Topic: Frank French

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Frank French (Service no. 6/43) was a First World War soldier with links to Burwood.

Frank French was born on August 6th 1880. He was originally from the United Kingdom but not much is known about his early years apart from the fact that he served with 32nd Light Infantry.

He was a single man, short in stature with dark complexion, blue eyes and grey hair when he joined the New Zealand Expeditionary forces. He worked as a labourer and boot maker, living in Fendalton and Dallington.

Frank enlisted on August 15th 1914 and on October 15th of the same year he departed from New Zealand and disembarked in Alexandra, Egypt on December 3rd 1914. He was killed in action in Gallipoli on May 31st 1915 and was buried at Lone Pine, Turkey.

He received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Frank is remembered on the Burwood War Memorial.


Related resources

  • Casualty record for Frank French. Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • Online cenotaph record for Frank French. Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • Frank French's military personnel file. Archives New Zealand (Archway)


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Frank French

First Names:Frank
Last Name:French
Place of Birth:United Kingdom