15/08/1915-Promoted Corporal Gallipoli
26/07/1915-To 2nd General Hospital Gheziereh ( Influenza )
4/08/1915-Admitted Hospital A & NZ Helouan ( Chest )
22/10/1915-Promoted Temp Sergeant Gallipoli
7/12/1915-Promoted Sergeant Sarpi Camp Lemnos
12/03/1916-Promoted Second Lieutenant Ismalia
15/06/1916-promoted Lieutenant France Awarded MILITARY CROSS
9/02/1917-Appointed Bombing Officer France
9/04/1917-Special MENTION IN DESPATCHES from Sir Douglas Haig
14/06/1917-Accidentally wounded by Bomb blast ( Dangerously Ill )
14/06/1917-Admitted first Australian Field Ambulance then 56th Casualty Clearing Station
9/08/1917-Admitted 3rd london General Hospital ( Severe bomb wounds to abdomen thigh and left hip )
1/11/1917-Transferred to Sutton Veny Convalescent depot
11/01/1918-Embarked England for Australia per *Port Darwin*
13/03/1918-Discharged from Service ( Medically Unfit ).

 

SERVICE MEDALS AWARDED

1914/1915 Star- Medal No. 1189

British War Medal – No. 493

Victory Medal – No. 492

Military Cross.

 

 

( 1 )- MENTION IN DESPATCHES

Date of Recommendation:  30 July 1916

‘ For valuable services rendered during the operations of 22/25th July 1916 which culminated in the Capture of POZIERES “

 

( 2 )- MENTION IN DESPATCHES

Dte of Recommendation:  7 March 1917

” Lieutenant Clarke  is the Brigade Bombing Officer.  He obtained his Commission on the 12th March 1916, and has served as Bombing Officer  with great success from September  1916.   He is a young man of a particularly cheerful disposition, has a wonderfully inspiring way among his men,  and is most energetic.  For Sterling worth and Devotion to Duty  he stands alone.  His high qualities were greatly tested  and proved during the advance on LE BARQUE and THILLOY from 25th to  27th February 1917 “.

Date of Commonwealth of Australia Gazette:  4 October 1917

Location in Commonwealth of Australia Gazette:  Page  2623,  Position  134

Date of London Gazette:  1 June 1917

Location in London Gazette:  Page  5421,  Position  80.

( 3 )-  MILITARY CROSS

Date of Reccomendation:  26 September 1917

‘ From February to June last Lieutenant Clarke carried out the duties of Brigade Dump Officer  with unusual efficiency.  At LE BARQUE  in February , at BOURSIES  in April,  and BULLECOURT in April  and May 1917, he invariably kept the Front Line supplied with ammunition and material in spite of enemy shelling  and adverse weather conditions.  His personal courage, his untiring energy and zeal have been admired by all  and have been a good example to others”.

Date of Commonwealth of Australia Gazette:  18 April 1918

Location in Commonwealth of Australia Gazette:   Page  847,  Position  14

Date of London Gazette:  1 January 1918

Location in London Gazette:  Page  50,  Position  25

( 4 )- ITALIAN SILVER MEDAL FOR MILITARY VALOUR

Date of Recommendation:  4 February 1917

” For Consistent Gallantry and good work.  Lieutenant Clarke served continuously  with his Battalion from August 1914 , to September 1916, from which date he became  Brigade Bombing Officer .  From March 1916  he was  Battalion Bombing Officer  and carried out his duties in a cool manner, and with considerable tactical ability.  During a raid by the 11th Battalion on the TADPOLE ( PETILLON SECTOR ) on 30th June 1916  Lieutenant Clarke was second of the party in entering the enemy trench.  During the operations culminating  in the capture of POZIERES  ( 21st/26th July 1916 ) and at MOUQUET FARM ( 19th/23rd August 1916 ) his handling of the bombing teams  left nothing to be desired.  While Brigade Bombing Officer he has performed his duties  in a very satisfactory manner.  His devotion to duty and gallantry at all times have been an inspiration to all ranks “.