Charles Albert Clark

Memorial: Thornbury - St Mary's Church

Regiment: Australian Infantry

Medals: British War Medal, Next of Kin Memorial Plaque 1914 - 1921, Victory Medal

Rank and number: Private 1603

Parents: Robert and Mary Ann Clark

Marital status: Single

Home address: 6 St John's Street, Thornbury, Bristol

Pre-war occupation: Carpenter

Date of birth: 1882

Place of birth: Winchcombe, Gloucestershire

Date of death: 06/06/1916

Buried/Commemorated at: Ismailia War memorial Cemetery (Ref. B. 64.), Egypt

Age: 34

Further information:

Bronze Tablet and Wooden Memorial Board

Charles Albert Clark’s father Robert was a Police Sergeant in Thornbury. Charles had three brothers and a sister. Information supplied for the Australian Roll of Honour by his sister Mabel Annie Clark of St. John Street, said that Charles had lived and worked in the United States of America before moving on, aged 22, to Australia where he was a carpenter by trade

When the war started he joined the Australian Infantry and seems to have served with both the 19th and 16th Battalions. Charles was in the first landing at Gallipoli on 25th April 1915. He was wounded on the 2nd May and sent to England to a convalescent camp at Woodcote Park Farm, Epsom, Surrey. While on sick leave he may have visited his family in Thornbury

Charles rejoined his unit but died of Colitis the following June, whilst serving in Egypt. Ismailia is a small town on the west side of the Suez Canal and the Memorial Cemetery was used for burials from camps and hospitals in and around Ismailia and nearby Moascar

Charles is also remembered on his parent’s headstone in Thornbury Cemetery. Following his name are the words ‘He that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.’ Matthew X.39

By kind permission, this information is based on the following source(s):

Thornbury Roots website: Thornbury & District Museum Research Group, Forces War Records and the CWGC