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Full Name: Frank Clark
Rank Last Held: Private
Forename(s): Frank
Surname: Clark
War: World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.: 12/2183
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 6 February 1893
Place of Birth: Auckland, New Zealand
First Known Rank: Private
Occupation before Enlistment:
  • Boilermaker for Charles Bailey (junior)
  • Boatbuilder
Next of Kin: Johnson Clark (father), opposite Butler's Store, New North Road, Kingsland, Auckland, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Address: Glenesk, Waikumete, Auckland, New Zealand
Age on Enlistment: 23
Military District: Auckland
Body on Embarkation:
  • Samoan Advance Party
  • 4th Reinforcements
Embarkation Unit:
  • 3rd (Auckland) Regiment
  • Auckland Infantry Battalion
Embarkation Date:
  • 15 August 1914
  • 17 April 1915
Place of Embarkation:
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Wellington, New Zealand
Transport:
Vessel:
  • Moeraki or Monowai
  • Willochra or Knight Templar or Waitomo
Destination:
  • Apia, Samoa
  • Suez, Egypt
Nominal Roll Number: Vol1
Page on Nominal Roll: 127
Campaigns:
  • Samoa
  • Egypt
  • Turkey
  • France
Wounds and Diseases:
  • 8 August 1915, wounded in shoulder, evacuated by H.S Dongola to Cairo
  • Wounded 24 June 1916, Armentieres with a slight gunshot wounds to his head
  • September 1916 gunshot wounds to his left thigh, evacuated to England, admitted to No. 1 NZGH, Brockenhurst on 24 September
  • 12 October 1916 died of wounds
Last Unit Served: Auckland Infantry Regiment
Place of Death: No.1 NZGH, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, England
Date of Death: 12 October 1916
Age at Death: 23
Year of Death: 1916
Cause of Death: Died of wounds
Cemetery Name: Brockenhurst (St Nicholas) Churchyard, Hampshire, England
Grave Reference: Plot A, Row 2, Grave 11
Obituary: Obituary: Auckland Grammar School Chronicle. Third Term, 1917.
Biographical Notes:
  • Frank Clark embarked from New Zealand twice. On 11 August 1914 he departed with the Samoa Advance Party, which took over the control of Samoa on August 29. After returning to New Zealand he had two days before embarking for Suez. After arriving in Suez on the 25 May Frank Clark travelled to the Dardanelles where he joined the 1 Battalion, Auckland Regiment on June 8.
  • On 9 September F. Clark was bivouacked in fields on the edge of the battlefield at Fricourt Wood. On the morning of the 15 September, 1 Auckland moved to Mametz Wood and the next day the men marched to the battlefield and took over the line. Orders were given for an attack on Goose Alley, which were subsequently cancelled, so the Battalion dug the left defensive flank for the New Zealand Division. During this day F. Clark received gunshot wounds to his left thigh, which was serious enough to require evacuation to England. He was admitted to No. 1 NZGH, Brockenhurst on 24 September. He later died of these wounds. (Church, 2002, p.42)
  • Attended Auckland Grammar School.
Description of Image:
  • Autographs collected by Sergeant Bernard McGeehan - 'Officers and friends of B. McGeehan 3rd Auckland Regiment, Radio Station, Apia, Samoa'
  • NZ Hospital Brockenhurst, Hampshire, England.
Additional Information: The Museum Library Archives collection hold a souvenir album/autograph book belonging to Sergeant Bernard McGeehan and was donated by his family in 1999. The first page of the book contains the signatures of 'Officers and friends of B. McGeehan 3rd Auckland Regiment, Radio Station, Apia, Samoa'. Private Clark was one of those who signed.
Archives NZ source: Military personnel file
Further References:
  • Church, C. (2002). p.42
  • McGeehan, Elizabeth B. Autographed wartime souvenir publication, 'Samoa' [ca. 1914 - 1915]. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2004/43.
  • No 1 New Zealand General Hospital, Brockenhurst
  • Auckland Grammar School chronicle. 1917, Third term. p.24.
Sources Used:
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume I. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1914-1919
  • Church, C. (2002). New Zealand graves at Brockenhurst : 93 New Zealand soldiers remembered from World War One. Lymington, Hampshire: The author.
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL: http://www.cwgc.org
  • Auckland Grammar School chronicle. [1913-]. Auckland, N.Z.: Auckland Grammar School.
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