|Place of birth||Waterloo, Sydney, New South Wales|
|School||Newtown Superior Public School, New South Wales|
|Address||31 Union Street, Newtown, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||21|
|Next of kin||Mother, Mrs Ruth Clingan, 31 Union Street, Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Warwick Farm, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||1st Battalion, 10th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/18/3|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||53rd Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Fleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)|
|Age at death||22|
|Place of burial||Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot III, Row E, Grave No 8), France|
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Parents: William and Ruth CLINGAN. Native of Waterloo, New South Wales|
War service: Egypt, Western Front
Taken on strength of 1st Bn, Tel el Kebir, 6 January 1916.
Found guilty, 7 February 1916, of being absent from parade, 7 February 1916; awarded 6 days' confined to barracks.
Transferred to 53rd Bn, 13 February 1916; taken on strength, 53rd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 14 February 1916.
Found guilty, 13 May 1916, Ferry Post, of neglect to obey an order of an N.C.O.; awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2.
Rejoined unit from detention, Ferry Post, 21 May 1916.
Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, Alexandria, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 28 June 1916.
Reported missing in action, 19 July 1916.
'Identification disc received from Germany', 13 February 1917. 'No particulars afforded except that soldier is deceased. To be reported KILLED IN ACTION, 19/7/16' on the authority of Assistant Adjutant General, ANZAC Section, War Office, 24 February 1917.
Report from the Australian Red Cross, Wounded and Missing Bureau, 15 October 1920, 'Clingan A. S. 3168. 53. Batl. A.T.F. Fell 19.7.1916 near Fromelles. Final German Death List, S'.
On 1 August 1921 Base Records wrote to the mother of Pte Clingan, Mrs Ruth Clingan, and asked if she had 'and letters or communications that contain any reference to the circumstances surrounding his death, particularly the exact locality at which it occurred or where he was last seen alive.' Mrs Clingan replied, 'I have never received definite information as to whether my son was missing after Fromelles or Fleuxbaix. The military informed me that he was missing July 19th, 1916. His mates have told me that they saw him go over on that date but did not see him again. It was through the efforts of the Red Cross that I found out that his name appeared in a German newspaper but whether the death was due to wounds or otherwise I do not know. The information from the Red Cross was forwarded to Base Records and the enclosed memo dated 16/7/17 ... '
Red Cross File No 751006: 'The above name appeared on German death list dated 4-11-16.'
Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory MedalOriginally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 7), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.
|Sources||NAA: B2455, CLINGAN Alexander Stanley
Red Cross File No 751006