Bernard Henry CLARKE

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: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Caltowie Cemetery Methodist Church WW1 Memorial, Caltowie District WW1 Roll of Honour, Caltowie Soldiers Memorial Hall, Jamestown Methodist Church WW1 Roll of Honor, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient), Riverton & District War Memorial Pool Memorial and Flagpole, Riverton Pictorial Honour Board, Riverton RSL Hall Honour Roll, Tarlee & District Roll of Honor WW1, Tarlee War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

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

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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

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.