Bernard Henry CLARKE

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CLARKE, Bernard Henry

Service Number: 460
Enlisted: 26 May 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 8th Machine Gun Company
Born: Ryelands, Tarlee, South Australia, 23 September 1895
Home Town: Tarlee, Clare and Gilbert Valleys, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Ministerial student
Died: Died of wounds, Polygon Wood, Belgium, 26 September 1917, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial
No known grave - Panel 31
Memorials: Caltowie HB2 - Caltowie and District*, CaltowieM*, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)*, National War Memorial (South Australia), Riverton Pictorial HB01-07*, RivertonHB08*, Tarlee 'Digger' Memorial*, Tarlee HB1 Tarlee Hall*
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World War 1 Service

26 May 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 460, Adelaide, South Australia
25 Oct 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 460, 8th Machine Gun Company, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne
25 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 460, 8th Machine Gun Company, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
26 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 460, 8th Machine Gun Company, Polygon Wood

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Biography

BORN:  Bernard Henry CLARK

Rootsweb ID: I40476 Birth Record:  23 Sept 1895 in Ryelands, Tarlee, SA

Father William Angus Clark
(b. 18/3/1861 Second Valley, SA - d. 15/9/1936 Kings Park, SA aged 75)
Married:  31/8/1886 in Tarlee, South Australia
Mother Sophie Jane Clark (nee Taylor)
(b. 14/4/1864 Mount Torrens, SA - d. 1/4/1941, aged 71)
both buried at Tarlee Cemetery

Brother: 461 Pte William Angus CLARK
             5th Machine Gun Battalion
             28/8/1919 returned to Australia

Siblings:
Esther Fanny CLARK   (b: 12/6/1887 in Near Tarlee, SA)
John Robert CLARK   (b: 24 Sep 1889 in Near Tarlee, SA)
Amy Marcia CLARK   (b: 1 Sep 1891 in Tarlee, SA)
William Angus CLARK   (b: 3 Aug 1893 in Near Tarlee, SA)
Bernard Henry CLARK   (b: 23 Sep 1895 in Ryelands, Tarlee, SA)
Hugh Kelly CLARK   (b: 1 Nov 1897 in Ryelands, Tarlee, SA)
Allan Stanley CLARK   (b: 29 Aug 1899 in Near Tarlee, SA)
Ernest Aldridge CLARK   (b: 26 Jan 1902 in Near Tarlee, SA)
Eric Tayler CLARK   (b: 26 Jun 1904 in Ryelands, Tarlee, SA)
Norman Lace CLARK   (b: 3 Jul 1906 in Near Tarlee, SA)
Dorothy Sophie CLARK   (b: 14 Aug 1910 in Tarlee, SA)

Previous service:   1 year Lucindale Rifle Club

Described on enlisting as 20yrs old; single; 6' tall; 150 lbs; fresh complexion;
blue eyes; brown hair; Methodist

26/5/1916      enlisted in Adelaide, SA (with older brother William)

30/5/1916      appointed to B Company, 2nd Depot

30/6/1916      6th reinforcements, 8th Machine Gun Company

16/7/1916      7th reinforcements, 8th Machine Gun Company

25/10/1916    embarked with older brother William (461)
                     from Port of Melbourne, VIC, onboard HMAT A38 Ulysses
                     as a Private in Machine Gun Company 8, Reinforcement 7
28/12/1916    disembarked into Plymouth, England

29/12/1916    marched in with reinforcements to Perham Downs

3/1/1917        marched out to Grantham

5/3/1917        sick with mumps admitted to Belton Hospital, Grantham
30/3/1917      discharged to unit

24/4/1917      proceeded overseas to France, ex Folkestone
25/4/1917      marched in from England, Camiers, France
23/5/1917      marched out to 8th Australian Machine Gun Company

26/9/1917      wounded in action in the field, in France
                     later died from wounds

buried at:       Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
                     Panel 31

Commemorated in Tarlee Cemetery, South Australia

His name is located at Panel 177 at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.

Medals:          British War Medal (51288) and Victory Medal (50612)
                     Memorial Plaque and Scroll (339496)

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  10/5/2016.  Lest we forget.

Thank you to Kaye Bottrall, Jamestown, SA for her information.

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