Great War Gallipoli Anzac Commemorative Medal 1967 awarded to Private W.L. Clarence, 5th Australian Infantry Battalion, and later from April 1916, Australian Provost Corps. Clarence was present at Gallipoli with the 5th Battalion from 5th May 1915...

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Great War Gallipoli Anzac Commemorative Medal 1967 awarded to Private W.L. Clarence, 5th Australian Infantry Battalion, and later from April 1916, Australian Provost Corps. Clarence was present at Gallipoli with the 5th Battalion from 5th May 1915, and would have assisted in the attack on Krithia. Clarence was wounded in action during the Battle of Lone Pine on the first day of the battle, he having suffered a gun shot wound to the hand on 6th August 1915. This was later upgraded to a bullet wound to the head. Evacuated to Egypt, he was returned to duty and rejoined his unit at Gallipoli in early November 1915. He subsequently served on the Western Front with the ANZAC Police and later the Australian Provost Corps from October 1916, being present with the Australian Corps Headquarters, and from March 1918 with the detachment serving under the Army Provost Marshal.

Anzac Commemorative Medal 1967, reverse named; (W.L. CLARENCE), housed in its fitted presentation case.

Condition: Nearly Extremely Fine.

William Leslie Clarence was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, and have apprenticed for six years with the firm of Henwood and Dances, then worked as a printer, but with the outbreak of the Great War, he enlisted into the Australian Imperial Force, and joined on 30th November 1914 at Geelong, Victoria, as a Private (No.1532) the 70th Infantry, before forming part of the 3rd Reinforcements for the 5th Battalion at Broadmeadows on 16th January 1915, on which date he was promoted to Lance Corporal.

Having sailed for Egypt, Clarence then landed at Gallipoli on 5th May 1915 where he joined up with the 5th Battalion, and reverted to Private on joining. The 5th Battalion had originally landed at ANZAC Cove on 25th April 1915 as part of the 2nd Brigade, and ten days later, around the time that Clarence joined it, was transferred to Cape Helles where it assisted in the attack on Krithia. It was in August that the 5th Battalion took part in the Battle of Lone Pine, which lasted from 6th to 10th August 1915.

Clarence was wounded in action during the Battle of Lone Pine on the first day of the battle, he having suffered a gun shot wound to the hand on 6th August 1915. After being admitted to the 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station that same day, he was then immediately sent to Mudros, and evacuated to the Hospital Ship “Delta” on 8th August. His wound was around this time upgraded from a hand wound, to a bullet wound to the head, an interesting amendment, and having been transported to Egypt, was admitted to the 3rd Auxiliary General Hospital at Heliopolis on 11th August 1915. Having been transferred to a Convalescent Hospital, he was declared fit for duty on 7th October 1915, and rejoined his unit on 3rd November 1915, when he returned to Gallipoli via Lemnos. The 5th Battalion continued to serve at Gallipoli until the evacuation in December when the battalion returned to Egypt, Clarence amongst those who did, disembarking at Alexandria on 7th January 1916.

Clarence was posted from Egypt to France in March 1916, but was posted back to Egypt in April, having transferred to the ANZAC Police on 3rd April 1916, and was posted to England in August 1916, and then went to the Western Front with the ANZAC Police Corps in October 1916, being apparently stationed at Etaples. Serving at the Australian Corps Headquarters, from 31st March 1918 he was serving with a detachment under the Army Provost Marshal, and was appointed to Lance Corporal whilst with this detachment on at Havre on 5th April 1918. Clarence remained in this roll for the rest of the war, and was posted back to the United Kingdom on 2nd January 1919, when he reverted to Private, and then returned to Australia on 19th February 1919 aboard the “Orgs”, being discharged from the Australian Provost Corps on 6th June 1919.