Clark, Thomas Harold: Service no. 745257


Digitized Service Record

Source: March 1917 casualty.


Son of Thomas and Thirza Clark, of Port Perry, Ontario.

Summary of Service for Private Thomas Harold Clark, reg. no. 745257

June 14, 1886BornPlace of birth hard to decipher. Port Perry area.
April 13, 1916Anti-Typhoid InoculationFirst of a course of three inoculations.
June 6, 1916VaccinatedSigned off by James Moore, Medical Officer.
June 30, 1916Completes form H.A. 54-21-23-53This form is titled “PARTICULARS OF FAMILY OF AN OFFICER OR MAN ENLISTED IN C.E.F.” This form was to be completed “immediately” when a soldier is informed that they are part of a draft going overseas. Basic family information.
June 30, 1916Makes out WillPrivate Clark bequeathed his real estate and estate to his mother, Thirza Clark, of Port Perry, Ontario.
July 14, 1916Anti-Typhoid InoculationSecond of a course of three inoculations.
July 18, 1916Anti-Typhoid InoculationThird and last of a course of three inoculations.
July 23, 1916Embarks for EnglandVia the S.S. Olympic from Halifax, Nova Scotia.
July 31, 1916Arrives in EnglandArrives Liverpool, England.
October 5, 1916Transferred from 116th Bn. to 18th Bn. 
October 6, 1916Taken on Strength in the FieldArrives at the Somme 3 weeks after the battle of Flers-Courcelette. He arrives the same day that Major G.F. Morrison assumed command of the 18th Battalion, replacing Lieut-Colonel Wigle.
March 13, 1917Killed in ActionNote that the War Diary relates three men killed that day. Only two were, according to the C.W.G.C. records. The other was Sergeant William Edward Helps.


The 18th Battalion War Diary relates: Position as yesterday. 4:15 am Enemy attempted a raid on our outposts on the right flank of frontage due north of VISSEE group of craters. At 4 am red and green flares fired from German front line appeared to be the signal for the heavy bombardment which followed directed to our front and support lines. Our outposts consisting of six bombers and 3 Lewis gunners, 1 sgt. were in the act of withdrawing to front line. The raiders approached in two parties, about 30 men in all. Two bombers [Pte.] R. Walker[vii] and W.H. Webster[viii] who were covering the withdrawal of outpost #16 [spread] fire on the Huns and Pte. Walker claims three. One Hun managed [to] creep up to one of the Bombers and said in English “Come with me.” Pte. Webster managed to break away and continued to throw bombs with good effect. One Hun was afterwards found by LIEUT. TUCK who secured identification. Our casualties were 3 killed[ix] and 14 wounded by enemy shell fire.

March 23, 1917Cable M602“Killed in Action. (no date given inquiries being made regarding)
March 27, 1917Cable M789Referring to my telegram Mar. 23rd, 1917 M602. Date of Death now ascertained to be March 13th, 1917.
February 13, 1918Army Form W3372Graves Registration Report Form indicates that Private Clark is buried at Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Mont. St. Eloy, Pas-de-Calais, France in Plot IV, Row F, Plot 24.


Private Clark is buried along with 1727 other combatants. He is buried along with 12 other 18th Battalion comrades.

He is buried beside his brother-in-arms, Sergeant William Edward Helps, reg. no. 654401, who died the same day.

“Killed in Action.”

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