CEF Soldier Detail

Major Gregory Clark
Died: February 3, 1977

Regimental Number:
681565
Survived War:
Yes
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Infantry
Battalion:
1st Depot Battalion, 1st Central Ontario Regiment
Company:
Place of Birth:
Toronto, Ontario
Country:
Canada
Next of Kin:
Sarah Clark, mother. 66 Howland Avenue, Toronto, Ontario
Address at Enlistment:
66 Howland Avenue, Toronto, Ontario
Date of Birth:
September 26, 1892
Trade or Calling:
Journalist
Marital Status:
Single
Prior Military Experience:
No
Place of Enlistment:
Date of Enlistment:
March 27, 1916
Age at enlistment:
23
Height:
5 Feet 2 Inches
Chest:
34 Inches
Expansion:
3 Inches
Religion:
Anglican
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Europe    
Cause of Death:
Survived
Battle Died/Wounded:
Date of Death:
February 3, 1977
Age at Death:
84
Buried at:
Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto, Ontario
Plot:
Commemorated:
 
Prisoner of war:
No
Interned:
Gender:
Male
Ethnic Origin:
Caucasian
Research Notes

To learn more about his experiences in both the Great War and WW II see his book "Gregory Clark War Stories" - The Ryerson Press 1964 355.1 C5g 1964 c.1

A great read of short stories.

Source: The 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles, 1914 - 1919 (1926, Captain S.G.Bennett)http://contentdm.ucalgary.ca/u?/cmh,39960 

http://www.4cmr.com/index.htm   War Diaries

http://www.cefresearch.com/matrix/index.html Nominal Rolls

Source, (jayelbee additions):  LAC files

Rank Regiment Unit Company
Major Canadian Infantry 1st Depot Battalion, 1st Central Ontario Regiment
Captain Canadian Infantry 4th Regiment Canadian Mounted Rifles Headquarters Company
Lieutenant Canadian Infantry 4th Regiment Canadian Mounted Rifles D Company
Lieutenant Canadian Infantry 170th Battalion
Captain Canadian Infantry 1st Depot Battalion, 1st Central Ontario Regiment Witley Depot
Captain Canadian Infantry Militia Headquaters, Ottawa Bureau of Instruction
Lieutenant Canadian Infantry General Depot Shorncliffe Depot

Discharged due to demobilization at Ottawa, Ontario, December 31, 1918.   Brother of Lieutenant Joseph William Greig Clark, RAF.

Newspaperman, soldier, outdoorsman, and humorist.

 During the Great War he went overseas as a Lieutenant with the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles (joined in the field on 23-11-1916, later became Captain, and was Acting Major/Adjutant from 28-12-1917 to 29-8-1918. He was Struck off Strength from the 4th CMR on 2-10-1918.

He won the Military Cross at Vimy Ridge, the only surviving officer in his company.

He was the principle reason for the high quality of the 4th CMR Regimental Diary.

The son of Joseph Thomas Clark and Sarah Louisa Greig, Gregory Clark was married to Helen Scott Murray on August 15, 1916, just days before he shipped overseas during the Great War and did not see his bride again for 2 years, 309 days.

He returned to the Toronto Star as a reporter and for the next 30 years he covered major news events, including the Great Haileybury Fire of 1922, the Lindbergh Kidnap Trial and many others.  One of his friends/coworkers at The Star was Ernest Hemmingway.  He began to write humour stories for the Star's companion publication, the Toronto Star Weekly, later the Weekender which appeared in many Canadian newspapers. The most popular of these featured the comic misadventures of Clark and his hunting and fishing companion, cartoonist Jimmie Frise.

In WWII Clark went overseas as a war correspondent.  His son, Lt James Murray Clark, was killed in action near Rouen on September 17, 1944 while serving with the Regina Rifles.  He was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire and awarded the Service Medal of the Order of Canada (see Canada Gazette July 6, 1967). Author of 13 books and countless articles,

See also

Canadian Encylopedia.com

Canadian Journalism Foundation and click on the biography link

The Legacy Voices Project is the process of digitizing Greg Clark's military records for November 11th,2013

Awards and Decorations
Military Cross
Officer of the Order of the British Empire