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|
|Date||5 April 1916||Age||35 years|
|Address at Enlistment||Willowbridge|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs A. Crago CLARK (wife), Willowbridge, Canterbury|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|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|
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|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|
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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