AUCKLAND WEEKLY NEWS
07 JANUARY 1915
NEW ZEALAND FORCE - CONTINGENT FROM ENGLAND
A cable message has been received in Auckland from a member of the contingent of New Zealanders formed in England announcing his arrival at Alexandria. Though no official advice has been received by the Prime Minister, it is understood from this message that the contingent has been transported to Egypt to join the main body of the NZ expeditionary force which is now encamped at Cairo.
Composed of New Zealanders either visiting or resident in the United Kingdom, the contingent originated in the joint desire of its members to serve their country and to be associated with the expeditionary force dispatched from the Dominion. Official sanction was given to the movement and by the end of September 250 men had been enrolled. Other New Zealanders gave ready assistance in providing comforts for the men, as well as raising a large fund which has been placed at the disposal of a committee for expenditure upon luxuries for the New Zealand forces. By the generosity of a few New Zealanders in London, the contingent was provided with several machine guns of the latest pattern and special attention has been given to the training of the men in the use of these weapons.
The members of the force were sworn in by the High Commissioner for New Zealand, the Hon T Mackenzie, in the Westminster Palace Hotel and went into camp at Bulford, Salisbury Plains, for training. The officer in command of the contingent is Captain F H LAMPEN, formerly officer commanding the Marlborough military district. A list of the members of the contingent contained the names of the following Aucklanders:-
BEAMISH Richard, BELLINGHAM Arthur - Te Aroha, EUSTACE Frederick Arthur - Onehunga, EUSTACE Owen H - Whangarei, FENTON Arthur Thomas, GREEN Albert - Thames, GRIFFITHS William Leslie - Hamilton, HAINES Alfred John - Auckland, HELLABY Frederick Alan, HORTON Robert Chisholm, JONES William Meirion, MARSH Oswald John - Waikato, MACREADY William Hugh, MAUNSELL F W, MOORE-JONES Horace, RANSTEAD, W - Matangi, ROWNTREE Edward Gilbert, SUTHERLAND Ernest, SKELSEY Walter Batley, THOMAS Acland Withiel, THOMAS Percy, TODD Lancelot Beaumont, WALLACE Alan, WYLDE-BROWNE F W, WHITNEY John Cecil, WHITNEY, Williamm Chisholm, WILSON Lindsay, WRIGLEY Ellis.
SAMOAN GARRISON - On the sick list - all doing well.
Field Engineers: Sgt G M WILFORD, Sapper C S MARTIN
Auckland Regt: Pvte H N GOWLIN, H DAVIDSON, T E REEK, C W GAWN, T HARTLEY,
A J MILGREN, T FRASER, G C R F LOVELL
Wellington Regt: Pvte H STUBBS, Pvte L BRIDGE, H MANCER
Railway Engrs: Sapper H PHILLIPS
ASC: Pvte H RICKET
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