Topic: Guy Clark Wilson (1889-1918)

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Guy Clark Wilson and his wife Merrial farmed at Ohauiti in Tauranga. Three months after their son was born, Guy enlisted to serve during World War I. He was aged 29 when he was killed in action at Bapaume in France on 6 August 1918. Story by Debbie McCauley.

Guy Clark Wilson was born in Wellington on 5 January 1889 (reg. 1889/18086). His parents were Kenneth and Amy Anney Wilson (nee Clark) of Palmerston North who married in 1883 (reg. 1883/2792). Kenneth's first wife was Fanny Williams (1847-1879) whom he married in 1871.

Guy's mother Amy died in Wellington at the age of 32 on 26 February 1890 (reg. 1890/660).

In Papatoetoe on 7 September 1915 Guy married Merrial Winifred Mander (reg. 1915/5642), daughter of John and Annie Jeffery Mander. The couple moved to Tauranga where they farmed at Ohauiti. They had one child together:

  1. Peter Kenneth Wilson (1917-2002). Born in Tauranga on 17 April 1917 (reg. 1917/15164). Peter died in 2002 (reg. 2002/21728).

On 13 July 1917 Guy enlisted to serve during World War I. He was with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 2nd Battalion.

Rifleman Guy Clark Wilson was killed in action at Bapaume in France on 6 August 1918, aged 29. He was buried in Gommecourt Wood New Cemetery at Foncquevillers in Pas-de-Calais, France.

Guy Clark Wilson (1889-1918)

Merrial died in 1946 (reg. 1946/27559). She was buried in Waikumete Cemetery.



Archives New Zealand: Military personnel file.

Auckland War Memorial Museum: Cenotaph Record.

Births, Deaths & Marriages Online (New Zealand).


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Guy Clark Wilson (1889-1918)

Note:Service Number: 65832
First Names:Guy Clark
Last Name:Wilson
Date of Birth:5 January 1889
Place of Birth:Wellington
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:6 August 1918
Place of death:Bapaume, France
Place of burial:Gommecourt Wood New Cemetery, Foncquevillers, Pas-de-Calais, France
Spouses name:Merrial Winifred Mander
Spouses date of birth:1891
Spouses place of birth:New Zealand
Spouses date of death:1946
Spouses place of death:New Zealand
Date of marriage:7 September 1915
Place of marriage:Papatoetoe, New Zealand
Fathers name:Kenneth Wilson
Fathers date of birth:22 September 1842
Fathers place of birth:Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Fathers date of death:10 October 1920
Fathers place of death:Palmerston North, New Zealand
Mothers name:Amy Anney Clark
Mothers date of birth:7 April 1857
Mothers place of birth:India
Mothers date of death:26 February 1890
Mothers place of death:Wellington
Name of the children:Peter Kenneth Wilson
Military Service:World War I (1914-1918)