Herbert Charles Clarke


Jun 25, 1884

Born in Middlesex, England


Feb 22, 1915

Attested into the 59th Battalion in Lindsay, Ontario 

Ø      Number 454603

Ø      Next of kin given as Amelia Clarke, wife, 44 Melbourne St., Lindsay, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Brakeman with the Grand Trunk Railway

Ø      Previous military experience given as 2 ½ years in the 5th West Middlesex Regiment in England

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company 

On enlistment he had 3 children, Gladys age 7 years, Cyril age 5 years and Doris age 2 years. 

The battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area


Jun 10, 1915

Appointed to the provisional rank of Sergeant and employed as the “D” Company Quartermaster Sergeant with pay


Apr 1, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Apr 11, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to the Bordon Camp to continue training 

Appointed to the provisional rank of CQMS (Company Quartermaster Sergeant)


Jul 4, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal to replace 59090 L/Cpl Brady who had been promoted


Jul 6, 1916

The 59th Battalion was absorbed into the 39th Reserve Battalion at the West Sandling Camp


Aug 27, 1916

Reduced to the rank of Private at his own request in order to join a fighting battalion in France 

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Aug 28, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 150 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Sep 16, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion Rear Details as the battalion was involved in heavy fighting at the sugar refinery near Courcelette


Oct 12, 1916

Promoted to the rank of Corporal to replace 59497 Cpl Isaac who had been invalided to England


Dec 10, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from the Gas Course


May 12, 1917

Reported sick with pain in legs and back and headaches.  He was first treated at a field ambulance before being transferred to a casualty clearing station for treatment


May 14, 1917

Transferred to the No. 5 British Red Cross Hospital in Wimereux


May 21, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St. Denis

On arrival in England he was admitted the No. 3 Northern General Hospital in Sheffield and the diagnosis is recorded as Myalgia 

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Jul 31, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Epsom


Aug 7, 1917

Transferred to the Ontario Military Hospital in Orpington and the diagnosis is changed to read Trench Fever


Aug 25, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Bromley


Oct 26, 1917

Discharged from hospital and Attached to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) in Seaford


Mar 15, 1918

Ceased to be Attached and TOS the permanent strength of the 3rd CCD for duty 

Appointed to the rank of Acting Quartermaster Sergeant with pay while employed as such with the 3rd CCD 

Issued with glasses to correct vision problems


Aug 8, 1918

Posted to the EORD and reverted to the rank of Corporal


Aug 23, 1918

Left the 3rd CCD and reported to the EORD in Seaford


Aug 30, 1918

On Command to the CSME (Canadian School of Engineering) at Seaford


Oct 6, 1918

Ceased to be attached to the CSME and assigned to the EORD Depot Company in Seaford


Nov 5, 1918

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


Dec 20, 1918

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jan 5, 1919

On Command to the CCC (Canadian Concentration Camp) in Witley pending return to Canada and proceeded to CCC Kinmel Park


Jan 24, 1919

Admitted to the No. 9 Canadian General Hospital with a diagnosis that reads VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Mar 14, 1919

Discharged to duty from hospital


Mar 23, 1919

Embarked the SS Empress of Britain in Liverpool


Mar 31, 1919

Disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick and proceeded by train to Toronto, Ontario 

On arrival he was posted to the Casualty Company in the Exhibition Camp


Apr 1, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until April 9, 1919


Apr 7, 1919

Posted to the Casualty Company School in the Exhibition Camp


Apr 11, 1919

Medical Board at the Exhibition Camp makes note that he is suffering from VDH (Valvular Disease of the Heart) and recommends discharge with outpatient treatment


Apr 18, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Toronto, Ontario 

Ø      Rank on discharge Corporal

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 44 Millburn St., Lindsay, Ontario 

To receive outpatient treatment from the DSCR (Department of Soldier’s Civil Re-establishment) 

Following his discharge the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 44 Milburn St., Lindsay, Ontario 

The above address should be 44 Melbourne St., Lindsay, Ontario

Following his return home, Victoria County and the town of Lindsay presented him with a medal of appreciation for his service and his safe return home


Oct 10, 1952

Herbert Charles Clarke died in Cobourg, Ontario.  His address is noted as 324 Spring St., Cobourg, Ontario


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