Mjr F.H. Statham, NZEF

Major Frank Statham, NZEF
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Photos of Major Statham are known to exist in the following locations: Byrne p58. Waite p213. Auckland Weekly News 4 Nov 1915 p39

Major Frank Hadfield (Mentioned in Despatches)

No. 8/977A, 10th (North Otago) Coy, Otago Battalion, New Zealand Expeditionary Force

Born 31 December, 1879, at Dunedin, NZ
[Birth certificate 1880 846 [Dunedin dist. March qtr] NZ]

Educated: Private School; Mornington School; Otago Boys' High School (1892 - 98); Otago University, Dunedin, NZ

Married; Accountant, of St. Leonard's, Otago, New Zealand

Next of Kin listed as: Wife, Mary Pierpont Statham (nee Smith), of Care of C.H. Statham, 26 Dowley [Dowling?] Street, Dunedin, NZ

Died of wounds
9th August 1915
at Chunuk Bair, northern Anzac sector
Aged 35

10th (N. Otago) Coy., Otago Bn.

10th (North Otago) Coy, Otago Battalion, NZEF

Pro Patria
(For Country)

No Known Grave


Undertook a mining course at Otago University: A.O.S.M. degree. Mining engineer by profession, but was with his father, Mr C.H. Statham, accountant and auditor and secretary treasurer for the Diocese of Dunedin.
Student no. 2091. A.O.S.M. 1903. Associate in Geology 1905. Keen sportsman, football (rugby), rowing, etc. (Otago Boys' High School Old Boys' Register p55).

Brother of Corporal Clive Statham, who was a Member of Parliament. Leaves a widow (daughter of Colonel E.R. Smith), and two children. Sister; Mrs Arthur Hobson of Napier (late Wellington). Left NZ as a captain, promoted to major in the field on 4th May 1915.

Killed, with his brother, by 'friendly fire', during the heavy fighting on Chunuk Bair, 9th August:

'About 5 a.m., while the Turkish attack upon them was still at its height, three high-explosive howitzer shells, coming from the right rear, burst among them, one exploding in the front trench on the left, wrecking the trench, and killing the gallant Major Statham together with his brother beside him, as well as Sergeant-Major Porteous and six or seven men. The shells almost certainly came from one of the howitzer batteries inside the old Anzac lines. (Bean V2 p692-693).

See also the record for Major ELMSLIE.

(Major Statham's brother was Corporal Clive H.F. Statham, Otago Regt; a sheep farmer of Takapau, Hawkes Bay, NZ. Born Dunedin, NZ; 23 Sept. 1892).

A Photo of Corporal Statham appears beside that of Major Statham in the Auckland Weekly News of 4 Nov 1915 p39.

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