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"
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
"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."
In September and October of 1918 he was noted as having twice commanded a squadron, showing enterprising leadership and gallantry, particularly at Wadi Hammani
In 1954 he celebrated his golden wedding anniversary Then living at "Garrecloyne," Longford. He and his wife had been married April 26 1904 at the Methodist church in Wilmot.
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 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
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