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