Record detail

Full Name
Frederick Terence Poynton
Rank Last Held
Lance Corporal
Frederick Terence
  • Regular Military Service
  • Korean War, 1950-1953
Date of Birth
16 September 1924
Place of Birth
United Kingdom
Next of Kin
Mr F.G. Poynton (father), Doncaster, Yorkshire, England
Body on Embarkation
Military Awards
New Zealand Operational Service Medal (NZOSM)
Last Unit Served
RoyalNew Zealand Corps of Signals
Place of Death
Date of Death
15 September 1951
Age at Death
Year of Death
Cause of Death
Died of disease, polio-encephalmyelitis
Cemetery Name
United Nations Cemetery, Pusan, Korea
Memorial Name
Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo.
NZ Herald, 19 September 1951, p. 7.
Biographical Notes
  • Served with Regular Force 1950-51
  • Served with Kayforce 1951
  • "But Songo fever was only one among a number of threats. This had been brought home by the tragic case of Lance-Corporal Frederick Poynton, a regular soldier, whose prolonged efforts to join Kayforce had finally been rewarded when he was selected for the Expansion Draft. Less than a month after he arrived in Japan, however, he was struck down by polio-encephalmyelitis." (McGibbon 1996, vol. 2, p. 240)
  • Rank last held was listed as Temporary Lance Corporal
  • Died of disease (polio-encephalmyelitis)
Description of Image
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo (taken in April 1999).
  • Hall of Memories WW2, Auckland War Memorial Museum, looking East (taken in April 1999)
Further References
Sources Used
  • McGibbon, I.C. (1992-1996). New Zealand and the Korean War (Vols. 1-2). Auckland, N.Z.; Wellington, N.Z.: Oxford University Press in association with the Historical Branch, Dept. of Internal Affairs.
  • New Zealand Defence Force. Roll of Honour. Personnel who have died on operational service since 3 September 1945. URL:
  • New Zealand Herald | Auckland Museum