John Leslie CLARKE

CLARKE, John Leslie

Service Number: 2349
Enlisted: 28 May 1915
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 12th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Balranald, New South Wales, Australia, 9 July 1888
Home Town: Tocumwal, Berrigan, New South Wales
Schooling: Balranald Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Broncho Pneumonia, United Kingdom, 1 March 1919, aged 30 years
Cemetery: Tidworth Military Cemetery, England
Row A, Grave No. 78,
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Tocumwal Memorial Hall Honour Rolls, Tocumwal War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

28 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2349, 14th Infantry Battalion
10 Aug 1915: Involvement Private, 2349, 14th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '11' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: RMS Persia embarkation_ship_number: '' public_note: ''
10 Aug 1915: Embarked Private, 2349, 14th Infantry Battalion, RMS Persia, Melbourne
1 Mar 1919: Involvement Gunner, 2349, 12th Field Artillery Brigade , --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 2349 awm_unit: 12th Australian Field Artillery Brigade awm_rank: Gunner awm_died_date: 1919-03-01

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Having survived almost three years of war, John Clarke was tragically cut down by pneumonia in England before he had a chance to return home to his wife in Australia. His headstone in the Tidworth Cemetery in England reads, ‘Dearly beloved husband of Sarah Clarke Tocumwal NSW Australia’. His wife posted this memoriam in the Tocumwal Guardian in 1919.

CLARKE.—On 1st March, at the Third New Zealand General Hospital, Codford, England, Driver John Leslie Clarke, died of pneumonia, dearly beloved husband of Sarah Clarke, Tocumwal.

A loving, husband gone to rest,

Dear Les was one of the best.

The hardest time is yet to come;

When the other boys return

"We will miss among the happy throng

Dear Les, who will never return.