Roll of Honour

Captain (Temp Comm)

Robert Clark

MB ChB

Robert Clark was born in Hamilton on 5 May 1889, son of John and Mary Ann Dormer Clark. His father was an Inspector of Police who rose to be Chief Constable of Hamilton.

Memorial chapel at the University of Glasgow
The Memorial Chapel at the University of Glasgow

Robert attended Hamilton Academy where he was an outstanding pupil, winning prizes in Greek, Latin and French. He was accepted by the University to study for an Arts degree and continued to study the Greek, Latin and French at which he had performed so well in School. After three years of study during which he received a prize in French Language, he graduated with an MA and enrolled in the Medical Faculty.

During his time studying Medicine he again showed his ability by gaining prizes in Botany, Gynaecology and Midwifery. He graduated on 8th October 1914, and took up a post at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. He then joined the S.S.Tuscania as Surgeon, on a voyage to New York.

On 15th June 1915 he enlisted, and, after initial training, was posted to France just in time to render his medical assistance at the Battle of Loos. He was transferred to the East Yorkshire Regiment, who had lost their medical officer, but, while serving with them, his arm became severely infected, which necessitated him returning to the UK for surgery.

During his period of convalescence he was not idle, and acted as president of the Medical Board at Hamilton Barracks. He was also married, on 8th February 1917, to Marion White, of Motherwell. Robert gradually worked his way back to front line service and served with the 99th Field Ambulance and the King’s Royal Rifles. His last attachment was with the Hussars, and he was with them when he died on 7th November 1918, aged 29. He is buried at the Grand-Fayt Communal Cemetery 2 in Northern France.

His mother had the all too common Great War experience of losing all three of her sons. His brother Allan La Barte Clark, also a doctor, died in Greece on 18th September 1918, and his older brother Lieutenant John Clark, had died in France a year earlier, in May 1917. By the end of the War, she had also lost her husband.

Robert is further remembered on the Hamilton Academy Memorial, which now resides in the new Hamilton Grammar School building, and in the University of Glasgow Memorial Chapel.