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Cecil Herbert CLARK (Private 2883)
Birth: 24 November 1884 Razorback NSW, Australia
Death: 15 August 1918 (age 33) France, Killed in Action
Cemetery or Memorial: Heath Cemetery Harbonnieres, France
Father: James CLARK (abt 1835 - 1913)
Mother: Anne BLUNDELL (abt 1834 - 1918)
Cecil gave his occupation as Painter when he enlisted 11 September 1916 at Royal Agricultural Society Showground Sydney and his next of kin his mother Annie Clark of Picton, also his sister Elsie who married Norman New 1899 in Picton.
Cecil served in the 15th Machine Gun Battalion and the 59th Battalion A.I.F. He departed Sydney of the 'Afric' 3 November 1916 and arrived France via England March 1917.
He attended Army Pigeon Corps School France July 1917 and the 2nd Army Sniping School France November 1917.
Miss Thirza Dobell (sister of Sir William Dobell, Artist) of 108 Bull Street, Cook's Hill, Newcastle wrote to the Army in October 1918 requesting information on Cecil and was advised of his death.
His War Medals were sent to his brother Robert Percival Clark at West Wyalong.
Cecil's cousin Frank Percival Doust (Private 2396) died 31 August 1918 in France and his nephew Edward Eustace Watts (Driver 32139) also served and returned to Australia.
A report from the Commanding Officer of 59th Battalion states 'On the 15th August 1918, Pte Clark C.H. was approaching the dugout occupied by the Signal Section. A shell exploded in the dugout and a piece of wood or stone struck him in the face, killing him instantly. He was buried in the Cuillaucourt Church Cemetery France.'
Private Cecil Herbert CLARK was killed in action near Villers Bretonneaux France 15th August 1918 age 33.
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