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George Francis Clinker

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  • Service number
    68239 AWMM
  • Also known as
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    WW1 Rifleman AWMM
    New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 2nd Battalion AWMM
  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    George Francis AWMM
  • Surname
    Clinker AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    68239 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Occupation before enlistment
    WW1 Dredge hand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    H.J. Clinker (father), Mackay Street, Thames, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
  • Campaigns
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    68239 AWMM
  • Military service
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Miilitary decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details
    WW1 23 Apr 1918-18 July 1918 AWMM from Wellington, New Zealand AWMM to Southampton, Hampshire, England AWMM HMNZT 102 AWMM
    Vessel was Willochra AWMM
    Private AWMM
    36th Reinforcements, B Company AWMM
    New Zealand Expeditionary Force AWMM

Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW1 Rifleman AWMM
    New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 2nd Battalion AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Henry James and Johannah Clinker, of Mackay St., Thames AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Age at death
    39 AWMM
  • Date of death
    8 October 1918 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Died of wounds AWMM
  • Place of death
    France AWMM
  • Death notes
    France AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    Beaulencourt British Cemetery, Ligny-Thilloy, Pas-de-Calais, France AWMM
  • Grave reference
    I. A. 21. AWMM
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  • 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

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19 July 2016Eileen MargaretAustraliaOther relative
24 April 2015Phillipa KathrynAucklandOther Relative
13 April 2015Keely AnnePort Chalmers, Otago, New ZealandOther Relative