Percy Joseph CLARK


CLARK, Percy Joseph

Service Number: 4517
Enlisted: 2 November 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Sandergrove, South Australia, 21 July 1885
Home Town: Strathalbyn, Alexandrina, South Australia
Schooling: Ashbourne, Public School, South Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Bronchitis, Military Hospital, Fovant, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom, 14 March 1917, aged 31 years
Cemetery: Baverstock (St. Edith) Churchyard
Baverstock (St Edith) Churchyard, Baverstock, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Strathalbyn Christ Church Honour Board, Strathalbyn District Roll of Honor WW1, Strathalbyn RSL Hall Honour Board, Strathalbyn War Memorial, Woodchester Onaunga D.C. Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

2 Nov 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4517, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Adelaide, South Australia
16 Dec 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4517, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
16 Dec 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4517, 32nd Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement 32nd Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 31 and the son of David and Margaret Clark, of Woodchester, South Australia.

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland

Died on this date – 14th March.... Private Percy Joseph Clark was born at Sandy Grove (Sandergrove), near Strathalbyn, South Australia in 1885. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 2nd November, 1916 as a 30 year old, single, Farmer from Woodchester, South Australia.

Private Percy Joseph Clark embarked from Adelaide, South Australia on HMAT Berrima (A35) on 16th December, 1916 with the 8th Infantry Brigade, 32nd Infantry Battalion, 12th Reinforcements & disembarked at Devonport, England on 16th February, 1917.

Reinforcements were only given basic training in Australia. Training was completed in training units in England. Some of these were located in the Salisbury Plain & surrounding areas in the county of Wiltshire.
Private Percy Joseph Clark was admitted sick to Fovant Military Hospital from “D” Company, 8th Training Battalion at Hurdcott, Wiltshire.

Private Percy Joseph Clark died at 9.30 p.m. on 14th March, 1917 at Military Hospital, Fovant, Wiltshire, England from Bronchitis.

Private Percy Joseph Clark was buried in the churchyard of St. Edith’s at Baverstock, Wiltshire, England where 28 other WW1 Australian Soldiers are buried.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)



"...4517 Private Percy Joseph Clark, 32nd Battalion, of Strathalbyn, SA. A farmer before enlisting on 2 November 1916, he embarked from Adelaide on HMAT Berrima on 16 December 1916 with the 12th Reinforcements. He died of bronchitis in Fovant Military Hospital, England, on 14 March 1917." - SOURCE (