Anderson Wark was born at Bathurst, New South Wales on 27 July 1894 andreceived his schooling at Fairleigh Grammar School, Bathurst. He then studied quantity surveying at the Sydney Technical College. After serving for 12 months as a senior cadet, Wark joined the 18th North Sydney Infantry and was promoted to Corporal and then commissioned a Second Lieutenant in August 1913. He enlisted in the First A.I.F. at the outbreak of the First World War and was posted as a Lieutenant to the 30th Battalion. After training at Liverpool, NSW and Duntroon, he sailed for Egypt in November 1915 and served in the defence of the Suez Canal.

He was promoted to Captain on 20 February 1916. Captain Wark sailed for France in June 1916 and on 19 July was wounded in the battle of Fromelles.

Following his recovery, he returned to France with the 32nd  Battalion on 18 November 1916. He was promoted to Major on 27 April 1917.

He was a Company Commander during the third battle of Ypres, at Polygon Wood in 1917, when the enemy mounted a heavy attack against his position but, on four occasions, they were driven back.

He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his courage and devotion to duty.

On 29 September 1918, the main assault on the Hindenburg line commenced.


Information supplied from the book " Australian and New Zealand Freemasons and the Victoria Cros" by Grahame Cumminge PDGM UGL of NSW & ACT