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George Francis Clinker
George Francis Clinker was the older brother of my grandmother, Evelyn Newby and one of eight children born in NZ to a Polish mother and an English father. My sister and I spent many school holidays (in the 1960's) staying at Davy Street with Evelyn and her sisters Ethel and Mabel. We would often walk up to the war memorial which I used to think was up a very big hill. (Found a few years ago that it is in fact only a small hill.) Evelyn was a lovely, easy going, generous person, but still very unhappy and sad about the fact that her beloved brother had been "sacrificed". She felt that he should just never have been sent far away to France. Evelyn had been very close to her brother and still missed him.
Public - Eileen Margaret - Other relative - 19 July 2016
George Francis Clinker is my Great Great Uncle, brother to my Great Grandmother Evelyn Clinker (Newby). I too recall visits to Davy Street, to visit Aunt Mabel. In 2011 we travelled to Beaulencourt British Cemetery, Ligny-Thilloy, Pas-de-Calais, France, to place a Poppy on Georges grave. It was very moving to be standing in such a serene and beautiful place, but overwhelmingly sad to see the graves of young New Zealanders who would never return home to their heart broken families. RIP
Public - Phillipa Kathryn - Other Relative - 24 April 2015
George Francis Clinker was my Great Uncle. Obviously I never met George but I do have a hazy recollection of meeting two of his sisters - Ethel and Mabel in their house in Davy street, Thames in the early 1970s.
My 8 year old son Louie is very interested to learn about his relatives that fought in WW1 and this has been a topic
of conversation in our household for quite some time. We are particularly touched that George is buried in France,
away from his family and we hope very much to travel to France to visit his grave sometime.
My father told me of the time his father as a 10 year old was walking along to his Grandmother's house in Mackay street, Thames and he came across her sitting on the verandah, crying and holding the telegram that brought her the terrible new of her son's death.
School projects based around the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign have highlighted Otago's WW1 in
Public - Keely Anne - Other Relative - 13 April 2015