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Regimental number3781
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationRubber worker
AddressRichmond, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Height5' 5.5"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinSister, Miss Ada Clarke, 1 Adelaide Street, South Richmond, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date7 August 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth on 21 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 23 June 1919
Discharge date14 September 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 19 September 1919; found guilty, at sea, 18 October 1916, of failing to appear for piquet when warned for duty: awarded 72 hours' confined to barracks; disembarked Plymouth, England, 14 November 1916.

Found guilty, 28 December 1916, of being absent without leave from 0800, 21 December, to 1130, 22 December 1917: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited a total of 21 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 16 January 1917; taken on strength, 32nd Bn, in the field, 21 January 1917.

Found guilty, 9 March 1917, of being absent without leave, 24 February-noon, 8 March 1917: awarded 28 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeiture of a total of 41 days' pay.

On leave to United Kingdom, 6 February 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 23 February 1918.

Tried by Field General Court Martial, 11 November 1918, on charge of being absent without leave from 9 am, 27 September 1918, until 7.40 pm, 7 October 1918; pleaded 'Not Guilty'; found 'Guilty': awarded 28 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited a total of 56 days' pay.

Found guilty, 20 November 1918, of being away from his billet at 11 pm, 19 November 1918, contrary to General Routine Order 3718: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Found guilty, 3 December 1918, of being absent from 1845 parade, 27 November 1918: awarded 30 days' Field Punishment No 2; sentence made concurrent with setence of FGCM.

On leave to England, 19 January 1919.

Fined £1 at SW Police Court, London, 7 February 1919, for drunkenness.

Rejoined Bn, 15 February 1919.

Admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, 16 February 1919 (venereal disease); transferred to 55th Casualty Clearing Station, 17 February 1919; to Ambulance Train No 9, 19 February 1919, and admitted to 7th General Hospital, Wimereux; transferred to England, 25 February 1919, and admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford; discharged to Convalescent Training Depot, Parkhouse, 19 April 1919; total period of treatment for venereal disease (contracted in London from a 'professional', 12 January 1919; previously treated in Urana, New South Wales for 90 days): 63 days.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Orita', 23 June 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 6 August 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), 14 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death not attributed to war service.
Date of death22 May 1932
SourcesNAA: B2455, CLARKE Colin

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