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SOLDIERS WOUNDED OR KILLED - 1917

AUCKLAND WEEKLY NEWS

Tribute to Jacqueline Walles

PALMER, Regimental Sergeant Major W, wounded on 18 November in Palestine, is the son of Mr. W Palmer of Leicester, England. He left NZ with the Main Body, with the Auckland Mounted Rifles. He has been awarded the Military Cross. [AWN 29.11.1917]

PALMER, Private George, who has died of wounds in France, was the second surviving son of Mr. & Mrs. Palmer of Horse St, Archhill. Aged 30, he was born in Auckland and educated at Newton West school after which he was in the timber trade. [AWN 26.04.1917]

PALMER, Corporal D H, son of Mr. D H Palmer, Mt Albert Road, is suffering from gunshot wounds to the face and was admitted to a hospital on 13 January. Corporal Palmer left NZ with the main body and was slightly wounded in the Gallipoli campaign. [AWN 01.02.1917]

PARFITT, Three members of the Parfitt family of Onehunga are in uniform. Private A H PARFITT enlisted in an early reinforcement, served at Gallipoli - where he was twice wounded - and is now in France. Private R G PARFITT has been in France for more than 12 months and so far has gone through the campaign scathless. The third brother, Private L C PARFITT, is a member of a draft now on the water. [AWN 18.01.1917]

PARK, Lieutenant K R, of the Royal Flying Corps, son of Professor Park of the Otago University, has been awarded the Military Cross and the Bar to the Military Cross. Both honours are for gallantry and devotion to duty in the field. He is the first New Zealand Flight Commander so honoured. [AWN 27.12.1917]

PARKES, P G, Captain, has been awarded a Bar to his Military Cross, for establishing strong posts on an unprotected flank, thus saving advanced waves from being cut off. [AWN 23.08.1917]

PARSONS, Private Sydney of the NZ machine-gun company, who died of wounds received in France, on 14 August, was a Wellington College Boy. He was only 21 years of age and before enlisting was on the staff of the Government architect's office in Wellington. He was the grandson of the late Mr. Chas Higgiwell-knownknown volunteer veteran in the Wairarapa and was also the nephew of Lieutenant V Higgins of Carterton School, who is serving with the forces in France. [AWN 20.09.1917]

PARTON, Sergeant R A, who has been awarded the Military Medal, left NZ with the 5th Reinforce-ments in June 1915 and has served continuously ever since, having fought at Gallipoli, in Egypt and in France. He is the youngest son of Mr. W Parton of Wellington. [AWN 08.11.1917]

PARUIHI, Tau, Rangitikei, was personally decorated with the Distinguished Conduct Medal at Marton by Colonel Sir James Allen, Minister for Defence. He received the award for conspicuous bravery at Anzac on 6 August 1915 during an attack on No.3 Post. Tau was cut off from his comrades and encircled by five Turks whom he fought single handed, killing four and capturing the fifth. [AWN 08.03.1917]

PASCOE, Gunner H D, son of Mrs. Coutts, Manurewa, on 2 December 1916, was in the NZ Hospital, Walton on Thames, suffering from enteric and dysentery and his condition is improving satisfactorily. He was wounded in four places at the Dardanelles but continued to fight. Later he was carried off the field suffering from enteric. Fragments of shell were taken from his wounds in Malta and he was sent to England where he has been ever since. [AWN 08.03.1917]

PATON, Trooper John S, wounded in Palestine on 14 November, is the son of Mr. J Paton of Clevedon. He enlisted in an early reinforcement but was under medical treatment for a considerable time. After arriving in Egypt he was kicked severely by a horse, which invalided him for nearly three months, after which he rejoined his regiment. [AWN 13.12.1917]

PATTON, Lance Corporal H L, who has been awarded the Military Medal, is the youngest son of Mrs. Patton of Te Awamutu. He went with the force to Samoa in 1914 and after serving for nine months returned to NZ and enlisted in the 7th Reinforcements. He has been on active service in France ever since. Previous to enlisting he was in the railway service. His only brother, Private William PATTON, is at present in camp. [AWN 19.07.1917]

PAUL, Lance Corporal James C, killed in action on 8 June during the Messines offensive, was the only son of Mr. Matthew Paul of Galbraith St, Waihi. Deceased, who left for the front in June 1916, was educated at the Thames High School where he passed both the junior and senior Civil Service examination and was afterwards appointed to the accountants branch of the general post office, Wellington. About a fortnight prior to leaving with the NZ forces he passed for a commission but left the Dominion before receiving an appointment. [AWN 12.07.1917]

PAULSEN, Private L P, killed in action on 15 August in France was the second youngest son of the late Mr. Laurits Paulsen, formerly of Norway. Prior to enlisting he was a waterside worker at Onehunga and was for many years in the employ of the Northern Steamship Co. He was 32 years of age. Over 20 of his relatives are at the front. Mrs. Paulsen, who is a daughter of Mr. W Wilson of Warkworth, and family of three young children, reside in Eden Terrace. [AWN 20.09.1917

PEARCE, Sergeant Arthur H, killed in action on 23 October, was the second son of Mr. F A Pearce of Te Kuiti and late of Whangarei. He was 27 years of age and left with the 6th Reinforcements of the Wellington Infantry. He was educated at the Whangarei High School and was in charge of the Public Trust Office at New Plymouth when he enlisted. [AWN 29.11.1917]

PEARSON, Private Ralph, wounded, is the son of Mr. George Pearson of Rawene, Hokianga, He left NZ last year, after learning signalling in England he fought with the Rifle Brigade and was wounded in the thigh on 7 June. He was well known in athletic circles at Hokianga. [AWN 19.07.1917]

PENGELLY - The Oatlands Park Hospital, which has hitherto been under the general control of the matron at Walton, now has a matron of its own. Sister Edna PENGELLY, has been appointed to the position. She was sister and sub-matron at the Nurses' Home at Wellington before going on active service with the first fifty nurses from NZ. Since then she has served in Egypt and with the No.1 General Hospital at Brockenhurst and No.3 at Codford. Oatlands Park is a section of No.2 NZ General Hospital. [AWN 27.12.1917]

PEPPERELL, Lance Corporal Frank, killed in action, was the oldest son of Mr. & Mrs. W F Pepperell who are amongst the oldest residents of Lichfield. He was born there 23 years ago and resided with his parents up to the time of his enlistment in the 14th Reinforcements. [AWN 08.11.1917]

PERRIN, Private John H P, killed in action, was the third son of Mr. & Mrs. W Perrin, Spring Street, Onehunga where he was born. Private Perrin, who was married, was a member of the Onehunga Volunteer Fire Brigade for twelve years and won several medals at fire brigade competitions. He left for the front with the 19th Reinforcements. [AWN 08.11.1917]

PHILIPS, Private Malcolm, of the Wellington Infantry, previously reported missing and now reported killed in action on 28 September, was the eldest son of Mr. Henry Philips of Kohukohu. He enlisted when he became 20 years of age, in a reinforcement and was killed shortly after reaching the firing line. From letters received from the front it appears he was on a journey of special danger when he met his death. He was a keen hockey player and served in the territorials. [AWN 29.03.1917]

PHILIPS, Rifleman M, who has been killed in action, was the eldest son of Mr. H Philips of Kohukohu. According to information received by his relatives he volunteered to carry despatches from the trenches to headquarters at a critical period. His commanding officer stated that had he returned he would have been recommended for the D.C.M. [AWN 05.04.1917]

PICKERING, Private John, late assistant scoutmaster, Henderson, who has been in the Brockenhurst Hospital since February 27 suffering from deafness and lung trouble, is showing some improvement. His twin brother, Private William PICKERING, received shell shock at the Somme on 15 September and was again admitted to hospital in France on 21 March owing to illness. Both men are serving with the Lewis gun detachment. [AWN 31.05.1917]

PLUGGE, Lieutenant Colonel A, D.S.O., commanding the First, Auckland, Infantry Battalion, First Brigade, has been awarded the Distinguished Service Order and also mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig's despatches for the excellence of his work during the last year's operations on the Somme. He is aged 39, a native of Hull, England. He was formerly connected with the 3rd, Auckland, Regiment as a Major and was one of the first to volunteer for service at the outbreak of war in 1914. He went away with the main body as officer commanding the Auckland Infantry Battalion. He played a conspicuous part in the landing at Gallipoli in April 1915, on which occasion he was wounded in the wrist. He refused to retire after receiving his wound and continued to lead his men. He was more severely wounded at Cape Helles and had to go into hospital, being ultimately invalided to England. He then took up duty in France. He was created CMG in October 1915. Colonel Plugge was formerly on the staff of King's College bur for four or five years before going to war, was Principal of the Dilworth Institute. Mrs. Plugge, who is a daughter of Mr. Graves Aickin of Auckland, is now in London. [AWN 01.03.1917]

POFF, Sergeant L J, winner of a Military Medal in the fighting at Messines, has been on service with the Divisional Signal Company since the first mobilisation of the NZEF. He is a Canterbury boy by birth but received his education at St Patrick's College, Wellington. After leaving school he entered the Civil Service and was for a number of years employed in the Government Survey Dept at Auckland. He enlisted in the Main Body and went into camp with the party of College Rifles men who formed the Auckland quota of the Divisional Signal Company. During his residence in Auckland, Sergeant Poff was an enthusiastic volunteer, while he was also a member of the University Hockey Club and an excellent rifle shot. [AWN 05.07.1917]

POLAND, Gunner Frank, killed in action, was the second son of Mr. Hugh Poland, MP, of Paeroa, and was 22 years of age. He was born at Paeroa and educated there and at the Thames High School. He joined the staff of the Bank of NZ and enlisted from the Hamilton branch of the bank with the 12th Reinforcements. He had previously enlisted with the Main Body but was rejected as too young. His elder brother James, who joined the 7th Reinforcements, was wounded at Armentieres in August 1915 and has since returned home and been discharged. Another brother, Roy, is now in camp. [AWN 01.11.1917]

PORRITT, Lieutenant Eric Ainslie, who has been awarded the Military Cross, is a son of Colonel E W Porritt of Paeroa, officer commanding the 6th, Hauraki, Regt. He completed his education at the Wellington College. [AWN 08.11.1917]

POW, Major James, DSO, saw service in the Boer war. He was a teacher in the Southland Boys' High School, which position he relinquished in 1912 to join the teaching staff of the Otago Boys' High School. He was in charge of the High School Cadets, holding the rank of captain. He went to Trentham at the close of 1914 and his services as instructor proved so valuable that he was retained there until June of the following year when he left Wellington in the Rifle Brigade. Only a few months ago he was promoted to the rank of major. He was wounded on September 27. [AWN 04.01.1917]

POWLEY, Captain Alfred James, NZRB - The Military Cross was presented to Mrs. A J Powley on behalf of the late Captain Powley. The deed which won the honour for the deceased officer was conspicuous gallantry during a raid on the enemy's trenches. His party was heavily encumbered by eight wounded men, one dead man and nine prisoners but with great determination he got them all in safely. [AWN 23.08.1917]

PRATT, Rifleman E, died of wounds, was the youngest son of the late Mr. Edward Pratt, NZ Railways and was born at Greymouth. He followed the sawmilling industry and was well known throughout the Rotorua and Hawkes Bay district. Prior to enlisting he was employed by Cashmore Bros., Ponsonby.. He was a member of the Legion of Frontiersmen. He enlisted in the Infantry and afterwards transferred to the Rifle Brigade. [AWN 12.07.1917]

PRESTON, Lance Corporal F J, killed in action at Messines, was the second son of John Preston of Nelson Street. He was born in Auckland 24 years ago and educated at Nelson Street School and the Grammar school. He was keenly interested in sport and won many trophies and was also a good rifle shot. He left NZ with the Main Body and was wounded at Gallipoli. He also saw considerable service in France. His two brothers are now at the front. [AWN 18.10.1917]

PREW, Rifleman Albert E, reported wounded is the son of Mr. Prew of Budleigh, Devonshire, England. His father has six brothers and a brother in law engaged on active service. His brother, Stephen PREW, left NZ with the Main Body and was killed at Gallipoli. [AWN 19.07.1917]

PRICE, Private Tom, who was reported last week as having died of wounds, was one of three brothers in the firing line, sons of Mrs. M Price of Cambridge, who also has a son in law amongst NZ's soldiers. Private Price left NZ a few months after the commencement of the war. He was wounded in June last and on recovery returned to the operations on the French front. Again he was wound on 4 February and this injury proved fatal. While resident in Cambridge, he took an active role in YMCA work. For 4 years prior to his enlistment he was in the territorials. [AWN 08.03.1917]

PRICKETT, Private J W, reported as having died of disease, was the son of Mr. J Prickett, Hamilton. He sought to enlist with the Main Body, Expeditionary Force, but was then rejected on account of his weight. His services were not accepted until the middle of last year. Private Prickett, aged 27, was prominent in football and rowing and represented Poverty Bay in both sports. Whilst in Auckland he played in the Marist Bros senior football team in 1913, 1914 and 1915 and he has also played for the St Mary's Club in Hamilton. By occupation he was a slaughterman. His elder brother James PRICKETT is serving with the Australian Forces. [AWN 24.05.1917]

PRINCE, Private A T, awarded the Military Medal, is the eldest son of Mr. J T Prince of Kohimarama. He was educated at the Tuakau School and at the time of his enlistment was a builder at Tuakau. He has been in France for 16 months, being wounded in the Somme battle. [AWN 19.07.1917]

PRINCE, George J, Private, 18 years of age, is the younger son of Mr. J T Prince of Kohimarama. He attended Edendale School and was farming in the Tuakau district. His elder brother has received the Military Medal. [AWN 02.08.1917]

PULLING, Lieutenant K L, RN, DSO, was recently killed in an aeroplane accident with a brother officer. He received the DSO for bringing down the last Zeppelin on the Norfolk coast. The Admiralty deeply deplored his loss, remarking that the British Air Service had lost one of its most distinguished and daring officers. The deceased was the4 eldest son of the late Mr. G Perriam Pulling of London and of Mrs. J L Thompson, Raetihi and grandson of the late Captain Laston, RN, and the Count and Countess de Hault of France. [AWN 10.05.1917]

PULMAN, Trooper Walter V, who died of wounds in Palestine on 17 November, was the third son of Mr. G Pulman of Buckland. He was born in the Waikato and prior to his departure was farming at Pukekohe. He left with the 5th Reinforcements and served for nearly three years with the forces in Egypt. His youngest brother, Lance Corporal PULMAN, is a member of the 33rd Reinforcements. [AWN 27.12.1917]



QUINN, Private C, Auckland Infantry, who has been awarded the Military Medal, is the eldest son of Mr. Chas Quinn of Matatoki. He is 23 years of age, and was educated at the Kopu and Convent High School, Thames. He was in the office of Arthur Tooman & Co., Auckland, for 15 months. He afterwards joined the Railway Traffic Dept and was stationed successively at Auckland, Te Aroha and Mercer. He enlisted in the 14th Reinforcements being then on the relieving staff. [AWN 19.07.1917]



RANKIN, Sergeant J, NZFA - The Distinguished Conduct Medal was presented to the deceased's mother. Sergeant Rankin showed conspicuous gallantry on 6 August 1915 near Lone Pine, Gallipoli. While his battery was bombarding the position the telephone line was cut. He went out voluntarily under heavy and continuous fire and laid another wire over the broken section. This enabled the battery commander to resume control with half an hour of the connections being broken thus materially assisting the fire effect of the battery. His bravery and good work had been consistently shown since the landing on the peninsula. [AWN 23.08.1917]

RAWHITI, Private H - Although Private Rawhiti, who has just been awarded a Bar to his Military Medal, which he won some time ago, he belongs nominally to the Pioneer Battalion, it was in Field Ambulance that he distinguished himself on both occasions. During the great attack on Gallipoli in August 1915 he carried down at least a dozen wounded men from the NZ machine-guns to the dressing station before he was disabled by injuring his back. He is still acting as a stretcher bearer and his new decoration is for a similar exhibition of coolness in France. [AWN 11.01.1917]

REED, Lieutenant Mervyn Rankin of the Auckland Mounted Rifles, who is amongst the officers wounded during the operations on the Egyptian frontier on Tuesday last, is a son of Mr. J R Reed, K.C., of Auckland. His injuries are officially reported as consisting of a compound fracture of the left arm and a shrapnel wound in the back. The wounds are described as serious but Lt Reed is reported to be progressing satisfactorily. The following cablegram was received from him yesterday - "Left arm broken; feeling splendid". Lt Reed, who is 21 years of age, is an old King's College boy. He left with one of the early reinforcements about eighteen months ago with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant and has been in Egypt ever since. He has held commission rank for the past four years, his first commission being granted when he left King's College. He was afterwards attached as lieutenant to the Dilworth Institute Cadets under Colonel PLUGGE. He transferred to the Auckland Mounted Rifles on 6 August 1914, two days after the outbreak of war. [AWN 18.01.1917]

REES, Information has been received by Mr. W J Rees of Shelly Beach Road, to the effect that his son Corporal E O L REES, of the Auckland Infantry, who was some time ago reported as in hospital in France suffering from pneumonia, has been discharged from that institution and is now at the base depot. Corporal Rees left NZ with the Main Body and was at the landing at Gallipoli, where he was severely wounded in the fighting on the 'Daisy patch '. Corporal Rees has two brothers on active service. Private S J L REES, who was in England when the war broke out, is in the King's Liverpool Regiment and has been in the firing-line on and off, since September 1915. The other brother, W P M REES, left with the Main Body. He served on Gallipoli with the Army Medical Corps, under Lieutenant Colonel D N W Murray, DSO, and was promoted on the field to the rank of sergeant. Sergeant Rees returned to NZ on a hospital ship on 1 January 1916, and was discharged. About two months ago he re-enlisted and is now in camp with the Army Medical Corps. [AWN 22.03.1917]

REID, 2nd Lieutenant Percy Cargill, London Regiment, was killed on 6 May, two months after going to the front. He was a son of the late Mr. E J Reid of NZ and Mrs. Reid of 137 Ladbroke Road. An old boy of Wanganui, Lieutenant Reid completed his education at Marlborough College and then went to Canada. When war was declared he joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force as a private and then obtained his commission. His commanding officer wrote: "I soon knew him for an excellent officer, beloved by his men and brother officers, and a very gallant leader. He died a glorious death, encouraging his men to the last with his noble example." [AWN 30.08.1917]

REID, Captain W Douglas, M.C., RAMC, eldest son of the late John Reid of Blenheim, has been killed in action on 5 October while serving with the Manchester Regt to which he has been attached for some time. He volunteered at the outbreak of war, serving in hospital for some time before being appointed to the Manchester Regt. He achieved the Military Cross this year for 'great courage and skill in tending to wounded under heavy fire, continuing to dress the wounded after being wounded himself.' [AWN 13.12.1917]

REINHARDT, Private Clarence J, killed in action, was the only son of Mr. Reinhardt of Kawakawa. He left NZ with the main body as a member of the Auckland Infantry. He was wounded slightly in the leg in fighting against the Turks on the Suez Canal but recovered in time to take part in the landing at Gallipoli. On the peninsula he acted as sniper but becoming run down, he was sent to hospital in Malta. On recovering he was sent to France. He was born in Kawakawa, his father being also a New Zealander. Mr. Reinhardt is at present very ill in the Auckland Hospital as the result of a severe bush accident. [AWN 29.03.1917]

REDSTONE, Corporal Bernard D, son of Mr. & Mrs. J E Redstone of Gisborne, previously reported missing, was killed in action on 4 October. He left with the 25th Reinforcements. He was very well known all over the Gisborne district and had a wide circle of friends. He was educated at the Gisborne main and high schools and on leaving school entered the engineering profession but was compelled to relinquish this after three years as a result of bad health. He then joined the staff of Kirk Burnand & Sievwright, solicitors, and prior to enlisting was engaged in the motor business of Messrs J E Redstone Ltd. [AWN 29.11.1917]

RESTON, Roland A, second son of Mr. S J Reston, Sunnyvale Rd, Remuera, was admitted to Walton on Thames Hospital, on 11 March suffering from fracture of the leg. [AWN 05.04.1917]

RESTON, The three sons of Mr. & Mrs. S J Reston of Sunnyvale Rd, Remuera, have all enlisted and one, the eldest, has made the supreme sacrifice. Bombardier George Robert RESTON, who was killed in action in France on October 5 last, at the age of 34 years, was the eldest son of Mr. & Mrs. Reston. He was born in Timaru and educated at Lyttelton. At the age of 15 he came to Auckland with his parents and commenced farming at Whangarata, where he remained until war broke out. He joined the Main Body of the Expeditionary Force as a driver in the artillery. After being in Egypt for four months he was sent to Gallipoli. Owing to the horses not being required he was sent back to Alexandria, where he remained for four months, during which time he was quartermaster-sergeant's clerk. He subsequently went to France as gunner and had plenty of fighting until he met his death. In France he met his younger brother, Roland, who went with an early reinforcement draft and who has since been awarded the Military Medal and two stripes. The third and youngest son, Oscar Glen RESTON, went into camp with the twenty-third reinforcements. Eleven first cousins of the Reston family have joined the colours. Two have been killed in action, one died at sea and one was severely wounded. At present there are four at the front and three in camp. [AWN 11.01.1917]

RHODES, Sergeant Ernest, son of Mr. T W Rhodes, MP for Thames, has been killed in action. In Parliament the Prime Minister and Sir Joseph Ward extended the sympathy of the House to the bereaved parents. [AWN 16.08.1917]

RICHARDSON, Corporal C, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, who is a prisoner of war in Germany, has written to his sister in Christchurch from Cassel Hesse Nausau, to the effect that he is well and doing a little work, digging and planting potatoes. The work is not hard but they work from 7 to 7. He speaks well of his treatment and acknowledges receipt of parcels from relatives. 'I will probably open a new cookery book when I get home and will probably call it the "Gefaugenen's soups, stews and puddings". Have made some great mixtures or concoctions and have kept an account of them all so that you will be having some new dishes.' [AWN 13.09.1917]

RICHARDSON, Sergeant R W RICHARDSON, son of Mr. H G Richardson, of Uruti, Taranaki, who was wounded in France on 4 February, is one of three brothers serving in the same regiment. He was previously wounded in August 1915. On that occasion he was sent to England and after his recovery rejoined his regiment in France, where he gained his sergeant's stripes. [AWN 08.03.1917]

RICKMAN, Private Percy was the only son of Mrs. C Rickman, Tauranga. Prior to enlistment he was in the employ of the Eclipse Timber Mill, Morningside, of which he was also one of the directors. [AWN 06.09.1917]

RICKUS, An excellent record of war service is held by Mr. J Rickus, a Maori living at Temuka, who has five sons and four grandsons serving in the NZ forces. Of the sons, Private W T RICKUS and Private S P RICKUS left with the Maori force, whilst Private S RICKUS and Private T P RICKUS left with separate European reinforcements and Bugler J M RICKUS is now on final leave and leaves with the next Maori reinforcements, Mr. Rickus' four grandsons left from the North Island. [AWN 11.01.1917]

RIGDEN, Private George A, killed in action 7 June, was the youngest son of Mr. John Rigden of Opua, Bay of Islands. With his brother Fred., who is serving in France, he enlisted early last year. He was educated at the Opua School. He took a keen interest in sporting matters, especially in shooting, being a particularly good shot. Prior to enlisting he was employed by the Huntly Brick & Pottery Co. [AWN 26.07.1917]

RIMMER, Gunner W C - A Military Medal was also awarded to the late soldier for bravery on the field. It was handed to his father, Mr. Seth Rimmer of Mt Eden. Sir James Allen referred to the splendid work done by the New Zealand artillery on Gallipoli and on the Somme and said that when the story came to be written, the work of the NZ artillery would make a story worth reading. [AWN 08.03.1917] *See 'Valour Rewarded'

ROBBIE, Lieutenant St George A, was born in Canterbury and educated to be a teacher at Normal College, Christchurch. His first appointment was at Appleby, Nelson, from there he went to Auroa near Hawera and thence to Patea DHS. He was a QMS with the 8th Reinforcements and became RQMS, Headquarters, NZRB Training Battalion. This was subsequently broken up and as there was no place in any other battalion for him, he went back to the ranks. He went to France as a Private and soon earned one stripe. On 8 July he was recommended for a commission and crossed to England for training. He returned to France in February and was there at the Base until 29 May when the call came for more men and officers for the firing line. He immediately volunteered and on 30 May went up the line, took part in the three days' battle for Messines Ridge and came through without a scratch after several narrow escapes. He was killed in action on 22 July. He is survived by his wife, his father Mr. J Robbie of Palmerston North, and five brothers. [AWN 30.08.1917]

ROBERTSON, Flight Lieutenant Gordon, son of Mr. P Robertson, Avondale, has been missing since 10 September and is probably a prisoner in Germany. He was born in Auckland and educated at Prince Albert College. After leaving school he entered Holland & Gillet's engineering workshops. He went to England about 18 months ago and received a commission. Later he became an inspector of aeroplane engines, finally joining the Royal Flying Corps as a flight lieutenant, in which capacity he was sent to France. [AWN 04.10.1917]

ROBINSON, Private Victor W, who has been reported missing, is the son of Mr. J Robinson, Taihoa, Matamata. He is an old boy of the Marist Brothers College, Auckland, and a well-known athlete. [AWN 26.07.1917]

ROCHE, 2nd Lieutenant Edward Henry, only son of Mr. H Roche, Cambridge, has been awarded the Military Cross for volunteer work as a forward observer in a recent advance. He has been serving with the Royal Garrison Artillery. He was born in Auckland and educated at the Pah and Grammar Schools. After matriculating he went to England and entered London University in 1914 in which year he gained the first scientific scholarship of the university. After studying for a year he enlisted. He went to France in March last and has participated in several of the recent offensives. He is a nephew of Major A C Purchas and grandson of the late Dr A G Purchas of Auckland. [AWN 29.11.1917]

ROGERS, Private Owen, died of consumption at a hospital in the Cashmere Hills on Friday. He served throughout the Boer war with an Imperial Regiment and in the present war served with the fourth reinforcements. He received a bullet in the lungs on Gallipoli and returned to NZ at the end of 1915 and had been in hospital ever since. He is a native of Wales. [AWN 06.09.1917]

ROPE, Sergeant Charles M, Mounted Rifles, who has been reported as having died of wounds, was born at Te Kopuru, Northern Wairoa, 26 years ago. He was educating in the Kaipara and at the Teachers' Training College in Auckland and qualified as a teacher. After service at Richmond Road School, he was appointed master of the school at Pukeatua, Waikato. Early in the war he enlisted and saw service in Egypt and Gallipoli. After being wounded in the leg on the Peninsula, he was sent to hospital in Malta. At the end of three months he rejoined his comrades with whom he fought until he met with his fatal wounds. [AWN 01.02.1917]

ROSCOE, Corporal V E V - Mrs. Roscoe of Manukau Road, Epsom, has received intimation from France to the effect that her son had sustained a severe head wound but was now progressing favourably. [AWN 19.10.1917]

ROSE, Lieutenant E Jack, killed in action, was the third son of Mr. R G Rose of Gladwyn Rd, Epsom. He was educated at Nelson College and later at King's College, Auckland. He was a keen football and tennis player. He afterwards became a student at St John's College, Tamaki. In January 1916 as a corporal he went into camp where he soon gained promotion, finally winning a commission in the 19th Reinforcements. [AWN 01.11.1917]

ROSE, Private William of Tirau, killed in action, enlisted with the 20th Reinforcements. He was educated at King's College and was for some time employed by Wingate & Co, Auckland. Later he joined his brother in partnership in the firm of Rose Bros. Ltd., of Tirau. His brother Frank left NZ with a reinforcement draft recently. Private Rose's mother now resides at Mt Eden. [AWN 01.11.1917]

ROSE, Private William, killed in action, was the youngest son of Mrs. C L Rose of Mt Eden. He was born at Tirau 19 years ago and was educated at King's College. On leaving school he was employed at Messrs Wingate's Ltd in Auckland. Subsequently he joined his brother Lance Corporal Frank ROSE, in the business of Rose Bros Ltd at Tirau. He enlisted and left with the 17th Reinforcements. He took part in several important engagements on the western front, including the battle of Messines and was killed in the action east of Ypres on 4 October. [AWN 08.11.1917]

ROSS, Private Hugh Leslie, killed in action, was 21 years old. He was the youngest son of Mr. Hugh Ross, Waihou. He was born at Waihou and educated at the Waihou and Morrinsville schools, and later at the Auckland Grammar School, after which he joined the Railway Dept. He enlisted at the age of 19, being then a cadet at the Avondale station. [AWN 06.09.1917]

ROSS, Driver Alex., Main Body NZ Field Artillery, is in Hornchurch convalescent camp recovering from severe malaria fever. He was in the line at Armentierres and was admitted to hospital in Calais, then three weeks later to Boulogne, thence to Walton on Thames and Hornchurch. He is the eldest son of Mr. D M Ross, Dept of Agriculture, Hamilton. Mr. Ross has another son on active service in France. [AWN 01.02.1917]

ROSS, Sergeant Major, holder of the Military Medal for gallant service, who left England with the British section and joined up with the New Zealanders in Egypt, is a veteran of the South African war. He received the Military Medal for his service in Gallipoli where he was wounded and afterwards took part in the Somme battle in France, being wounded twice. [AWN 12.04.1917]

ROUSE, Private Henry Lee, who died of spinal disease at Auckland Hospital recently, was the youngest son of Mrs. S A Rouse of Hukerenui and one of three brothers who have enlisted in their country's service. Another of the three has lost his left arm through a wound and is now in England, while the third is in camp at Trentham. Private H L Rouse, who was 22, was born at Hukerenui and educated at the public school there and the Whangarei High School. He was for two years in the Territorials and at the time of his enlistment for foreign service was employed in the timber trade. [AWN 29.03.1917]

ROWLANDS, Private Vernon, killed in action 4 June, was 22 years of age and was the second son of Mr. D Rowlands for many years a resident of Whangarei and Northern Wairoa. At the time of his enlistment he was in the King Country in the employ of Ellis & Burnand Ltd. [AWN 12.07.1917]

RUSSELL, Major General Sir Andrew Hamilton, KCMB, Cantby Batt, is General Commanding the NZ Division in France. He was born at Napier in 1868 and is the son of the late Captain Hamilton Russell of the 58th Regiment. He was educated at Harrow and Sandhurst. In 1887 he joined a Border regiment as second lieutenant and served for five years on foreign service. In 1892 he came to NZ to join his father who was then farming at Flaxmere in partnership with his brother, Sir William Russell. Later he managed his father's property when it was divided and until he subdivided the estate, he conducted one of the finest farms in the neighbourhood. In 1900 the Hawkes Bay Mounted Rifles was formed and he was elected to the command, a position he held until he was promoted major of the Wellington Mounted Brigade. Later he became lieutenant colonel which rank he held at the outbreak of war. On his services being accepted, he was appointed colonel in command of the Mounted Rifles Brigade of the Main Body of the NZEF. Shortly after landing at Gallipoli he was promoted to brigadier general. For his services on Gallipoli he was given a knighthood and on the creation of the NZ Division in Egypt, was appointed to the command with the rank of Major General. [AWN 04.01.1917]

RYAN, Lieutenant P V, 7th Light Horse, who is among the Australians reported wounded, is well known in NZ. He sustained his wound while rescuing an officer under fire, for which he was mentioned in despatches. Lieutenant Ryan's wife lives at Devonport and his two sons are at King's College. [AWN 12.07.1917]



SALMON, Sergeant Alfred Lewis, who has laid down his life in the war, was a son of Mr. H T Salmon of Whatoro, Northern Wairoa and was a native of Masterton. Prior to the territorial system being inaugurated he was a sergeant in the volunteers at Hawera. He enlisted in the 6th, Hauraki, Regiment on the outbreak of war and gained his stripes at Gallipoli where, at the landing, there were 16 casualties amongst 16 men in ascending a ridge, eight being killed and eight wounded. The late soldier was a keen cricketer, footballer and hockey player and he also took a prominent part in various social activities. His brother is serving with the pioneer battalion at the front. Their father, who was in Auckland in 1865, served 17 years with the Armed Constabulary field force and afterwards served a similar period in the police force. [AWN 12.07.1917]

SALMON, Sergeant Harry R - Particulars have been received by Mr. A M Salmon of Ponsonby of the manner in which his nephew met his death in action last October. The commander of his battery writes that a direct hit was made by a German gun on a dugout in which Sergeant Salmon and other members of his battery were sheltering and all were killed. The commanding officer paid a high tribute to the soldierly qualities of Sergeant Salmon and states that on the day before the latter's death, he had been recommended for the Victoria Cross. While he was in a gun pit with a detachment a shell struck a stack of ammunition behind the pit, causing a great explosion. A fragment set fire to the cartridges in the pit. After the half dazed men at hurried out, cries were heard and Sergeant Salmon and Bombardier SYME went back and tried to re-enter the pit. They were driven from the back entrance by the flames but succeeded in entering at the front. They found a Gunner pinned under fallen debris and in danger of being burned to death. Despite the fact that the burning ammunition might explode at any moment, the two heroes remained in the burning pit until they had freed their comrade from his dire peril. Both Sergeant Salmon and Bombardier Syme were recommended for the greatest honour a soldier can win. The writer of the letter also states that previous to this gallant act, Sergeant Salmon had been recommended for a commission. [AWN 08.02.1917]

SAMSON, Corporal Charles O, who has been awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field, is the only son of Mr. & Mrs. W Samson of Waihi and is 30 years of age. He enlisted in Auckland in the Machine-gun Section and joined the Rifle Brigade. He has been some time in Egypt and was with the first detachment of New Zealanders who went to France. He has been in the firing line ever since. [AWN 15.03.1917]

SANDERS, Lieutenant Commander - Private letters received by the relatives of this officer who has just won the Victoria Cross, give some indication of the deed, which probably won him his decoration. At the time of writing, early in May, he had just returned to port and the letters said that the ship which he commanded was completely smashed and crippled as a result of a action with an enemy ship which he engaged at a range of 80 yards and succeeded in sinking, some of the crew, however, being rescued. In the engagement he escaped injury but had two holes driven through his hat and one in the side of his coat. [AWN 05.07.1917]

SANDERSON, Private William, of the 13th Reinforcements, who was killed in action on 4 October, was one of four brothers on active service and was the third son of Eliza and the late Benjamin Sanderson of Okupu, Great Barrier. Prior to his enlistment he was employed on the Stratford railway. [AWN 25.10.1917]

SANDERSON, Private A R, who died of wounds, was the youngest son of Mr. W L Sanderson of Ahuroa where he was born and educated. He entered the Railway Service in 1913 and at the time of his enlistment in the 9th Reinforcements was porter on the North Auckland Main Trunk line. His brother, who went to Gallipoli with the 3rd Reinforcements, is serving in France. [AWN 01.11.1917]

SAVAGE, Five brothers of a well-known Thames family have established a good record as a fighting family. Trooper Valentine Le SAVAGE, who enlisted in an early reinforcements draft, was invalided home some time ago. Lieutenant Charles SAVAGE of the 2nd Maori Contingent was the next to go to the Front. Sergeant Major Samuel SAVAGE, who enlisted in Australia, was killed at Gallipoli. Corporal Thomas SAVAGE, who was a member of the Main NZ Body, was wounded at Gallipoli and came back to NZ. He has since enlisted again and is now in France. The fifth soldier from the family is Private Ben SAVAGE who enlisted recently. [AWN 04.01.1917]

SAXBY, Major C G, on the reserve of officers, is an officer of the NZ Pioneer Battalion, having transferred from the Auckland Mounted Rifles. [AWN 04.01.1917]

SAXBY, Second Lieutenant W G, of Tokomaru Bay, RFA, is reported wounded. He came to England last July and trained for his commission at St Johns Wood. [AWN 31.05.1917]

SCHIFF, Second Lieutenant Alfred Sydney Borlase, R.B., Imperial Regiment, was killed in action on 9 April. He was the only son of Mr. E Milton Schiff and was 21 years old. [AWN 31.05.1917]

SCOTT, Lieutenant V R S, killed in action, left with the 12th Reinforcements as 2nd Lieutenant, gaining promotion on the field in June. Prior to his enlistment he was farming in the Waikato. He leaves a widow. [AWN 01.11.1917]

SCOTT, Driver William, second son of Mrs. W A Scott, First Avenue, Kingsland, was wounded on 24 October. He enlisted at Gisborne. Her other son, John O SCOTT, who was wounded some time ago, is at present at Hornchurch Convalescent Home. [AWN 15.11.1917]

SEAWARD, 2nd Lieutenant Cyril F, who has been awarded the Military Cross, left NZ with the Main Body and participated in the Gallipoli campaign. He was invalided to England on account of sunstroke but later returned to Gallipoli. He was then wounded in the lung and sent back to Egypt. Later he returned to NZ where he obtained his commission and again went away with the 23rd Reinforcements. He was born in England and had only been in NZ about five years before the war. For some time he was employed by Dalgety & Co., at Auckland and later he became manager of the Farmers' Freezing Co. at Te Awamutu. His elder brother Noel was killed in France while serving with the Ambulance Corps and his younger brother is at present in the Flying Corps. [AWN 08.11.1917]

SEDDON, 2nd Lieutenant S T, Infantry, of Mt Eden, has been awarded the Military Cross: "Organised and led bombing parties with great courage and determination thereby greatly assisting in holding the trench against determined enemy attacks. He set a splendid example throughout." [AWN 11.01.1917]

SELLARS, Private George M, killed in action, is the third son of Captain E Sellars and grandson of the late Capt Daniel Sellars of Tauranga. He was born in Auckland and attended the Napier Street School before being apprenticed to Mr. G T Nichol, shipwright, Auckland, in whose employ he remained until he enlisted. [AWN 05.07.1917]

SENIOR, Lieutenant C H S, Auckland Infantry, awarded the Military Medal - Although wounded, continued to lead his platoon with great gallantry and carried out the task allotted to him. He has previously done fine work. [AWN 31.05.1917]

SHARLAND - Advice that his nephew Flight Lieutenant Frederick James SHARLAND, RFC, was killed in action in France on 24 October, has been received by Mr. F W Brookfield of St Heliers Bay. Lieutenant Sharland, who is the son of the late Mr. F C Sharland, was 33 years of age. He was born and educated in Auckland. After attending a course at the Kohimarama Flying School he accompanied his mother to England, arriving early last March. After passing the tests of the Royal Flying Corps with honours, he was granted a commission in the corps and was on duty in France till the time of his death. [AWN 08.11.1917]

SHAW, Private J E, son of Mrs. A G Shaw, Russell St, Ponsonby, has been reported missing. In the casualty list published yesterday, his name was wrongly given as SMITH. [AWN 12.07.1917]

SHAW, Private Herbert, Machine-gun Section, is 23 years old and was born in England. Prior to enlistment he had been in Auckland for 8 years. He was employed for some time at the gasworks before leaving 18 months ago and was a member of the Motuihi Guard. [AWN 27.12.1917]

SHEEHAN, Trooper Patrick J, who died of wounds in Palestine on 12 August, enlisted as a member of the 9th Wellington, Mounted Rifles and afterwards was transferred to the 1st, Canterbury, Mounted Rifles. He was the only son of Mrs. P Mooney of King Edward Ave, Epsom. He was 42 years of age and previously was a shepherd near Taihape. [AWN 20.09.1917]

SHELTON, Private W W, died of wounds on 12 August 1917 , was the second son of Mr. F Shelton of Hardinge Street. He was an Aucklander, educated at Nelson Street School,. He was 29 years old and had been working in the Kaiwaka district for several years before going to the front with the 7th Reinforcements. His elder brother Private Fred. SHELTON, who went with the 14th Reinforcements, was wounded at the Somme last October and is now at Codford Camp. [AWN 20.09.1917]

SHIRTCLIFFE, Lance Corporal John A, killed in action, was the only son of Mr. & Mrs. J Shirtcliffe of Lillington Road, Remuera. He was educated at the Newton West and Remuera schools and when he enlisted was apprenticed to the painting trade. He was only 19 years old. [AWN 08.11.1917]

SHOVE, Bombardier Spencer, Military Medal, son of Ernest Shove, Vauxhall Road, Devonport, was born at Oeo, Taranaki and served his apprenticeship with Seagar Bros of Auckland. He left with the 5th Reinforcements and served in Egypt then France. He was well known in yachting circles in Auckland, being the owner of Onerahi, which was wrecked in a gale last February. [AWN 18.10.1917]

SIMMONS, E, Private, reported wounded and missing, is a brother of Nurse McINTYRE of Church St, Onehunga. He was educated at the Marist Bros School, Auckland. He was 29 years of age and was by trade a jeweller. He was a grandson of General HUGHES, a veteran of the Indian Mutiny and Maori War. His father also fought in the Maori War. [AWN 02.08.1917]

SIMPSON, Rifleman Harold B, reported wounded, is the second son of Mr. R J Simpson of the 'Weekly News' room staff. He was educated at the Devonport School and Auckland Grammar School. After leaving school he joined the Union Steam Ship Co and prior to enlisting was assistant purser on the Tarawera. He left NZ as corporal but was transferred to the Rifle Brigade on arrival in France. He was wounded in the neck and is at present at the NZ General Hospital, Brockenhurst, England. [AWN 03.05.1917]

SKINNER, 2nd Lieutenant A H, Royal Flying Corps, son of Mr. J H Skinner of Auckland, has been missing since 16 September. He went to the front in the Main Body with the 1st, Canterbury, Infantry. He took part in the landing at Anzac and served for some months on the peninsula. He gained his commission in the Royal Flying Corps last May and proceeded to France recently. [AWN 27.09.1917]

SKINNER, 2nd Lieutenant Arthur H, RFC, son of Mr. J H Skinner of Auckland, is a prisoner of war in Germany. It was recently reported that he had been missing since September 1916. It is believed he has not been wounded. [AWN 25.10.1917]

SLADER, Driver Edward, of the artillery, writing recently to his parents, stated that he was on leave in London, after having been in Walton-on-Thames Hospital suffering from bronchitis and having latterly been convalescent at Hornchurch. Driver Slader is the only son of Mr. J Slader of Paeroa. He was nine months in France and had some exciting experiences on the Somme. Writing from the hospital, he said he could not speak highly enough of the ladies in England doing so much for the sick and wounded. Prior to enlisting Driver Slader was some years with Messrs Phillips & Impey. [AWN 20.02.1917]

SMAIL, Sergeant W D, who has been awarded the Military Medal, is the younger son of Mrs. J Smail, Greenwood's Corner, Epsom. He left with the Main Body and has seen service at Gallipoli and on the Western Front. [AWN 27.12.1917]

SMEED, Private Norman, killed in action 7 June, was the fourth son of Mr. William Smeed of Tuakau and was 26 years of age. He left NZ last year and took part in the Somme battle. He had been in France ever since. Prior to enlisting he worked on his father's farm. He was in the infantry when he left NZ but he afterwards joined the machine gun section. He was a keen footballer. [AWN 26.07.1917]

SMEETON, Lieutenant Warwick J, son of Mr. H M Smeeton, has been wounded and admitted to hospital. Just 22 years of age, he was in England when the war broke out and immediately enlisted in the Imperial forces. He is at the present time attached to the Royal Field Artillery. He has been in the firing line for over 2 1/2 years. On one previous occasion he was slightly wounded but after a short time in hospital in France he returned to duty. He was well known in Auckland, particularly in athletic circles. He was educated at the Auckland Grammar School where he was for some time captain of the cricket team. [AWN 04.10.1917]

SMITH, Rifleman William Drower, who was killed in action in France on 11 March, was the only son of Mr. W Smith, Ponsonby Road and was 21 years of age. He left NZ in April 1916 and was wounded at Flers last September. After spending three weeks in hospital he returned to the trenches. At the time of his enlistment he was farming at Waipukurau. He had had experience in the boy scouts and territorials, holding the rank of corporal in the latter and was also an enthusiastic cricketer and footballer. [AWN 05.04.1917]

SMITH, Sergeant Ford, reported missing on 21 February, now reported killed in action and buried by the Germans, was 38 years of age and was the fourth son of Mr. John Smith, late of Waerenga. He came to Auckland from England with his parents in 1881 and was educated at the Waerenga district school. [AWN 26.07.1917]

SMITH, Private John, of Cornwallis, brother of Mrs. E Pearce, Mt Smart Road, Onehunga, has been killed in action at Messines on 7 June. He left with the Main Body and fought all through Gallipoli, being twice wounded. On arrival in France he was transferred to the field ambulance. His parents live at Cornwallis. [AWN 05.07.1917]

SMITH, Private Robert, killed in action, was the elder son of Mrs. S Smith of Blairgowrie, Scotland. He came to NZ about 10 years ago and was farming at East Tamaki. He enlisted last year. [AWN 19.07.1917]

SMITH, Sergeant James, reported killed in action, was well known throughout NZ as an enthusiastic sportsman and a keen soldier. He held the rank of QMS with the NZ forces in South Africa during the Boer War and enlisted shortly after the outbreak of the present war in the Otago Infantry. While in Taranaki he owned and raced a number of horses and until his departure from that district was president of the Taranaki Hunt Club. Some years ago he was manager of the Hotel Cecil, Wellington and afterwards proprietor of the Imperial Hotel at New Plymouth and a partner of the firm of Hawkins & Smith. During the past three or four years he was licensee of Mon Desir, Takapuna. His widow resides in Takapuna. [AWN 23.08.1917]

SMITH, Lieutenant Albert D, killed in action, aged 23, was a son of Mr. Robert Smith of High Street, Waimate. Previous to enlisting he had served his time as a chemist. He left for camp a year ago last January and left with the 14th Reinforcements. He was sent to France, where he was wounded on 16 November 1916. He had a broken ankle. After a few months he got his promotion as first lieutenant. [AWN 22.11.1917]

SMYTHE, Major Rayner Barrington, DSO, is the son of a well known Christchurch resident. He saw service in the South African War, after which he underwent a course of training in England. After 18 months at Chatham he returned to NZ and was appointed to the Auckland Defence Staff. From there he went to India and on his return to NZ was appointed to the Defence Staff at Dunedin. [AWN 04.01.1917]

SOFFE, Four members of the family of Mr. J N Soffe of Waitara have worn the King's uniform. Private George SOFFE left NZ with the Main Body of the Expeditionary Force and served at Gallipoli for four months, when he was wounded and invalided home to NZ. On recovery from his injuries he rejoined the NZ army and returned to the front as a member of a machine-gun section. Lance Corporal William SOFFE left NZ with a reinforcement draft and was wounded in the advance on the Somme in September last. Private John SOFFE sailed later but was in time to take part in the great offensive, in which he also suffered a wound. The fourth brother, Samuel SOFFE, volunteered last year. After spending two months in camp he was obliged to return to his home on account of illness. He is, however, again in Khaki and will leave NZ shortly. There remains a fifth son who is also anxious to take his turn in the ranks but has not yet reached the required age. [AWN 11.01.1917]

SOMMERVILLE, J A, Major, whose NOK is his wife, Mrs. C E Sommerville, Stanley Bay, Auckland, has been awarded the Distinguished Service Order. He showed fine leadership in an attack resulting in the capture of two field guns. [AWN 23.08.1917]

SPACCESSI, Private, killed in action, was well known in Levin, where he had resided for some time before going on active service. He was born in Bastia, Corsica, 22 years ago and had been in NZ about two years. [AWN 01.11.1917]

SPEIGHT, Harold, 2nd Lieutenant, NZFA, has received the Military Cross. The official record says that his battery was suddenly subjected to an intense bombardment. He at once went into the open and visited the battery positions and directed the removal of all his men to cover. His prompt action and great courage saved many casualties to the battery. [AWN 30.08.1917]

SPERRY, Driver R P, who has been awarded the Military Medal for excellent work with the NZ Artillery, attached to one of the Canadian units, is the second eldest son of Mrs. Cullerne of Summer St, Ponsonby. He left NZ with the 9th Reinforcement for the Mounted Rifles and was later sent to France with artillery reinforcements. Mrs. Cullerne's eldest son, Trooper S M SPERRY, returned to NZ about three months ago suffering from shell shock. [AWN 13.12.1917]

SPROTT, Second Lieutenant M W C, Norfolk Regt, is the younger son of Bishop Sprott of Wellington. He is a graduate of Victoria College, Wellington and also a BA of Cambridge. At the conclusion of his university course he was appointed assistant master of Victoria College, Jersey. He was commissioned to the Norfolk Regt in November 1914. During a raid on the enemy's trenches he carried out the task allotted to him with conspicuous success and showed great pluck in getting back the wounded under very heavy fire. [AWN 31.05.1917]

SQUIRRELL, Signaller Thomas Walter, Engineer Signal Corps, Australian Imperial Forces, second son of Mr. G Squirrell, Mt Eden, has died of wounds on 5 August in France. He was born in Auckland but when war broke out resided in Sydney where he enlisted in 1915. He was selected for signalling and despatch riding. [AWN 23.08.1917]

STABLES, Lieutenant R H, who has died of wounds, was a resident of Auckland for about four years prior to enlisting. He was the son of a schoolteacher who was a resident of Auckland many years ago but who subsequently resided in Napier and Dunedin. Lieutenant Stables also was a teacher for some time but several years ago he left that profession and commenced journalistic work at Invercargill. He left the latter town to join the reporting staff of the Auckland Star. Shortly after the war broke out he spent his annual holiday in a hospital for the purpose of undergoing an operation necessary to make him fit for active service. Subsequently he enlisted in the 16th Reinforcements. He obtained a commission in NZ and left with the 22nd Reinforcements as a 2nd Lieutenant. He was married shortly before leaving the Dominion, his wife being a daughter of Captain J Clarke of Onehunga. [AWN 01.11.1917]

STALLARD, Lieutenant F J W, Field Artillery attached to the Trench Mortar Battery, awarded the Military Medal - Remained, at great personal risk, in the open under very heavy fire and passed from mortar to mortar, personally supervising repairs. He set a splendid example to his men and kept his battery in action throughout the raid. [AWN 31.05.1917]

STANCLIFFE, Private Thomas, aged 31, reported died of wounds, is the second son of Mr. & Mrs. J R Stancliffe of Rangihua, Hokianga. He was born in Auckland. He was a member of the Main Body and went through the fighting in Egypt and Gallipoli before going to France. Prior to enlistment he resided at Dargaville. [AWN 04.01.1917]

STATHAM, William W H, son of Mr. W H Statham of Epsom, has been posted as 2nd Lieutenant, King's Shropshire Light Infantry. He left Fiji in June 1916 as sergeant in charge of the First Fiji Reinforcement. After service in the battle of the Somme, he was selected for a commission and was posted for training at Oxford, his University town. [AWN 25.10.1917]

STEELE, Thomas - The news of his death was received with wide regret in Westmere and Wanganui districts. He was killed in action while serving with the Canterbury Mounted Rifles. He arrived in NZ nine years ago and worked at Moawhango station and afterwards at Westmere where he had charge of Mr. J Donald's Holstein herd during Mr. Donald's absence in America. Subsequently he had charge of a milk round in Wanganui and became generally known and liked. He left NZ with the eighth reinforcements and joined the Canterbury Mounted Rifles. He was 27 years of age. The esteem in which he was held in Westmere was shown at a memorial service in Westmere Methodist Church where a large gathering of residents and friends came to pay their last respects to a fine soldier. [AWN 24.05.1917]

STEPHENSON, Lance Corporal G F, killed in action on 26 July, was the elder son of Mrs. M A Stephenson of Ramarama. He went with the Main Body to Gallipoli and afterwards to France. Prior to enlisting he was the teacher of the Mount Maunganui School, Tauranga. [AWN 16.08.1917]

STERRITT, Sergeant D, wounded in October, was last week awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. He is the eldest son of Mr. & Mrs. D Sterritt of Pirongia. He was born in Co. Donegal, Ireland, and upon coming to NZ with his parents joined the Police force. He joined the Otago Infantry 18th Reinforcements. When in Ireland he joined the North Ireland Horse and was a sergeant in the regiment for a number of years. [AWN 15.11.1917]

STEVENS, Frank, Rifleman, who was killed in action in France on 20 June, 1917, was a member of the 1st Battalion, NZ Rifle Brigade (10th Reinforcements). Before going on active service he was employed on the staff of the maintenance department of the Wellington Gas Co. for 12 years. He always took an active part in outdoor sports, being a member of the Phoenix, Gas Co's ad East Cricket Clubs and was also a prominent player for the Southern Football Club. He won many medals for his good play, among the latter he holds a gold medal for being the best forward in 1910. He was the youngest son of Mr. & Mrs. William Stevens Snr, of Elm Villa, 111 Mein (sic) Street, Newtown, Wellington, who have had four sons in the firing line, two having returned wounded, one still remaining in France and a fifth son proceeds to camp shortly. [AWN 02.08.1917]

STEVENS, Mrs. Stevens of York St, Parnell, has four sons who have given their services to the fighting ranks. Trooper R B STEVENS left NZ with the Main Body, fought in the trenches in Gallipoli and from there was invalided home in September 1915. Driver W H STEVENS left with a reinforcement draft in March of last year and is at present ill in a NZ General Hospital. Private George G STEVENS is serving with the Australian Imperial Forces in France and a another brother, Harold, has enlisted and is proceeding to camp shortly. [AWN 01.03.1917]

STOW, Private James C, awarded the Military Cross for gallantry in the Battle of Messines, is a son of Mrs. Lindberg of Onehunga. Prior to enlistment he was in the employ of the Northern Roller Mills. He was educated at Newton West School. His wife and daughter reside in Wellington. His only brother is serving with the Tunnelling Corps. [AWN 12.07.1917]

STOWELL, Driver David, NZ Divisional Ammunition Column who, on the night of 5 May 1917 at Souvenir Dump, was standing by his mules which were harnessed to a GS wagon of Stokes mortar bombs when an enemy shell burst under the wagon and wounded both mules. The explosion caused the mules to bolt but Driver Stowell, showing great coolness and courage, retained his hold on their heads and after being dragged for about 200 yards, succeeded in regaining control. He immediately returned to the Dump and completed unloading although the road over which he had to pass was being swept with shellfire. He stood a splendid example to his comrades and his coolness and courage under these circumstances prevented what might have been a very serious incident. An entry of this action is to be made in the conduct sheet of Driver Stowell. [AWN 26.07.1917]

STOWERS, W F, Private, seriously wounded, is a son of Mrs. Stowers of Samoa. Before enlisting in the 14th Reinforcements he was employed by John Burns & Co. He is in the Walton Hospital suffering from a gunshot wound in the face and a fractured jaw. He is a native of Samoa. [AWN 30.08.1917]

STUART, Corporal William, killed in action, France 23 March, came to NZ from Scotland 8 years ago. He was born in Forres, Morayshire and he spent a furlough there two months before his death. He enlisted in October 1915. He and his brother, Corporal Robert STUART, received their stripes on the field in France. He spent most of his time in Auckland being the foreman pastry-baker to Mr. James Gardiner, Baker. [AWN 12.04.1917]

SYME, Bombardier - See entry for SALMON

SYMONS, Sergeant Harris, who died of wounds on 30 April, was the only son of Mr. & Mrs. A M Symons of Kawhia and was 24 years of age. At the time of his enlistment he was working on the government survey at Gisborne. He left with the Main Body, Field Artillery, and was for some time at Gallipoli where he was wounded. He was then drafted to France where he received promotion. On 30 March he received wounds which resulted in his death. [AWN 24.05.1917]