Major

Clyde McGilp

DSO, MiD (WW1)

Awards

Conflict: 
WW1
Additional Information: 

Son of Alexander and Mary McGilp (nee Douglas), of "Inverlay," Birkenhead, Auckland. Born at Russell, Bay of Islands. Served at Gallipoli, and in Egypt and France, also served in the South African Campaign, 1899-1902.

References:
  • CWGC
  • Archives New Zealand
NZ WAR GRAVES

Public Contributions:

Clyde was to a certain extent a son of the British Empire who would have referred to the UK as home. I suspect he went off to the SA war as a bit of an adventurer and came back a bit more subdued. Hi... Read More
Clyde was to a certain extent a son of the British Empire who would have referred to the UK as home. I suspect he went off to the SA war as a bit of an adventurer and came back a bit more subdued. His award came from getting cannon off from Gallipoli and spiking (with gelignite I would guess ) those that could not be moved. This in the rush to get off before the Turk arrived would have involved some stress. He met up with his brothers in arms H K Hatrick (my grandfather) and R E Hatrick, who was HK's twin, at Gallipoli. HKH was a 1st Lieut in the NZMR (Auckland) as a signaller. He survived but was shot though the shoulder c/o the Hun and Krupps and evac. to recuperate in UK. His brother R E Hatrick was killed on the Somme. The details are not known. HKH later was sent to take Jerusalem in the name of HRH, which he did with great gusto, possibly including looting the Mosque of whatsit because a crystal chandelier was liberated and sent back to NZ in a leather pouf packed in straw and you don't get that sort of stuff down at the local shuk in Alexandria. HKH gets a mention in the official history of the NZMR just prior to the Beersheba charge of the Aust. Light horse. There is no mention of the chandelier in that document but other documents indicate Allenby put Jerusalem under lock down for about 3 days because of bad behaviour and looting of Mosques. Clyde was sent back by the military to NZ shortly after the war. He had married Jeane of minor Italian royalty in Alexandria, Jeane being the daughter of a Chevalier of such and such, Jeane did not outlive her husband (who died of Spanish Influenza) by much - she was in Alexandria with her family because she had mild TB. She did not contract Spanish Influenza and returned to Europe or possibly Egypt.


Personal Tributes:

Casualty

Service Number: 
2/280
Name:
Clyde McGilp
Rank: 
Major
Date of Birth:
12 October 1884
Place of Birth:
NTL, Russell,
Next of Kin: 
Mrs Mary McGilp, Birkenhead, Auckland, New Zealand
Date of Enlistment:
Not known
Enlistment Address: 
Birkenhead, Auckland, New Zealand
Occupation on Enlistment:
Telegraph operator|Regular soldier
Armed Force: 
Army
Unit:
New Zealand Field Artillery, Auckland Battery

Casualty Details

Cause of Death:
Died of influenza
Date of Death:
14 November 1918
Day of Death:
Thursday
Age at Death: 
35
Conflict: 
WW1

Embarkation Details

Embarkation Body:
Main Body
Places of Embarkation:

Auckland, New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand
Embarkment Date:
16 October 1914
Transport:

HMNZT 7
HMNZT 10
Vessels:

Devon
Limerick or Arawa
Destinations:

South Africa
Suez, Egypt (3 December 1914)

Text in italics supplied by Cenotaph Online, Auckland War Memorial Museum

Cemetery

Cemetery Reference: 
688. A.
Cemetery Location: 
New Zealand
Clyde McGilp
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