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Charles Frederick Clarke


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Charles Frederick AWMM
  • Surname
    Clarke AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • 630828 AWMM
    • NZ4310553 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    25 July 1924 AWMM WaihopoNorthland AWMM
    Waihopo, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Unknown AWMM Portland, Whangarei, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Pre 26 August 1943 AWMM Portland, Whangarei, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Miss Rachael Weltom Clarke (sister), C/o Bindon Auto, PO Box 217, Whangarei, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Miss E. Little (fiancee), 24 Blighs Road, Bryndwr, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
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  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • 630828 AWMM
    • NZ4310553 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
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Prisoner of war

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  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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    • Classification, Unknown Period AWMM
      A3B AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 9.5 inches AWMM

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Charles Clarke was the son of John William Clarke and Lilian Emily May Clarke (nee Martin). His father was from New Zealand, his mother from England.

    He attended Portland Primary School, near Whangarei and passed the proficiency exam before leaving to work for Wilson Portland Cement Company in Portland.

    Prior to serving with the Air Force he had served approximately eight months in the New Zealand Army, 1 Divisional Signals. He was 18 when he entered the Army and was described as 5 ft 91/2 inches tall with a fresh complexion, blue eyes and brown hair.

    He enlisted with the Royal New Zealand Air Force in August 1943 and served until discharged on 3 January 1946 at the end of the war. The types of aircraft he flew on included Harvard, Norseman and Bolingbroke. In total he flew 42.30 hours flying time.

    When in the Air Force he also passed the Wireless Operator - Airgunner service course

    Whilst serving with the Air Force: Overseas service : 14 April 1944 to 23 October 1945

    Service in NZ : 26 Aug 1943 to 13 Apr 1944 and 24 October 1945 to 9 September 1945

    Six men who had been at school together in Portland, Whangarei joined the air force and trained in Canada. Charles Frederick Clarke (630828 NZ4310553), one of two surviving members of this group, attended a Portland Primary School reunion in November 1998 and researched details of this group with the intention of contributing a brick for the new memorial being constructed at Winnipeg in Canada to commemorate those who trained in Canada during World War 2. The name, date of birth, place of origin and date of death was to be inscribed on each brick. The Royal New Zealand Air Force crew members that Charles Frederick Clarke (630828 NZ4310553) is commemorating in this way are: Aubrey John Clarke (NZ429177) his brother; D'Arcy Clive Melville Ducker (NZ411749), Desmond Charles Holland (NZ427478), Douglas Jack McLean (NZ414654) and Raymond Anthony Lindsay (NZ392047). AWMM
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About death

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  • Cause of death
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