(Service number 58757)
|First Rank||Rifleman||Last Rank|
|Date||14 January 1888||Place of Birth||Awamoko|
|Date||5 June 1917||Age||29 yrs 5 mths|
|Address at Enlistment||Awamoko|
|Occupation||Farm labourer; ploughman|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs Mary Ann FRIDD (mother), Russell Square, Timaru|
|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.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Rifle Brigade|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||29th Reinforcements H Company|
|Date||13 October 1917|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Liverpool, England|
|Other Units Served With||6th Battalion. 3rd R B.|
|Last Unit Served With||New Zealand Rifle Brigade|
|Service Medals||British War Medal; Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|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.
|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|
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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