Percy Thomas Clark

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Mar 26, 1897

Born at Gibson New Brunswick


Apr 3, 1915

Attested into the 55th Battalion at Woodstock New Brunswick 

Ø      Number 444127

Ø      Next of kin given as Abner Clark, father, of Red Rapids New Brunswick

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Baptist

Ø      Assigned to “A” Company 

The Battalion initially trained at Sussex New Brunswick before moving to the Camp at Valcartier Quebec


Jul 22, 1915

Admitted to the Military Hospital at Valcartier suffering from a reaction to the Vaccinations he received


Jul 26, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Oct 30, 1915

Embarked the RMS Corsican at Montreal Quebec


Nov 9, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to the Bramshott Camp


Apr 7, 1916

Posted to the 3rd Canadian Training Brigade Signals Base (39th Reserve Battalion) at West Sandling


Sep 3, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Sep 5, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France as part of a draft of 41 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Sep 6, 1916

Left the CBD to join the Battalion


Sep 12, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion, which was in a front line trench near the Baupume-Albert road preparing for an attack on a strong point in a Sugar Refinery.  It is unclear whether Pte Clark went into that attack or was held back with the Transport Section with others who were held out of the action


Apr 3, 1917

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Apr 9, 1917

Pte Clark was killed during the advance on Vimy Ridge.  His body was initially buried near the trenches and exhumed later.  From the Graves Registration notes, it appears that they had difficulty locating his remains and his name was scheduled to appear on the Vimy Memorial.  However, he was eventually located and moved to a permanent cemetery

Thelus Military Cemetery
Thelus France

Post war, the following were sent to his sister, Mrs Gussie Stone, at Red Rapids New Brunswick: British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll


There was no Memorial Cross issued as his mother had predeceased him 

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