John Herbert (Nobby) CLARK MM

CLARK, John Herbert

Service Number: 188
Enlisted: 9 December 1914
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 5th Divisional Signal Company
Born: Nymagee, New South Wales, Australia, 17 March 1891
Home Town: Junee, Junee, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Telegraphist
Died: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, 31 August 1949, aged 58 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

9 Dec 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 188, 1st to 5th Divisional Signal Companies
10 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 188, 1st Signal Company Engineers, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
8 Apr 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 188, 1st Signal Company Engineers, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '6' embarkation_place: Brisbane embarkation_ship: HMAT Star of England embarkation_ship_number: A15 public_note: ''
15 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 188, 1st Divisional Signal Company, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
23 Oct 1915: Transferred AIF WW1, Sapper, War Records Section , Records Section GHQ 3rd Echelon Middle East Forces (MEF)
11 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Sapper, 5th Divisional Signal Company, 7.3.16 Capt. Stanley notified that he will raise and command the 5th Div Sig Coy 8.3.16 Capt. Stanly reported to Telel Kebir and took over.
7 Apr 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 5th Divisional Signal Company, Stationed at Ferry Post on the Suez.
6 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 188, 5th Divisional Signal Company
17 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 188, 5th Divisional Signal Company
18 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 188, 5th Divisional Signal Company, Sailed for Marseilles Transport Ship MANITOU. Disembarked 25.6.16
25 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 188, 5th Divisional Signal Company
29 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 188, 5th Divisional Signal Company
9 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 188, 5th Divisional Signal Company
16 Jul 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 188, 5th Divisional Signal Company, Unit moved to Sailly and took over the signal station. Unit now taking casualties.
21 Jul 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 5th Divisional Signal Company, Stationed at Sailly. Acting Corporal.
14 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 188, 5th Divisional Signal Company
17 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 188, 5th Divisional Signal Company
20 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 188, 5th Divisional Signal Company
22 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 188, 5th Divisional Signal Company
5 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 188, 5th Divisional Signal Company
6 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 188, 5th Divisional Signal Company
7 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 188, 5th Divisional Signal Company
18 Sep 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 188, 5th Divisional Signal Company, "The Last Hundred Days"
18 Sep 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, 5th Divisional Signal Company, Mont St Quentin / Peronne
17 Jun 1919: Honoured Military Medal, Mont St Quentin / Peronne
5 Jan 1920: Discharged AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 188, 5th Divisional Signal Company

Awarded the Military Medal at Mont St Quentin

For courage and devotion to duty. Sergeant CLARK is the senior N.C.O. of No. 5 Section of this Company attached to the 5th Australian Machine Gun Battalion. he, with a party of linemen did particularly good work on the ST. QUENTIN front in operations on the 18th September 1918. In preparation for these operations, he, on the 17th September established communication between Battalion Headquarters near VENNDELLES, North West of ST. QUENTIN, and four Company Headquarters. The task was completed between 4.30 p.m. and 5.15 p.m. during which time he was caught in an enemy area shoot, but persisted in his duties. About 11 p.m. on the same night several lines were cut, and Sergeant CLARK again went out with his linemen and had normal communication established before the shelling ceases. Between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. on the 18th September he was constantly at work repairing lines which had been cut by shells, and succeeded in maintaining communication with firing batteries at a critical time under trying circumstances. He accompanied the linemen each time it was necessary for them to go out and was an excellent example of courage and devotion to duty without regard for his personal safety.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

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