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Roy Harwood CLARK

Regimental number2985
Date of birth7 January 1895
Place of birthBowden, South Australia
SchoolNailsworth Public School; Hogg's College, Adelaide, South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationMethodist home missionary
AddressGordon Road, Prospect, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs R Clark, Gordon Road, Prospect, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the Cadet and Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date27 May 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll16 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 21 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll50th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 25 April 1918
Place of death or woundingVillers Bretonneux, France
Date of death25 April 1918
Age at death23
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
150
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Cheltenham Cemetery, South Australia. Commemorated on Roll of Honour Memorial Gates, Karoonda, South Australia. Parents: R and the late William CLARK
Other details

War service: Egypt, Lemnos, Western Front

Wounded in action, Somme, 12 August 1916.

Killed in action, Villers-Bretonneux, France, 25 April 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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