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Frederick George Smith

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Frederick George AWMM
  • Surname
    Smith AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Fred AWMM
    • Grease AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 16343 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    25 October 1919 AWMM BlackballWest Coast AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 7 January 1941 AWMM Main Street, Blackball, West Coast, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Robert Francis Smith (father), Main Street, Blackball, West Coast, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 7 April 1941 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • North Africa AWMM
    • Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 16343 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and 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 11 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      10 stone 10 pounds AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      fair AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      brown AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      brown AWMM
    • Other, Unknown Period AWMM
      Scars on left leg and left arm AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      North Africa Wounded in action 1 September 1942; discharged from hospital 5 October 1942 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Italy Wounded in action 27 March 1944 and the next day 28 March 1944 AWMM
    • Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Fred was the third child of Robert Francis and Agnes Sarah (nee Simonsen) Smith, of Blackball, Westland

    Fred put his age up to enlist and threatened not to speak to his mother if she told the authorities

    Fred trained in Burnham and the first time he left the South Island was when he left for war.

    Family recount that whilst he was in Egypt he was transferred to the same unit as his older brother Robert (61653). They were together until Fred's death.

    In a letter dated 28 March 1944 Major G.K. Storey (35022) writes in sympathy describing the action leading to Gunner Smith's death: " we had to occupy new gun positions and as the road was narrow and the light poor, Fred and his Sergeant were walking in front of the vehicle for better guidance when a shell landed on the road a few feet away and both were very badly injured. Your son died in hospital this morning and the Sergeant (J.P. Mortland [60919]) died last night before reaching the dressing station. .. "

    A message to the Right Section Commander, G Troop from the Troop Commander G Troop tells of the casualty and asks that Bombardier Smith be informed of the death, and asks should [Robert], his brother, wish to attend the funeral if he could be run down to the New Zealand Casualty Clearing Station for the funeral

    A letter dated 29 March 1944 from The Reverend Harold F Harding (17901) gives more details to the family. Fred died from severe abdominal wounds. His funeral was attended by his brother. Harding describes the cemetery: which the trees and fields and hedgerows are showing clear signs of spring, grapes, hyacinths are blooming in the meadows and violets, primroses, buttercups and periwinkles on banks and in hedges. All around are hills and snow capped mountain peaks, similar to many parts of NZ.

    Fred's family were advised of his death by telegram 9 April 1944 and by letter dated 30 June 1944 that the grave was in Presenzano, Naples, grave location 17 Row E.

    Two sons, brothers Robert Francis Smith (61653) and Frederick George Smith (16343) served in WW2.

    Increased age by 1 year to enlist. NOK at the time of attestation was father and in 1943 his mother Mrs Agnes Sarah Smith AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    28 March 1944 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    ItalyEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cassino War Cemetery, Italy AWMM VI. G. 20. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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