Paul Milton Freyberg

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Paul Milton Freyberg

Birthplace: Richmond, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Death: June 18, 1917 (32)
Ypres, Belgium (Died of wounds)
Place of Burial: Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
Immediate Family:

Son of James Freyberg and Julia Freyberg
Brother of Oscar Freyberg; Claud V Freyberg; Cuthbert Freyberg and Bernard Cyril Freyberg, 1st Baron Freyberg VC, GCMG, KCB, KBE, DSO
Half brother of Rose Freyberg; Jessie Freyberg; Herbert Freyberg; Un-Named Freyberg and Percy Freyberg

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About Paul Milton Freyberg



  • Rank: Rifleman
  • Service No:12374
  • Date of Death: 18/06/1917
  • Age: 32
  • Regiment/Service: New Zealand Rifle Brigade 4th Bn. 3rd
  • Grave Reference: IV. A. 7.
  • Additional Information: Son of Julia Freyberg, and the late James Freyberg, of 12, Parliament St., Wellington, New Zealand. His brother Oscar fell at Gallipoli.

Paul Milton Freyberg was the son of James and Julia Freyberg.

The Freybergs migrated to New Zealand and moved to Wellington in 1891.

Rifleman Paul Milton Freyberg attended law lectures at V.U.C. He left as a corporal with the 12th Reinforcements, and while in France twice refused an offer to proceed to England to train for a commission, preferring to remain in the field. He took part in the first Battle of the Somme; at Messeines he received a severe wound, which led to his death on 18th June, 1917. He is credited with being the originator of the idea which led to the formation of the Motor Boat Patrol.

Source: The Spike: or, Victoria College Review War Memorial Number

Four brothers served in WW1: Oscar Freyberg killed 1915; Cuthbert Freyberg; Paul Milton Freyberg died of wounds 1917 and Bernard Cyril Freyberg who went on to serve in WW2 as well.



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Paul Milton Freyberg's Timeline

November 8, 1884
Richmond, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
June 18, 1917
Age 32
Ypres, Belgium
Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France