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Full Name: Walter Leonard Clark
Rank Last Held: Rifleman
Forename(s): Walter Leonard
Surname: Clark
War: World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.: 59322
Date of Birth: 29 September 1891
Place of Birth: Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand
Religion: Church of England
First Known Rank: Private
Occupation before Enlistment: Labourer
Next of Kin: Mrs M. Clark (mother), 26 Walton's Avenue, Masterton, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Address: 26 Walton's Avenue, Masterton, New Zealand
Physical Description:
  • Hair colour: Dark Brown
  • Complexion: Dark
  • Height: 5 feet 6 inches
  • Eye colour: Brown
Body on Embarkation: New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Embarkation Unit: 29th Reinforcements Wellington Infantry Regiment, B Company
Embarkation Date: 15 August 1917
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Transport: HMNZT 92
Vessel: Ruahine
Destination: Scotland
Nominal Roll Number: 70
Page on Nominal Roll: 8
Military Awards:
  • British War Medal (1914-1920)
  • Victory Medal
Wounds and Diseases: Wounded in action in France, severe wound to left arm, slight wound to face.
Discharge Date: 9 December 1919
Reason for Discharge: On account of wounds received in action
Place of Death: Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand
Date of Death: 4 January 1948
Year of Death: 1948
Biographical Notes:
  • Enlisted in Masterton 18 May 1917
  • 30 Division B Company (rank of Private)
  • 26June 1917: Posted to Trentham, Wellington for training
  • 25 July 1917 : Transferred to B Company 29 Division
  • 15 August 1917: Embarked Transport 92 (Ship "Ruahine") from Wellington
  • 2 October 1917 : Disembarked "Ruahine" at Glasgow
  • 3 October 1917: Posted 4 Reserve Wellington Regiment. Marched and posted to camp SLING until 19 November 1917. Then left for France , Lyon as a NZI and GBD (NZ Infantry and General Base Dept.) Etaples 19 Novemebr 1917
  • 21 November 1917: Marched into Etaples
  • 19 December 1917: Joined Battalion and posted to 17 Company Field as a Rifleman
  • 24 February 1918: Transferred to 4 Battalion, NZ Rifle Brigade
  • 28 March 1918: Wounded in Action (gun shot wound to face)
  • 29-30 March 1918: Taken by ambulance to Hospital (France)
  • 1 May 1918 - 14 May 1918: Admitted to hospital
  • 14 May 1918: Rejoined unit
  • 20 May 1918: Returned to active service
  • 14 July 1918: Sent to Divisonal Lewis Gun School
  • 27 July 1918: Rejoined Unit
  • 26 August 1918: Wounded in action (gunshot wound to left arm)
  • 29 August 1918: Transferred to London, First NZ Hospital , from France
  • 30 August 1918: Transferred from London Hospital to NZ Convalescent Hospital and Camp Grey Towers, Hornchurch , Essex
  • 26 September 1918: Discharged from Hornchurch
  • 8 December 1918: Embarked for NZ on "Ruahine"
  • 20 January 1919 : Disembarked ship
  • 9 December 1919 : Discharged from service
Description of Image:
  • Walter Clark's discharge papers.
  • Entrance to Grey Towers Convalescant Hospital, Hornchurch, Essex, England.
  • Group photo - possibly New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 4 Battalion, D. Company
  • Grey Towers NZ Depot, Hornchurch, Essex, England.
  • Photo of two men - in grounds of Grey Towers? - Walter Clark on left (other man unidentified).
  • Soldiers in dining room at the convalescent hospital, Grey Towers; nurses in background.
  • Group photo - soldiers in full uniform with rifles and trophies
  • Work group in vegetable gardens of Grey Towers Convalescent Hospital. Appears to be convalescant soldiers working in gardens.
  • YMCA Buffet, NZ Convalescant Hospital, Hornchurch, Essex, England.
  • Parading troops, some with musical instruments, in grounds of Grey Towers, Hornchurch, Essex, England.
  • Hospital ward, soldiers and nurses, NZ Convalescant Hospital, Hornchurch, Essex, England.
Archives NZ source: Military personnel file
Further References: Auckland Museum Armoury Resource Centre, Biographical vertical file - Service record
Sources Used: Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume III. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1918
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