Major

Frank Hadfield Statham

MiD (WW1)

Awards

Conflict: 
WW1
Additional Information: 

Son of the Rev. Charles Hadfield Statham and Annie S. Statham, of Dunedin; husband of May Pierpoint Statham, of 139, London St., Dunedin.

References:
  • CWGC
  • Archives New Zealand
Relatives Who Are Also Casualties:
NZ WAR GRAVES

Public Contributions:

Extract from the Memoirs of Private William Anderson - Attack on Chunuk Bair. It was fortunate for the success of the action that the leading company (10th, North Otago) had a real leader (Major Stat... Read More
Extract from the Memoirs of Private William Anderson - Attack on Chunuk Bair. It was fortunate for the success of the action that the leading company (10th, North Otago) had a real leader (Major Statham) and that he survived long enough to see, like Nelson, that his task was accomplished. …... From there the now mixed, straggly, column made it's toilsome way, Major Statham at its head. Weary, weakened, giving no display of military precision we hauled ourselves up cliffs where roots from bushes above were exposed by the action of the weather, along knife edged ridges and down into deep ravines. Like a meteor leaving a spread and sometimes ragged trail, Major Statham alone, carried the battalion over this rugged terrain to the more open but also more actively contested territory. For though the 10th started out as the leading Company there was now a well mixed following. Coming to the last big gully Major Statham asked William and another chap to locate a trench supposed to be in the vicinity. Major Statham and his followers apparently halted near the crest of the rise but bushes gave little view of where stray bullets were coming from. Away to the right the Turks could be seen but the fire didn't come from there. When a good number had gathered Major Statham called on all 10th men. …. The picture is still clear in my mind's eye of that hero calling for his company men, for I knew and they knew that few would survive.


Personal Tributes:

Casualty

Service Number: 
8/977A
Name:
Frank Hadfield Statham
Rank: 
Major
Date of Birth:
Not known
Next of Kin: 
Mrs Mary P. Statham (wife), care of C.H. Statham, 26 Dowling Street, Dunedin, New Zealand
Date of Enlistment:
Not known
Enlistment Address: 
Otago, New Zealand
Armed Force: 
Army
Unit:
NZEF, Otago Regiment

Casualty Details

Cause of Death:
Killed in action
Date of Death:
08 August 1915
Day of Death:
Sunday
Conflict: 
WW1

Embarkation Details

Embarkation Body:
Main Body
Embarkation Place:
Port Chalmers, New Zealand
Embarkment Date:
16 October 1914
Transport:

HMNZT 5
HMNZT 9
Vessel:
Ruapehu or Hawkes Bay
Destination:
Suez, Egypt

Text in italics supplied by Cenotaph Online, Auckland War Memorial Museum

Cemetery

Cemetery Reference: 
14
Cemetery Location: 
Turkey
Frank Hadfield Statham
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