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Mary Elizabeth Richardson Tripe, Lance Corporal Samuel Frickleton, VC, 1920

Ref: AAAC 898 NCWA 489

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Samuel Frickleton (1891-1971) was born in Slamannan, Scotland, and enlisted in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in February 1915. He became seriously ill on arrival in Egypt, and was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Forced to return to New Zealand, he was discharged as medically unfit on 11 November 1915. After recovering he re-enlisted in April 1916 and sailed to Europe with the 15th Reinforcements, where he was posted to France with the 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade. Frickleton, then a lance corporal, was awarded the Victoria Cross for "conspicuous bravery and determination" during the Battle of Messines on 7 June 1917, in which he destroyed two enemy machine-gun posts (and was severely wounded).

Frickleton was promoted to second lieutenant in March 1918, but became ill again and returned to New Zealand in June 1918. After World War I Frickleton was commissioned a lieutenant and served in the New Zealand Staff Corps from 1919 until 1927.

This portrait of Frickleton was done after his First World War service when he held the rank of lieutenant.

Oil, 1225 x 865mm
Western Front; Battle of Messines, Belgium
Medals: Victoria Cross

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