Richard Francis CLARKE DCM

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CLARKE, Richard Francis

Service Number: 1664
Enlisted: 17 May 1915, Wondai, Queensland
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 26th Infantry Battalion
Born: Cudgen, New South Wales, 28 December 1896
Home Town: Goomeri, Gympie Regional Council, Queensland
Schooling: Cudgen Public School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of Wounds, France, 16 October 1918, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Tourgeville Military Cemetery
Plot 4, Row D, Grave 13
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Goomeri Memorial Clock Tower
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World War 1 Service

17 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1664, Wondai, Queensland
17 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1664, 26th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
17 Aug 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1664, 26th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Shropshire, Brisbane
16 Oct 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1664, 26th Infantry Battalion, "The Last Hundred Days"
2 Sep 1919: Honoured Distinguished Conduct Medal, Mont St Quentin / Peronne

Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal

From the London Gazette 18 Feb 1919, and 10 Jan 1920;

"On two seperate occasions during the atack east of Mont St. Quentin, on the 2nd September, 1918, when machine guns were causing great trouble, he rushed the enemy posts single-handed, each time putting the gun out of action. When his section became casualties, he collected a few men and led them against enemy posts, inflicting many casualties."

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal Report from the London Gazette 18 Feb 1919, and 10 Jan 1920;

"On two seperate occasions during the atack east of Mont St. Quentin, on the 2nd September, 1918, when machine guns were causing great trouble, he rushed the enemy posts single-handed, each time putting the gun out of action. When his section became casualties, he collected a few men and led them against enemy posts, inflicting many casualties."