CLARKE, Mervyn Ephraim “Dick”
Service No.- 879
Division- 11th Battalion
Date of Death- 28/02/1986
Age at Death- 91
Burial Location- Bunbury General Cemetery- Lawn A- 15
Key Dates/ Events
25/04/1915- Amongst the first soldiers ashore at the Gallipoli Landing at 4.30 A.M
August 1915- Fought in the Battle of Lone Pine, Gallipoli, then transferred to Hospital suffering Diarrhoea
April 1916- Hospitalized near Sailly sur la Lys suffering Influenza/Diptheria
July 1916- Suffered Gunshot wounds to skull and shoulder in the Battle for Pozieres, France
March 1917- Promoted to Second Lieutenant
July 1917- Promoted to Lieutenant
September 1917- Suffered Gunshot wound to head in the Third Battle for Ypres, Belgium at Polygon Wood
August 1918- Suffered severe Gunshot Wounds to face, being shot through both eyes, and blinded for life. Wounding occurred at Battle for Lihons, France, after the long march from Hamel to Harbonnieres.
Clarke was transferred to 3rd General Hospital, London for treatment. He was subsequently moved to St. Dunstan’s Hostel, Regents Park, London where he undertook training to assist cope with his blindness.
July 1920- Embarked for Australia on the “ Orvieto “
December- 1920- Discharged from the Army
October 1926- Married to Irene Benson, fathered 5 children and built high quality furniture during his working life.