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Full Name: Percy John Clark
Rank Last Held: Second Lieutenant
Forename(s): Percy John
Surname: Clark
War: World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.: 23/36
Gender: Male
Place of Birth: Whitfield, Dover, Kent, England
First Known Rank: Corporal
Next of Kin: Edward H. Clark (father), 43 Somerfield Street, Spreydon, Christchurch, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Address: 43 Somerfield Street, Spreydon, New Zealand
Military District: Canterbury
Body on Embarkation: 1st Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Embarkation Unit: Machine-gun Section
Embarkation Date: 9 October 1915
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Transport:
Vessel: Maunganui or Tahiti or Aparima or Navua or Warrimoo
Destination: Suez, Egypt
Nominal Roll Number: Vol1
Page on Nominal Roll: 128
Campaigns:
  • Egypt
  • Western Europe
Military Awards: Mentioned in Despatches (MiD)
Award Circumstances: MiD. London Gazette, 1 June 1917, p5430, Rec No 697: For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in the Boutillerie Sector on 10th December 1916. During a German raid he mounted his gun on the parapet and kept his gun in action under heavy shell fire, the Lewis Gun for this part of the line having been put out of action, and was chiefly instrumental in defeating the raid. This Non Commissioned Officer previously did excellent work on the Somme
Last Unit Served: New Zealand Machine Gun Corps
Place of Death: Ypres, Belgium
Date of Death: 11 October 1917
Age at Death: 23
Year of Death: 1917
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Memorial Name:
  • Tyne Cot Memorial, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
  • Family grave memorial, Linwood Cemetery, Christchurch, New Zealand
Memorial Reference: NZ Apse, Panel 9
Biographical Notes: Son of Edward Halcomb Clark and Caroline Louisa Clark of 8 Phillip Street, Linwood, Christchurch
Description of Image:
  • Family grave memorial, Linwood Cemetery (photo S. Lees 1 Jan 2010 )
  • Family grave memorial, Linwood Cemetery, wide view (photo S. Lees 1 Jan 2010 )
Archives NZ source:
Sources Used:
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume I. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1914-1919
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL: http://www.cwgc.org
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