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William Paul Nevill Clarke


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Paul Nevill AWMM
  • Surname
    Clarke AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Nobby AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ415292 AWMM
    • WWII 415292 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    5 November 1921 AWMM DunedinOtago AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Closeburn Station, Gimmerburn, via Ranfurly, Otago Central AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Paul Reginald Clarke (father) AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW2 28 September 1941 AWMM Sheep farmer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Online Cenotaph record created with Service Person, September 2017.

    Served with the Otago Mounted Rifles prior to the Second World War. Embarked on the ship 'President Grant', which had escaped from the Philippines and picked up 13 New Zealanders in Wellington on its return to San Pedro, California.

    'My story typifies those of many young men who joined the air services of all countries during WWII: 1941 farmer joining RNZAF not having been near an a/c. 18/6/1942 recieved wings at 3 Service Flying Training School (3 SFTS) Calgary, Canada, above average category at EFTS, Harewood, NZ & Calgary. Looking back, a lot by rote, but we got by.

    With RAF Ferry Command delivered:

    From Dorval, Montreal: 3 Hudsons, 3 Liberators
    From Nassau, Bahamas: 7 Baltimores, 3 Marauders, 2 Dakotas & 1 PV1
    From November 1944 to December 1945 flew 13 transport trips.
    From San Diego, California to Whenuapai, Auckland and on to Sydney, Australia.
    From January 1946 - seconded to BOAC and trained on Yorks.

    First medical about October 1946, psychoanalysed reliving conditions in the UK (not good) so returned to Air Force and to NZ via Sydney to collect wife and new son. From there to TEAL (7/5/1947 until 5/11/1976), along way from farming! AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
    SS President Grant, Wikipedia
    Further Reference
  • Documents
    • Cenotaph data entry form AWMM
    • This record is a work in progress and was partially compiled from the “Database of New Zealand Airmen who took part in Advanced Air Training in Canada during WW2”. Researched by Ivan and Lorna Lindsey of Tauranga. N.Z. 2003 – 2012. Reproduced with permission. AWMM
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