COKER, Frederick William
(Service number 8/353)

Aliases Fred
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 9 January 1890 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 13 August 1914 Age 24 yrs 7 mths
Address at Enlistment Tay Street, Invercargill
Occupation Printer
Previous Military Experience Timaru Cadets 3 years.
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Rosa Ellen McGUIRE (mother) (twice married), 62 Edward Street, Timaru
Religion Church of England
Medical Information Height 5 ft 101/2 in. Weight 142 lb. Chest 31-35 in. Eye lashes lower lids scanty. Complexion fair. Eyes brown. Hair medium colour. Eyes both 6/6. Hearing, colour vision, heart & lungs normal. Limbs & chest well formed. Full movement of joints. False teeth - good. Free from variocele, Varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin diseases. Vaccinated. Good bodily & mental health. No defects.

Military Service

Served with New Zealand Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Main Body
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Otago Infantry Battalion
Date 16 October 1914
Transport Ruapehu or Hawkes Bay
Embarked From Port Chalmers Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Otago Infantry Battalion

Military Awards

Campaigns Gallipoli
Service Medals 1914-15 Star
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 27 April 1915 Age 24 yrs
Place of Death
Cause Killed in action
Memorial or Cemetery Lone Pine Memorial, Lone Pine Cemetery, Anzac, Turkey
Memorial Reference 75
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Timaru South School Memorial

Biographical Notes

Son of Rosa Ellen McGUIRE (formerly COKER), of 62 Edward St., Timaru. Attended Timaru South & Timaru Main Schools. Remembered at the 5 July 1915 meeting of the Timaru South School Committee. His name is inscribed on the tablet in memory of ex-pupils who fell in the great war, which was unveiled at Timaru South School on 18 September 1919 in a memorable and unique ceremony. "No nobler boys had left the shores of New Zealand than ex-pupils of the Timaru South School," said one long-term committee member.


Cenotaph Database [21 July 2013]; CWGC [17 November 2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5530 0026568) [17 November 2013]; Timaru Herald, 6 July 1915 & 23 July 1915, 19 September 1919 (Papers Past) [17 November 2013; 01 September 2014]. NZ BDM historical records (DiA) [16 November 2013]; S C Branch NZSG School Admission Records [16 November 2013]

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