AUCKLAND WEEKLY NEWS
14 JANUARY 1915
These are extracts from the Auckland Weekly News magazines and have been extracted with permission.
THE EXPEDITIONARY FORCE - REINFORCEMENT DRAFTS
RELIEF TROOPS FOR SAMOA - MEN TO TRAIN AT TRENTHAM
A total of 156 volunteers for military service, drawn from Auckland City, left by a special train for Trentham on Monday afternoon. Of this number119 men enlisted for service at the front, while 37 men will eventually find their way as a relief force to Samoa. The men from the city were joined by a number from Whangarei, while en route to the training ground a number of men from the country districts will be taken on board. Captain J COLEMAN, Adjutant 4th Waikato Mounted Rifles, was in command of the troops but returns to Auckland shortly.
A large crowd of people gathered at the railway station and cheered the troops as they assembled on the platform, while the march to the station was watched by interested spectators who lined Queen Street. All types of men were included in the ranks - labourers, waterside workers, ex policemen, farm hands, sailors, clerks and business men - but they shared at least the characteristics of cheerfulness and willingness. While on the march they sang the 'Tommies' marching son 'It's a Long, Long Way to Tipperary' and responded with enthusiasm to any demonstration on the part of the spectators. The train conveying them to Trentham, where they will undergo a course of training, left Auckland just upon 3 pm, amidst the cheers of the onlookers. The latter were admitted to the platform a minute or two before the train's departure.
The names of the men who belong to the infantry reinforcement draft and who enlisted in Auckland and left by the train, are as follows:-
ABBOTT, W J; ADAMS, J; ALDERSON, J; ANDREWS, E; ARMSTRONG, S D; BALLANTYNE, A G; BASSETT, J; BASSETT, W; BAXTER, J T; BENNETT, C F; BERRY, J C; BEWEN, W; BLACK, J J; BOYLE, P; BOYLE, T O C; BRADY, P; BRAID, R; BRICKDALE, J B; BROADLEY, G; BROCHE, E J; BROUGHTON, A; BRUSFIELD, J; BURNS, L A; BUSHELL, H H; CARPENTER, J H; CHADWICK, J; CLARK, T A; CLEGG, A G; CLEGG, W H; COLES, A; COLLINS, J; COLLINS, J; CONNELL, J S; CONNELLY, E; CONNELLY, F; CONWAY, H; COOKSON, A; COOMBES, A E; COX, F M; CROWTHER, R W B; DAVITT, A; DEGNEY, T; DEVINE, D; DEVINISH, J G; DICKSON, W G; DOUGLAS, W J; DRINNAN, F J; DRINNAN, J J; DUNN, C B M; DURHAM, N R; EAGLETON, W A; EUSTACE, S W; FOLEY, T P; FRENCH, C H; FULLJAMES, G M; GALLET, L W; GARDENER, G W; GILLIES, D W; GODFREY, J M; GRAHAM, W S; GREGORY, J; GRICE, J W; GRIFFIN, W; HALE, G; HAMILTON, C; HANNAH, R G; HARRIS, T; HARTLEY, C; HARVEY, M; HAWKIN, H M; HENDERSON, C V; HENDERSON, W; HERBERT, C; HICKMAN, C; HOBDEN, J; HOPE, C; JOHANSON, O C; JOHNSON, J E; JOHNSYN, F; JONES, J; KELLY, R; KENNA, T; KENNERLEY, J S; KITTO, E W; KNOX, P C; LAWRENCE, T S; LAWRENCE, T S; LEATT, J; LOKE, A H; LYDIARD, W; McALPINE, L; McBETH, C; McCUSKER, J; McLEAN, A; SANTO, A; SHAW, M P; SHERRATT, A; SILVA, D; SKEEN, H; SKELLON, D J; SMITH, G T; STEEDLEY, J W; STEWARD, O; STOKES, G; SUNTER, G; THOMSON, J H; THORBURN, C E; TOMLINSON, C; TROUT, S C; WALDRON, H H; WALKER, A L; WALSH, P C; WARD, A E; WARREN, A W; WATKINS, G W; WELLS, E G; WELLS, S; WILLIAMS, C; WILLIAMS, H S
OTAGO CONTINGENT - ENTHUSIASTIC SEND OFF
About 120 men for the reinforcements and 50 volunteers for Samoa were accorded an enthusiastic send off by the second express on Monday, a crowd of over 5000 lining the route to the railway station. The men for Samoa, who included several well known citizens, made a fine showing. At headquarters farewell addresses were made by the Mayor, the Primate and Colonel Smith, V.D.
ARRIVAL IN EGYPT - UNEXPECTED BY MEN
Information gleaned from various unofficial sources on the Maunganui on Monday indicated that the arrival of the troops in Egypt caused no fuss but was apparently unexpected. The men went into camp a few miles out of Cairo. Out of about 200 horses shipped by the Maunganui, 195 were landed in excellent condition.
WAIKATO DETACHMENT - CHEERED ON DEPARTURE
Sixty-seven volunteers, 49 of whom are for active service and 18 for relief duty at Samoa, joined the special train for Wellington at Frankton on Monday. There was no formal send-off, but the men were heartily cheered as the train left the station.
SECTION LEAVES WAIHI - MEN FOR ACTIVE SERVICE
Several volunteers for the fourth reinforcement draft left Waihi on Monday morning's express train en route to Trentham. The Waihi contribution consisted of
CLEARY, F; JOHNSTON, F; BOOTHBY, W; HASTINGS, R; RITCHIE, J
The others came from Tauranga, Katikati and the adjoining districts.
TROOPS FOR SAMOA
The volunteers from Auckland City for service in Samoa, who left by Monday's train, were as follows:-
Mounted Section: ALEXANDER W; BIRNIE R; CHAMBERLAIN F; GUPPY S; GEOFFREY H; KERR S D; LEE G R; MANDELL H A; PATTERSON W; WOODROW E E.
Infantry Section: ALLAN P R; ALLAN S J; BOYLE J; CHERRY W; COLLIER W J; CONNOR H C; COTTAM L; CUNNINGTON C W; DEVINE J; DICKENSON C; EDGAR J; ELRICK J; FOULGER F; GROGAN J S; HERMISTON W; HOLDEN A N; JACKSON R H; KEITH J M; LAURIE D; LLOYD A; LOMAS A T; LOVELL J; LOWRY A J; MacVICAR D; McLOUGHLIN J; MOREY V; OLIPHANT R; ORME H; RASHLEIGH W G; ROBERTSON T M; ROBINSON J J; SELLON A H; SHARP J; SHIRLEY W E; SILVERLOCK E; SIMPSON R W; STOBO J A; TAYLOR W; TRINDER C; TUCKER J; WILLIS T; YARDLEY T.
Field Ambulance; ATKINSON H G; BUTLER W H; PATRICK A J; POTTER A W; SMITH C.
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