Thornton Clarke

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Thornton Clarke
Personal information
Full name Thornton Gainsborough Clarke
Date of birth (1891-11-27)27 November 1891
Place of birth Essendon, Victoria
Date of death 19 July 1916(1916-07-19) (aged 24)
Place of death Fromelles, France
Original team(s) Mt Lyell[1]
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 74 kg (163 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1911 Fitzroy 4 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1911.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Thornton Gainsborough Clarke (27 November 1891 – 19 July 1916) was an Australian rules footballer who played with Fitzroy in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

As a 19-year-old, Clarke appeared in four games in the 1911 VFL season, his only year at the club.[2]

He later enlisted with the Australian Army and joined the 60th Infantry Battalion.

Clarke was killed in action soon after arriving on the Western Front, during the Battle of Fromelles.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5. 
  2. ^ "Thornton Clarke". AFL Tables. 
  3. ^ "Roll of Honour – Thornton Gainsborough Clarke". Australian War Memorial. 

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