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Francis Sydney Biddle

Headstone, Matakohe Cemetery (Photo P Baker 2006) - This image may be subject to copyright

Headstone, Matakohe Cemetery (Photo P Baker 2006) - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Francis Sydney AWMM
  • Surname
    Biddle AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    3015 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 27 Ngaiwi Road, Orakei, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr S.H. Biddle (father), 27 Ngaiwi Road, Orakei, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 5 January 1940 AWMM Single AWMM
    • Married to Frances Alice Durrant Public - Kylie - Other Relative - 25 April 2015 - Family Oral history


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Labourer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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About death

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  • Death
    9 December 1984 AWMM
    Age 67 AWMM
    New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Matakohe Cemetery, Matakohe, Kaipara District, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • My Grandfather was called 'Shorty' to everyone. He would go bush for weeks at a time to catch possums and then pick us all up in his van and take us up to the farm. He was a writer, of poems and stories that are published. "The Infinite Family" refers to the many children he and my Grandmother took into their homes. "Long Acre Station" the story of Lofty and Shorty and "Relativity Scope" story of a telepathic woman. Some of the fondest memories I have are of the times spent in their company and the company of the variety of people up on the farm. Long will he be remembered with love and respect, not just for the service he did to our country but for the Grandfather he was.
    Public - Kylie - Other Relative - 25 April 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.18 AWMM
    • Dawson, W. (1961). 18 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM


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25 April 2015KylieHokitika, West Coast New ZealandOther Relative

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