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Full Name
Norman Owen Clark
Rank Last Held
Private
Forename(s)
Norman Owen
Surname
Clark
Also Known As
Norm
War
World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.
12372
Date of Birth
14 November 1913
Place of Birth
Auckland, New Zealand
Religion
Anglican
First Known Rank
Private
Occupation before Enlistment
Motor Driver
Next of Kin
William Alfred (Alf) Clark (father), 5 Suffolk Street, Newton, Auckland, New Zealand
Marital Status
Single
Enlistment Address
5 Suffolk Street, Newton, Auckland, New Zealand
Enlistment Date
16 May 1940
Age on Enlistment
26
Embarkation Unit
3rd Echelon, Headquarters, 6 Field Ambulance
Embarkation Date
27 August 1940
Place of Embarkation
Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand
Destination
Egypt
Campaigns
Crete
Military Awards
  • 1939-1945 Star
  • Africa Star
  • War Medal 1939-1945
  • New Zealand War Service Medal
Wounds and Diseases
Suffered from hallux valgus bi lateral, attributable to his war service
POW Action prior to Capture
On board Ambulance
POW Date of Capture
2 June 1941
POW Place of Capture
Crete
POW Camps
Stalag VIIIB
POW Liberation Date
5 November 1943
Discharge Date
27 July 1944
Reason for Discharge
Medically unfit
Place of Death
Manurewa, Auckland,New Zealand
Date of Death
14 June 2004
Age at Death
90
Year of Death
2004
Cause of Death
Stroke
Cemetery Name
Cremated at Manukau Memorial Gardens (Papatoetoe Cemetery), Papatoetoe, Manukau City, New Zealand
Grave Reference
Block D, Section B, Plot 2
Memorial Name
Family Grave Memorial, Waikumete Cemetery, Auckland
Obituary
New Zealand Herald - 15 & 16 June 2004
Biographical Notes
  • Norman Owen Clark was the son of William Alfred (Alf) and Alice May Clark (nee Holloway)
  • Norman married Edith Margaret Fitt on 3 June 1944 at All Saints Church, Palmerston North. Together they had two children; Grahame John Clark (born 29 March 1945) and Jennifer (Jenny) Ann Clark (born 15 July 1948)
  • Norman was cremated at the Manukau Memorial Gardens Crematorium. His ashes were later scattered over his parents grave at Waikumete Cemetery
Postwar Occupation
Driver
Description of Image
  • Portrait, Norman (Norm) Owen Clark
  • Group, 2 soldiers on camels, Norman (on the right) and an unidentified friend. Norman had written the following narration on the back of this photo- "My mate of the same tent & myself. Riding a camel is like being on the top deck of an ocean liner. Ha! Ha! Dec 28th 1940"
  • Group, soldiers marching in a street, Norman (middle front row) on parade in Christchurch prior to leaving for Egypt in August 1940
  • Norman's Memorial plaque
  • Family grave, Waikumete Cemetery, Larger image of Norman's parent's grave at Waikumete Cemetery with Norman's Memorial paque inset
  • 3 page letter to the Clark family after Norman's death from Mr Jack Silcock. Jack appears to identify himself in this letter as the other man pictured in the photograph of Norman riding a Camel
  • Clark family photograph
Additional Information
Jenny Clark (Norman's daughter) has published an article in the Manukau Courier, Thursday April 24, 2003, pages 8 and 9. This article was written to her great nephews and niece to give them an insight into how people lived. This article contains many details about Norman and the extended Clark family
Further References
The Manukau Courier, Thursday April 24, 2003, pages 8 and 9.
Sources Used
Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941)
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