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Full Name: Blakeman John Clay
Rank Last Held: Private
Forename(s): Blakeman John
Surname: Clay
War: World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.: 11/2308
Gender: Male
First Known Rank: Trooper
Occupation before Enlistment: Grocer
Next of Kin: Mrs Angus G. Clay (wife), Warren Street, Hastings, New Zealand
Body on Embarkation: New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Embarkation Unit: Wellington Mounted Rifles, B Squadron
Embarkation Date: 4 March 1916
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Transport:
Vessel: Willochra or Tofua
Destination: Suez, Egypt
Nominal Roll Number: 26
Page on Nominal Roll: 2
Last Unit Served: Wellington Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion
Place of Death: Somme, France
Date of Death: 16 September 1916
Age at Death: 43
Year of Death: 1916
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Memorial Name: Caterpillar Valley (New Zealand) Memorial, Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France
Biographical Notes: Blakeman Clay was the son of Thomas and Ann Clay, of Weston-super-Mare, England; husband of Agnes G. Clay, of 814 Alexandra St., Hastings, Hawke's Bay. Native of Radstock, England.
Archives NZ source: Military personnel file
Sources Used:
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1917
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL: http://www.cwgc.org
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