William Frederick CLARK

SchoolSydney Grammar School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBusiness manager
Address'Annapata', 157 Stanmore Road, Stanmore, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinWife, Mrs Margerie Ethel Clark, 'Annapata', 157 Stanmore Road, Stanmore, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date6 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll16 March 1916
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name55th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/72/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 30 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Recommendation date: 1 October 1917

FateKilled in Action 17 April 1918
Place of death or woundingVillers-Bretonneux, France
Age at death26.4
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialAubigny British Cemetery (Somme) (Row B, Grave No. 11), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Elizabeth and the late Theodore CLARK, husband of Margerie E. CLARK, 'Koorali', 14 Holt Street, Stanmore, New South Wales. Native of Marrickville

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When the objective had been reached he so organized his men that a thorough and effective system of defence was prepared to meet the heavy enemy counter attacks which followed. By personal reconnaissance he established strong points in advance of the line, which enabled any movements of the enemy to be quickly detected. His courage and coolness were an inspiration to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 137
Date: 30 August 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 4487 Pte Cuthbert Theodore CLARK, 54th Bn, returned to Australia, 13 February 1917; brother-in- law: Chaplain Spencer Edward MAXTED, 14th Infantry Brigade, killed in action, 17-19 July 1916.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal