Topic: Leslie Harvey Clark (1891-1915)

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Leslie Harvey Clark (1891-1915) was born in Tauranga in 1891 and was a plumber for the Tauranga Borough Council. On 8 August 1915 he was reported missing at Gallipoli during the Battle of Chunuk Bair. Story researched and written by Debbie McCauley.

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Leslie Harvey Clark (1891-1915)

Leslie Harvey Clark was born at Bay View Villa in Edgecumbe Road, Tauranga, on 17 March 1891 (reg. 1891/1552). His parents were John Angus and Elizabeth Ann Clark (nee Brownlie) who married in the Old Mission Chapel in Tauranga on 19 October 1875 (reg. 1875/3078). They were married by the Rev Cannon Jordan.

Leslie played hockey and was a member of the Tauranga Rifle Club.

On 28 December 1914 the Bay of Plenty Times reported that Leslie had left to join the 1st NZEF.

He embarked from Wellington on 14 February 1915 for Suez, Egypt (Service No: 12/1590). He was with the Auckland Infantry Battalion, 3rd Reinforcements.

Leslie was reported missing at Gallipoli, believed dead, during the Battle of Chunuk Bair on 8 August 1915 (reg. 1918/70205). He was aged 24.

On 19 August 1915 the Bay of Plenty Times reported: “Word has been received here that Mr Leslie Clark, son of Mrs J. A. Clark, of Tauranga, who was serving with the New Zealand Forces at Gallipoli, has been missing since August 8th.”

According to Leslie's great niece Lisa Clark:

Leslie H. Clark was on Sari Bair Heights when he was killed. "The right column, comprising the 29th Indian Brigade and the New Zealand Infantry Brigade, got almost to the top of Chunuk Bair. After both columns rested up on 7 August, a renewed push was made the next day. This saw the New Zealanders actually attain their objective, but Monash's troops-ordered to seize a northern spur line known as Adbel Rahman Bair then move south along it to Hill 971 -Sari Bair Heights- were caught in the open by well-sited Turkish machine-guns and driven back with great slaughter." Of the 700 New Zealanders killed that day on Sari Bair only 11 have identified graves, most, including Leslie Clark, were left where they fell, unidentified, and finally buried in a mass grave in 1921 on Chanuk Bair (2701 New Zealanders were killed, from a total of 80,000 Commonwealth Troops (British, French, ANZAC).

Leslie Harvey Clark (on 2nd camel from left) at the Great Pyramids, May 1915 (three months before Gallipoli)

Leslie H. Clark, (on 2nd camel from left) at the Great Pyramids, May 1915. Three months before Galipolli (Lisa Clark): Find A Grave

Leslie Harvey Clark (1891-1915)


Births, Deaths & Marriages Online (New Zealand).

Cenotaph Record (Auckland War Memorial Museum).

Find A Grave (Lisa Clark - great niece of Leslie Clark)

Military personnel file (Archives New Zealand).


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Leslie Harvey Clark (1891-1915)

Note:Service Number: 12/1590
First Names:Leslie Harvey
Last Name:Clark
Date of Birth:17 March 1891
Place of Birth:Tauranga
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:8 August 1915
Place of death:Gallipoli, Turkey
Occupation:Plumber (Tauranga Borough Council)
Fathers name:John Angus Clark
Fathers date of birth:29 March 1847
Fathers place of birth:Hobart Town, Tasmania, Australia
Fathers date of death:12 May 1912
Fathers place of death:Tauranga, New Zealand
Mothers name:Elizabeth Anne Brownlie
Mothers date of birth:12 September 1852
Mothers place of birth:Lawrence, Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA
Mothers date of death:6 February 1933
Mothers place of death:Tauranga, New Zealand
Name of sibilings:Agnes Elsie Clark Foxcroft (1888-1943), Maggie Gwendoline Clark Foxcroft (1893-1977), George Victor Clark (1897-1960), John Archibald Clark (1876-1911), Andrew Hugh Clark (1879-1959), Annie Amy Clark (1882-1919), Harold Clark (1884-1963), and Angus Stanley Clark (1886-1950)
Military Service:World War I (1914-1918)