Clark, Second Lieutenant David Goodlet

No 68 (Australian) Sqn RFC

David Clark was a 20 year old Grazier from Picton, NSW when he enlisted in the 12th Light Horse at Liverpool on 10 July 1915; he departed from Sydney for Egypt on HMAT A32 Themistocles on 10 July 1915. On 19 December 1916 he transferred to the AFC after a trade test with No 67 (Australian) Sqn, and was posted to No 68 (Australian) Sqn in the United Kingdom, after which he learned to fly with Nos 30 and 29 Training Sqns. He was commissioned on 10 October 1917.

He was killed in action at Bourlon Wood on 22 November 1917, during the Battle of Cambrai, when flying in DH 5 A9477. Confirmation of his death was dropped over the Allied lines by a German airman and his identity disc was later received from Germany.

Lt D G Clark has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial and the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France. It was believed for some time that 2Lt Clark was buried in Caudry German Military Cemetery, but a post-war investigation revealed that the grave in question contained the remains of an RAF officer.

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