Clarke, Bruce Graham
Born 1891 Campbell Town Tasmania the son of James and Ann Clarke (nee Cahill) a farmer he embarked Hobart 1st July 1916 on board “HMAT Berrima” with the 40th Infantry Battalion.
Sgt Clarke was killed in action 28th March 1918 and is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France.
His only brother Corporal Wallace James Clarke was killed in action 4th October 1917 in Belgium and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, West-Vlaanderen, Flanders, Belgium.
Mr J A C Clarke of “Bannockburn” Powrana (late of Myrtlewood, Cleveland) has received a letter from Lieutenant Lakin telling him about the death of his son Sgt Bruce Clarke
“He was killed in action on March 28th being hit between the eyes by a bullet. He suffered absolutely no pain and death was instantaneous. He was buried at Heilly in the military cemetery there. This village is on the line between Amiens and Albert.”
Lt Lakin adds
“Your son had been my platoon sergeant for about a month prior to his death and as a soldier nothing I could say would do him justice. He was as cool and brave as any man I have seen under fire. His chief thoughts were not for himself but for his men first. He was recognized as being the best scout in the battalion and his place will be very hard to fill.”
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