Topic: James Frew (1883-1917)

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Tauranga labourer James Frew served during World War I under the assumed name 'James Henry Francis'. He was killed in action at Ypres in France on 26 July 1917. Story by Debbie McCauley.

James Frew was born in Oamaru on 12 November 1883 (possibly reg. 1889/3578). His parents were James and Margaret Frew.

James worked as a labourer for the Public Works Department in Tauranga.

He enlisted in World War I on 11 December 1914, serving as a Sergeant under the assumed name of 'James Henry Francis' (Service Number: 12/1627) with the Auckland Infantry Battalion (16th Company, 1st Battalion).

James served at Gallipoli and the Western Front. He was Mentioned in Despatches on 10 April 1916 and received a Distinguished Conduct Medal on 3 June 1916.

James was killed in action in Ypres, France on 26 July 1917 at the age of 33. He was buried in Mud Corner Cemetery, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium.

James Frew (1883-1917)


Archives New Zealand: Military Personnel File.

Auckland War Memorial Museum: Cenotaph Record.

Births, Deaths and Marriages Online (New Zealand).


A version of this article was archived in August 2016 at Perma CC

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James Frew (1883-1917)

Note:Service Number: 12/1627
First Names:James
Last Name:Frew
Date of Birth:12 November 1883
Place of Birth:Oamaru
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:26 July 1917
Place of death:Ypres, France
Place of burial:Mud Corner Cemetery, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium
Fathers name:James Frew
Fathers date of birth:7 March 1857
Fathers place of birth:Shotts, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Fathers date of death:October 1942
Fathers place of death:Otago, New Zealand
Mothers name:Margare Lamont
Mothers date of birth:c1865
Mothers place of birth:County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Mothers date of death:10 May 1898
Mothers place of death:New Zealand
Military Service:World War I (1914-1918)