William Francis CLOKE


CLOKE, William Francis

Service Number: 20
Enlisted: 20 March 1916, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 9th Machine Gun Company
Born: Liverpool, New South Wales, 1896
Home Town: Liverpool, Fairfield, New South Wales
Schooling: Liverpool Public School
Occupation: Salesman
Died: Killed in Action, Passchendaele, Belgium, 30 September 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Liverpool J H Edmondson VC Memorial Clock, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

20 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sydney, New South Wales
1 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 20, 9th Machine Gun Company, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
1 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 20, 9th Machine Gun Company, HMAT Benalla, Sydney
10 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 20, 9th Machine Gun Company, Third Ypres

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"...20 Private (later Lance Corporal) William Francis Cloke 9th Company Australian Machine Gun Corps of Liverpool, NSW. A salesman prior to enlisting, he embarked from Sydney aboard HMAT Benalla (A24) on 1 May 1916. Pte Cloke was killed in action on 10 September 1917 during the Third Ypres campaign, Belgium, aged 27. He has no known grave and is remembered with honour on the The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)


4th Machine Gun Battalion

Rank - Lance Corporal

24 October 1916 - To hospital in England - Rhinitis

17 March 1917 - To hospital - Myalgia

12 June 1917 - Wounded in action (shell shock)

5 September 1917 - Rejoined unit from wounding

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Also served in the 43rd Infantry, Citizen Military Forces

Parents had to sign a consent form prior to his enlistment

Son of Alfred and Catherine Mary Cloke, of Norfolk St., Liverpool, New South Wales. Parents chose to honour their son and the other young men who lost their lives with an Honour Board