62913 Private Hugh Clarke Black, 2nd Bn. Otago Regiment, died on the 24 August 1918. He had been born on the 20 April 1881 at Ballintemple, Garvagh, Co Londonderry, the son of farmer Hugh Black and his wife Mary Jane Wilson.
The 1901 Irish census records Hugh (58), Thomas (23), Hugh C (19), Henry W (16) and Maggie A (14) at Gortfad. They were still there at the time of the 1911 census and Hugh (71) recorded Hugh Clarke (30) and Maggie Ann (24).
Miss M A Black, sister, of Gortfad, Garvagh, County Derry, Ireland was listed as his next of kin.
CWGC say he was the son of Hugh Black, of Gortfad, Ganagh (sic), Co. Derry, Ireland, and the late Mary Jane Black. His inclusion on the Ballymena War Memorial is a mistake, Gortfad, Portglenone being confused with Gortfad, Garvagh (Ballintemple and Gortfad are contiguous townlands).
Photograph courtesy of the Christchurch Sun, 4th October 1918