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Thomas Michael CLARKEN

Regimental number3332
Place of birthNackara, South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFarm labourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 7.75"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinFather, T Clarken, Nackara, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil (exempt area under the Compulsory Military Training scheme)
Enlistment date30 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll30 July 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 April 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in South Australian Garden of Remembrance
Discharge date26 September 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Transferred to 48th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 3 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 2 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 9 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 6 August 1916 (gun shot wound, right leg: severe), and admitted to 44th Casualty Clearing Station, 7 August 1916; transferred to Ambulance Train No 23, 7 August 1916, and admitted to 3rd Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne, 8 August 1916. Transferred to England, 10 August 1916, and admitted same day to Wharncliffe War Hospital, Middlewood Road, Sheffield. Transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 1 December 1916; discharged on furlough, 18 December 1916, to report to Command Depot, Perham Downs, 2 January 1917.

Admitted to Brigade Hospital, Perham Downs, 3 January 1917 (venereal disease); marched into 12th Training Bn, Codford, from hospital, 8 February 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 32 days.

Proceeded overseas to France, 13 March 1917; admitted to 20th General Hospital, Camiers, 20 March 1917 (scabies); discharged to duty, 26 March 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 6 April 1917.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 15 April 1917 (gun shot wound, thigh), and admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance; transferred to 56th Casualty Clearing Station, 16 April 1917; to 3rd Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 19 April 1917; to No 2 Convalescent Depot, Rouen, 23 April 1917; to Base Depot, Etaples, 27 April 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 5 May 1917.

Found guilty, 24 May 1917, of drunkenness on 23 May 1917: fined 2/6, and awarded 7 days' confined to camp.

Detached for duty to 4th Australian Division, 21 Septermber 1917; rejoined Bn, 2 October 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 24 July 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 11 August 1918.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 15 January 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Warwickshire', 5 April 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 24 May 1919; discharged, Adelaide, 26 September 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death4 November 1962
SourcesNAA: B2455, CLARKEN Thomas Michael

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