Corporal Lionel “Leo” Clarke singlehandedly fought off some 20 Germans while clearing a newly captured trench. The 23-year-old was bayonetted in the leg in the counterattack. He died a month later in a shell explosion. Clarke was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery during the Battle of the Somme. He was one of three men from Winnipeg’s Pine Street awarded the VC. The street was renamed Valour Road after the war.

Date: 
Saturday, September 9, 1916
Month: 
09
Day: 
09