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Frederick Francis Edmund Polhill

Portrait of Lieutenant Frederick Francis Edmund Polhill, Auckland Weekly News, 1 December 1943. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections AWNS-19431201-20-26. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Lieutenant Frederick Francis Edmund Polhill, Auckland Weekly News, 1 December 1943. Auck …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Frederick Francis Edmund AWMM
  • Surname
    Polhill AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 590 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    23 September 1908 AWMM WaipawaHawkes Bay AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 6 Rose Mount Drive, Wallasey, Chester, England AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr F.A. Polhill (father), Hill Crest, Waipukurau, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 590 AWMM
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  • Capt F. F. E. Polhill, MC, m.i.d.; Waipukurau; born Waipawa, 23 Sep 1908; salesman; wounded Nov 1941. (Source: Murphy, W.E. 2nd New Zealand Divisional Artillery. p.322.)

    'When shells began to land in the Divisional area from the south, a battery of the 4th Field was detailed to cover this new front and some of the 6-pounders, as already related, went forward to help. The threat developed against the southern flank of the Reserve Group. Besides the 6-pounders, some manned by scratch crews, the guns of 30 Battery engaged the tanks. Lieutenant Polhill's troop fought the tanks fiercely. One gun was knocked out and the GPO wounded; but Polhill kept the other three guns firing from a most exposed position until the enemy had had enough and drew away, leaving four disabled tanks on the scene. Then Polhill recovered the damaged gun. For this stout engagement he received the MC. Many B Echelon trucks, including some artillery ones, had been dispersed south of Divisional Headquarters and this attack scattered them. Some rallied at once; others were not seen again until the Division reached Alamein.' (Source: Murphy, W.E. 2nd New Zealand Divisional Artillery. p. 322.) AWMM
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  • Death
    20 November 1973 AWMM
    Age 65 AWMM
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  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
    Plot 84, RSA Block, Waipukurau Cemetery, Waipukurau AWMM
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  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 3: WW2 381 AWMM
    • Murphy, W. (1966). 2nd New Zealand Divisional Artillery. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.322. AWMM

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