Topic: Frank Pardoe Hibell
Frank Pardoe Hibell (Service no. 2/1356) was a First World War soldier with links to Sumner.
Frank Pardoe Hibell was the eldest child of Frank James and Matilda (Mary) Hibell, born 13 April 1880. He had two younger siblings, Fanny Stella Pardoe (nee Radcliffe, born 1882) and George Gordon Pardoe (born 1885).
Before enlisting he had been employed as a clerk by Messrs William Wood and Co., Hereford Street.
Frank resided at Worton Street, Sumner, for several years and had been a member of the Sumner lifeboat brigade.
Frank enlisted on 15 February 1915 and was placed with the 4th Reinforcements. He served in the Gallipoli campaign and several months in France.
His service record described him as being 5 foot, 9 inches – fresh complexion, blue eyes, with black hair, and a scar on the inside of his lower left leg.
Frank was a Gunner with NZ Field Artillery and was promoted to Acting Sergeant, 15th (Howitzer) Battery in April 1916.
He was Killed in Action on 17 October 1916, Somne, Northern France. His military file records he was buried at McCormick’s Post Cemetery, Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France.
The military service medals that Frank was awarded were sent to W.G. Hobbs, Battersea Street, Christchuch.
Frank is remembered on the Sumner War Memorial Plaque.
- Military personnel file for Frank Hibell. Archives New Zealand (Archway)
- Online Cenotaph record for Frank Pardoe Hibell. Auckland War Memorial Museum
- THE ROLL OF HONOUR. Press, Volume LII, Issue 15736, 1 November 1916
- PERSONAL GOSSIP. Press, Volume LI, Issue 15200, 11 February 1915
- THE ROLL OF HONOUR. Press, Volume LII, Issue 15737, 2 November 1916
- Boating Accident. Sumner Ripples. Star, Issue 11276, 2 January 1915
- In memoriam. Press, Volume LIV, Issue 16345, 17 October 1918