James William CLARK DSO, MID, MID

CLARK, James William

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 29 July 1915, Officer in Command
Last Rank: Colonel
Last Unit: 30th Infantry Battalion
Born: Wickham, New South Wales, Australia, 7 September 1877
Home Town: Waratah West, Newcastle, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Ship's chandler
Died: Terrigal, New South Wales, Australia, 8 February 1958, aged 80 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens and Crematorium, NSW
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World War 1 Service

29 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, SN Officer, 30th Infantry Battalion, Officer in Command
9 Nov 1915: Embarked 30th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Beltana, Sydney
9 Nov 1915: Involvement 30th Infantry Battalion
29 Jun 1917: Honoured Mention in Dispatches, 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29 June 1917).
18 Apr 1918: Honoured Mention in Dispatches, 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).
30 Jan 1920: Discharged AIF WW1, Colonel, 30th Infantry Battalion, 3rd MD Including periods as officer in command of the 8th Infantry Brigade
Date unknown: Honoured Companion of the Distinguished Service Order, Fromelles (Fleurbaix), For his gallantry on the 19/20th of July at Pellion (Battle of Fromelles).

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From AWM

Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) James William Clark DSO, VD 30th Battalion, of 'Braeside', Waratah, New South Wales.

A ships chandler prior to enlistment he embarked from Sydney, NSW, aboard HMAT Beltana (A72), 9 November 1915. He was Commanding Officer of 30th Battalion he was mentioned in despatches on several occasions.

Later, whilst commanding the 8th Infantry Brigade he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO). Lt Col Clark continued to serve in the AIF until 1922.