Alexander Keeling WARK

WARK, Alexander Keeling

Service Number: 3646
Enlisted: 24 February 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 31st Infantry Battalion
Born: Kapunda, South Australia, 31 January 1887
Home Town: Charleville, Murweh, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Cook
Memorials: Port Broughton War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

24 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3646, 31st Infantry Battalion
16 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, SN 3646, 31st Infantry Battalion
16 Aug 1916: Embarked Private, SN 3646, 31st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Boorara, Brisbane

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Biography contributed by tony griffin

Alexander Keeling Wark was the son of Francis and Mary Emma (nee Williams) Wark of Port Broughton

Alex was born at Kapunda on 31 January 1887. A cook, he was 30 years old when he enlisted at Toowoomba, Queensland, on 24 February 1916.

Alex was posted to 8 Reinforcements 31 Battalion and embarked from Brisbane on 16 August 1916 aboard HMAT A42 “Boorara”.  When the ship docked at Capetown enroute to England on 21 September Alex did not return to the ship and was reported as AWOL. He re-embarked 4 days later aboard HMAT A53 “Itria” and disembarked in Plymouth on 30 October 1916. Alex proceeded overseas to France on 31 December and 4 days later was taken on strength of 31 Battalion. The war had ended when, on 28 November 1918, Alex was accidently wounded in the scalp. He was admitted to hospital in Rouen, France.

Alex embarked from England aboard “Norman” on 4 July 1919 and disembarked in Australia on 15 August. He was discharged on 29 September 1919.

 Alex's younger brother, 20526 Pte Frederick Key Wark, served with the Army Medical Corps.