John Basil McCord Clark

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Jan 9, 1898

Born in Montmorency Falls, Quebec to Adam and Charlotte Ruth Ida (nee McCord) Clark.


Mar 23, 1916

Attested into the 154th Battalion in Ottawa, Ontario 

Ø      Number 633933

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Charlotte Clark, Quarries P.O., Ottawa, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      Previous military experience given as 43rd Regiment, Home Guard in Ottawa

Ø      Religion given as Methodist


Oct 25, 1916

Embarked the HMS Mauretania in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Oct 31, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Witley


Jan 27, 1917

Transferred to the 156th Battalion in Witley


May 23, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


May 24, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion.


Jun 10, 1917

Left the CIBD as part of a draft of 64 reinforcements for the front.


Jun 11, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets in the Coupigny Huts near Barlin, France


Aug 18, 1917

During an enemy counter attack on Hill 70, Private Clark was killed by the concussion of a German Stick Bomb.  He was buried near where he fell on Hill 70.  Note that the 21st Battalion War Diary records this counter attack on the morning of August 17, not the 18th as recorded in the service file.

When the war ended and the Graves Registration Commission made the attempt to exhume the field burials and relocate them to organized cemeteries, his body could not be found.  For this reason he is commemorated on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ride, France. 

Following the war, the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Mr. Adam Clark, Quarries Post Office, Ottawa, Ontario.

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Charlotte Clark, at the same address.


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