(Service number 58757)

Aliases Jack
First Rank Rifleman Last Rank


Date 14 January 1888 Place of Birth Awamoko 

Enlistment Information

Date 5 June 1917 Age 29 yrs 5 mths
Address at Enlistment Awamoko
Occupation Farm labourer; ploughman
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Mary Ann FRIDD (mother), Russell Square, Timaru 
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information Height 5 ft 5 in. Weight 133 lbs. Chest 331/2 - 37 in. Complexion dark. Eyes brown. Hair dark. Eyes both 6/6. Hearing, colour vision, heart, lungs - normal. Limbs, chest - well formed. Only trivial illnesses prior. Free of hernia, variocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good physical & mental health; no defects, no fits. Declared Fit class A.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 29th Reinforcements H Company
Date 13 October 1917
Transport Corinthic
Embarked From Wellington Destination Liverpool, England
Other Units Served With 6th Battalion. 3rd R B.
Last Unit Served With New Zealand Rifle Brigade

Military Awards

Campaigns Western Europe
Service Medals British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

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


Date 28 April 1920 Reason No longer fit for War Service on account of wounds received in Action.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

31 Jul 1918 wounded in France, in Action in the Field - hands, back, legs; admitted to Hospital for right arm, hand & shoulder. 4 Aug 1918 again admitted to Hospital. 7 Aug 1918 transferred to Boulogne, then on 25 Oct 1918 to UK & admitted to Mile End Hospital. 21 Dec 1918 admitted again to Mile End Hospital.

Post-war Occupations


Date 10 April 1942 Age 54 yrs
Place of Death
Cause Died of sickness
Memorial or Cemetery Oamaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference Block 141, Plots 15, 16
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Son of George & Mary Ann (nee JACKSON) FRIDD. At time of attestation, he stated that both his mother & father were absolutely dependent on him; two brothers had already gone to the front, one of them being killed. His appeal against overseas service  was dimissed. [See Bio]; John was one of four boys back on final leave from camp, who were farewelled at one of the largest gatherings on such an occasion at Awamoko in early August 1917. After progressive euchre (at which John won first prize), each man was presented with a wristlet watch. and wished every success and a safe return. The men thanked their friends and said that they would always think of them and their kind remarks. They also received a parcel containing articles of clothing from the ladies of the Red Cross.


Cenotaph Database [04 September 2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5539 0042569) [05 September 2013]; NZ BDM historical records; Newspapers - Otago Witness, 22 Apr 1908, North Otago Times, 12 Sep 1908, Otago Daily Times, 12 June 1917; Oamaru Mail, 4 August 1917, North Otago Times, 27 Aug 1918 -  (PapersPast) [08 September 2013; 29 August 2014]

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