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Full Name: Frank Osmond Percival
Rank Last Held: Signalman
Forename(s): Frank Osmond
Surname: Percival
War: Korean War, 1950-1953
Serial No.: 208237
Date of Birth: 30 June 1924
Place of Birth: Workington, England
Occupation before Enlistment: Farm labourer
Enlistment Address: Sheffield, New Zealand
Body on Embarkation: Kayforce
Last Unit Served: RoyalNew Zealand Corps of Signals
Place of Death: Korea
Date of Death: 6 December 1951
Age at Death: 27
Year of Death: 1951
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Cemetery Name: United Nations Cemetery, Pusan, Korea
Memorial Name: Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo.
Biographical Notes:
  • Served with Kayforce 1951
  • "The continuing danger was brought home when three New Zealand signalmen went for a walk over a hill immediately behind Divisional Headquarters on 6 December 1951. They followed a well-worn path until they reached the wire which they thought bounded a minefield, but somehow they missed the wire on the other side because they were already inside the minefield. One of the Chinese box-type mines was tripped off, and the explosion killed Signalman F.O. Percival." (McGibbon 1996, vol. 2, p. 242)
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:
  • Ian McGibbon, New Zealand and the Korean War, Volume II: Combat Operations, Oxford University Press, Auckland, 1996, pp. 242, 371, 409.
  • New Zealand in the Korean War. NZHistory online. URL:
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