Birth date: 1892
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, North Sydney
Death date: 1963
Death place: Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Manly
Final rank: Trooper
Service number: 1208 - First World War, 1914-1918
  • 2nd Australian Light Horse Regiment
  • 7th Australian Light Horse Regiment

Oliver Joseph Bourke Clarke was born in Sydney, New South Wales during 1893 and was working as a bank clerk before he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force. He was 22 years of age when he enlisted at Liverpool on 11 April 1915 and was assigned to the 7th Light Horse Regiment with the rank of trooper. His brother, Gunner James Vincent Clarke also served in the First World War.

Clarke departed Sydney aboard HMAT Suffolk on 28 July 1915. Whilst serving with the 7th Light Horse Regiment in the Middle East, he fell victim to a twisted knee that was acquired during a military football match. He returned to Australia on 14 March 1919. Oliver Joseph Bourke Clarke died in Manly in 1963.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 28 July 1915
  • 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 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...



Date of birth 1892
Date of embarkation 1915-07-28
Date of death 1963