Eliza Clark was born at Puncknowle, Dorset, England in 1838, the eldest daughter of carpenter Richard Clark from Stoke Abbot, Dorset andhis wife Ann Northover from the nearby village of Swyre. Eliza grew up in Puncknowle and by the age of thirteen was engaged in the local trade of net making.
On February 7, 1916, Francis Stephen Clark, a 22 years 1 month old Boot maker, next of kin, his father, William Clark of Shaftsbury Road, Burwood, Sydney, New South Wales enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force. At least that is what the attestation paper he signed on February 15, 1916 stated. He was actually Francis Curtin Clark born on July 25, 1897 at Tarago, New South Wales the son of William Clark and Catherine Curtin and thus only 18 years old. On his original application form Frank had stated that both parents were deceased, not true, although his mother died on December 30, 1898, his father did not die until July 2, 1935.
St Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, Dorchester Road, Weymouth where Florence Jessie Tompkins and Francis Stephen Clark were married in 1918 is amongst the churches to be sold off in a reorganization of the Weymouth and Portland parishes of the Diocese of Plymouth. Read Martin Lea‘s story in the Dorset Echo.
Florence Jessie Tompkins was born in 1897 at Frome Vauchurch, Dorset, England the daughter of farm labourer Frederick William Tompkins and his wife Annie Linda Eyers and spent her early years at Wynford Eagle and West Compton. Like many country girls of the time she entered domestic service, first with the local rector and at the time of the Great War as a cook at 14 Victoria Terrace in the seaside town of Weymouth, Dorset.