MAY, Frederick Cecil
(Service number 88163)

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Date 2 December 1882 Place of Birth Orari, South Canterbury

Enlistment Information

Date 14 June 1918 Age 35 years
Address at Enlistment Rakaia, Canterbury
Occupation Auctioneer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married. One child
Next of Kin Ethelfreda Gwendolyn MAY (wife), Rakaia, Canterbury
Religion Church of England
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Date 18 February 1937 Age 54 years
Place of Death Timaru
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 44, Plot 708
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Frederick Cecil May was born on 2 December 1882 at Orari, South Canterbury, the second son of John and Elizabeth Ann (née Bennett) May. John and Elizabeth arrived in New Zealand from Cornwall in August 1874, with two daughters. Little John was born in November 1874 and died nearly four weeks after, in December. Frederick married Ethelfreda Gwendolyn Cordner on 24 November 1913 at St Mary’s, Merivale, Christchurch. Their son, Terence Cecil May, was born on 6 November 1916.

Frederick was an auctioner for Loan & Mercantile Ltd at Rakaia when he enlisted on 14 June 1918 at Ashburton. He named his wife as next-of-kin - Mrs Ethelfreda Gwendolyn May, Rakaia, Canterbury. He was a member of the South Canterbury quota of the Forty-sixth Reinforcements which left Timaru by the north express on 9 September 1918 after parading at the drill hall. F. C. May did not serve overseas.

He died on 18 February 1937 at his Timaru residence, aged 54 years. He was buried in the Timaru Cemetery, his wife and son with him. Frederick’s brother, Robert Gordon May, also served in World War One.

See attachment for obituary.


Timaru Herald, 21 May 1918, 20 February 1937 (Papers Past) [08 October 2021; 03 February 2022]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [31 January 2022]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [01 February 2022]

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