Fred Clark

Fred Clark

Fred Clark was the son of William and Grace Clark of Hope Township. He was educated at the Public School, Port Hope, and from an early age engaged in farming. He enlisted a day or two after his brother in the 136th Battalion - 13 April 1916 - and both went through their military training together in Canada and England.

They were separated when they went to France - Charles going to the 87th and Fred to the 21st Battalion, C.E.F. Fred was wounded 10 April 1916 at Vimy Ridge. He was removed to hospital in England where he remained for about six moths convalescing.

He eventually returned to the front and while engaged in carrying in a wounded comrade, he was shot and killed by a German sniper. Neither the place of his death nor the location of his grave is known, he died 02 April 1918 during the time when the enemy was making such headway towards Paris and the Channel Ports.

(Webmaster's Note: Pte Frederick Clark, 805531, is memorialized on the Vimy Memorial)

Fred Clark

Photo and text reproduced with permission

Taken from the "Book of Remembrance (A record of the men of Port Hope who participated in the Great War of 1914-1918)" by James A. Elliott, Chairman of Committee, Port Hope, Jan. 1st, 1919.


The information below was taken from Private Frederick Clark's service file and summarized by Al Lloyd



Jul 16, 1886

Born in Port Hope, Ontario to William and Grace (nee Benton) Clark


Mar 13, 1916

Attested into the 136th Battalion in Port Hope, Ontario 

Ø      Number 805531

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Grace Clark, mother, Port Hope, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist


Aug 12, 1916

Awarded 10 days detention.  The offence that prompted this punishment is not recorded in the file.


Sep 25, 1916

Embarked the RMS Corsican in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Oct 6, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, where it was absorbed into the 39th Reserve Battalion for further training.


Jan 4, 1917

The 39th Reserve Battalion was absorbed into the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling.


Feb 1, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Feb 2, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 29 reinforcements for the front and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion.


Feb 21, 1917

Left the CBD to join the 2nd Entrenching Battalion.


Feb 24, 1917

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in Hersin as part of a draft of 68 reinforcements destined for the 21st Battalion.


Mar 3, 1917

Left the 2nd Entrenching Battalion to join the 21st Battalion as part of a draft of 20 reinforcements.


Mar 6, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in Divisional Reserve billets in Bois Des Alleux.


May 8, 1917

Admitted to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) and transferred the same day to the No. 5 CFA diagnosed with Myalgia in both legs.


May 12, 1917

Transferred to the #13 Stationary Hospital in Boulogne.


May 21, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Jan Breydel

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital.


May 22, 1917

Admitted to the Edinburgh War Hospital.


Jun 19, 1917

Transferred to the Princess Patricia Canadian Red Cross Hospital in Ramsgate.


Jul 3, 1917

Discharged from hospital and placed On Command to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) to further recuperate and for rehabilitation at the St. Leonard’s Hospital.


Aug 30, 1917

Discharged from the 3rd CCD and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion, Seaford.


Dec 6, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion.


Dec 7, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot), Etaples, France as part of a draft of 21reinforcements from England and TOS the 21st Battalion.


Dec 26, 1917

Left the CIBD and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart.


Feb 3, 1918

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA with a diagnosis that reads PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin) which is a fever without a known cause.  Very often this is referred to as Trench Fever.


Feb 4, 1918

Transferred to the No. 30 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for further treatment.


Feb 18, 1918

Discharged from the #30 CCS to duty and rejoined the 21st Battalion in Brigade Support near Mericourt, south of Lens.


Apr 2, 1918

During the night of April 1-2, the battalion was relieved from the front line near Neuville Vitasse and moved back a short distance into the support trench.  There is nothing in the service file or the battalion’s records to indicate how Private Clark was killed, however the Book of Remembrance published in 2007 by the Port Hope, Ontario Archives records that “while engaged in carrying in a wounded comrade, he was shot and killed by a German Sniper.”

His body was never recovered from the battlefield and is subsequently honoured on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Grace Clark, RR #1 Port Hope, Ontario.

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, William Clark, at the same address. 


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