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Regimental number5004
Date of birth26 May 1897
Place of birthToowoomba, Queensland
OccupationSchool teacher
AddressWarwick, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 9.5"
Weight147 lbs
Next of kinFather, James Smith Clarkson, Thane's Creek, Warwick, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date12 March 1917
Place of enlistmentToowoomba, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 14 June 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 18 December 1919
Discharge date18 March 1920
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 3273 Corporal Charles CLARKSON, 49th Bn, returned to Australia, 23 September 1918; 3277 Pte Kenneth Douglas CLARKSON, 49th Bn, returned to Australia, 23 July 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked from Sydney, 14 June 1917; disembarked Liverpool, 26 August 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 7 April 1918; taken on strength, 31st Bn, 13 April 1918.

On leave to England, 21 January 1919. Admitted to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital while on leave, 11 February 1919 (influenza). Detached to Administrative Headquarters, 24 February 1919; marched into No. 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 10 March 1919.

Granted leave for Non-Military Employment, 2 April-21 July 1919, with pay and subsistence and fees of six pounds thirteen shillings four pence to attend London Day Training College, Southampton Row, London. Leave extended, 22 July-31 October 1919, pay and subsistence and fees of seven pounds five shillings.

Commenced return to Australia, 18 December 1919; disembarked Sydney, 7 February 1920; discharged (medically unfit), 18 March 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CLARKSON David John

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