A 1914 Star to Col. Sergt. of Rifle Brigade; Gallipoli KIA
A 1914 Star to Col. Sergt. of Rifle Brigade; Gallipoli KIA - (CH. 4822. COL. SERGT. H.F. CLARK, R.M. BRIGADE.). Naming is officially impressed. Unmounted, original ribbon, oxidation spots, near extremely fine. Accompanied by five pages from the National Archives with copies of his Service Records and Assorted Research Material. Footnote: Herbert Frank Clark was born July 7, 1874. He enlisted with the Royal Marines on January 24, 1889 in Chatham, Kent, at the age of 14 and re-engaged on February 29, 1904. He was with Chatham Division and served with various ships between 1889 and 1912, including HMS Edinburgh, Achilles, Thunderer, Terror, Ariadne and Pembroke. His General Character was noted as "Very Good" throughout his career. Clark was awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal on July 7, 1907. He enrolled in the R.I. Reserve on September 6, 1913 and was with them when war broke out in 1914. Clark was with one of three Marine Battalions in the trenches during the Gallipoli Campaign, in the latter part of April and into May of 1915, the fighting being more or less continuous the whole time, when he was Killed in Action on May 1, 1915 at the age of 40. Clark is remembered with honour on the Helles Memorial, Panel 2 to 7. The Helles Memorial stands on the tip of the Gallipoli Peninsula. It takes the form of an obelisk over thirty metres high that can be seen by ships passing through the Dardanelles. The eight month campaign in Gallipoli was fought by Commonwealth and French forces in an attempt to force Turkey out of the war, to relieve the deadlock of the Western Front in France and Belgium, and to open a supply route to Russia through the Dardanelles and the Black Sea. The Helles Memorial serves the dual function of Commonwealth battle memorial for the whole Gallipoli campaign and place of commemoration for many of those Commonwealth servicemen who died there and have no known grave. The memorial bears more than 21,000 names.