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Full Name: Frank Alured Mathias
Rank Last Held: Trooper
Forename(s): Frank Alured
Surname: Mathias
War: World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.: 418466
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 30 July 1913
First Known Rank: Trooper
Body on Embarkation: Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF)
Embarkation Unit: New Zealand Armoured Corps
Campaigns: Italy
Last Unit Served: 20 Armoured Regiment
Place of Death: Florence, Italy
Date of Death: 3 August 1944
Age at Death: 31
Year of Death: 1944
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Cemetery Name: Florence War Cemetery, Italy
Grave Reference: VII. A. 12.
Biographical Notes: Son of Frank and Agnes Taylor Mathias, of Waipiata, Otago
Description of Image:
  • Portrait, Weekly News
  • Group, WW2, Armoured regiment, seated on a tank, Italy : Back left to right Frank Mathias, Jack Dawkins, Jock Kevern ; Front left to right Owen Chatterton & Pat McGrath.
  • Group of soldiers, Armoured Regiment, Italy. 2 tanks. Caption from the photograph "Look for hole caused by shell which killed Owen Chatterton. Jock Kevern, Clive Lane & Frank Matthias were shot when they got out of tank"
  • Field graves of Clive Lane (on the left) and Frank Mathias, Florence, Italy.
Further References: Pringle, D., Glue, W. (1957). p. 466
Sources Used: Pringle, D., Glue, W. (1957). 20 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington: Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. Digital copy URL:
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