Patrick Joseph CLIFFORD

CLIFFORD, Patrick Joseph

Service Number: 2563
Enlisted: 25 March 1916, Townsville, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 4th Motor Transport Company
Born: Charters Towers, Queensland, 12 March 1886
Home Town: Townsville, Townsville, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Suicide (throat lacerations), Brisbane, Queensland, 29 November 1937, aged 51 years
Cemetery: Toowong (Brisbane General) Cemetery
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World War 1 Service

25 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2563, Townsville, Queensland
17 Nov 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2563, 41st Infantry Battalion
17 Nov 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2563, 41st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Kyarra, Brisbane
11 Oct 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 2563, 4th Motor Transport Company

Life Story of Patrick Clifford

In 1916 Patrick Joseph CLIFFORD enlisted in the Australian Army in Townsville at the age of 29 years. His description on his enlistment papers state he is 5' 6" tall, 9st. 12lb in weight, with a dark complexion, brown eyes and black hair. His religion is Roman Catholic. His previous employment was a two year apprenticeship as a Blacksmith in Croydon, North Queensland.

He served with 42nd Battalion as a Private & his regimental number was 2563. His military records show he was sent to Lytton Camp in Brisbane on 26/06/1916 & sailed on board "Kyarra" on 17/11/1916 and arrived in Plymouth, England on 30/01/1917.

He proceeded overseas to France on 17/07/1918 and returned to Southampton on 04/06/1919. He returned to Australia on board "Persic" and disembarked on 02/09/1919. He was discharged on 11th October 1919. Patrick didn't marry until 1922 when he was 36 years old.

His wife Elizabeth gave evidence at his inquest into his death.
"Elizabeth Gillmore Clifford, widow of the deceased, said that Clifford was a returned soldier, who was slightly gassed at the war. When coming home from work on his bicycle the day after Coronation Day he met with an accident, his leg being broken in several places. He was in hospital six weeks, and used crutches. He was drawing £2/15/- per week compensation. He thought he would be a cripple all his life, and this worried him."
Unfortunately depression from his injury caused him to take his own life.He died in the General Hospital on November 29, 1937. The medical certificate showed that the primary cause of death was laceration of the throat.

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"Ashgrove Man's Death from Throat Wounds 

Patrick Joseph Clifford, 50, of Somme Street, Ashgrove, who was admitted to the Brisbane Hospital yesterday suffering from severe lacerations to the throat, died in that institution this morning." - from the Brisbane Telegraph 29 November 1937 (