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William Garfield Clark (Service no. 3/1005) was a serviceman with links to Oxford Terrace Baptist Church.

William Garfield Clark was born in Melbourne, Australia on 28th December 1890, the eldest son of Samuel and Edith Clark.

He was was 5ft 7in. tall with a fair complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. At the time of enlisting he was working as a draper for the Otago Farmers in Oamaru. He had been previously rejected for service as not up to the required standard at the time.

After enlisting he was assigned to the Medical Corps and embarked on 9th October 1915 for Suez.  After being in Egypt for some time, he crossed  to France, and fought on the Somme. He was with the no 2 Field Ambulance in Armientiers before he was himself admitted to hospital in December 1916 with Scarlet Fever and suffering from shell shock. He spent four months recovering.

William was then assigned to the New Zealand Convalescent Hospital at  Hornchurch in the surgical dressing room. He returned to New Zealand on board the Marama, still serving as a medic, arriving on 17th May 1918. After arriving back in New Zealand he married Eliza Mabel Weller on 3 June 1918.

He was transferred to the Medical Corps at Hanmer on 15th June 1918, presumably to look after convalescing returned soldiers. It was reported on 5th November that influenza was prevalent amongst soldiers at Hanmer.

William died at the Queen Mary Hospital, Hanmer, of influenza on 11th November 1918.  

His name appears on the Honour Board of the Oxford Terrace Baptist Church, Christchurch and in the church's Diamond jubilee souvenir, 1871 - 1931.  

He is buried in Oamaru Cemetery, Block 139, Grave 21-22.


Compiled from information supplied by L M Seaton


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William Garfield Clark

First Names:William Garfield
Last Name:Clark
Place of Birth:Melbourne, Australia