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Derek Charles Gray Clinkard



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Derek Charles Gray AWMM
  • Surname
    Clinkard AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Clink AWMM
  • Service number
    39855 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    19 April 1915 AWMM WanganuiManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Europe (Air) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    39855 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    No.7 Flying Training School AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • 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

Biographical information

Biographical information

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About death

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  • Death
    8 March 1940 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    United KingdomEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
    Crash near Digby near Lincoln Public - Annette - Other relative - 20 April 2022 - Source:
  • Cause of death
    Accidental death - plane he was piloting crashed Public - Annette - Other relative - 20 April 2022 - source:
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Scotter Cemetery, Lincolnshire, England AWMM Sec. B. Row D. Grave 38. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary


    Flying-Officer Derek Charles Gray Clinkard is reported by the Air Ministry to have been killed in air operations on the Bth. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Clinkard, Wanganui. A cable received by his parents from the Air Ministry stated that Flying-Officer Clinkard was reported to have lost his life "as the result of air activity. The Air Council expresses profound sympathy.

    Flying-Officer Clinkard was a grandson of Mr' C. IT. Clinkard, late M.P. for Rotorua, and a nephew of Mr. C. T. Clinkard, of Tauranga.

    Attached to Number 61 Bombing Squadron, Flying-Officer Clinkard took part in the major of the R.A.F. since the, war began. He was in flights ever Heligoland and Wilhelmshaven and Germany. He left New Zealand by the Port Bowen in February, 1937, and obtained a short service commission on his arrival in England.

    He married in England a short time before the war began. Public - Annette - Other relative - 20 April 2022 - Source:
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  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Scotter War Memorial, Lincolnshire, England AWMM
    • Scotter Cemetery, Scotter, West Lindsey District, Lincolnshire, England
      Plot: Sec. B. Row D. Grave 38.

      The headstone reads:

      To the dear memory of / my beloved husband
      F/O Derek Charles Gray Clinkard,
      Of Wanganui, New Zealand
      Died on Active Service March 1940, / Aged 25 years.

      “To count the light of battle good,
      and dear the land that gave you birth,
      and dearer yet the brotherhood
      that binds the brave of all the Earth.”

      A Son of the Southern Cross

      Note: In June 1954 his mother trav Public - Annette - Other relative - 20 April 2022 - Sources:

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  • External links
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • The parting of the ways : a souvenir record of the triumphs, tribulations and maritime musings of returning draft H.M.N.Z.T No. 217, 'Zealandic'. January 18th, 1919 to February 26th, 1919. AWMM


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20 April 2022AnnetteHamilton, New ZealandOther relative

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