Biography

Birth date: 1893
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Death date: 1962
Final rank: Gunner
Service number: 11453 - First World War, 1914-1918
Units:
  • 36th Australian Heavy Artillery Group
  • 5th Australian Field Artillery Brigade

James Vincent Clarke was born in Sydney, New South Wales during 1894 and worked as a clerk prior to joining the Australian Imperial Force. At 21 years of age, he enlisted with the AIF at Holsworthy and was assigned to the 5th Field Artillery Brigade. His brother, Trooper Oliver Joseph Burke Clarke also served in the First World War.

Clarke departed Sydney aboard RMS Osterley on 15 January 1916.Clarke was transferred to the 36th Heavy Artillery Group in June 1917 and remained with this unit until the end of the First World War. He was evacuated to England in 1917 as a result of injuries received whilst serving on the Western Front. Clarke re-joined his unit in France during October 1917. James Clarke returned to Australia on 11 May 1919.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Gunner
  • Date of embarkation: 15 January 1916
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Collection Items

Private Record

Clarke, Oliver Joseph Bourke (Private, b.1892 - d.1963); Clarke, James Vincent (Gunner, b.1893 -d.1962)

Collection relating to brothers Private Oliver Joseph Bourke Clarke and Gunner James Vincent Clarke. Collection consists of photocopies of letters written home to their family. Pte Oliver Clarke's letters written between August 1916 and March 1917, discuss Light Horse patrols in Egypt and... Maker: Clarke, James Vincent

PR00054 (With records)

Digitised Collection

Letters from James Vincent Clarke, 1917

Copies of letters relating to the First World War service of Gunner James Vincent Clarke, 36th Heavy Artillery Brigade. The original letters were written by Gunner Clarke to his family between 28 January 1917 and 16 July 1917. In the letters Gunner Clarke comments on his hospitalisation, joining...

RCDIG0000373

Letters from Oliver Joseph Burke Clarke, 1916-1917

Copies of letters relating to the First World War service of 1208 Private Oliver Joseph Burke Clarke, 7th Light Horse Brigade. The original letters were written by Private Clarke to family members between 9 August 1916 and 27 March 1917. In the letters he comments on Light horse patrols in Egypt...

RCDIG0000374

Timeline

Date of birth 1893
Date of embarkation 1916-01-15
Date of death 1962