Sunday, 5 July 2015

Clark, James - Private

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Australian Infantry
Died on Sunday near to Salisbury from pneumonia
Age 22 

Newspaper Report:


Private James Clark of the Australian Infantry, who was born at Haslingden, died on Saunday near Salisbury from pneumonia following influenza.
Only 22 years of age, deceased was a grandson of the late Mr. James Clark, who was at one time a member of the old Haslingden Local Board, and was a prominent Freemason; and was the eldest son of Mr. David S. Clark, who was mater plumber at Blackburn Road (at the shop now occupied by Mr. W.F. Thacker), and who went, with his family to Tasmania seven years ago.  The father at present holds an important Government position in Tasmania as a sanitary inspector of soldiers camps. Prior to the outbreak of war Private Clark, now deceased, was learning the business of plumbing, but afterwards went into fruit farming.
He enlisted immediately upon the outbreak of war and trained in Egypt and in England. After serving in France and being wounded it seemed likely that he would be sent back to France, but he again went to France, and he was serving there after the Armistice had been concluded.  He had been on furlough at Haslingden four times, and had become well known in the town.  Though British- born he was a typical Colonial soldier.  He was last in Haslingden five weeks ago.  He was waiting for a boat home when he took influenza.  Two of his aunts are Mrs. Vass, 19 Wells Street, and Mrs. Heap, 9 Salisbury Street.  The body was brought to the house of the latter for the internment, which took place yesterday (Friday) afternoon in the family vault in the old Congregational graveyard at Haslingden. 

Private James Clark Census information - Click over census to enlarge