Ivan Milton Clarke
From Our Contribution
|Date of Birth||12 Aug 1909|
|Place of Birth||Kelmscott, Western Australia|
|Death||21 Nov 1986, aged 77|
|Place of Death||Moorabbin, Victoria|
|Age at Enlistment||31 years, 1 month|
5' 5½" (1.66 m) tall ; 133lbs|
60.328 kg; fair complexion ; green eyes ; brown hair
|Address||Narrogin, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Wife , Mrs Lucy Clarke|
|Date of Enlistment||30 Sep 1940|
|Unit/Formation||No. 1 School of Technical Training RAAF|
|Post War Details|
1939-45 Star |
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45
From 1924 until 1935 Ivan had worked for Mr AC Miller, and then from 1935 to 1940 for Mr LL Dyson. During 1934 Ivan had married Lucy Ellen Dick (1909 - 2006). They had 2 children, the oldest being Russell Ian Clarke (12 Oct 1936-1986). Electoral Roll entries: 1936 at Forrest street, Narrogin, dental mechanic;
On enlistment Ivan undertook the normal basic entry training at No. 4 Recruit Depot at RAAF Pearce. On completing the training he was posted to the No. 1 RAAF Hospital at Laverton from 24 Nov 1940. By 26 Mar 1941 he was back at Pearce, this time on staff, and he was promoted Leading Aircraftman on 1 Jun 1941 before being detached to the No. 9 Elementary Flight Training School at Cunderdin from 4 - 17 Jun 1941. He was next detached from 20 Jun to 11 Nov 1941 to No. 1 Hospital Laverton during which time he was an Acing Sergeant from 7 Jul 1941, and promoted Temporary Corporal from 1 Nov 1941 (Ivan reverted when next posted on 23 Apr 1942). From 25 Feb to 5 Mar 1943 Ivan was detached to the HQ at Laverton Airbase. Ivan was transferred to the No. 2 RAAF Hospital at Ascot Vale on 23 Apr 1942 where he was promoted Temporary Sergeant from 1 May 1942.
On 28 Jul 1942 he was posted to No. 1 Recruit Depot , then located at Shepparton. Ivan remained there for almost a year before being reposted to the General Reconnaissance School, at Bradfield Park on 19 Jul 1943. From 20 - 30 Jan 1943 he was held on the strength of the No. 2 Embarkation Depot at Bradfield Park before moving north to No. 1 Reserve Personnel Pool at Townsville on 31 Jan 1944, and then to Port Moresby's No. 9 Operation Group RAAF on 9 Feb 1944. From there he was sent to Nadzab from 14 Feb until 8 Jun 1944. On 20 Jul 1944 he was posted to No. 10 Operation Group RAAF which a fortnight earlier had established itself on Moenfoor, an island off the north coast of Dutch New Guinea. While there he was promoted Temporary Flight Sergeant from 1 Aug 1944. On 9 Dec 1944 he was moved to Morotai on 9 Dec 1944.
On 27 Feb 1945 he was posted to No. 1 Personnel Depot RAAF, then located in Victoria at Ransford (Melbourne Cricket Ground), remaining with them until 6 Apr 1945 when he was posted for the second time to the General Reconnaissance School at Bairnsdale. On 22 Aug 1945 he moved again, this time to the No. 1 School of Technical Training RAAF. His services now not required with units closing down as the war moving towards completion, he was posted to the No. 5 Personnel Depot RAAF in Subiiaco where he was discharged on 16 Nov 1945.
Electoral Roll entries: 1949 at 23 Union street, Malvern, Victoria; 1954 - 1980 at 4 Dactyl road, Moorabbin, Victoria;
In 1987 Legacy sought confirmation of his overseas service in order to assist Ivan's dependents.