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Richard Francis CLARKE

Regimental number1664
Place of birthGoomeri Queensland
SchoolPublic School, Gudgen, Tweed River, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressBoonara via Goomeri, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, Alexander Clarke, Boonara via Goomeri, Queensland
Enlistment date17 May 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17/5/1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 17 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Work near Mont St. Quentin on 2 September 1918.
Recommendation date: 11 September 1918

FateDied of wounds 16 October 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death21.10
Place of burialTourgeville Military Cemetery (Plot Iv, Row D, Grave No. 13), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Son of Alex CLARKE, Goomeri, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'On two separate occasions during the attack east of Mont St. Quentin, on 2 September, 1918, when machine guns were causing great trouble, he rushed the enemy posts single handed, each time putting the gun out of action. When his section became casualties, he collected a few men and led them against enemy posts inflicting many casualties.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 35
Date: 15 April 1920

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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