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Donald CLARK

Regimental number184
Place of birthGlasgow, Scotland
SchoolGlaeg High School, Scotland
Other trainingElectrical Engineer
Age on arrival in Australia28
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationMechanical engineer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Height5' 7.25"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinSister, Miss J M Clark, 52 Alberta Terrace, Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the Glasgow Cadets for 2 years.
Enlistment date18 September 1914
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name1st Field Company Engineers
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/20/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Company Engineers
FateKilled in Action 17 September 1917
Age at death33
Age at death from cemetery records33
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 7), Belgium

The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.

The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.

The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.

Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
23
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Donald and Mary CLARK
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 3 March 1915. Admitted to HS 'Lutzow', 18 May 1915 (gun shot wound, hands: severe), and transferred to Alexandria. Embarked for duty, 2 June 1915; rejoined unit at Gallipoli, 12 June 1915. Admitted to Hospital Ship, 12 September 1915 (septic sores); admitted to No. 2 Auxiliary Convalescent Depot, Heliopolis, 19 September 1915; discharged to duty, 21 October 1915; rejoined unit at Gallipoli, 13 November 1915. Disembarked Alexandria, 27 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 21 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 28 March 1916.

Wounded in action, 23 July 1916 (gun shot wound, scalp); admitted to 26th General Hospital, Etaples, 28 July 1916; rejoined unit, 21 August 1916. On leave to England, 21 December 1916; rejoined unit, 9 January 1917.

Wounded in action, 1 February 1917 (shell wound, right cheek); admitted to 12th General Hospital, 3 February 1917; rejoined unit, 9 March 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 17 September 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CLARK Donald

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