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Full Name: Frederick Terence Poynton
Rank Last Held: Lance Corporal
Forename(s): Frederick Terence
Surname: Poynton
  • Regular Military Service
  • Korean War, 1950-1953
Gender: Male
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: Kayforce
Military Awards: New Zealand Operational Service Medal (NZOSM)
Last Unit Served: RoyalNew Zealand Corps of Signals
Place of Death: Japan
Date of Death: 15 September 1951
Age at Death: 26
Year of Death: 1951
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.
Obituary: 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
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