Frederick "Fred" Sydney Clarke

Mar 7, 1893

Born in Toledo, Ohio, USA to Frederick and Alice (nee Dashnau) Clarke


Apr 18, 1911

Enlisted into the New York National Guard, “D” Company 3rd Infantry, 48th Trooper Company


Oct 17, 1913

Married to Winnifred Wood in Ogdensburg, New York, USA


Nov 18, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 59164 (temporary number 1224)

Ø  Next of kin given as Alice Clarke, 82 Mitchel St., Oswego, New York, USA

o   This was changed to read Mrs. Bella Clarke, 13 Bond St., Seaford, Sussex, England

Ø  He first stated that he was Single, but that was changed to read Married

Ø  Previous occupation given as Machinist

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

o   Later noted as Roman Catholic

Ø  Posted to the Base Unit and employed as a Drummer in the battalion’s Brass Band

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries

On attesting he stated that he was single and born in England March 7, 1892.  None of that was in fact true, as he was born in the USA March 7, 1893 and had a wife in Oswego, New York, USA


Jan 4, 1915

Married to Isabella Johnson in Kingston.  It seems that he was still married with a wife in the USA





He had Separation Pay assigned to a Mrs. Isabella Clarke whom he declared to be his wife, in Kingston, Ontario until it was discovered that she was not his legal wife and the payments were stopped.  By this time his legal wife was discovered to be living in Antwerp, New York


From his pay records



May 4, 1915

Private Clarke was discharged from the battalion at his own request


May 5, 1915

Private Clarke had a change of heart as the battalion was preparing to depart for England and was taken back on the strength of the battalion and posted to the Depot Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

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


May 23, 1915

Admitted to the Canadian Moore Barracks Military Hospital in Shorncliffe with a diagnosis that reads Pleurisy.  This was changed to read Pneumonia


Jul 2, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jul 7, 1915

Forfeited 3 day’s pay for being absent from July 5 to July 7


Aug 28, 1915

Posted to “B” Company from the Depot Company


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Apr 10, 1916

During heavy fighting at the St. Eloi Craters in Belgium, Private Clarke had carried Mills Bombs to the front line fighting and was returning to the battalion headquarters with a message when he was struck in the back of the head with a fragment from a Jack Johnson shell.  He was evacuated to a field ambulance for first aid before being transported to the No. 17 Casualty Clearing Station where surgery was performed to remove a piece of steel from his scalp


Apr 11, 1916

Transferred to the No. 4 Canadian General Hospital in Camiers, France


Apr 15, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Jan Breydel


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Duchess of Connaught Canadian Red Cross Hospital in Taplow

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


May 1, 1916

Transferred to the West Cliffe Eye and Ear Hospital in Folkestone

Patient complains of headaches when reading and is diagnosed with Photophobia, sensitivity to light, and amber lenses were prescribed for his glasses

While in hospital, he developed influenza


May 30, 1916

Discharged from hospital and attached to the 1st CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) for 4 weeks of Physical Training


Jun 21, 1916

Forfeited 6 day’s pay for being absent


Jul 5, 1916

Attached to the 1st Canadian Convalescent Depot Staff for duty at Monks Horton Hospital


Jul 20, 1916

Ceased to be attached to the convalescent depot and transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling.  Shortly after the formation of the battalion it moved to Seaford to train reinforcements for the front


Jul 12, 1917

Attended the West Cliffe Eye and Ear Hospital in Folkestone for an eye exam


Mar 25, 1918

Admitted to the No. 14 Canadian General Hospital in Eastbourne with a diagnosis that reads Colitis


Apr 15, 1918

Discharged to duty from hospital


Apr 17, 1918

Readmitted to the No. 14 Canadian General Hospital in Eastbourne with a diagnosis that reads Photophobia


May 20, 1918

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jun 6, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jun 7, 1918

Arrived at the #2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 286 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jun 23, 1918

After leaving the base depot, Fred Clarke joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St. Vaast as part of a draft of 20 reinforcements destined to join the 21st Battalion


Aug 6, 1918

Before he could leave the camp to join the 21st Battalion, Private Clarke was transferred to the 2nd Battalion


Aug 11, 1918

After leaving the reinforcement camp, Private Clarke joined the 2nd Battalion resting in Beaucourt-en-Santerre, France


Sep 8, 1918

Transferred back to the 21st Battalion


Sep 9, 1918

Private Clarke rejoined the 21st Battalion on the Droucourt Queant Line north of the town of Queant, France


Oct 7, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Oct 24, 1918

Admitted to the West Cliff Eye and Ear Hospital in Folkestone with a diagnosis of Influenza while on leave and transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Nov 7, 1918

Discharged from hospital and embarked for France


Nov 8, 1918

Joined the Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp in Aubin St. Vaast, France following his discharge from hospital


Nov 24, 1918

Transferred to the Canadian General Base Depot in Etaples


Dec 29, 1918

Proceeded to England and transferred to the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot and attached to the Canadian Composite Brigade in Bordon


Jan 24, 1919

Transferred to No. 4 Wing at Kinmel Park, Wales pending return to Canada


Feb 4, 1919

Appointed to the rank of Acting Sergeant while employed as the Sergeant of the Permanent Guard, Wing 3, Kinmel Park, Rhyl


Feb 6, 1919

To draw pay for the rank of Corporal


May 20, 1919

Embarked the SS Regina in Liverpool



May 28, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


May 31, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Acting Sergeant

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 277763

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 47 East 12th St., Oswego, New York, USA

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 2608 Main St., Vancouver, British Columbia


Mar 18, 1920

Fred Clarke married again, this time to Lottie Louise Gaundrone in Vancouver, British Columbia

He stated his religion to be Presbyterian

I could find no disposition of either of his previous marriages


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