Major Blair Anderson Wark

Ranks Held Lieutenant, Major
Birth Date 27 July 1894
Birth Place Australia: New South Wales, Bathurst
Death Date 13 June 1941
Death Place Australia: Victoria, Puckapunyal
Final Rank Major
Service Australian Imperial Force
Units
Places
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918
Gazettes Biographical information They dared mightily. in 1963
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1918-11-07
Published in London Gazette in 1918-06-03
Published in London Gazette in 1918-12-26
Published in London Gazette in 1918-05-28
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1918-10-24
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1919-05-23
Description

Blair Wark (1894-1941) had been a militia officer in New South Wales before enlisting as an officer in the AIF in mid-1915. A year later he fought in the battle of Fromelles, where he was highly commended for his work, despite being wounded. Next year at Polygon Wood he won the Distinguished Service Order.

Wark's finest feat took place during the attack on the Hindenburg Line in his battalion's final action. He constantly showed outstanding leadership, often in advance of his troops. He was responsible for the capture of some field artillery, the silencing of machine-guns and the capture of many prisoners.

An outstanding citizen and soldier, Wark was active in business and public affairs in Sydney. He was commanding a militia battalion during the Second World War when he died suddenly almost aged 47.

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Date of birth 27 July 1894
Date of embarkation 09 November 1915
Date of recommendation honour or award 1916
Date of recommendation honour or award 03 October 1917
Date of recommendation honour or award 04 March 1918
Date of recommendation honour or award 06 March 1918
Date of honour or award 1918-09-29 - 1918-10-01 Awarded Victoria Cross, for action at Bellicourt to Joncourt, France, whilst serving with 32 Battalion, 8 Brigade, 5 Division as a major.
Date of recommendation honour or award 14 October 1918
Date of recommendation honour or award 14 October 1918
Date of recommendation honour or award 14 October 1918
Date of recommendation honour or award 14 October 1918
Date of recommendation honour or award 14 October 1918
Date of death 13 June 1941