CLARK, Alexander Crago
(Service number 15873)

Aliases Also known as Alexander CRAGO-CLARK.
First Rank Rifleman Last Rank


Date 15 October 1880 Place of Birth Auckland

Enlistment Information

Date 5 April 1916 Age 35 years
Address at Enlistment Willowbridge
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married
Next of Kin Mrs A. Crago CLARK (wife), Willowbridge, Canterbury
Religion Wesleyan Methodist
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 6th Reinforcements, 3rd Battalion, G Company
Date 26 July 1916
Transport Waitemata or Ulimaroa
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
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Date Reason

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Post-war Occupations



Date 18 August 1969 Age 88 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Cremated Purewa; ashes interred Purewa Cemetery
Memorial Reference Plot Z/014/016
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Alexander Crago Clark was born on 15 October 1880 at Auckland, the son of Robert John and Louisa (née Crago) Clark. He married Rose Ure on 25 January 1916 at Christchurch. A farmer at Willowbridge, South Canterbury, Alexander Crago Clark underwent his medical examination at Waimate and enlisted at Trentham.

A. Crago-Clark, Willowbridge, one other from Willowbridge, one from St Andrews, and ten from Waimate, allmen who were joining the 15th Reinforcements, were farewelled at the railway station at noon on 5 April 1916. “The town was beflagged, the school children paraded, and the two bands marched the squad of enlisters to the railway steps, where Mrs Francis, the Mayoress, Dr. Hayes, deputy-Mayor, and Borough Councillors were present to meet them.” Later on 5 April 1916, the South Canterbury quota for the 15th Reinforcements left by the express for the military camps, the Infantry – including A. Crago-Clark, Willowbridge - proceeding to Trentham. Before departing Timaru, the men were entertained by the Ladies’ Patriotic Committee at luncheon in the Stafford Tea Rooms. Falling in at the Drill Shed at 3pm, they were addressed by the Mayor, Mr Craigie, M.P., and the Rev. Dean Tubman. The 2nd South Canterbury Regimental Band was in attendance, and the High School Cadets and the Honorary Territorials formed a cordon at the railway station.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [07 August 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [07 August 2020]; Purewa Cremation record [08 August 2020]; Purewa Cemetery burial record [08 August 2020]; Timaru Herald, 5 April 1916, Waimate Daily Advertiser, 5 April 1916 (Papers Past) [03 & 13 August 2020]

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