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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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