CLARKE, George John
(Service number 61207)

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Date 23 February 1889 Place of Birth Geraldine, South Canterbury

Enlistment Information

Date 9 July 1917 Age 28 years
Address at Enlistment North Branch, Milton
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs Annie Elizabeth CLARKE (mother), North Branch, Milton
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information Height 5 feet 7½ inches. Weight 134 lbs. Chest measurement 32-36½ inches. Complexion fresh. Eyes blue. Hair light brown. Sight - both eyes 6/6. Hearing & colour vision both normal. Limbs well formed. Full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. Illnesses - deratica 2 years ago. No objective signs to be now. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate of contagious skin disease. Vaccinated (left). Good bodily & mental health. No slight defects. No fits. Scar on inner side of left arm. Class A.

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Date 26 August 1982 Age 93 years
Place of Death Masterton
Memorial or Cemetery Archer Street Cemetery, Masterton
Memorial Reference Lawn, Row S, Plot 86
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Biographical Notes

George John Clarke was the eldest son of George Ishmael William and Annie Elizabeth Eva (Betsy, née Walters) Clarke, of North Branch, Milton. He was born at Geraldine and received his education at Orari Gorge (Tripp) School. His father, George Ishmael William Clarke, arrived at Tautaku, South Otago, on 5 November 1901, bringing his mill from Peel Forest, South Canterbury. Because of his father's poor health, the family went into farming; the mill was operated by a relative and other managers until all the assets including the mill and timber rights were sold in 1913. George was rejected as unfit for military service when he wa smedically examined in June 1916, on account of rheumatism. When he enlisted, he was residing at home at North Branch, Milton. George married Margaret Robina Taylor in 1920.  


NZ Defence Force Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5530 0025492) [01 March 2017]; Timaru Herald, 9 September 1896, Otago Daily Times, 11 June 1927 (Papers Past) [01March 2017]

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