THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
STARNES Fred
6/359, Captain, Canterbury Regiment, WW1

CITATION
Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Gazetted 3 March 1919, p2995
For valuable service rendered in connection with military operations in Mesopotamia.

Distinguished Service Order
Gazetted 14 November 1916, p11044
For conspicuous gallantry in attack.  When after heavy fighting, our men were exhausted, and being attacked in front and on both flanks, he rallied them and personally led a third and final attack with such determination that the enemy were swept back up their own communication trenches.  Next day he beat off a strong counter attack with heavy losses.
(Flers during the Battle of the Somme, 19 September 1916)

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 4 January 1917, p261
Mentioned in a despatch from General Sir Douglas Haig, Commander-in-Chief of the British Armies in France.  Dated 13th November 1916.

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 30 April 1919, p5446
Mentioned for distinguished and gallant service and devotion to duty by Lieutenant General Sir W.R M Marshall, Commander-in-Chief, Mesopotamia Expeditionary Force, in his despatch of 11 November 1918.

AWARDS
Distinguished Service Order
Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE)
1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Mention in Despatches (2)

NOTES
Born 11 October 1888, Motueka, New Zealand
Died 12 October 1973, Tauranga, New Zealand
Buried Pyes Pa Cemetery, Tauranga [RSA Sec A, Plot 110]