James Clerke

James Martyn Clerke (abt. 1872 - abt. 1963)

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Major James Martyn Clerke
Born about in County Cork, Irelandmap
Brother of [half]
Husband of — married 26 Apr 1904 in Wilmot, District Of Mersey, Tasmania, Australiamap
Died about [location unknown]
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Father's Name James Clerke Mother's Name Jane Shard (or Shaw)

Thought to have been born at Bealand House, Cork, Ireland. Likely this is in Belad or Bealad, Clonakilty, County Cork.

He is possibly the same person as James Clerke

3rd Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron, traveled on the ship "Geelong"[1]

Fought in Palestine in the Light Horse during the First World War. He was wounded in the leg and after a time in a hospital in Cairo, Egypt he was invalided home. After recovering he returned to fighting in Jordan and Palestine. He served overseas for a total of five years according to the article in the Examiner newspaper. He received a Distinguished Service Order award[2]

"James was promoted to Major on 20 May 1918. He received the DSO for his service in the 3rd Light Horse. After the war he served in the 22 Light Horse Regiment. He retired in 1927 at the age of 56 years."[3]

In September and October of 1918 he was noted as having twice commanded a squadron, showing enterprising leadership and gallantry, particularly at Wadi Hammani[4]

In 1954 he celebrated his golden wedding anniversary[5] Then living at "Garrecloyne," Longford. He and his wife had been married April 26 1904 at the Methodist church in Wilmot.

Research Notes

There is a James M. Clerke, born 1872 in Co Cork, who appears in the 1901 Irish census with his mother Jane Clerke (58 born in Country Waterford). They were living at Knocknabehy, Greenfort, County Cork, Ireland[6] Sibilings mentioned include Francis F., Edith E. and Robert. If this is the same person it suggests that he is the same person as Clerke-248, that he came to Australia later than his brother Thomas and that his mother's surname was Shaw


  1. National Anzac Centre: James Martyn CLERKE [1]
  2. HONOURS AND AWARDS: James Martyn Clerke [2]
  3. Pedigree Resource File: FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/2:2:3MLX-B5X : accessed 15 February 2019), entry for James Martyne /Clerke/, cites sources; file (2:2:2:MM42-FY1), submitted 2 April 2012 by jeffholzgrefe1 [identity withheld for privacy].
  4. Recommendation for honours and awards: [3]
  5. Advocate (Burnie, Tas. : 1890 - 1954) Mon 26 Apr 1954 Page 12 Family Notices [4]
  6. "Ireland Census, 1901," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QPB2-D7YB : 29 January 2019), James M Clerke, Greenfort, County Cork, Ireland; citing Census, Greenfort, County Cork, Ireland, 0000203088, Public Record Office of Ireland, Belfast.
  • Australian Marriages 1810 - 1980
  • War Record: Examiner (Launceston, Tas. : 1900 - 1954), Thursday 5 February 1920
  • The AIF Project: James Martyn CLERKE [5]
  • Anzac Centenary [6]

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