Arthur Clarke

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Arthur Clarke
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Personal Information
Date of Birth not known
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Place of Birth Bendigo, Victoria
Death 24 Feb 1925
Place of Death York, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 41 years, 3 months
Description 5'5" (1.65m) tall ; 153 lbs
69.4 kg
; fresh complexion ; blue eyes ; brown to grey hair
Occupation Hotel keeper
Religion Roman Catholic
Address Millbrook Hotel, Jarrahdale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Mary Teresa Clarke
Military Information
Reg Number 2548B
Date of Enlistment 21 Aug 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 43rd Battalion, 5th Reinforcement transferred to 12th Battalion / 3rd Brigade, 1st Division
Date of Embarkation 9 Nov 1916 ‒ 10 Jan 1917
Ship Embarked On HMAT A8 Argyllshire
Date of Return 19 Oct 1917
Ship Returned On SS Port Lyttleton
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument Jarrahdale Honour Roll
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

On 23 Feb 1903 Arthur married Mary Burke in Geraldton, both living at the time in Field's Find, with Arthur a miner.

Arthur was a member of the Cue Municipal Council in 1909.

Electoral Roll entries - 1911 - 1914 Railway hotel, Darlot street, Cue; 1916 Millbrook hotel, Jarrahdale.

  • Millbrook Hotel Jarrahdale

War Service

A month after entering camp, Arthur was allocated to the 7th reinforcement draft for the 48th Battalion, but a week later this changed to the 5th draft for the 43rd Battalion, and he travelled with them to England.

On arrival in England he was posted to the 11th Training Battalion at Durington where he carried out war preparedness training until he proceeded overseas to France from Southampton on 22 May 1917. After spending time with the 1st Division Base Depot in Le Havre, he was taken on strength of the 12th Battalion on 15 Jun 1917 where his regimental Number had a 'B' added, implying that there were two other diggers already in the battalion with the same regimental number (one had an 'A' added to his number).

Arthur was admitted to hospital on 6 Jul 1917 after collapsing on a route march near Ribemont on 23rd Jun 1917. In theatre only 22 days! Reoccurrence of rheumatic fever suffered before enlistment. Arthur was sent home for discharge as unfit with his discharge at the 5th Military District on 28 Dec 1917.

Post War

17 Jan 1920 at the Pinjarra hotel having recently been at the Boyanup Hotel. Electoral Roll entries - 1921 Cecil Hotel, Cannington; 1922 - 1925 Palace hotel, York.


Obituary (part)

After an illness over many months the death of Mr. Arthur Clarke, of the Palace Hotel, occurred on Tuesday morning. The deceased, who was 50 years of age, was not an old resident of our town, but during his business career had won many friends, and was generally esteemed. He was attacked with lung trouble and for some three months was treated at a private hospital at the City. It would appear that the disease gradually made further inroads upon his constitution, and despite all that mortal hand could do the end came at about 10:30 on Tuesday morning in the presence of his widow and family of two sons and two daughters. The deceased, who for many years resided in the northern goldfields and at Cannington, was a returned soldier, and out of respect to his memory the flag was flown half mast at the Town Hall until the conclusion of the burial obsequies.

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