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Frank George Massey

Portrait of  Lieutenant Frank George Massey, Archives New Zealand, AALZ 25044 1 / F521 22. Image is subject to copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Lieutenant Frank George Massey, Archives New Zealand, AALZ 25044 1 / F521 22. Image is …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Frank George AWMM
  • Surname
    Massey AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    24/1268 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1878 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 28 April 1915 AWMM 109 Queen Street, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    W.F. Massey (father), Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 9 October 1915 AWMM Single/WWI AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
      DSO citation: "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During two hard days' fighting, until severely wounded, commanded the battalion in a most efficient manner, inflicting heavy losses on the enemy, at small cost, largely owing to his resource and grasp of the situation." (London Gazette, 16 September 1918, p1087) AWMM
    • Military Cross (MC) AWMM
      MC citation: "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Previous to an attack he performed invaluable service to his brigade in successfully carrying out its assembly arrangements. The fact that there was no hitch was due to his careful personal reconnaissances. Afterwards, during the attack, he did valuable work in going forward when communication had broken down owing to casualties and other confusion, and returning with a clear report upon the general situation." (London Gazette, 16 August 1917, p8396) AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal with oak leaf AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM
    • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) Three Times AWMM
      1st m.i.d. citation: "For conspicuous good work and devotion to duty since the arrival of his Battalion in France last April. As Adjutant of his Unit he has shown untiring energy and a marked devotion to duty, especially during the operations on the Somme, 13th September to 3rd October, when by his tireless energy and cheerfulness under all circumstances he helped materially in the success of operations undertaken by his Unit." (London Gazette, 4 January 1917, p261, Rec. No. 346) 2nd m.i.d. citation: "For distinguished and gallant services and devotion to duty during the period September 25th, 1917, to midnight, February 24/25th, 1918. Sir D. Haig's despatch of the 7th April 1918." (London Gazette, 28 May 1918, p6204) 3rd m.i.d. citation: "Sir D Haig's despatch dated 8th November, 1918, submitting names deserving of special mention." (London Gazette, 31 December 1918, p15231) AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 28 April 1915 AWMM
    Age 37 AWMM
    Solicitor and Barrister/Civilian 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
    Wounds Diseases Etc., WWI AWMM
    Severely wounded in Western Europe AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Frank Massey was the son of Rt Hon William Massey, Prime Minister of New Zealand, 1912-25

    Appointed Adjutant of 2 Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade (NZRB)

    Attached to Lancashire Fusiliers, 25 Division, British Expeditionary Force (BEF) as acting Major and second-in-command (2IC)

    Returned to New Zealand in 1918 after being severely wounded

    Transferred to Retired List on 2 December 1918

    Served as Captain of the Manukau, Onehunga, and Otahuhu Battalions, Home Guard, 1940-42

    Attended Auckland University College (now the University of Auckland). AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    19 June 1975 AWMM
    Age 97 AWMM
    MangereAuckland 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



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  • External links
  • References
    • Haigh, J., Polaschek, A. (Eds.). (1993). New Zealand and the Distinguished Service Order. Christchurch, N.Z.: Authors. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 490 AWMM
    • A.U.C. roll of honour, 1914 - 1920. MSS & Archives E-2, Special Collections, University of Auckland Libraries and Learning Services. AWMM
    • Mangere Historical Society: This record was kindly researched by the Mangere Historical Society. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 3: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 4: Includes portrait AWMM

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