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Frank Hughes

Nominal Roll Vol 2 (Roll 26), Page: 32 - No known copyright restrictions

Nominal Roll Vol 2 (Roll 26), Page: 32 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Frank AWMM
  • Surname
    Hughes AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 24/2008 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    11 June 1888 AWMM GoreSouthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 16 November 1915 AWMM Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs M. Hughes (mother), Peter Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 4 March 1916 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 24/2008 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 16 November 1915 AWMM
    Age 27 AWMM
    Labourer/Civilian AWMM
    TrenthamUpper Hutt AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 2.5 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      154 pounds AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Court Martialled, Executed, Pardoned, Cause of Death AWMM
      Executed AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Mr. John Hughes, of 209 Crinan Street, Invercargill, New Zealand.

    Frank Hughes was one of 28 New Zealand servicemen who were court-martialled and sentenced to death during the First World War.

    Private Frank Hughes was the first New Zealander executed during World War 1 for crimes against military laws. The charge was 'A.A. Sec.12 (1A) When on active service deserting His Majesty's Service in that he in the field between 3.30pm & 9.30pm on 29/7/16 did absent himself without leave from his unit in the front line trenches (T82) & was absent until apprehended by the Military Foot Police at 6am on 9/8/16.

    His plea - Not Guilty; the Finding - Guilty Sentence : To suffer death by being shot.

    He was shot at 5 am on 25 August 1916 and buried in a commoners grave.

    A Private Member's Bill was put before the New Zealand Parliament in September 1998 by the MP for Invercargill, Mark Peck, to pardon the soldiers executed. This became the Pardon for Soldiers of the Great War Act 2000 which pardoned the five soldiers. The purpose of the act was 'to remove so far as practicable, the dishonour that the execution of those five soldiers brought to those soldiers and their families. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    28 August 1916 AWMM
    Age 28 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Hallencourt Communal Cemetery, Somme, France AWMM On south side, near south-west corner. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name

Roll of Honour

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  • AWM Canberra has an A4 sheet map of Invercargill showing losses by street. Each street is dotted by poppies. The whole town must have been in shock. Hughes was in battle. If I could be as game, I would have tried to escape also. Graham
    Public - Graham - 7 June 2015



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07 June 2015Graham Canberra AustraliaOther

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