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Francis John Petchell

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Zeerust Cup, front (Auckland War Memorial Museum 0337) - No known copyright restrictions - No known copyright restrictions
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Francis John AWMM
  • Surname
    Petchell AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • 2398 AWMM
    • 5443 AWMM
    • 66238 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Unknown AWMM Station Road, Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Pre 5 January 1902 AWMM Station Road, Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM Unknown address AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mr William Jepherson Petchell (brother), Station Road, Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mr William Jepherson Petchell (brother), Station Road, Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs F.J. Petchell (wife), care of Reverend Grier, Birkenhead, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 31 March 1900 AWMM Single AWMM
    • Pre 1 February 1902 AWMM Single AWMM
    • Pre 2 March 1918 AWMM Married AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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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

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • 5th Contingent in South Africa: Arrival South Africa. Volunteers from No 11 Company (Auckland) became 1st NZ Battery, Rhodesian Field Artillery. Rest of contingent were re-organised into A, B, C & D Squadrons in South Africa. C Squadron split from the rest & joined the Kimberley flying column, based in Kimberley. A, B & D Squadrons joined the 2nd Brigade Rhodesian Field Force on 14/8/1900.

    Movements: Ottoshoop 16-20/8/1900 [action] en route to Zeerust

    Movements: Kaffir Kraal 24/10/1900 [action]

    Movements: Venetersdoorp : 28/12/1900 - 23/1/1901

    Photo: Te Awamutu Museum ref: 516 / R23:5 of the 1st New Zealand 15-pounder Field Artillery Football Team, 1902.

    The Zeerust Cup, a silver cup, is held by the Auckland War Memorial Museum and was loaned to the Rugby Museum, Palmerston North c2011.

    Movements: Cyferfontein : Jan 1901-6/3/1901

    Movements: Ventersdoorp

    Movements: Wildfontein 24/3/1901 [action]

    Member of the The Zeerust Cup Match, won by the “Right Section New Zealand Battery” in May 1901 while on active service in South Africa, was possibly New Zealand’s first representative rugby league match. A letter presented with the trophy noted that it was a token of friendship intended to remind the team of the happy days passed amongst the Zeerust folks.

    Returned to NZ Left South Africa on 12/6/1901 aboard SS Tagus (with 4th Contingent).

    He won a shooting medal in 1904

    Joined 8 Contingent , D Squadron with the rank of Corporal (service number 5443) AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    14 February 1962 AWMM
    Age 80 AWMM
    Te AwamutuWaikato AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

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