Thomas Welsby CLARK


CLARK, Thomas Welsby

Service Number: S/4449
Enlisted: 23 August 1940
Last Rank: Able Seaman
Last Unit: HMAS Sydney (II) - D48 WW2
Born: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 28 January 1920
Home Town: New Farm, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in action, Indian Ocean, 20 November 1941, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Geraldton War Cemetery, W.A.
Previously interred on Christmas Island
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Geraldton HMAS Sydney II Memorial, Kangaroo Point H.M.A.S. Moreton Honour Roll
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Able Seaman, SN S/4449, HMAS Sydney (II) - D48 WW2
23 Aug 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Navy, Able Seaman, SN S/4449
23 Aug 1940: Involvement Royal Australian Navy, Able Seaman, SN S/4449
Date unknown: Discharged Royal Australian Navy, Able Seaman, SN S/4449

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Biography contributed by Stan Woods

Thomas' body was found in a Carley float at Christmas Island several months after the sinking of the HMAS Sydney, and he was interred as 'unknown' on Christmas Island. In 2021 his remains were finally identified, and he is now interred in the Geraldton Cemetery in WA. 

Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

A. B. Thomas Welsby Clark, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Clark, of Eylstan Road,  New Farm, enlisted soon after the outbreak of war. He was a grandson of the 'Pearl King,' the late Mr. Jim Clark, and of the late Mr. Thomas Welsby. He was an active  member of the 12ft. Skill Sailing Club.

Sailor left £41,242
A BRISBANE sailor, who died on active service on November 20, 1941, left an estate of £41,242 gross personalty. He was  Thomas Welsby Clark, formerly of Elystan Road, New Farm, who was a member of the Royal Australian Navy. Letters of administration with  his will were granted in the Supreme Court yesterday.
Mis mother, Mrs. Marion Clark, widow, of 'Amity,' Welsby Street, New Farm', is the sole beneficiary.