Francis Charles Edward CLARKE

Francis Charles Edward CLARKE

Per his military service record (regimental no. 4746, Francis Charles Edward Clarke was born at Melbourne, Victoria[1]  He gave his age as 20 years and 9 months, his marital status as single, and his occupation as engineering fitter. His description on his Certificate of Medical Examination was height 5 feet 10 inches tall, weight 125 lbs., with a fair complexion, hazel eyes, and brown hair.  His religious denomination was recorded as Baptist.  He claimed that he had 1 years previous military service in the Cadets (universal training).  He also stated that he had been previously rejected by the AIF due to deficient chest measurement.  A letter from his parents F. [Francis] Clarke and Emily B. Clarke dated 12th November 1915 in his service record gave permission for their son to ‘join the forces for the front’.

He completed his medical examination on 11th November 1915 at Parramatta, and was attested at Liverpool on the 15th November 1915 (with the Oath to be taken by person being enlisted section dated from 11th November 1915).  His Statement of Service in his service record dates from 11th November 1915.

After completing the Coo-ee March he went to Liverpool Camp as reinforcement for the 13th Battalion.

On his embarkation roll his address at time of enrolment was Harris Street, Harris Park, N.S.W., and his next of kin is listed as his father, E.[sic] Clarke, at the same address.  His “Date of joining” on his embarkation roll was 11th November 1915 (the day the Coo-ees marched from Parramatta to Ashfield).

On 8th March 1916, Private Clarke, along with many of the other Coo-ees, departed Sydney on the HMAT A15 Star of England.  He arrived in Egypt on the 11th April 1916.

On 16th April 1916 Private Clarke was transferred to the 4th Pioneer Battalion at Tel El Kebir, Egypt.

On 4th June 1916 Private Clarke left Alexandria aboard the transport Scotian bound for France.  He arrived at Marseilles on 11th June 1916.

On 12th May 1917 the 4th Pioneer Battalion was training at St Gratien, France, where Private Clarke was promoted to Lance Corporal.

On 20th May 1917 the 4th Pioneer Battalion was resting at Vieux Berquin, France, where Lance Corporal Clarke was promoted to Corporal.

On 13th July 1917 the 4th Pioneer Battalion was constructing tramways in the vicinity of Messines, Belgium, when Corporal Clarke was admitted to the 13th Australian Field Ambulance suffering from D.A.H. (Disordered Action of the Heart).  He was discharged from hospital to duty on 15th July 1917.

Corporal Clarke rejoined the 4th Pioneer Battalion on 16th July 1917.  The next day he was admitted to the 4th Australian Field Ambulance with D.A.H.  He was transferred to the 2nd Casualty Clearing Station on the 20th of July 1917.  On the 21st of July 1917 he was placed aboard the 27th Ambulance Train and sent to Rouen, France, where he was admitted to the 5th General Hospital the next day on 22nd July 1917.  On 23rd of July 1917 he was sent to the 2nd Convalescent Depot.  On the 6th of August 1917 he was sent to the 4th Australian Division Base Depot at Le Harve, France.

On 15th October 1917 Corporal Clarke was admitted to the 2nd General Hospital at Le Havre suffering Otitis Media (Middle Ear Infection).  He was discharged back to the 4th Australian Division Base Depot on 21st October 1917.

Corporal Clarke rejoined the 4th Pioneer Battalion on 13th November 1917 when it was conducting works in the vicinity of Ypres, Belgium.

On 20th January 1918 Corporal Clarke was sent to Gas School.  He rejoined the 4th Pioneer Battalion on 26th January 1918 when it was conducting works in the vicinity of Godezonne, Belgium.

On 3rd March 1918 Corporal Clarke went to Paris on leave.  He rejoined the 4th Pioneer Battalion on 12th March 1918 when it was conducting works in the vicinity of Vierstraat, Belgium.

On 14th March 1918 Corporal Clarke was admitted to the 12th Australian Field Ambulance suffering Scabies.  He rejoined the 4th Pioneer Battalion on 23rd March 1918 when it was conducting works in the vicinity of Messines, Belgium.

On 8th October 1918 Corporal Clare went on leave to England.  He returned to the 4th Pioneer Battalion on 25th October 1918 when it was conducting training in the vicinity of Ailly-sur-Somme, France.

On 27th December 1918 Corporal Clarke was detached for duty with the 353rd Electrical and Mechanical Company.  He rejoined the 4th Pioneer Battalion on 25th January 1919.

On 27th January 1919 Corporal Clarke marched out of the 4th Pioneer Battalion to the Australian Base Depot at Le Harve to commence his return to Australia.

On 10th February 1919 he departed Le Harve, France, bound for England.  He arrived at Weymouth and marched in to the 3rd Training Brigade on 11th February 1919.

Corporal Clarke commenced his return to Australia on 13th April 1919 aboard the H.T. Commonwealth.

He arrived at Sydney in Australia on 12th June 1919.

He was discharged Termination of Period of Enlistment on 27th July 1919.

 

[1] NAA: B2455, CLARKE F C E

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