Herbert Hollman CLARK

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CLARK, Herbert Hollman

Service Number: 3807
Enlisted: 19 August 1915, Perth, Western Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 52nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Bendigo, Victoria, 1891
Home Town: Leederville, Vincent, Western Australia
Schooling: West Leederville Public School
Occupation: Painter
Died: Died of wounds (GSW stomach), France, 6 April 1918
Cemetery: Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No.1
VI.D.9. Plot 6 row D grave 9
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, West Leederville St Barnabas Anglican Church Honour WW1 Board, West Leederville State School Honour Board, West Leederville War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

19 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3807, Perth, Western Australia
17 Dec 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3807, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ajana, Fremantle
17 Dec 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3807, 12th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
3 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 54th Infantry Battalion
17 Oct 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 3807, 52nd Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres, Gas
5 Apr 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 3807, 54th Infantry Battalion, Dernancourt/Ancre, 2nd occasion - GSW (stomach)
6 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3807, 52nd Infantry Battalion, Dernancourt/Ancre

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Biography contributed by Barbara Krnos

Herbert Holman Clark was the Grandson of Edmund Charles Clark and Mahala Banks, who immgrated to Bendigo (Sandhurst) Australia during the gold rush in 1855.

He was the son of Edmund Clark and Mary Day, who moved to Leederville Western Australia from Bendigo, raising 10 children there.

Born in Bendigo in 1891, he joined the army in August 1915, aged 24. He was sent to the Somme in France, and like many men in WW1 he suffered illness while in France, his records show he had influenza, appendicitis, bronchitis, septic heel and exhaustion. In October 1917 he was hospitalised for mustard gas but returned to fighting a few days later.

Herbert Holman Clark was badly injured from a gun shot wound to the stomach and died in France on 6th April, 1918. His personal effects were returned to his mother, they were a damaged metal watch, pipe, writing pad cover, photos, letters, cards, handkerchief and mirror.  He is burried at Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No1. Grave reference : VI. D. 9.

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