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Frank Fenton

A group of New Zealand Soldiers engaged in clearing abandoned airfields, from Left to Right: J. Corbett (Gore), F. Fenton D.C.M (Auckland), D. Cundy (Wellington), Lieut. R.A. Pickmere (Auckland), M. Vincent (Auckland), R. Hume (Wellington), S. Lewis (Wellington), J. Smith (Wellington), R.S. Evans (Lower Hutt). Image kindly provided by Margaret Pickmere (March 2021).

A group of New Zealand Soldiers engaged in clearing abandoned airfields, from Left to Right: J. Corb …

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Frank AWMM
  • Surname
    Fenton AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 36392 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    23 February 1919 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM 280 Point Chevalier Road, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs Janet Fenton (mother), 280 Point Chevalier Road, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1 February 1941 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
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    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 36392 AWMM
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) AWMM
      "Spr. Fenton displayed outstanding courage and devotion to duty in operating a mine detector under most hazardous conditions during the attack on the west of Tel el Eisa on the night of 1/2 November 1942. There was little cessation in the bursting of mortar shells all about him, the minefields were covered by sharp machine-gun fire and Spr. Fenton, as the forward most member of the party was being repeatedly sniped at from an uncleared enemy pocket, but not once did he hesitate or delay in sweeping for mines. He operated the mine dector for more than two hours without relief, When it seemed certain that enemy fire would hold up operations Spr. Fenton calmly and fearlessly carried on and largely as a result of his devotion to duty and gallant example the lane was cleared without delay." Pomeroy and Beattie, p. 99 AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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    WW2 Unknown AWMM Machinist/Civilian AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    19 March 2004 AWMM
    Age 84 AWMM
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  • Cemetery
    Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Soldiers Burial M Row 17, Plot 178 AWMM
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  • Miss you Poppa,
    Visited El Alamein War Memorial and its a beautiful place. Its worth a visit if you are ever up around Alexandria as they have done a wonderful job.
    Best memory of Poppa is that he always bought me books, interesting books.
    He was a great man and kind to us kids growing up.
    Good on you Levon for writing what you did about our Poppa.
    Public - Vicki - Direct descendant - 7 May 2019
  • My dear loving Poppa.

    The best man I ever met. Taught me to shoot, taught me everything. Loving Husband to my Nana who he called "Winnie". Father to my Mother Margaret. my Uncle Frank, my Auntie Ellen. Grandfather to my Cousin Carl and Vicki, and also Samantha and Guerin.
    Pop was wounded by a German made "S mine" at the El Alamein conflict in WW2 while clearing mines under heavy shelling, mortar fire and machine gun harassment. He and his mens actions cleared a path that allowed heavy armor to pass and flank Rommel's Panzer divisions and drive the Germans back into retreat. His bravery saved many lives and allowed a victory which won him the Distinguished conduct medal.
    Pop was discovered laying wounded by passing brass who ordered his rescue. Pop awoke on a medical ship. His left eye was blinded and shrapnel remained in his head until his last day.
    I love you Poppa. I miss you.
    Public - Levon - Direct descendant - 27 April 2018



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07 May 2019VickiTownsville, AustraliaDirect descendant
27 April 2018levonAustraliaDirect descendant

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