Tott, Frederick George

Tott, Frederick George  MM



Military History:


New Zealand Expeditionary Force,
Wellington Regiment, Taranaki Rifles

2nd Lieutenant

Service Number:

Date of Enlisting:

Date of death:

Cemetery/ Memorial:
Not known

UK Cemetery/Memorial:
St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour


Frederick enlisted with the Wellington Regiment of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force on 3rd February 1915. He later transferred to the Taranaki Rifles. He saw active service in Palestine, Gallipoli, and Passchendaele.  He had risen to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant by February 1919.  He was demobbed in July 1919.

Frederick received the Military Medal and the Belgian Croix de Guerre for acts of gallantry at Passchendaele in February 1918. He was also awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Frederick survived the War and died in England in 1967.

He is commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour.


Family History:


Date of Birth:

Birth Place:
Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Holwell, Bedfordshire

1st quarter 1932


Frederick was born in Ashwell, Hertfordshire in 1886, the fifth son of James and Mary Anne Alice (nee Austin). At age 14 he was a butcher’s lad in Ashwell.

Frederick emigrated to Wellington, New Zealand in 1910 where he worked as a butcher.

Frederick returned to Ashwell, Hertfordshire at the end of 1919 after being demobbed from War service. He settled on Church Farm, Holwell, Bedfordshire in about 1923. His brother Albert William joined him on the farm in about 1929. Frederick married May Baines in the Hitchin District in the first quarter 1932. It appears they had no children.  He died in March 1967.

Frederick’s brother Albert enlisted on 2nd May 1917 and saw active service on the Western Front.

His brother Wilfred emigrated to Canada in 1913 and married Ethel Langdon at Wellington Co, Ontario in 1915.



Royston Crow


2 Feb 1917P3 col 2 (top)ANZAC visitTo MT School, L/Corp F Tott visiting friends and mother in Ashwell, left for New Zealand 7 years ago, on leave. Has been to Egypt and Gallipoli, now France. Visited old school and Mr Chote persuaded him to address boys about his experiences.


15 Feb 1918P4 col 2 (top)Honours for an Ashwell boySgt F Tott of Taranaki Rifles, NZ Expeditionary Force awarded Military Medal for fine work in the field especially Paschendaele. Also honoured by Belgian Government on Feb 2nd with Croix de Guerre.


Name:Frederick George Tott
Birth Place:Ashwell, Hertfordshire
Residence:Holwell, Bedfordshire
Death Date:3.1967
Enlistment Place:Wellington, New Zealand
Rank:2nd Lieutenant
Regiment:New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Battalion:Taranaki Rifles
Regimental Number:      10/27872
Type of Casualty:Survived
Theatre of War:Egyptian,
Balkans, Gallipoli
Western Europe, France and Flanders

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