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Charles Ernest Kirk

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Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915 - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915 - No known copyright restrictions

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Charles Ernest AWMM
  • Surname
    Kirk AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 10/1550 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM 321 Ormond Road, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Robert Butler (cousin), 321 Ormond Road, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 February 1915 AWMM Single/WWI AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 10/1550 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
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  • Age on enlistment

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
    Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
    Drowned AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Charles Kirk was the son of William Kirk, of Auckland.

      His father was working at the Kauri Timber Company on the Island at the time of his birth (information supplied by Mrs Fallon, a descendant).

      One of twenty nine crew and 182 troops lost on the torpedoed Marquette 23 October 1915

      The Marquette was a British Merchant ship of 7,057 tons. It sank when a torpedo launched from a submarine hit it 36 miles south of Salonika Bay. Twenty nine crew and 182 troops were lost. Ten of those who died were New Zealand nurses who had been working at No.1 New Zealand Stationary Hospital in Port Said in October 1915 when they were ordered to prepare to go to Lemnos. The hospital was to be set up there to care for casualties being brought back from the Dardanelles. The Transport Ship Marquette took on board officers and men of the New Zealand Medical Corps, 36 New Zealand Army Nursing Staff, 610 officers and men of 29th Divisional Ammunition Column , 541 mules and some ammunition in mid October sailed for Salonika. The French torpedo destroyer Tirailleur joined the convoy on 22 October which gave credence to the idea that there was a real danger of being attacked by German submarines in the Mediterranean. The torpedo destroyer left the convoy on 22 October and at 9.15 am on 23 October the Marquette was hit by a torpedo on the starboard side and began to list. Within about 15 minutes she had sunk. AWMM
    • At Gallipoli he shared a bivouac (bivvy) with Vic Nicholson and James Whiteford Swan and 2 other unknown soldiers of the Wellington Regiment. Their bivvy was just opposite Colonel Malone's tent at Quinns Post. Vic Nicholson and James Whiteford Swan were also with him on the Marquette but survived after nine and a half hours in the water. Public - Toni - Researcher - 17 August 2015 - From the Vic Nicholson Interview with Jane Tolerton and Nicholas Boyack in 1988
    • Brother of Arthur Louis Kirk, who also served at Gallipoli and then went on to serve on the Western Front. Public - Karl - Other relative - 4 May 2016 - Family records, Military Personnel Files
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    23 October 1915 AWMM
    Aegean Sea AWMM
  • Date of death
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  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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Memorials

Memorial

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    • Mikra Memorial, Greece AWMM
    • Mercury Bay World War One Memorial AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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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: 397 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. 1: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Auckland Province (digital copy), 1914 - 1919. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2016-2. AWMM
    • This record was partially completed by information provided by Noel George Smith and Lyn Griffiths (2021). AWMM

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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
26 February 2019AllanRotoruaResearcher
04 May 2016KarlAuckland, New ZealandOther relative
17 August 2015ToniAuckland, new ZealandResearcher
24 July 2015Lorraine MGisborne, NZResearcher

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