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Frank Pardoe Hibell (Service no. 2/1356) was a First World War soldier with links to Sumner.

Frank Pardoe Hibell 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 Morton Street, Sumner, for several years and had been a member of the Sumner lifeboat brigade. It may have been Frank who alerted the residents to the fire at the Cafe Continental when it mysteriously caught fire on Sunday morning, 13 June 1909. The Christchurch Star reported that a young man by the name of Frank Hibell who lived nearby spotted the flare and alerted the sleeping residents.

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.


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Frank Pardoe Hibell

First Names:Frank Pardoe
Last Name:Hibell
Place of Birth:Christchurch, New Zealand