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Henry George Clark

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Portrait of Sapper Henry George Clark - Military Medal. Archives New Zealand, R24184920. Image may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Sapper Henry George Clark - Military Medal. Archives New Zealand, R24184920. Image may b …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Henry George AWMM
  • Surname
    Clark AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Clarke AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 4/74 AWMM
    • WWI 4/1905 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    22 March 1893 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
    Whakahara, Northern Wairoa, via Dargaville Public - Janice - Other Relative - 21 April 2015 - Family papers
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    'Whakahara', 20 Herbert Road, Mt Eden, Auckland Public - Janice - Other relative - 8 October 2015 - family papers
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW1 H. Clark (mother), 20 Abbott Road, Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW1 Mrs Harriet Clarke (mother), 20 Herbert Road, Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 4/74 AWMM
    • WWI 4/1905 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    MM. London Gazette, 28 January 1918, p1405, Rec No 1612: During operation Belle Vue Spur near Passchendale on 12th October, Sapper Clark went forward with 2nd Brigade Forward Station Party about midnight. Under shellfire they wended their way towards the front line. At daylight they were met by heavy machine gun and shellfire. Sapper Clark was twice knocked down by concussion and debris but carried on as most of the party had been knocked out. He was eventually the only visual man left but set up station at Waterloo House. Without cover he got "through" to Abraham's Heights and transmitted messages. At this time Waterloo was heavily shelled and his conduct was of exeptional nature. Sapper Clark has done work of the greatest value throughout the period the division has been on the Ypres Front. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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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 wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of George and Harriet Clark of 20 Herbert Road, Mount Eden, Auckland.

      This person is listed as Clarke in the Nominal Roll.

      Next of kin listed incorrecly in Nominal Roll 26 as H. Clark (father) - this should be mother. AWMM
    • Second son of George & Harriet (nee Wooderson) of Whakahara, Northern Wairoa, Northland. George worked for the NZ Railways. He enlisted in 1914 into the NZ Field Artillery (Signals) Corps (4/1905) and his first overseas war experience was at Samoa as part of the liberation force sent there. He went on to France seeing his remaining service on the Western Front. His younger brother Edwin Mitchelson Clark (12/3920)was killed at Paschendaele 4/10/17. On 12th October 1917 George was awarded the MM at this place. He was an avid writer and kept diaries of his wartime experiences. These are now in the possession of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington. After surviving many harrowing experiences & near misses he sadly lost his life while attempting to put up a telephone wire at Gezaincourt when a shell landed too close, causing him catastrophic wounds from which he died from. He left behind 8 very sad sisters, a brother & a mother mourning the loss of two of her three sons. He was my great-uncle; my grandmothers brother. Public - Janice - Other relative - 8 October 2015 - Family history & papers
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    23 August 1918 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    BatneusGezaincourt AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Bagneux British Cemetery, Gezaincourt, Somme, France AWMM VI A 2 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    • Auckland Grammar School War Memorial, New Zealand AWMM
    • Memorial dedication panel, altar, St Alban's, Dominion Road, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, St Alban's, Dominion Road, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Railways Roll of Honour board. Wellington Railway Station, Pipitea, Wellington 6011. Image provided by John Halpin 2017, CC BY John Halpin 2017. AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Memorial plaque, All Saint's Church, Mititai, Northland Public - Janice - Other relative - 23 May 2020 - All Saint's Church

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Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 127 AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      26: 22 AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 2: Includes portrait AWMM

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23 May 2020JaniceWaitaraOther relative
08 October 2015JaniceWaitara, Taranaki, New ZealandOther relative
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