Sydney James CLARKE #3762

Indigenous Australian, Sydney CLARKE, 52nd Infantry Battalion.

Private Clarke embarked on board HMAT Euripedes 31 October 1917 bound for England. He was punished during the voyage for failing to obey an order and confined to barracks for 7 days. When Clarke arrived in Devonport he was admitted to hospital with Bronchial Pneumonia.

Although released in May 1918 to the training camp at Codford, his condition deteriorated and he was readmitted to No.3 New Zealand General Hospital, where he died 21 June 1918.

Image courtesy: Trish Steele, Wikimedia Commons

"was very popular and always proved himself a keen soldier and a true comrade."

Clarke is buried at Codford St Mary New Churchyard Cemetery, Wiltshire in the company of 98 New Zealand and Australian men, from the first World War.


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