MARCHANT, Frederic Norman
(Service number 7/89)

First Rank Captain Last Rank Captain/Quartermaster


Date 23 November 1887 Place of Birth Timaru, South Canterbury, New Zealand

Enlistment Information

Date 13 August 1914 Age 26
Address at Enlistment Wai-iti Rd.Timaru, New Zealand
Occupation Architect on own account
Previous Military Experience Five years College Rifles, Christchurch, New Zealand; 8th Regiment, South Canterbury Mounted Rifles.
Marital Status SIngle
Next of Kin Frederic William Marchant, Torquay, Devonshire, England; later updated to C/- Union Bank of Australia, 71 Cornhill, London
Religion Anglican
Medical Information Height 5 foot 8 inches. Weight 147 lbs. Fair complexion. Light brown eyes. Light Brown hair.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Main Body
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Mounted Rifles
Date 16 October 1914
Transport Tahiti or Athenic - Ship
Embarked From Lyttelton, New Zealand Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Mounted Rifles

Military Awards

Campaigns Egypt 1914-15, Egypt Expeditionary Force 1916, Gallipoli 1915
Service Medals 1914/15 Star. British War Medal. Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

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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 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 31 December 1916 Age 29
Place of Death Egypt
Cause Died of wounds
Memorial or Cemetery Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Egpyt
Memorial Reference C. 36
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Timaru Boys High School War Memorial Library plaque (as N Marchant); Memorial plaque, St Mary's Church, Timaru (as N Marchant)

Biographical Notes

Son of Sara and Frederic William Marchant, brother of Eric Lachlan, Ruth and Kate Winnifred.

Marchant was found, by a Court of Enquiry, to have died of self-inflicted wounds on 31 December 1916, while temporarily insane. The tragic story is detailed further in "WW1 No. 7/89 Captain (and Quartermaster) Norman Marchant died of wounds" at


Auckland War Memorial Cenotaph Database (Oct 2013); Archway(Oct 2013); CWGC (Oct 2013); NZ War Graves (Oct 2013); NZ BDM 1887/12178; Probate available from Archives New Zealand online at; SCRoll web submission by A Evans, 13 May 2023

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