William Theodore Morehouse Clark
† Clark, Private William Theodore Morehouse no.6491
19th Battalion, formerly 13th Battalion 21st Reinforcements
“Braidwood” Clissold Parade, Campsie.
Born at Redfern, son of William Theodore Morehouse Clark and Annie Clark.
Educated Redfem School.
Married Florence Hankins 1902.
Enlisted at Canterbury 18/12/1915, aged 37.
Church of England.
Next of kin, Florence Clark, wife, Clissold Parade, Campsie.
Casualty List SMH 19/5/1917 Killed in action 15/4/1917.
Killed in action 15/4/1917 at Noreuil/ Bullecourt, aged 38 years.
Buried Noreuil Australian Cemetery, grave F26.
AWM File IDRL428 Letters to the Red Cross re Australian servicemen: G.O’Grady no.6214 19th Battalion 17th Reinforcements C Company, No.4 AGH, Randwick, 20/9/1917. Note: a careful, reliable witness. I remember a man called Clarke being sniped near or on 15/4/1917, near Lagnicourt. I did not know the man, but when he fell I asked the Corporal who it was, and he told me it was Clarke. This Clarke was shot through the head and killed instantly. I saw his grave at Noreuil with his name on it. I cannot remember the initial on the grave, nor the Corporal’s name, but he said it was Clarke when he and I saw Clarke fall back dead.
Private F. Dicks no.6241 19th Battalion, St Thomas Hospital S.E. October 30/1917. Home address: St James Church, King Street, Sydney: At about 8am on 15/4/1917 our lines were broken west of Bullincourt (sic). A shell burst killing Clark and several others. Two days later about 22 of our men were buried including Clark I did not assist at the burial but have seen the grave which is in a sunken road at the bottom of Hoare Hill. Description: Medium height, very dark, stout, clean shaven, jolly disposition, known as ”Bill ”, left Australia 12 months ago. IX Platoon.
25/2/1918: Letter to Lance Corporal E.J. Clark, c/- Mrs L. Connor, 21 Woodhouse Rd., Leytonstone, E. 11, informing him 6491 now officially reported killed in action 15/4/1917. Will send at once any information we obtain. Private S.H. Eades no.6194 19th Battalion, No.4 AGH, Randwick, 13/4/1918: I was in the same Company, C Company, we were at Noreuil near Bullecourt. We were waiting in a sunken road when some thousands of Germans came over - we were in support at the time. They came past the front line and into the sunken road. I was standing quite close to Clark, and saw him hit with a bullet, and fell instantly. They left him for a few hours till the attack was over, and then he was buried at Noreuil Cemetery. He was a married man of medium build.
Lieutenant M. Basser 19th (late 13th), No.4 AGH, Randwick, 5/7/1918: I knew Clark: he and I were in the Reinforcements to the 13th Battalion and joined the 19th Battalion together in February 1917. He was in D Company, XIII Platoon, with me. His name was William and his wife lives near Hornsby, I think 6491 was his number. I knew him well. He was shot through the head and killed instantly without suffering, at Noreuil on 15/4/1917 on Sunday morning. I saw him just afterwards. He was buried where he fell. I wars wounded later on that morning. Private T.W. Dowd wrote to Clark’s wife and gave her details.
On Active Service SMH 15/4/1918.
Clark - In loving memory of my dear husband and our father, Private W.T.M. Clark, killed in action April 15,1917. God rest him in a foreign land Under the cross of a hero Inserted by his loving wife and family.
Clark - In loving memory of our dearly beloved and only son, Private W.T.M. Clark, killed in action April 15, 1917. Inserted by his loving parents, W. And A. Clark.
Clark - In loving memory of our dearly beloved and only brother...Inserted by his loving sister and brother-in- law, L. and J. Stuart
Clark ... Inserted by his loving sister and brother-in-law, L. and J. Watson.
Tele/Mirror list 11/11/1993 Killed in action 15/4/1917.
Australian War Memorial record available at: https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1902391/ [accessed 16/09/2016].
The primary source of the information on this page is copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from the Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.
An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 individuals recorded in the book - the list is titled Canterbury's Boys List. Each name in the list is linked to an editable biographical file created by copying the biography copied from the book. These editable biographies have been created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to add information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.
Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002