SAMS, Frank Douglas Home
(Service number )

Aliases Douglas
First Rank Last Rank Second-Lieutenant


Date 24 February 1891 Place of Birth Deloraine, Tasmania, Australia

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Electrician
Previous Military Experience Cadets at Timaru Main School
Marital Status
Next of Kin
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with Royal Air Force Served in Royal Flying Corps Special Reserve
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation
Unit, Squadron, or Ship
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Royal Flying Corps, R.A.F.

Military Awards

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Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom On German soil. By the Germans.
Actions Prior to Capture Early in his service with the Royal Flying Corps (2nd flight?), his machine came down on German soil (possibly through injury or damage), and he was taken prisoner of war.
PoW Serial Number
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Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 10 April 1961 Age 70 yrs
Place of Death Ashburn Hall, Dunedin
Memorial or Cemetery Cremated & ashes interred at Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin
Memorial Reference Block S 45, Plot 122
New Zealand Memorials St Stephen's Anglican Church, Fairlie, Roll of Honour (Prisoner of War in Germany)

Biographical Notes

Second son of William Thomas & Annie Maria (nee HOME) SAMS, of Balmoral, Fairlie. Brothers Herbert William Home SAMS & William Montague Home SAMS also served in WWI. Educated at Lower Shotover & George Street Dunedin schools, then at Timaru Main (& TBHS?). Medically rejected in NZ for war service. In 1916 he gained the Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificate. In 1916 he was accepted for the Royal Flying Corps & went into training at Oxford, England. Prisoner of War by October 1916, in Osnabruck, Hanover, Germany; still POW in March 1918. After liberation he worked for the R.A.F. in England, before returning to NZ. [See BIO.]


DCC - headstone image & burial record (Andersons Bay Cemetery) [28 February 2014]; Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin - plaque inscription & cremation record (South Canterbury Branch microfiche collection, NZSG Cemetery Records) [02 March 2014]; School admission records (NZSG Southland & Dunedin branches) [28 February 2014]; Star, 12 May 1906, Timaru Herald, 16 December 1904, 16 June 1916, 12, 22 & 26 September 1916, 12 October 1916, 20 December 1918, 23 April 1919, Oamaru Mail, 11 October 1916, Otago Daily Times, 25 & 28 September 1916, 19 June 1917, Evening Post, 28 April 1917, North Otago Times, 2 May 1917, Press, 11 June 1917, Ashburton Guardian, 30 June 1917, New Zealand Herald, 4 March 1918 (Papers Past) [28 February 2014]; [28 February 2014]; interactive & photo, 1916; Medal Card) [01 & 02 March 2014].

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