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Richard CLARK

Regimental number1236
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address20 Nairn Street, Fremantle, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 5.75"
Weight143 lbs
Next of kinSister, Miss J Clark, Albert Road, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for enlistment on account of teeth)
Enlistment date19 July 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A13 Katuna on 24 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1920
Discharge date14 November 1920
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Fremantle; disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Found guilty, 5 May 1916, of absenting himself from parade: awarded 10 days' confined to barracks.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 19 July 1916 (gun shot wound, back); admitted to 8th Field Ambulance and transferred to 1st Casualty Clearing Station, 20 July 1916, and transferred same day by Ambulance Train No 1 to 8th Stationary Hospital, Wimereux (wound, back, slight [initial description: gun shot wound neck: severe]); to England, 21 July 1916, and admitted to Sussex Military Hospital, Eastbourne (gun shot wound, back and left foot); transferred to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Brighton (date not recorded); discharged on furlough, 18 January 1917, to report to No 4 Command Depot, Wareham, 2 February 1917.

Admitted to Military Hospital, Wareham, 11 February 1917; discharged from 16th Field Ambulance, Tidworth, 2 April 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 51 days.

Promoted Temporary Corporal on Permanent Cadre of No 4 Command Depot, 1 May 1918.

Marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, and retransferred to 32nd Bn, 22 July 1918, and reverted to Private.

Found guilty, 18 October 1918, of being absent without leave from 2359, 15 October, to 2100, 17 October 1918: awarded 4 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited a total of 6 days' pay.

Married Dorothy Ethel Annie COX, spinster, aged 21, Barcombe Parish Church, Barcombe, Sussex, 22 November 1918.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 25 February 1919.

Promoted E/R Corporal, 1 May 1919.

Proceeded on indefinite leave awaiting family ship, 26 September 1919.

Commenced return to Australia with wife and child on board HT 'Kigoma', 20 May 1920; disembarked Melbourne, 15 July 1920; discharged (medically unfit: debility), Melbourne, 14 November 1920.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death9 April 1925
SourcesNAA: B2455, CLARK Richard

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