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Wilfred Laughton Free

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Portrait of Wifred Laughton Free DCM, FL20932689 Archives New Zealand. Image may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Wifred Laughton Free DCM, FL20932689 Archives New Zealand. Image may be subject to copyr …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Wilfred Laughton AWMM
  • Surname
    Free AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWI 33144 AWMM
    • WWII 824170 AWMM
  • Gender
    • Male AWMM
    • Male Public - David - Other Relative - 6 July 2015 - observation
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    26 November 1896 Public - David - Other Relative - 6 July 2015 - confirmed by online BMDs
  • Place of birth
    Reefton Public - David - Other Relative - 6 July 2015 - Family papers
  • Birth notes
    Third child, second of three sons of Smith Laughton Pattrick Free and Emily Constance Free née Wylde Public - David - Other Relative - 6 July 2015 - confirmed by online BMDs
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
    • Sheepfarmer Puketitiri Public - David - Other Relative - 6 July 2015 - Family papers
    • Businessman Masterton Public - David - Other Relative - 6 July 2015 - Family papers
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    S.L.P. Free (father), Lower Riccarton, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    • World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
    • World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
    • World War II, 1939-1945 Public - David - Other Relative - 6 July 2015 - Family papers
    • Camp Instructional Staff, Trentham Public - David - Other Relative - 6 July 2015 - Evening Post 27 April 1944 (brother's obituary)
  • Campaign
    France and Belgium Public - David - Other Relative - 6 July 2015 - Family papers
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 33144 AWMM
    • WWII 824170 AWMM
  • Military service
    New Zealand Rifle Brigade Public - David - Other Relative - 6 July 2015 - Family papers
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) AWMM
      London Gazette 01/01/1919: "For gallantry and consistent devotion to duty. During the attack on Frenicourt he was in charge of two plantoons and by good leadership brought them into position for the final assault. After consolidation he took charge of the right half of the line and patrolled from post to post under an intense machine gun barrage. when the enemy counter-attacked with tanks next morning he kept [??] to hold them in position until the tanks were caused to withdraw. Throughout the operations his work was excellent." AWMM
    • MBE and DCM Public - David - Other Relative - 6 July 2015 - Family papers
    • Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (M.B.E.), Captain Wilfred Laughton Free, D.C.M., New Zealand Temporary Staff, of Masterton Public - David - Other Relative - 6 July 2015 - The Evening Post, 2 January 1945

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    • WW1 22 August 1916 AWMM
      Age 19 AWMM
      Student/Civilian AWMM
    • June 1916, Lincoln Public - David - Other Relative - 6 July 2015 - Christchurch Press 10 June 1916
  • Occupation before enlistment
    Lincoln College Public - David - Other Relative - 6 July 2015 - Family papers
  • Age on enlistment
    19 Public - David - Other Relative - 6 July 2015 - by calculation

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

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Wilfred married Agnes Katherine Dalziell 7 February 1922. They had two daughters and a son. He married again in 1948 Edith Ivy Horner, there were no children of his second marriage. Public - David - Other Relative - 6 July 2015 - Family papers, online BMDs
    • They farmed at Puketitiri on behalf of his father. During the depression the farm was sold and they moved to Masterton where he became involved with cars and aircraft eventually making his own practice as an independent insurance assessor Public - David - Other Relative - 6 July 2015 - Self
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    3 December 1975 AWMM
    Age 79 AWMM
    MastertonWairarapa AWMM
  • Date of death
    3 December 1975 Public - David - Other Relative - 6 July 2015 - Family records and online BMDs
  • Age at death
    79 Public - David - Other Relative - 6 July 2015 - calculation
  • Place of death
    Masterton Public - David - Other Relative - 6 July 2015 - Burial records
  • 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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06 July 2015DavidAucklandOther Relative

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