CLARKE , Charles Peter Patrick
(Service number 6/1810)

Aliases C P on Memorial Wall, Timaru
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 25 May 1893 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 7 January 1915 Age 21 yrs 8 mths
Address at Enlistment C/o Mrs Davey, Cliff Street, Timaru
Occupation Bricklayer
Previous Military Experience Territorials 2nd South Canterbury Infantry
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Daniel J. CLARKE (brother), Post-office, Timaru
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 5 inches. Weight 150 lbs. Chest measurement 32-35 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes grey. Hair brown. Sight and hearing both good. Colour vision correct. Limbs and chest well formed. Full movement of joints. Heart and lungs normal. Teeth - false upper & part lower. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects.

Military Service

Served with New Zealand Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 4th Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Infantry Battalion
Date 17 April 1915
Transport Willochra or Knight Templar or Waitomo
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Infantry Battalion

Military Awards

Campaigns Gallipoli; Messines
Service Medals 1914-1015 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 10 March 1917 Reason In consequence of being no longer physically fit for war service on account of wound received in action.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Enteric fever at Gallipoli. Head wound from a machine-gun bullet, at Messines, in Armentieres battle, France. 11 January 1916 returned to active service, from Hornchurch, after being wounded. 13 July 1916 reported wounded and admitted to No. 13 Stationary Hospital. 7 August 1916 transferred to Brockenhurst. 29 August 1916 admitted to N>Z. Convalescence Camp at Hornchurch. Report of original wounding which occurred on 12 July 1916 at Armentieres - "He was engaged at a listening post at night time when he was wounded by a machine gun bullet which struck him on the right side of the face half an inch below the molar ..... . The wound was septic for one week and then healed. Thereafter he suffered from dizziness, headaches, and complete deafness of the right earThese symptoms have gradually grown worse."

Post-war Occupations



Date 23 November 1918 Age 24 yrs
Place of Death Auckland Technical School Temporary Hospital
Cause Illness - pneumonia
Memorial or Cemetery Said to be buried in Waikaraka Cemetery, Auckland, but no record found.
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru

Biographical Notes

Charles Peter Patrick CLARKE was a son of Daniel and Mary (nee McHENRY) CLARKE. He was a brother of Daniel J. CLARKE and John Patrick CLARKE. John Patrick also served in WWI. At enlistment, Charles was an apprenticed bricklayer; He was also a member and regular player of the Star Rugby Club in Timaru. Charles returned home to NZ in January 1917. per "Navua", after convalescence in England following a head wound. The original cause of his disability was gun shot wound to his face received on active service at Armentieres. Consequential disabilities included headache and dizziness, tinnitus, complete deafness in right ear. He was no longer fit for Active or Territorial Service; in addition, he would have to change his employment. The Medical Board recommended that he attend as an out-patient of Timaru Hospital. After his return, Charles worked at Hakataramea and then in Auckland where he was able to return to his trade. His brother Daniel was living in Otahuhu when Charles' medals were sent to him; later still in the Bay of Islands. On discharge Charles was described as of good character. his death is recorded among Miscellaneous New Zealand War Deaths. .


Cenotaph Database [08 October 2013]; New Zealand Public Trust Office notice to admnister estate & NZ Electoral Roll, 1914, Timaru (ancestry) [13 October 2013]; Press, 28 Nov 1918, New Zealand Herald, 25 Nov 1918, Auckland Star, 25 Nov 1918, Evening Post, 12 December 1918 (Papers Past) [13 October 2013; 13 August 2014]; NZ BDM historical records (DIA) [October 2013]   

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