New Zealand WW1 Dog Tags 10/2801 Pte F. Martin N.Z.E.F - Trio Samoan Advance Force, OIB, WIB and NZASC
A superb set of three WW1 dog tags to 10/2801 Private Frank Martin of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.
Frank was a Warehouseman prior to WW1, working in Wellington. He lists a Wellington address as well as his next of kin. Frank was born in Wellington, New Zealand.
He was to see to see 4 years and 252 days foreign service.
Frank started his service on the 9th of Aug 1914, as part of the Samoan Advance Force (service number 1/101), in B Coy, 5th Infantry Regiment, which were rapidly put together to leave New Zealand and capture the German owned Islands of Samoa. The force left New Zealand on the 15th of Aug 1914, and Frank was to spend 220 days in Samoa (came down with Dengue Fever - 15th of Feb 1915).
He returned to New Zealand on the 23rd of March 1915, and like many of the Advance Force, re-enlisted in the NZ Army. He left New Zealand again on the 17th of April 1915 with the 4th Infantry Reinforcements (service number 8/2280) as part of the Otago Infantry Battalion. For some reason, Frank only got as far as Australia, and then returned back to New Zealand 13 days later on the 29th April 1915.
Frank then left NZ again, this time with the 6th Infantry Reinforcements (service number 10/2801), with B Coy (Wellington Infantry Battalion) on the 14th of Aug 1915 and was to return to NZ finally on the 1st of Sept 1919!
In August 1916, Frank transferred to the New Zealand Army Service Corps.
He eventually got to the rank of Warrant Officer 1st Class (W.O.1).
His dog tags are as follows:
- Rare metal dog tag to 1/101 (so his Samoan Advance Force Tag) F Martin
- Brown and red fiber dog tags to 10/2801 F Martin N.Z.D.T - New Zealand Divisional Train?
All are mounted on a small piece of stiff red felt. They are sewn on, but through the holes in the tags, i.e. no new holes have been created.
Frank was entitled to a 1914-15 Star, a BWM and a Victory Medal. I do not know the where-a-bouts of the medals.
His long service file his available here: