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Clyde McGilp

Portrait of Major Clyde McGilp DSO. Archives New Zealand, AALZ 25044 4 / F1592. Image may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Major Clyde McGilp DSO. Archives New Zealand, AALZ 25044 4 / F1592. Image may be subject …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Clyde AWMM
  • Surname
    McGilp AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • South African 7475 AWMM
    • WWI 2/280 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    12 October 1884 AWMM RussellNorthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 1902 AWMM Birkenhead, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Mary McGilp (mother), Birkenhead, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • 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
    Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
    Influenza/ Pneumonia AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Pre- WWI, Clyde lived on Hauraki Street, Birkenhead, with his father, Constable Alexander McGilp (Birkenhead's first resident police officer) and his mother, Mary. The McGilps had eight children: five sons and three daughters. Three of their five sons - Douglas (35300), Clyde (7475, 2/280) and Lionel - served in WWI. Douglas returned home, Clyde did return home but died in 1918, and Lionel was discharged.

    He had a long and honourable career serving his country. It began at the age of 18 when he served in the South African war in 1902 as a Private.

    On his return to New Zealand, he stayed with the army, being promoted to Lieutenant in 1906 and Captain in 1909.

    When World War 1 broke out, he enlisted on 27 August 1914 with the 1st Battery of the NZ Field Artillery.

    He was promoted to the Officer Commanding (OC) of this Battery on 26 July 1915, aged 21. He kept command of the Battery throughout its campaigns in Egypt in 1914-16, in Gallipoli in 1915 and even when it combined with the 3rd, 7th and 8th Battalions to form the 1st Brigade in France in 1916.

    On 18 July 1918, McGilp was passed unfit for military service and returned to NZ. He became an artillery instructor at Featherston Military Camp with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

    McGilp died at Featherston on November 14 1918 of influenza during the Flu Epidemic of 1918. He was only 35. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    14 November 1918 AWMM
    Age 35 AWMM
    FeatherstonWellington AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    • Featherston Cemetery, Western Lake Road, Featherston, Wairarapa, New Zealand AWMM 688A AWMM
    • Featherston Cemetery AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    • Featherston Cemetery Memorial, Featherston, New Zealand AWMM
    • Memorial plaque, Auckland Garrison Officers Club, St Mary's Church (part of Holy Trinity Cathedral ), corner St Stephens Avenue & Parnell Road, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Birkenhead Roll of Honour, Birkenhead War Memorial Park AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • I am a great cousin of Clyde McGilp. I am proud to be able to view some of the history of the McGilp family in New Zealand. Clydes Father Sandy McGilp is remembered as the first Policeman in the Hokianga during the last native rebellion in NZ. Clydes brother's school books have been on display in the Russell Museum.
    Public - Petetr - Other Relative - 22 May 2015
  • Clyde McGilp was my great uncle on my dad's (Ian Douglas McGilp born Remuera, Auckland) side. My family did not speak of Clyde or his other brothers who were ANZAC too. Thank you for your research. I am a very proud great niece. I intend in the future to visit Featherstone and catch up with family in finding out more and to celebrate Clyde & his brothers too. X
    Public - Kirstsen - Other Relative - 28 March 2015



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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
11 August 2017AllanRotoruaResearcher
10 September 2015VictoriaWellingtonResearcher
22 May 2015PetetrHokianga, Northland, New ZealandOther Relative
28 March 2015Kirstsencurrently in Perth ScotlandOther Relative

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