Clarence W. Constable

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Clarence Westby Constable was a soldier in the A.I.F. during World War One.



Clarence Constable was born at Ballarat in 1899, the son of Albert William Constable and Jane Tullock.[1] He attended the Lake Burrumbeet State School, at Burrumbeet.

Constable was a bicycle mechanic when he enlisted on 10 July 1915, aged 18 years.[2] He served as a corporal with the 46th Battalion, Serial No. 3211.[2] His older brother, William, enlisted in 1916.

He was wounded in action with a penetrating gun shot wound to the head on 5 April 1918.[3] He was transferred from France to 1st London General Hospital on 6 May 1918.[3] Constable died of wounds on 19 May 1918.[2][3] He is buried at Brookwood Cemetery, Grave No. 181031.[3]


See also

Ballarat Avenue of Honour

World War One


Corporal C. W. Constable, who left Ballarat two years ago, writing to his parents, Mr and Mrs Constable, of Macarthur street states:—
We are setting a good spell out of the trenches this time. 'We are the reserve lot, and have to do all the fatigue work, and that is worse than being in the front line. ..
... Later— I have got my long-promised holiday of ten days, after, 2 1/2 years hard graft. I don't think much, of London, but I like Glasgow. It puts you in mind of being home. I will be sorry when I having to leave it. The people here cannot do enough for you. You think you are at home amongst them. I like the girls very much here; they are like sisters. I'm sending you a bit of heather. I got out on Loch Lomond. It is one of The prettiest places I have seen since I left home.'[4]


  1. Federation Index Victoria 1888-1901, Index to Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Victoria, 1899 Births, Ref. No. 393, Macbeth Genealogical Services, 1997
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Ken James, 2007, Muddy Water: A history of Burrumbeet, pg. 134, Camberwell, Victoria
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 National Archives of Australia, World War I records, NAA: B2455, CONSTABLE C W, SERN 3711, accessed 14 December 2013
  4. Ballarat Star, 25 September 1917.

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--Beth Kicinski 13:09, 19 June 2013 (EST); --Clare K.Gervasoni 12:21, 6 April 2015 (AEST)

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