Frederick John Clark

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Apr 18, 1889

Born to Thomas and Rosalie Sophie Clark in Shrewton Wilts, England


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario

Ø      Number 59161 (temporary number 409)

Ø      Next of kin given as Q.B. Clark, Wilton, Wilts, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “B” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Sep 25, 1915

Attached to the 2nd Division Mining Section for duty.  He rejoined the 21st Battalion after a short period of time.


Feb 21, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Mar 1, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from leave.


Apr 11, 1916

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal with pay to replace L/Cpl Pond, 59806, who had been invalided to England


Sep 15, 1916

During the battalion’s advance on a German strong point in a sugar refinery in Courcelette, France, L/Cpl Clark was seen to have been seriously wounded, having had his leg blown off.  When the fighting had ceased, he could not be located and is presumed to have died.  Since his remains could not be found, he is commemorated on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France.

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his brother, Herbert Charles Clark, c/o Mrs. Matilda Whatley, 35 River Side North St., Wilton, Wilts, England.

There was no Memorial Cross issued.


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