• David Miller Clark

Army / Flying Corps

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  • Enlistment - WW1

    Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia

  • Birth

    Narrandera, NSW, Australia

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    • The Men of the 13th Battalion
    • Posted by jaydsydaus121, Thursday, 22 July 2021

    Narandera Argus and Riverina Advertiser (NSW), Friday 19 November 1915, page 4 Letters from the Front. Private Dave Clark, in a letter to his mother writes from Gallipoli on the 31st July:— We have been here three weeks now, and have got quite used to the roar of cannon and bullets flying about. When we hear a shell coming we get well under cover. The Turks are not very good at picking the range. I have watched them firing at our aeroplanes, but their shells go wide every time. A German taube flew over us a few nights ago and, dropped two bombs, but they both dropped in the water. When they, exploded they sent a sheet of water about 100 feet in the air. Some of our machine gunners fired a volley at the Taube, and it is reported here that it was brought down. I have also seen some of our destroyers bombard the Turks trenches. When the shells drop we can see a cloud of dust fly into the air. I have for a dug out mate Al Herbert, who was captain of the Salvation Army at Narandera. He enlisted about four days after I did but he was transferred to a company that left Liverpool about a month before us. I have met a number of the Narandera boys here. This is all the news this time, so I will close with love to all at home from your loving son ARTHUR. Writing from Gallipoli on August 28, Private Clark writes:— Dear Mother.— Just a few lines to let you know that I am well. We are making very fair progress here. On the 6th August there was an advance all along the line. The fourth brigade had to advance to a hill where they were to entrench and hold the position. The Turks tried to drive us out of the position, but we shot them down as fast as they came up. There was another big move since that date, and it proved most satisfactory. I do not think it will be long before we have the Turks well beaten. One evening while our boys were standing as supports on the brow of a hill, the warships commenced to bombard the Turks' trenches. It was the sight of a lifetime to see the Turks running away, with the shells bursting all round them. Any one who has never seen a bombardment could not picture one in his mind. I cannot give you any more news this time, so I will close with love to all at home from your loving son DAVE.