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Regimental number5986
Place of birthHertford, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSleeper cutter
AddressCalarie, via Forbes, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27.2
Height5' 6"
Weight148 lbs
Next of kinFather, E. Clarke, St Margarets, Hertfordshire, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date25 January 1916
Place of enlistmentOrange, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 19th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 22 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Photo: Peter Dennis
Discharge date23 January 1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 22 August 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 13 October 1916.

Married Florence May ABRAHAM, spinster, aged 30, Parish Church, Roydon, Essex, 23 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 13 December 1916; joined 2nd Bn, in the field, 18 December 1916.

Admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance, 25 May 1917 (myalgia) ; transferred to 56th Casualty Clearing Station, 1 June 1917 (trench feet); to No 6 General Hospital, Rouen, 5 June 1917 (cardiac: valvular disorder of the heart); to No 2 Convalescent Depot, Rouen, 21 June 1917; discharged to Base Depot, Havre, 23 July 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 26 November 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 4 February 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 22 February 1918.

Found guilty, 21 July 1918, of being absent without leave, 10 am to 8.15 pm, 20 July 1918: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 1 day's pay under Royal Warrant.

Wounded in action, 18 September 1918 (gun shot wound, left shoulder), and admitted to 1st Australian Field Ambulance, and transferred to 20th Casualty Clearing Station; to No 6 General Hospital, Rouen, 19 September 1918; to England, 22 September 1918, and admitted to Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester (gun shot wound: severe); discharged on furlough, 11 November 1918, to report to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 25 November 1918.

Granted leave without pay and allowances, 18 December 1918 to 18 March 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Benalla', 8 October 1919; disembarked, Sydney, 29 November 1919; discharged (medically unfit), Sydney, 23 January 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death21 June 1921
Place of burialForbes Cemetery, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, CLARKE Edward

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