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John Leslie CLARKE

Regimental number965
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressStar Hotel, Corowa, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, W I Clarke, Star Hotel, Corowa, New South Wales
Enlistment date22 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, H Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 23 May 1918

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

Military Medal

'This N.C.O. was in charge of a Vickers gun in the VILLERS BRETONNEUX Sector, in the Support Line. On 19th May, 1918, an H.E. shell exploded near his gun, setting fire to a dump consisting of S.A.A., Stokes mortar shells, and incendiary bombs. Sergeant CLARK with great promptitude rushed forward and at extreme personal risk succeeded in extinguishing the flames. To accomplish this Sergeant CLARK picked out a box of incendiary bombs which were burning fiercely and carried them to a shell hole near by. Then, although his hands and arms were severely burnt, he returned and continued to shovel earth over the flaming portions of the dump until the fire had been completely subdued. This gallant act was a splendid example of fearlessness and was assuredly the means of averting many casualties. It also rendered possible the further occupation of an active trench mortar position and a machine gun emplacement, both of which were situated within twenty yards of the dump.'

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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