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Charles CLARK

Regimental number101
Date of birth5 March 1883
Place of birthWoodbury, Devon, England
True NameKNOWLES, Arthur Willie
SchoolBroadmeads School, Exeter, Woodbury, Devon, England
Age on arrival in Australia31
ReligionChurch of England
AddressGPO, Hobart, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Height5' 8.5"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs A Avery, 68 West Hill Road, Mutley, Plymouth, England
Previous military serviceClaimed to have served for 7 years in the Devonshire Regiment, 2nd Bn; 5 years in the Reserves.
Enlistment date24 May 1914
Place of enlistmentHobart, Tasmania
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Hobart, Tasmania, on board Transport A2 Geelong on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'Joined English Navy for 12 years; took his discharge; joined Australian Navy, left England on H.M.A.T. Sydney. Deserted & joined the A.I.F.' (details from wife)
FateKilled in Action 25 April 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death33
Age at death from cemetery records33
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 35), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Amelia KNOWLES; husband of Sarah Ethel KNOWLES, 4 Bartholomew Street, West Exeter, England. Native of Exton, Devon
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 2 March 1915.

Reported missing in action, 25 April 1915; fate confirmed as killed in action by Court of Inquiry, 5 June 1915.

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

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