released from the Army on the 7th March, 1946 with the rank of Warrant Officer. He re-joined the Worcestershire Constabulary returning to Evesham. He saw service in Malvern, Warley, Oldbury, Stourport-on-Severn and Kidderminster retiring on 7th November, 1982., as Chief Administration Officer with the rank of Chief Inspector. He served 41 years in the Police service 32 years of which was within the Criminal Investigation Department. He received 33 Chief Constable Commendations for outstanding Police work. He was awarded the Queens Jubilee Medal on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee. In parallel with his Police Career he was very active within the Community being an active member in a number of organisations including Stourport Carnival Committee, Scouting and Royal British Legion. Following retirement he took an active life with his wife walking and gardening. He died after a short illness on 6th November, 2006. Published in paper 04/01/2007

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