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Elmer William CLARK

Regimental number233
Place of birthAppleton, Wisconsin, USA
SchoolDistrict Eighth grade, USA
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs Clara Clark, 769 Centre Street, Appleton, Wisconsin, USA
Previous military serviceUS Navy
Enlistment date31 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll21 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board Transport A5 S.S. Omrah on 24 September 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 15 November 1916
Place of death or woundingFlers, France
Age at death26
Place of burialLongueval Road Cemetery (Row I, Grave No. 4), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial

Military Medal

Source: 'London Gazette' No.
Date: 16 November 1916

Bar to Military Medal

'These two N.C.O.s [CLARK and 1569 Mark JONES] were in command of detachments holding the right flank. When the majority of my Officers became casualties, three only of those that went over the top came out, these two N.C.O.s took command and helped to consolidate the right flank. During the counter attack on my right flank on the 3rd they did excellent work, in fact, during the whole of the period whilst they were there, by their behaviour they set an example of duty to the men under them. Sergeant CLARKE has been awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous gallantry during a last action, and I beg to recommend both these N.C.O.s for some distinction.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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