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Alfred Alexander Gordon Clark

Male 1900 - 1958  (57 years)



  • Name Alfred Alexander Gordon Clark  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Known as "Cyril Hare" 
    Birth 04 Sep 1900  Dorking Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 2, 3
    Residence Mar 1901  20 South Parade, Southsea Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    • visitor, with elder brothers Henry, 4; Nathaniel, 2: + 2 nurses.
    Residence Apr 1911  St Aubyn's School, Rottingdean Find all individuals with events at this location   [5
    • with elder brother Nathaniel
    Education abt 1913 - 1918  Rugby School Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Education abt 1918 - 1921  New College, Oxford Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Degree/Qualif. abt 1921  Oxford University Find all individuals with events at this location ; BA  [3
    • History, 1st class honours
    Degree/Qualif. 1924  Inner Temple, Strand Find all individuals with events at this location ; Barrister  [3
    Occupation 1924 - 1950  Hare Court, Temple, Strand Find all individuals with events at this location ; Barrister  [3
    Occupation abt 1930 -  Author and crime novelist  [3
    Marriage 09 Sep 1933  St Michael, Mickleham Find all individuals with events at this location   [6
    Mary Barbara Lawrence,   b. 26 Feb 1909, 39 Hornton St, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Sep 1975, Berry's Croft, Westhumble Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence abt 1935  Cyril Mansions, Battersea Find all individuals with events at this location   [7
    Occupation 1950 - 1958  Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location ; County Court Judge  [3
    Residence - 1958  Berry's Croft, Westhumble Find all individuals with events at this location   [3, 8
    Death 25 Aug 1958  Berry's Croft, Westhumble Find all individuals with events at this location   [3, 8, 9
    • On August 25th, 1958, at Berry's Croft, Westhumble, Dorking, Alfred Alexander Gordon Clark (Cyril Hare), Judge of County Courts, husband of Barbara, aged 57. Funeral at St. Michael's Church, Mickleham, near Dorking, on Friday, August 29th, at 12 noon. [The Times, 27 Aug 1958]
    Burial 29 Aug 1958  St Michael, Mickleham Find all individuals with events at this location   [8
    Probate 29 Oct 1958  London Find all individuals with events at this location ; £29,106 7s. 7d.  [9
    • Clark Alfred Alexander Gordon of Berryscroft Westhumble near Dorking died 25 August 1958 Probate London 29 October to Henry Michael Gordon Clark [elder brother] company director and Randall Herbert Monier-Williams solicitor. Effects £29106 7s. 7d. [NPC]
    Notes 
    • Alfred Alexander Gordon Clark, who wrote under the pseudonym Cyril Hare, was the third son of Henry Herbert Gordon Clark, longtime director and eventually president of the London Life Association. Matthew Clark and Sons of London, the family firm, were prominent wine and spirit importers; the Gordon Clarks were associated closely with Surrey, of which Henry Herbert was once high sheriff. Alfred Gordon Clark was educated at Rugby and New College, Oxford, where he received a First in history. He was called to the bar of the Inner Temple in 1924 and joined the chambers of the noted criminal lawyer Ronald Oliver. As Gordon Clark pursued the career of a junior barrister, he also began to write light material for Punch and other popular papers. He invented a pseudonym that combined the addresses of his residence, Cyril Mansions, Battersea, and of his Temple chambers, Hare Court. He married in 1933 and had one son and two daughters. [Dictionary of Literary Biography]
    • Gordon Clark, His Honour Judge Alfred Alexander. Born 4 Sept. 1900; 3rd s of late Henry Herbert Gordon Clark; m 1933, Mary Barbara, e d of Sir William Lawrence, 3rd Bt, and of late Lady Lawrence; one s two d ; died 25 Aug. 1958. Judge of County Courts 1950-1958. Education: Rugby; New College, Oxford. Career: Called to the Bar, Inner Temple, 1924. Temporary Officer, Ministry of Economic Warfare, 1940. Temporary Legal Assistant, Director of Public Prosecutions Department, 1940-45. Publications: (ed.) Roscoe's Criminal Evidence, 16th edn, 1952; under pseudonym of Cyril Hare: Tenant for Death, 1937; Death is No Sportsman, 1938; Suicide Excepted, 1939; Tragedy at Law, 1942; With a Bare Bodkin, 1946; The Magic Bottle, 1946; When the Wind Blows, 1949; An English Murder, 1951; That Yew Tree's Shade, 1954; He Should Have Died Hereafter, 1958; short stories, etc., in various publications. Address: Berry's Croft, Westhumble, Dorking. [Who Was Who]
    • His Honour Judge Alfred Alexander Gordon Clark died yesterday at Westhumble, Dorking. He was 57. Third son of Henry Herbert Gordon Clark, he was born on September 4, 1900, educated at Rugby and New College, Oxford, and called to the bar by Inner Temple in 1924. He served as temporary officer at the Ministry of Economic Warfare in 1940 and from then until the end of the war was temporary legal assistant in the department of the Director of Public Prosecutions. He had been a county court judge since 1950. Gordon Clark was editor of the sixteenth edition of Roscoe's Criminal Evidence, but reached what was, perhaps, a larger audience, under the pseudonym of Cyril Hare, with some wholly excellent legal detective stories. Like a fellow author, and a fellow county court judge, he was a wise and witty commentator on his own profession. His books contained as much shrewd characterization as many more seriously considered novels, and his writing had a pleasantly dry and balanced quality. They included Tenant for Death; With a Bare Bodkin; An English Murder; That Yew Tree's Shade; and He Should Have Died Hereafter, which was published earlier this year. He married in 1933 Mary Barbara, daughter of Sir William Lawrence, Bt., by whom he had a son and a daughter. [The Times, 26 Aug 1958]
    • Cyril Hare. H. C. L. writes:-- May I add something to the obituary notice of Cyril Hare (Judge Gordon Clark). His book Tragedy at Law is generally recognized in legal circles as the classic legal detective story and, with its glorious begining of "'No trumpeters!' said his Lordship," it contains the most fascinating descritpion of a judge on circuit that has ever been written. It also brings out so well not just his ingenuity but his obvious love of the English language. There can have been few writers of detective fiction who paid so much attention to language and with such effective results. His early death is a very sad loss, but his books, and especially Tragedy at Law, should be enjoyed for many years to come. [The Times, 02 Sep 1958]
    Person ID I4133  Tatham | Bloxham branch | Parent of spouse
    Last Modified 07 Oct 2013 

    Family Mary Barbara Lawrence,   b. 26 Feb 1909, 39 Hornton St, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Sep 1975, Berry's Croft, Westhumble Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Engagement 16 Jun 1933    [10
    • The engagement is announced between Alfred Alexander Gordon Clark, barrister-at-law, third son of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Clark, of Moorhurst, Holmwood, and Mickleham Hall, and Mary Barbara, eldest daughter of Sir William and Lady Lawrence, of Burford, Dorking. [The Times, 16 Jun 1933]
    Marriage 09 Sep 1933  St Michael, Mickleham Find all individuals with events at this location   [6
    • The marriage took place at at Michael's, Mickleham, Surrey, on Saturday, of Mr. Alfred Alexander Gordon Clark, barrister-at-law, third son of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Clark, of Moorhurst, Holmwood, and Mickleham Hall, and Miss Mary Barbara Lawrence, eldest daughter of Sir William and Lady Lawrence, of Burford, Dorking. The Rev. A. W. Bedford officiated, assisted by the Rev. G. L. Cole. The music included Passacaglia, specially composed by Dr. Vaughan Williams and played by Mr. Arnold Goldsborough, organist of St. Martin-in-the-Fields.
      The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a gown of deep ivory satin, with a train of pale pink net, bordered with silver lamé, and draped with Honiton lace. Her veil of pink net was held in place by a band of orange-blossom, and she carried a bouquet of pink roses. Her train was carried by Miss Jocelyn Gordon Clark (niece of the bridegroom), who wore a dress of white georgette and a wreath of stephanotis and myrtle. The bride was attended by six bridesmaids -- Miss Anne and Miss Naomi Lawrence (sisters of the bride), Miss Blair-Imrie, Miss Elizabeth Rottenburg, Miss Honor Baker, and Miss Rosemary Hewett. They wore dresses of white georgette over pink satin and wreaths of stephanotis and myrtle in their hair and carried bouquets to match. Mr. J. C. D. Harington was best man, and a guard of honour was formed by the V.A.D. Surrey 68.
      A reception was held by Lady Lawrence at Burford, and among those present were:--
      Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Clark, Mr. W. Lawrence, Mr. R. Lawrence, Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Gordon Clark, Mrs. A. T. Lawrence, Mr. and Mrs. N. J. Gordon Clark, Miss Lawrence, Mr. J. Lawrence, Mr. F. F. Gordon Clark, Major and Mrs. C. T. Lawrence, Mrs Van Neck, Colonel and Mrs. R. H. Willan, Mrs. Churchill, Mr. Blair-Imrie, Mrs. Sim, Captain L. E. Crabbe, R.N., Mrs. and Mrs. Lawrence, Miss J. T. Lawrence, Mr. and Mrs. Rottenburg, Mr. J. S. Gordon Clark, the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey and Lady Ashcombe, Lord and Lady Farrer, Lord and Lady Ebbisham, Major and Mrs. Pam, Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Baker, Colonel and Mrs. Hewett, Mr. R. P. Croom-Johnson, K.C., M.P., Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Touche, Sir Jeremiah and Lady Colman, Sir Malcolm Fraser, Miss Fraser, Sir James and Lady Jeans, Dr. and Mrs. R. Vaughan Williams, Sir Oscar Warburg, the Dowager Lady Cunliffe, Mr. Frank Galsworthy, Lady Norton-Griffiths, and Miss Norton-Griffiths.
      The honeymoon is being spent on the Continent, and the bride travelled in a grey crêpe dress with a hat and shoes to match, and a silver fox fur. [The Times, 11 Sep 1933]
    Children 
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    Last Modified 07 Oct 2013 
    Family ID F1223  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 04 Sep 1900 - Dorking Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mar 1901 - 20 South Parade, Southsea Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1911 - St Aubyn's School, Rottingdean Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - abt 1913 - 1918 - Rugby School Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - abt 1918 - 1921 - New College, Oxford Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDegree/Qualif. - BA - abt 1921 - Oxford University Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDegree/Qualif. - Barrister - 1924 - Inner Temple, Strand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Barrister - 1924 - 1950 - Hare Court, Temple, Strand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - 09 Sep 1933 - St Michael, Mickleham Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 09 Sep 1933 - St Michael, Mickleham Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - abt 1935 - Cyril Mansions, Battersea Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - County Court Judge - 1950 - 1958 - Surrey Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - 1958 - Berry's Croft, Westhumble Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 25 Aug 1958 - Berry's Croft, Westhumble Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - 29 Aug 1958 - St Michael, Mickleham Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - £29,106 7s. 7d. - 29 Oct 1958 - London Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S02] BMD Index, birth reg Dorking, 4Q1900.

    2. [S01] Census, UK, 1901.
      age 6m b Mickleham

    3. [S18] Who's Who / Who was Who.

    4. [S03] Family Members, CGC.

    5. [S01] Census, UK, 1911.
      age 10 b Mickleham

    6. [S05] The Times, marriage notice, 11 Sep 1933.

    7. [S07] Other Sources, Dictionary of Literary Biography.

    8. [S05] The Times, death notice, 27 Aug 1958.

    9. [S14] National Probate Calendar.

    10. [S05] The Times, forthcoming marriages, 16 Jun 1933.