STECHMAN, Frederick Andrew
(Service number 6/3878)

First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 10 August 1895 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment 73 Elizabeth Street, Timaru
Occupation Tailor
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs F. STECHMAN (mother), 73 Elizabeth Street, Timaru
Religion Anglican
Medical Information

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 9th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company
Date 8 January 1916
Transport Maunganui
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals
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 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 27 November 1960 Age 65 years
Place of Death Public Hospital, Timaru
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 55, Plot 1021
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Frederick Andrew Stechman was the son of Francis (Frank) Alexander and Annie Stechman (nee Paxton), A great niece recounts that Frederick's parents both had colourful histories, noting: "Frank Alexandra De Flom was born in France and emigrated to Dunedin from England in 1875. While onboard the ship Corona, he was caught for stealing a passengers jewellery and was later convicted for larceny at sea. He was sentenced to two years labour. Annie (Andriana Paxton) was born in North Leigh, Edinburgh, Scotland and sailed to NZ solo at the age of 17, aboard 'The Wellington'. She worked as a young maid in Scotland and had been treated unkindly by her employers, so basically fled to NZ to start a new life. Annie arrived into Port Chalmers on 26 Feb 1879. Like the majority of the single women aboard, she was listed as being a general servant. . They went on to have 11 children. Their first few kids were given the De Flom surname. Unfortunately Frank's past caught up with him and he thought it best to change his surname in order to give him anonymity and a fresh start. He felt very humiliated by his pasts misfortunes." She continues: "Frank worked for the Timaru Harbour Board from around 1894, doing a variety of jobs such as labouring, crane driving, train driving and in his later years, as night watchman. He was described as a quiet, loving man and was well respected by his colleagues. Frank died between the hours of 10pm on the 17th Sept and 6am on the 18th Sept 1920 while on duty as a night watchman. His death certificate indicates he died of a heart attack, but family believe he was in fact electrocuted. He was found by one of his sons."

Frederick was educated at Timaru Main School.

After the war Frederick married Ellen Gledhill in 1927 at Christchurch. The couple went on to have two children, Eunice and Leslie.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [13 June 2018]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [June 2018]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [June 2018]; SCRoll web submission by K Shatford, 20 July 2021

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