HOPPING, Francis Charles
(Service number 58534)

Aliases Frank
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 23 July 1896 Place of Birth Christchurch

Enlistment Information

Date 21 May 1917 Age 20 years 10 months
Address at Enlistment Gapes Valley, Geraldine
Occupation Farm labourer
Previous Military Experience 2nd Regiment (serving)
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs Catherine HOPPING (mother), Gapes Valley, Geraldine
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 5 inches. Weight 149 lbs. Chest measurement 34-38 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes blue. Hair fair. Sight - both eyes 6/6. Hearing & colour vision both normal. Limbs well formed. Full perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. No illnesses. Not free of hernia, varicocele, varicose veins. Slight haemorrhoids. Good bodily & mental health. No slight defects. No fits. Class A.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 29th Reinforcements Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company
Date 15 August 1917
Transport Ruahine
Embarked From Wellington Destination Glasgow, Scotland
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Infantry Regiment

Military Awards

Campaigns Western European
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 16 June 1919 Reason On termination of period of engagement.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Wool classer


Date 6 February 1964 Age 67 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Block 10, Plot 274
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Francis Charles HOPPING was the second son of Joseph and Catherine (née SMITH) HOPPING. Like his brother Albert, Frank was educated at Woolston School before transferring to Gapes Valley School when the family moved in mid 1909. He left for camp on 25 June 1917. Francis returned to New Zealand on the "Carpentaria", due on 14 May 1919 at Lyttelton. Francis was married twice - first to Annie McKay, then later to Elsie Lorraine Wood.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [17 July 2014]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5541 0056604) [14 June 2016]; Press, 24 December 1907, 13 July 1915, 5 May 1919, Star, 9 May 1917, Timaru Herald, 9 May 1917, 25 June 1917 [x 2], 10 August 1917, 2 February 1918, 2 May 1919 (Papers Past) [20 September 2013; 01 September 2014; 26 September 2015]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [18 July 2014]; School Admission Records (Canterbury Branch NZSG & South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [18 July 2014]; Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch, burial record (Christchurch City Council) [26 September 2015]; Probate record (Archives NZ/FamilySearch) [24 February 2016]; SCroll submission from S Templeton, September & 1 December 2020; SCRoll web submission from P Paterson, 24 September 2021

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