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Roger Francis Wyman CLARK, Dongara West Australia

Journal by ngairedith

Roger Francis Wyman CLARK, was Born 22 June 1918 in London, England, a son of Roger Wyman CLARK and Margaret Dobbie RUMBLE

TIME LINE for Roger Clark:

* Resided with his mother at 71 Rosebury Road in Fulham, London, England while his father was serving in the A.I.F.

* Along with his parents, he departed England on the "Konigin Luise", arriving in Fremantle, Western Australia on 2 August 1919

* Resided with his parents on Rosebury Row Farm on the west side of the Carnamah-Perenjori Road in Carnamah 1920-1940

* Educated at the Carnamah State School and then as a boarder at Guildford Grammar School in the Perth suburb of Guildford

* Won a prize for a crayon drawing in the school-work section of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's 1927 show

* Attended the Carnamah Children's Fancy Dress Ball as "Felix" on Saturday 15 October 1927

* Won a 1st prize for Writing and came 2nd in the 10-11 boys running race at the 1928 Carnamah Show & Sports Carnival

* Attended school elsewhere 1929-1934 however spent his school holidays in Carnamah

* Played for the Bachelors in a 'Benedicts verses Bachelors' cricket match in Carnamah on Sunday 18 December 1932

* Along with his parents and sister Norah spent a few days holiday at Dongara in mid January 1934

* Boarding Student at Guildford Grammar School until 1934 and then returned to his father's farm in Carnamah

* Farmhand on his father's Rosebury Row Farm on the west side of the Carnamah-Perenjori Road in Carnamah 1935-1940

* Member in 1934 and a Committee Member in 1935 of the Carnamah Rifle Club

* Played for the victorious latter in the Married verses Single men's cricket match in Carnamah on Sunday 3 February 1935

* Attended the Surprise Party given to John and Doris McLEAN at their home in Carnamah on Wednesday 3 April 1935

* Came 2nd in the Guessing Weight of Sheep competition at the Easter Sports Meeting in Carnamah on 22 April 1935

* Member of the Carnamah Football Club 1935-1937, and a Committee Member in 1936

* Played for the North Midlands Football Association in a match against the Perenjori-Morawa Association on 28 July 1935

* Attended the Carnamah Rifle Club's Opening Shoot for the 1935 season over the 200 yard range on 18 August 1935

* Motored from Carnamah to Perth with his parents and Richard and Irene GELL on the weekend of 19-20 October 1935

* Member of the Carnamah Cricket Club in 1935-36 - member and Vice Captain of the "Carnamah Blues"

* Himself, David BOWMAN, Teddy EDWARDS and Tom BUCKINGHAM motored to Perth in early February 1936

* Played for the Carnamah District Cricket Association at Country Week Cricket in Perth during February 1936

* Played for victorious Carnamah in their cricket match against "The Rest" in Coorow on Sunday 22 March 1936

* Tied with George F. BROWN and Edgar J. CLARK for the member who took the most catches in 1935-36

* Underwent an operation for appendicitis at the Carnamah Private Hospital on Wednesday 27 November 1935

* He was unable to represent the Carnamah District Cricket Association in their match against the North Midlands

* Discharged from the Carnamah Private Hospital on Monday 9 December 1935

* Attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social Evening & Play Presentation at the Carnamah Hall on 17 June 1936

* Attended the Plain & Fancy Dress Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 25 July 1936 dressed as Mum of the Rud Family with Andrew G. FITZGERALD as Dad, George H. CLARK as Sarah, Hubert A. LEE as Dave and Edgar J. CLARK as Joe. The five of them were awarded the prize for the Most Humorous in attendance in fancy dress

* Played outstandingly for the victorious Carnamah Football Club in the Grand Final against Arrino on 6 September 1936

* Attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social including three plays at the Carnamah Hall on Friday 2 October 1936

* Member of the Carnamah Cricket Club in 1936-37

* Played for the Carnamah Cricket Club in their victorious special match against the Bulk Handlers on 11 October 1936

* Played for the North Midlands Cricket Association in their victory against the Morawa Association on 10 January 1937

* He was returning home after inspecting a well on Friday morning 5 February 1937 when the horse he was riding turned too sharply. The horse turned sharply into a gateway, and his knee was hit with force by a bolt protruding from the gate post. He was conveyed to the Carnamah Private Hospital where he was detained and treated by Dr Cecil P. ROSENTHAL

* Attended the farewell to Josephine M. FITZGERALD at the Carnamah Hotel on Saturday evening 27 March 1937

* Won the Throwing Cricket Ball at the R.S.L. Easter Athletic Sports Meeting in Carnamah on 29 March 1937

* Part of the Best Set as "Arabians" at the Carnamah Girls Club's Masquerade Ball at the Carnamah Hall on 24 July 1937. Others in the set included Michael R. ROWLAND, "Nan" Hannah S. DAVISON, "Daisy" Margaret D. BOWMAN, and Ruth I. BOWMAN of Carnamah; and siblings Peter W. THOMSON and Grace W. THOMSON of Marchagee

* Motored to Perth with his father on Friday 13 August 1937 to watch the Perth Carnival football match the next day

* Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society 1937-1948

* Steward in Charge of the Sheep Weight competition at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Show on 8 September 1938

* Member of the No. 2 Troop of the "C" Squadron of the motorised 25th Light Horse Machine Gun Regiment in 1939. The No. 2 Troop was a local militia unit made of people from the North Midlands and trained in Carnamah once a fortnight

* Steward in Charge of the Sheep section of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annuals Shows in 1939 and 1940


WORLD WAR II & POW

- Enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force (R.A.A.F.) on 9 December 1940 - Served as a Sergeant overseas with the Royal Australian Air Force

- In July 1943 word was received in Carnamah that he was "missing"

- Later Warrant Officer 406389 in the Royal Australia Air Force stationed at HQ Pearce

- Prisoner of War in Germany and following his liberation arrived in England in May 1945

- He was issued with extra milk, eggs, fruit juices and vitamin concentrates and sent to the R.A.A.F. depot in Brighton, England

- Discharged from the Royal Australian Air Force on 19 June 1946

more .. Roger was Flight Sergeant (Wireless Operator Gunner) with 458 Squadron. On the night of 23/24th June 1943 at 2052 hours the Aircraft Wellington HZ536 took off from RAF Protville, Tunisia fitted with a load of flares and it was detailed to locate and shadow then illuminate enemy shipping for a torpedo striking force to attack. Enemy ships had been sighted during the day and there was a possibility that they had reached port by the time the night torpedo bombers arrived in the area. Nothing was seen or heard from HZ536 after take off and it did not return to base.
... In a later report the then WO Clark (406389) stated "On 23/6/43 we were detailed from Tunisia to go out and look for shipping. After approx 5 hours we experienced engine trouble firstly our starboard engine stopped and a little while after, our port engine went out. I believe there was a block in petrol line. I made my escape through the astro hatch and when I left the Nav, Rear Gunner and SE Operator were still in the aircrat. I think they were killed. The two pilots are both alive. I did 22 hours in a dinghy and was piced up by a German MTB and taken to Cagliari, Sardinia. I was a POW for 22 months" (300 RAAF personal, about a third of the number taken prisoner, were freed in May 1945 and taken to the RAAF hospital in Brighton. Roger of Carnamah was one of them. He is listed on the Carnamah Honour Roll


* Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son in 1946 and 1947

* Married Barbara Mary HARDWICK in Perth in 1947

* Following his marriage in 1947 resided with his wife in Winchester

* Assistant Steward of the Sheep section at the Carnamah District

* Agricultural Society's Annual Shows in 1947 and 1949

* Member of the Winchester Cricket Club in 1949

* Member of the Carnamah Football Club in 1949

* Member of the Carnamah Golf Club - was President 1953-1955

* Telephone number Carnamah-10U from 1957 to 1966 and then telephone number Carnamah-531 from 1967 to 1969

* Farmer in Winchester until at least 1969

* Father of Frances, Colin, John, Judy, Lizzie and Jenny

* Roger died on 16 January 1999; his ashes were interred in the Niche Wall at the entrance to the Dongara Cemetery in Dongara, Western Australia
- his wife Barbara died 4 years later. She is also in Dongara

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