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Francis Barber

Sergeant Frank Barber, MM, New Zealand Medical Corps., April 1918, Wellington, by Berry & Co. Purchased 1998 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa (B.047124).

Sergeant Frank Barber, MM, New Zealand Medical Corps., April 1918, Wellington, by Berry & Co. Purcha …

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Francis AWMM
  • Surname
    Barber AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Francis AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 3/160 AWMM
    • WWII 41234 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1891 BDM 1891/4719
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • WW1 Unknown AWMM Newtown, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Pre 1940-1941 AWMM 11 Huia St., Petone AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW1 Mrs Barber, Richmond Road, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Mr. D.E. Barber, 11 Huia St., Petone (father) AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    • WW1 17 August 1914 AWMM AWMM
    • WW2 1 January 1940 2NZEF Nom. Roll 3, p.26 Watersider 2NZEF Nom. Roll 3, p.26
      2NZEF Nom. Roll 3, p.26
  • 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

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • In 1918, a year after his discharge from the army, Frank married his second wife, Dorothy Eveline Chant. In 1940, he was too old to enlist for the war, so Frank gave a date of birth that was 12 years younger than his actual age (28 Feb 1903), and listed his next of kin as Mr D. E. Barber (father). Mr D. E. Barber was obviously himself, and he passed himself off as his own son.

    Three of his brothers served in World War I (George, James, and Michael Barber).

    His sons, Ronald Francis Barber (30454) and Aubrey Vincent Barber (44708), both served in World War II. His nephew, James Barber (6522), was a prisoner of war in Europe after being captured on Crete. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    10 May 1968 BDM 1968/43206
    Age 77 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Te Henui Cemetery, New Plymouth, Taranaki AWMM Services Area, Block E, Plot 100 AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • McDonald, W. (2013). Honours and Awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. (3rd ed.). Hamilton, N.Z.: Richard Stowers. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Page No: 33 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
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.26. AWMM

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