Biography

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
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 32nd Australian Infantry Battalion

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 aged 47.

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Rolls and Awards

  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Date of embarkation: 09 November 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 32nd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Distinguished Service Order
  • Unit: 32nd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Distinguished Service Order
  • Unit: 32nd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 32nd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 32nd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 32nd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 32nd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Unit: 32nd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Distinguished Service Order
  • Unit: 32nd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Distinguished Service Order
  • Unit: 32nd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Awarded: Distinguished Service Order
  • Unit: 32nd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Awarded: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 32nd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Awarded: Mention in despatches
  • Unit: 32nd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

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Date of birth 1894-07-27
Date of embarkation 1915-11-09
Date of recommendation honour or award 1916
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-10-03
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-03-04
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-03-06
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 1918-10-14
Date of death 1941-06-13