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Francis George CLARKE

Regimental number5316
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPlumber
AddressHarden PO, Harden, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Geo. Clarke, Carningar PO, Carningar, New South Wales
Enlistment date16 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 22 August 1916
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 7 September 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 11 October 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 14 October 1918

Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Name does not appear on Nominal Roll
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'On 3 October, 1918, during the attack on the Beaurevoir system, north of St. Quentin, he located a machine gun post on the left flank which was causing many casualties. With great dash, single handed, he rushed the post, killed two of the crew, and took ten prisoners in face of heavy machine gun fire. Later, he bombed a machine gun post which had been overlooked just as the gun was being swung into action from the rear. Throughout the attack his fine courage and promptitude in dealing with such obstacles saved the battalion numerous casualties. Later, he assumed command of his platoon and handled it excellently.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 20
Date: 19 February 1920

Military Medal

During the operations on 31st August 1918, near MONT ST. QUENTIN, N.E. of PERONNE, this N.C.O. displayed great daring in bombing and sniping protecting the extreme flank which was in the air. Several times the enemy attempted to bomb along the trench, but through Corporal CLARKE's prompt action they were repulsed by his personal efforts on each occasion.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

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