Austin Dorland Clark

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Jul, 1890

Born at Enterprise Ontario to George and Bertha Clark 

I could not locate the actual date, but the month is recorded in the 1911 Census.  In that Census his occupation is listed as Cheese Maker


Mar 3, 1916

Attested into the 155th Battalion at Marlbank Ontario 

Ø      Number 636867

Ø      Next of kin given as Willis Clark, uncle, of Enterprise Ontario

o       His father died on February 14, 1911 and his mother on February 28, 1912

Ø      Previous occupation given as Blacksmith

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist 

The Battalion trained at the Barriefield Camp, Kingston Ontario


Oct 17, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland at Halifax Nova Scotia


Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Bramshott Camp


Dec 1, 1916

Sentenced to 3 days of Field Punishment No 2.  The offence was not recorded in the file


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Dec 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France as part of a draft of 147 Other Ranks from England, and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Dec 7, 1916

Left the CBD to join the Battalion


Apr 9, 1917

He was killed in action during the attack at Vimy Ridge and buried in a mass grave in a crater.

Zivy Crater Cemetery
Thelus France

Post war, the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his brother, Wilbert Clark, at Enterprise Ontario.  No Memorial Cross was issued as his mother predeceased him and he was not married  

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