CLARKE, John Patrick
(Service number 8/2558)

Aliases Jack
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 2 September 1887 Place of Birth Temuka, South Canterbury; or Timaru; or Belfast, Northern Ireland

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment
Occupation (WWI) Labourer. (WWII) Labourer for Government
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Daniel Joseph CLARKE (brother), care of Mrs DAVEY, Cliff Street, Timaru. (WWII) Mrs Ellen CLARKE (wife), 41A Heaton Street, Timaru.
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information (WWII) Height 5 ft 4.5 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes green. Hair fair.

Military Service

Served with New Zealand Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 6th Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Otago Infantry Battalion
Date 14 August 1915
Transport Willochra or Tofua
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt (3 Dec 1914)
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals WWI - 1914-1915 Star, War Medal, Victory Medal. WWII - War Medal 1939-45, N.Z. War 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 WWI - 9 February 1919. WWII - 7 September 1948 Reason WWI - Termination of period of engagement. WWII - Med Unfit.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Reported wounded, 28 July 1916. Three wounds prior to November 1918. (WWII) Mild diabetes; slightly irregular heart rate; cramps in legs (treatment at Christchurch Hospital in 1942).

Post-war Occupations


Date 19 October 1963 Age 76 yrs
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Taita Lawn Cemetery, Hutt City
Memorial Reference Block 11, Row I, Plot 23
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Son of John & Elizabeth CLARKE (? 1942). Still on active service when his brother Charles Peter CLARKE died of pneumonia in Auckland on 23 November 1918. Served 4 years in NZEF (WWI). Also served in the Army in WWII (Regimental No. 807157). For WWII his next-of-kin was his wife Ellen CLARKE, of 41A Heaton Street, Timaru. Saddler later. In 1946 when he applied for a War Service Gratuity he was living in Christchurch. See Cenotaph Database later (error?).


Cenotaph Database [08 October 2013]; NZ Defence Force Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 ......) [14 March 2014]; NZ BDM historical records (DIA) [October 2013]; New Zealand Herald, 28 July 1916 (PapersPast) [13 October 2013]; Taita Lawn Cemetery Burial Records (Hutt City Cemeteries Online) [13 October 2013].   .

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