Royal Clifford (Roy) SPARKS


SPARKS, Royal Clifford

Service Number: 1806
Enlisted: 24 December 1914
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 8th Infantry Battalion
Born: Collingwood, Victoria, Australia, June 1891
Home Town: Carlton North, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Lee State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Bootmaker
Died: GSW - fracture right arm, Died at sea HS Delta , Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 8 August 1915
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
The Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 7), Gallipoli, Turkey, Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

24 Dec 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1806, 8th Infantry Battalion
14 Apr 1915: Involvement Private, SN 1806, 8th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
14 Apr 1915: Embarked Private, SN 1806, 8th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wiltshire, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From How We Served

The private commemoration for; - 1806 Private Royal (aka Roy) Clifford Sparks of North Carlton, Victoria who prior to his joining up for War Service on the 4th of January 1915 had been employed as a bootmaker.
Roy was allocated to reinforcements for the 8th Battalion 1st AIF and was embarked for Egypt and further training on the 14th of April, after which he joined his Battalion in the trenches of Gallipoli on the 26th of May following the fighting at Krithia. Roy’s Unit was committed to assist in the capture of Lone Pine, and it was during this battle that he sustained multiple gunshot wounds on the 7th of August and was evacuated for hospitalization.

Placed aboard the Hospital Ship ‘Delta’, Roy was sent to Mudros Island but died of his wounds whilst on route during the following day, and was formally buried at sea. He was aged 24 at the time of his death. Roy has no actual war grave and is instead officially commemorated on the walls of the Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey.

Back in Australia, Roy’s grieving family had his supreme sacrifice made during the ‘Great War’ privately added to the Sparks family’s collective burial site within Melbourne General Cemetery, Victoria.