HORNE, Frederick Vernon
(Service number 2/1438)

Aliases Fred
First Rank Gunner Last Rank Sergeant


Date 21 September 1888 Place of Birth Dunedin

Enlistment Information

Date 9 February 1915 Age 26 years
Address at Enlistment C/o F. V. HORNE, Arcade, Timaru
Occupation Painter
Previous Military Experience 8½ years Timaru Volunteers
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Mary Sophia HORNE (mother), care of Mrs Little, 58 Central Terrace, Kelburn, Wellington; various other address including Timaru
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 4th Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship New Zealand Field Artillery
Date 17 April 1915
Transport Willochra or Knight Templar or Waitomo
Embarked From Wellington Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With NZ Field Artillery

Military Awards

Campaigns Balkan; Egptian; Egyptian EF; West 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 21 October 1919 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Hotel keeper


Date 20 October 1964 Age 76 years
Place of Death Greenlane Hospital, Auckland
Memorial or Cemetery Cremated & ashes interred Purewa Cemetery, Auckland
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Frederick Vernon Horne, known as Fred, was born on 21 September 1888 at Dunedin, the elder son of Frederick Thomas and Mary Sophia (née Muir) Horne. Fred started at Caversham School, Dunedin, transferring to Waimataitai School, Timaru, when the family moved in October 1899. At Caversham he featured in the Standard II Merit list in 1897.

He enlisted on 9 February 1915 at Trentham. He had served 8½ years with the Timaru Volunteers. A painter, single and of Church of England affiliation, he named his mother as next-of-kin – Mrs Mary Sophia Horne, care of Mrs Little, 58 Central Terrace, Kelburn, Wellington. Mrs Horne was afterwards at various addresses, including Timaru. Gunner F. V. Horne embarked with the New Zealand Field Artillery of the 4th Reinforcements, leaving from Wellington on 17 April 1917. While in England, F. V. Horne represented the NZEF in rowing events on the Thames in August 1919 and at Henley in September 1919.

The troopship Tainui, which was expected to arrive in Wellington on 21 September 1919, brought home Sergeant-Major F. V. Horne, of Timaru. He intended to go to C/o Mrs M. S. Horne, Hatton Street, Timaru. He was discharged on 21 October 1919, having given 4 years and 258 days of service, 4 years and 160 days of that overseas. For his service in the Balkans, Egypt and Western Europe, he was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Frederick Vernon Horne married Linda Florence Baldwin in late 1923. “A quiet wedding was solemnised at the residence of the bride’s parents, “Silure,” 72 Aikman’s Road, Merivale, Christchurch, recently, when Linda Florence, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Richard Baldwin, was married to Frederick Vernon, eldest son of Mrs M. S. Horne, Timaru, and of the late Mr F. Horne. . . . . . Later, Mr and Mrs F. V. Horne left for Auckland on their honeymoon trip.” Fred and Linda lived in various parts of the country, following the occupation of hotel keeper.

Frederick Vernon Horne died on 20 October 1964 at Greenlane Hospital, Auckland, aged 76 years. He was cremated and his ashes interred at Purewa Cemetery, Auckland. Linda had died in June 1952 and was cremated at Waikumete, her ashes being scattered. Both Fred’s parents were buried at Timaru, his father in 1922 and his mother in 1927.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [27 September 2022]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [27 September 2022]; School Admission records (Dunedin & South Canterbury branches NZSG) [27 September 2022]; Purewa Cremation record ( [27 September 2022]; Evening Star, 17 December 1897, Sun, 29 August 1919, Timaru Herald, 26 January 1924 (Papers Past) [09 & 27 September 2022]

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