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William Walter CLARK

Regimental number3783
Place of birthLondon England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBridge labourer
AddressMitchell, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinSister, Miss Aalice Clarke, c/o Mrs J Sells, Quinton Street, Roma, Queensland
Enlistment date18 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 31 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Machine Gun Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 11 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations south of BEAUREVOIR, near ST. QUENTIN on 3rd October, 1918, Private CLARK, after his gun had arrived on the objective, returned over open ground swept by shell and machine gun fire to obtain machine gun gear dropped by men who had become casualties in the advance. Only by his successful efforts the gun was got into action against the enemy. During the day he went forward under heavy machine gun fire over ground we had been forced to evacuate and brought back two severely wounded men to our line. The example set by Private CLARK throughout the action was splendid.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 119
Date: 17 October 1919

Family/military connectionsFather: 3316 Pte William Joseph CLARK, 49th Bn, killed in action, 5 September 1916; Brother: 4765 Pte John CLARK, 15th Bn, returned to Australia, 23 January 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName entered incorrectly on Embarkation Roll as CLARKE.

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