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Samuel Frickleton

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Portrait of Lance Corporal Samuel Frickleton. Image sourced from Imperial War Museums' 'Bond of Sacrifice' collection. ©IWM Q 68299
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Samuel AWMM
  • Surname
    Frickleton AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 6/2133 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1 April 1891 AWMM SlamannanStirlingshire AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 12 February 1915 AWMM Blackball, West Coast, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mrs Elizabeth Frickleton (mother), Clifford Street, Blackball, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs Elizabeth Logan Frickleton (mother), Clifford Street, Blackball, Greymouth, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 13 June 1915 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Victoria Cross (VC) AWMM
    Citation: "On 7 June 1917 at Messines, Belgium, Lance-Corporal Frickleton. although slightly wounded, dashed forward at the head his section, pushed into our barrage and personally destroyed with bombs an enemy machine-gun and crew which was causing heavy casualties. He then attacked a second gun killing all the crew of 12. By the destruction of these two guns he undoubtedly saved his own and other units from very severe casualties. During the consolidation of this position, he received a severe wound." Source :The Register of the Victoria Cross AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 12 February 1915 AWMM Coal miner/Civilian AWMM
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  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Wounded in action June 1917 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Illness in October 1917 AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Embarked with the fifth reinforcements to Egypt (June 1915) but was taken ill and returned to New Zealand where he was discharged medically unfit for duty. However he re-enlisted in April 1916, embarking for Britain. Was wounded in action (June 1917) at Messines where he won his Victoria Cross, was evacuated to Britain. He rejoined his unit in July but fell ill again (October, 1917) and was once again evacuated to Britain.

    Went to Officer Cadet Training Unit at Cambridge, England, graduating as Second Lieutenant in March 1918

    October 1919 - April 1927 Lieutenant with the New Zealand Staff Corps (retired on medical grounds)

    1934-37 Territorial Force (promoted to Captain)

    1937 New Zealand Coronation Contingent

    Posted to retired list in 1948

    His medals are held by the National Army Museum, Waiouru, New Zealand AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    1 September 1971 AWMM
    Age 90 AWMM
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  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Taita Lawn Cemetery, Northern end Rimu Street, Naenae, Lower Hutt, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    • Dunedin, Victoria Cross winners' plaque, Queens Gardens, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
    • Samuel Frickleton Memorial, Messines, Belgium AWMM

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Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Sanders, J. (1974). New Zealand VC winners : the story of New Zealand servicemen who won the greatest honour for valour on the battlefield. Auckland, N.Z.: Wilson and Horton. AWMM
    • Harper, G., & Richardson, C. (2006). In the face of the enemy: The complete history of the Victoria Cross and New Zealand. Auckland, N.Z.: HarperCollins NZ. AWMM
    • The Register of the Victoria Cross. (1997). (3rd ed.). Cheltenham, England: This England. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 248 AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      37: 16 AWMM
    • The Register of the Victoria Cross. (1997). (3rd ed.). Cheltenham, England: This England. AWMM
      p. 115 AWMM
    • McDonald, W. (2001). Honours and awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. Napier, N.Z.: Helen McDonald. AWMM
      p. 110 AWMM
    • London Gazette AWMM
      London Gazette (2 August 1917, citation) AWMM
    • Dominion Post AWMM
      Kiwi war hero gets memorial at Messines. (2007, June 2), Dominion Post. AWMM
    • Harper, G., & Richardson, C. (2006). In the face of the enemy: The complete history of the Victoria Cross and New Zealand. Auckland, N.Z.: HarperCollins NZ. 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. 1: Includes portrait AWMM
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