CLARKE, Raymond Arthur

Service Number –

Rank – 2nd Lieutenant

Division – 11th Battalion

Enlisted – 17/08/1914

Discharged – 11/01/1918

Date of Death – 24/10/1959

Age at Death – 70

Burial Location – Anglican D 682

Honours/Awards – Military Cross (MC)

 

Lieutennant Clarke was recommended for awards twice and on multiple occasions was referred to in dispatches for his actions.  Below are several of these recommendations / dispatch reports.

Date of recommendation – 30th July 1916

For valuable services rendered during the operations of the 22/25 July 1916 which culminated in the capture of Pozieres

Date of recommendation – 4th February 1917

For consistent gallantry and good work. Lieut. Clarke served continuously with his battalion from Aug 1914, to September 1916, from which date he became Brigade Bombing Officer.  From March 1916, he was the Battalion Bombing Officer and carried out his duties in a cool manner, and with considerable tactical ability.  During a raid by the 11th Battalion on the Tadpole (Petillon Sector) on the 30th June 1916, Lieut Clarke was second of the party in entering the trench.  During the operations culminating in the capture of Pozieres (21/26 July 1916) his handling of the bombing teams left nothing to be desired.  While Brigade Bombing Officer he has performed his duties in a very satisfactory manner.  His devotion to duty and gallantry at all times have been an inspiration to all ranks.

Date of reccomendation – 7th March 1917

Lieut Clarke is the Brigade Bombing Officer.  He obtained his commission on the 12 March 1916 and has served as Bombing Officer with great success from September 1916.  He is a young man of a particularly cheerful disposition, has a wonderfully inspiring way among his men, and is most energetic.  For sterling worth and devotion to duty he stands alone.  His high qualities were greatly tested and proved during the advance on Le Barque and Thilloy from 25th to 27th February 1917

Date of Recommendation – 25th September 1917

From February to June last Lieutennant Clarke carried out the duties of Brigade Dump Officer with unusual efficiency.  At Le Barque in February, at Boursies in April and Bullecourt in April and May 1917 he invariably kept the front line supplied with ammunition and material in spite of shelling and adverse weather conditions.  His personal courage, his untiring energy and zeal have been admired by all and have been a good example to others.

 

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