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Francis Robert Dynes

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  • Service number
    12/336 AWMM
  • Also known as
    Frank Dynes AWMM
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    WW1 Sergeant AWMM
    Auckland Infantry Regiment AWMM
  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
Portrait - No known copyright restrictions
Portrait - No known copyright restrictions AWMM

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Francis Robert AWMM
  • Surname
    Dynes AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Frank Dynes AWMM
  • Service number
    12/336 AWMM
  • Gender
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Baptist AWMM

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    25 May 1892 AWMM
  • Place of birth
    Thames, Coromandel District, Waikato, New Zealand AWMM
  • Birth notes
    Thames, Coromandel, New Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    • WW1 Unknown AWMM
    • WW1 Factory hand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
    • Pre 11 Aug 1914 Paeroa, New Zealand AWMM
    • Unknown Paeroa, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • William Dynes, Makatoki, Thames, New Zealand AWMM
    • William Dynes (father), Matatoki, Thames, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 16 Oct 1914 Single AWMM
    • Pre 01 Apr 1916 Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
  • Campaigns
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
      Gallipoli, Turkey AWMM
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    12/336 AWMM
  • Military service
    Territorials - B. Company, 6th (Hauraki) Regiment AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Miilitary decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • 1914-1915 Star AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Alexandra Park, Auckland AWMM
  • Enlistment
    • WW1 11 August 1914 AWMM
      Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Age on enlistment
    • WW1 22 AWMM

Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details
    • WW1 16 Oct 1914-3 December 1914 AWMM from Wellington, New Zealand AWMM to Suez, Egypt AWMM HMNZT 8 or HMNZT 12 AWMM
      Vessel was Star of India or Waimana AWMM
      Corporal AWMM
      Auckland Infantry Battalion AWMM
      Main Body AWMM
    • WW1 1 April 1916 AWMM from Wellington, New Zealand AWMM to Suez, Egypt AWMM HMNZT 49 or HMNZT 50 AWMM
      Vessel was Tahiti or Maunganui AWMM
      Sergeant AWMM
      11th Reinforcements, Auckland Infantry Battalion, A Company AWMM
      New Zealand Expeditionary Force AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 10 1/2 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      155 pounds AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Light blue AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Gunshot wound (right thigh). AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Admitted 15 General Hospital, Alexandria, Egyptian Hospital, Pont de Loubbeh, Cairo. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Admitted 1 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, with Scabies, 20 July 1916. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Transferred to 50 Casualty Clearing Station, 20 July 1916. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Reported to be slightly wounded in action at Armentieres on 13 August 1916, but remained on duty. AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW1 Sergeant AWMM
    Auckland Infantry Regiment AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Francis Dynes was the eldest son of William Dynes, of Matatoki. His brother, William Dynes, also served in France.

    The following extracts are taken from newspaper cuttings (no dates available). The originals are in the possession of the Dynes family:

    "Sergeant Frank Dynes, who was killed in action on September 26, was the eldest son of Mr Wm Dynes, of Matatoki. His age was 24 years, and he was born at Thames, and brought up at Puriri. He left with the Main Body, and was wounded at Gallipoli. After returning home he left again with one of the reinforcements drafts, and was wounded the second time in France. After again recovering he met his death in the firing-line. His only brother, W. Dynes, who enrolled three times before he was finally accepted, is now serving in France."

    "In fond and loving memory of our dear son and brother, Sergeant Francis R. Dynes, who was killed in action in the Somme Battle, Sept. 26th, 1916.

    Only the grave of a hero,

    Only a mound of earth

    Far from the Land of the Kauri,

    The spot that gave him birth.

    But in the cause of the Empire

    He answered his country's call,

    And in the field of far-off France,

    He gave his life - his all.

    Inserted by his sorrowing parents, sisters, and brother."

    "DYNES - In fond and loving memory of our dear son and brother, Sergeant Francis R. Dynes, who was killed in action in the Somme battle, September 26, 1916.

    In memories he lives with us always.

    The battle was not of their making.

    And was was never their plan;

    Yet, all that is sweet forsaking,

    They marched to it, man by man.

    It was either to smite or be smitten.

    There's no other choice to-day.

    And they live, as befits the Anzac,

    Or they die, as the Anzac may.

    Inserted by his sorrowing parents, sisters and brother."

    "DYNES - In proud and loving memory of our dear brother, Sergeant F.R. Dynes, of the Sixth Hauraki Company, Main Body, who was killed in action at the Soome on September 26, 1916; aged 24 years.

    One of the best, a loving brother

    A friend both kind and true.

    So dearly loved, so sadly missed

    By all the friends he knew.

    Nobly he did his duty

    And answered his country's call;

    Somewhere in France, on the battlefield,

    He gave his life - his all.

    Inserted by his loving sister and brother-in-law, N. and E. Brown."

    The following story also appeared in the newspaper:

    'A story of a faithful dog. A valuable gun dog met his death in Paeroa last week by being run over by a motor-car. He was not killed right out, but succumbed to the injuries after a few days. The animal's name was "Shot". Everyone knew him, more especially children, who always met him with a pat on the back. "Shot" would not have an obituary notice only for the fact that there was a history attached to his career. He was originally owned by Frank Dynes, one-time employed at the local dairy factory. Frank, on enlisting in the early stages of the war, left his dog with some lady friends for safe custody. After a comparatively short service his master was wounded and was sent back to Paeroa. He, however, gradually improved, and, like a true Briton, proffered his services again for active service, and he once more sought the battlefront. This time, after a brief period, he met his death through a bursting shell. His lady friends claimed the animal of the true and brave soldier. "Shot" was well cared for in memory of his dead master. There are not many who have returned invalided from the horrors of war who volunteered service a second time as did the late Frank Dynes, whose parents reside at Matatoki. He has found "his" Excelsior.'

    The Auckland Museum Library's manuscripts collection also holds two field service postcards, which allowed a soldier no writing space, only a series of options from which to choose. Both cards are addressed to Mrs E.A. Brown, Matatoki, Thames (Dynes' sister). Dyne indicated on his card, dated 27 July 1916, that he had received no mail from his sister for some time. On 6 September 1916, the card acknowledges receipt of a letter. [Ref. MS 2002/202]. Dynes' 1914-15 Star, in its original box, his identity tag, a coloured postcard from Cologne and a New Zealand Railway pass are also part of the collection. Some of the items havedigital copies attached to this record.

    Embarked from Suez, Egypt, aboard SS Tahiti on 7 August 1915, disembarking at New Zealand on 11 September 1915.

    Reported for duty and joined the 11th Reinforcements on 3 March 1916.

    Embarked for a second time from New Zealand aboard SS Maunganui on 2 April 1916, arriving at Suez, Egypt, on 3 May 1916. Embarked from Alexandria aboard SS Caledonia for France on 10 May 1916. Rejoined 1st Battalion, Auckland Infantry Regiment, on 22 June 1916, at Armentieres. AWMM
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Death

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  • Age at death
    24 AWMM
  • Date of death
    26 September 1916 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Killed in Action AWMM
  • Place of death
    Somme, Northern France, France AWMM
  • Death notes
    Somme, France AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Memorial name
    Caterpillar Valley (New Zealand) Memorial, Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France AWMM
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  • Frank Dynes was my grandmother's brother, therefore my great uncle. Your sacrifice, Frank, will be remembered.
    Public - Robert Grey - Other relative - 19 April 2017

Sources

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  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 206 AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      28: 4 AWMM
    • Dynes, Francis Robert. Papers relating to war service, 1915 - 1916. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2002/202. AWMM
      AWMM The Auckland Museum Library holds a sound recording (No. 162) on which are recorded some of the letters written by Sergeant Dynes. The voice is that of his niece, Miss E.M. Brown. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2015). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-3). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 2: Includes portrait AWMM

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19 April 2017Robert GreyAshhurst, ManawatuOther relative