AUCKLAND WEEKLY NEWS
03 MAY 1917
These are extracts from the Auckland Weekly News magazines and have been extracted with permission.
SHIP SUNK BY ENEMY RAIDER
The NZ Shipping Co. has received advice from London that the steamer Otaki, which was sunk on 10 March by an enemy raider, was commanded by Captain A B SMITH, who had associated with him the following officers:
CLYNE, J (5th Engr); GOLDFINCH, J J (Fourth) ; LANCASTER, C (2nd Refrigeration Engr); LITTLE, A H (3rd Engr); MacLEAN, L (Chief Refrigeration Engr); McNISH, R H L (Chief); PATTENDON, E F (Third); SMART, L C (6th Engr); SOMERVILLE, H (4th Engr); THOMPSON, W A (2nd Engr); WILSON, G (Chief Engr); WOOD, H M (Second).
PRISONERS OF WAR
(** This is a very dark fuzzy copy, gives camp where held prisoner, very hard to read:)
BEST, Cpl W, 1st, Ak, Inf.Batt, NZEF ; BROMLEY, Pte C; CAFFERY, Pte R A, AIB; CARRAN, Pte James, OIB; CROSS, Pte E, CIB; CURTON, Sgt W T, CIB; FOWKE, Rfm L M, NZRB; HALL, L/Cpl John M, OIB; HANKS, Cpl W H, CIB; HINCH, Pte W E, WIB; MERCER. Rfm J A, NZRB; MONTEITH, Pte A S; MORRISON, Pte John, AIB; MURPHY, Pte Joseph, AIB; POOLE, Pte H J, CIB; RICHARDSON, L/Cpl Charles, CIB; ROWE, Pte W, CIB; STRATHERN, Pte R T, OIB; STUBBING, Pte J C, AIB.
Serving with Australian Forces:
FURNISS, Cpl J R, 65th Batt; HENSON, Pte T, 10th or 16th Batt
Serving with other Units:
BROWN, L/Cpl H, 1st London Scottish; CARLYON, Capt E T R, 10th Sherwood Foresters; CLEMAS, Able Seaman W L, HM TBD Nestor; ELLIS, Lieut S H, RFC; GOOD, Pte Ben, Scots Guards ; KENNEDY, Pte C S, Scots Guards; MACREADY, L/Cpl W A, 24th Royal Fusiliers; SAMS, Lieut Frank Douglas, RFC; SPENCE, Lieut H M, 11th Border Regt
CARR, N L, British; GODFRY, T, Chief Engr, Dunslaw; HUNT, H G; JONES, A H; MORISON, G W; MORRIS, W; RITLENG, G H S; SULLIVAN, T, Jr & Sr; TUCKEY, E, 2nd Engr, s.s. Glyn; WEBB, W R.
WAIKATO RESERVISTS APPEALS
BALLINGER, Frank H – share-milker, Matangi; BONHILL, James – dairy farmer, Tamahere; COLLIER, W – farmer, Te Kowhai; COPESTAKE, A, farm manager, Ohinewai; FOWLIE, Geo. – Tokanui Mental Hospital; GIBB, H – engine-driver, Churchill; GRAHAM, Robert – ploughman, Matangi; HOLMES, F – dairy farmer, Pukeatua; KIRKER, William John – engine-driver, Horotiu; LEE, A – farmer, Potokauri; McCARTHY, R J – draper, Ngaruawahia; McHARRIE, F W – contractor, Frankton; SCOTT, J R – farmer, Pukerimu; SEFTON, E N – farmer, Huntly; SITTAUER, M – farm hand, Ohaupo; SMITH, C H – storekeeper, Raglan; THOMAS, G V – farmer, Waikokowhai; THOMAS, John – cream carter, Te Mata; TILSLEY, F L – farmer, Whangamarino; WATSON, A – school master, Waikokowhai; WHITTON, William F – farmer, Te Awamutu.
Winners of the Distinguished Conduct Medal:
BOLES, Sgt G H, NZRB; BROWN, Cpl A W, NZMGC; BROWN, Sgt C, NZ Div Train, NZASC; EGAN, L/Cpl J P, Otago Regt; GAIR, Sgt C, NZRB; MARKS, Rfm R, NZRB; McCONACHY, Sgt W, NZRB; VICKERY, CSM E M, NZE.
Winners of the Military Medal:
CAMPION, L/Cpl D A; EDWARDS, Pte C; FRANCIS, L/Sgt W A; HANSON, L/Cpl S F; ISLIP, L/Cpl R E; PEARCE, Pte G H; SCIASCIA, Sgt S.
At Buckingham Palace on Saturday last Lt Commander Malcolm J R Maxwell SCOTT, R.N. and Lieut Colonel C W MELVILL, NZRB, were received by the King and invested with the D.S.O.
STANLEY, L/Cpl G, 1st Battn Auckland Regt, has received the Croix de Guerre.
ON ACTIVE SERVICE
WARD, Mr Vincent, second son of Sir Joseph Ward, has obtained a commission in the RNVR
WARD, Lieut Gladstone, ASC, third son of Sir Joseph Ward, left England last week for the Front.
WOODS, Sergeant B A, AMR, now has a commission in the British Armoured-car Squadron, RNVR.
EDWARDS, Lieut E, 22nd AIB, is in the Third London General Hospital at Wandsworth, from France, suffering from gunshot wound and excision of the left eye.
Late attestations to the strength of the NZEF have included –
EMANUEL, G R, NZMC; FARRINGTON, W E, NZE; MARTON, A W, NZE; RYAN, W J, NZI; SHIRLEY, Staff Nurse M; WATSON, G F, NZFA.
WILLIAMS, Lieut H D, Auckland Mounted Rifles, has been attached to the Royal Flying Corps for some months past with the rank of Lieutenant.
JENNINGS, Mr A G, son of W T Jennings, MP, has been granted a commission in the Northumberland Fusiliers. He was previously with the Main Body, NZEF and was invalided owing to concussion.
NATHAN, Mr J E, son of Mr D J Nathan of Wellington, has returned to England after serving for more than a year as a driver in the First British Red Cross unit on the Austrian front in Italy. He was recently awarded the Italian War Medal for dressing wounded in the fire trenches.
BARCLAY, Major G, NZE, of Auckland, has been on short leave in London for the purpose of meeting Mrs Barclay who recently arrived in England.
MASSEY, Lieut F G, NZRB, son of the Prime Minister, acted for a while as staff captain of the 1st, Infantry, Brigade.
Among a number of officers of the Auckland Mounted Rifles who have been transferred to the NZ Camel Corps are –
ADOLPH, 2nd Lt V E; HEMPHILL, Lieut H C; ROSE, 2nd Lt P C; SPEIGHT, 2nd Ltd H V B; STEWART, 2nd Lt J D.
CUMMING, Lieut Colonel R W, Auckland Regiment, is returning to NZ on duty.
ALLEN, Major R C has been promoted to the command of one of the Auckland Battalions in succession to Brigadier General C H J BROWN.
COOPER, Lieut Robert E, RGA, of Auckland, arrived about a year ago to join the Imperial Forces and went to France. After some months’ service he joined the headquarters staff.
General Godley has nominated the following New Zealanders for temporary commissions in the Royal Artillery:
BOVIL, A, Div Sig Co. CSM; INGLIS, QMS Artificer D C; KENT JOHNSTON, L/Cpl W F; MAHON, Sapper L G; MARTIN, Sgt J; WILSON, QMS W E
The following New Zealanders have been awarded the Military Medal:
CAMPION, L/Cpl D A, Auckland Battn; EDWARDS, Pte C, Auckland Battn; FRANCIS, L/Sgt W A, Wellington Regt; HANSON, L/Cpl (act. Cpl) S F, NZRB; ISLIP, L/Cpl R E, NZRB; PEARCEY, Pte G H, Canterbury Regt attached TM Battery; SCIASCIA, Sgt S, Wellington Regt.
AT THE FRONT
During February General Sir A J Godley recommended the following non-commissioned officers for temporary commissions in the Imperial Army;
FULLERTON-SMITH, L/Cpl R C, Wellington Mounted Rifles
HUTCHINSON, Staff Sgt G A, Wellington Regt
LEESE, Sgt H C, Auckland Regt
MAHONY, Sgt B G, Auckland Regt
THELWALL, Sgt A, NZRB
The following are to go to NZ to receive reinforcement commissions in the NZEF:
BROWN, Sgt E B, Auckland Regt
ELLEN, Sgt H, Canterbury Regt
ISITT, Sgt L M, NZRB
SELF, J, RQMS, Auckland Mounted Rifles
Those who have been chosen for training in Imperial Cadet units for commissions in the NZEF are:
BROPHY, Sgt F L, Canterbury Regt (for Infantry)
FITZMAURICE, Sgt L, Wellington Regt (for Infantry)
GAIR, Sgt C, NZRB (for Infantry)
GOW, J G, CSM, NZRB (for Infantry)
HENDERSON, J R, CQMS, Wellington Regt (for Infantry)
LAUDER, Cpl A, Auckland Regt (for Infantry)
LOCK, L/Cpl T B, NZMG Corps (for Infantry)
MASON, Cpl H, NZ Pioneer Battn (for Infantry)
O’BRIEN, D Q, CSM, NZ Tunnelling Co. (for Engineers)
OSBORNE, Sgt J, Wellington Regt (for Infantry)
RICE, S D, CQMS Auckland Regt (for Infantry)
RUDDY, Sgt J F, NZ Mounted Corps (for Infantry)
RULE, Sgt C W, NZRB (for Infantry)
SALTER, Sgt S G, Canterbury Regt (for Infantry)
TYLER, S V, BSM, NZFA (for Artillery)
TYSON, E F, BSM, NZFA (for Artillery)
WALKER, L/Cpl T E, NZRB (for Infantry)
WATKINS, Sgt J M, NZFA (for Artillery)
WHITE, Sgt C T, Otago Regt (for Infantry)
WRIGHT, Driver H E, NZFA (for Artillery)
DUIGAN, NZSC (appointed general staff officer, 2nd grade, 6th Corps.
CHAYTOR, 2nd Lieut F C has relinquished the appointment of Lewis machine-gun officer, 2nd Battn, Wellington Regt, and is seconded for duty at No.2 training school, Etaples.
THOMS, Major N W B B, MC, NZSC, is to be general staff officer, third grade, NZ Division.
The following Captains in the NZMC have been promoted to the rank of Major;
ACLAND, FRCS, who has been appointed consulting surgeon, NZEF.
TROTTER, Captain A M, to command a section of the NZ Field Ambulance in place of Major M HOLMES, MB, FRCS, promoted
BAIGENT, Capt C V A, to complete establishment of NZ stationary hospital in place of Lt Col H T D
HERCUS, Capt C E, to complete establishment and remains seconded for duty as D.A.D.M.S., Anzac Mounted Division
WITHEES, Capt R L, to command a section of a field ambulance in place of Major C E Hercus.
GRIFFIN, Capt C J A, RAMC, Auckland, is on duty in France with the Cavalry Field Ambulance. He has just spent a short leave in Paris with Mrs Griffin.
KAY, Major W, NZRB, has been seconded for duty as officer commanding the NZ Discharge Depot, England.
Having completed their training in this country, the following now have their commissions in the NZ Engineers, Divisional Signalling Co. They will remain in England as training officers and at present they are at Hitchin;
ARCUS, Company Sgt Major W M; BRINDLEY, Sapper Norman; MICHAELS, Cpl L G.
Promotions in the NZEF –
BREWER, 2 Lt T (2nd Lt to Lieutenant); CHAPMAN, 2 Lt W W (2nd Lt to Lieutenant); CUTHILL, Lt J E (Lieut to Captain); De CENT, 2 Lt K O (2nd Lt to Lieutenant); FALCONER, Lt A S, MC (Lieut to Captain; FRANCE, 2 Lt A J (2nd Lt to Lieutenant); GANFIELD, 2 Lt D (2nd Lt to Lieutenant); HEWAT, Lt J P (Lieut to Captain); HILL, 2 Lt R J (2nd Lt to Lieutenant); McINTYRE, Lieut E S (Lieut to Captain); McPHERSON, Lt J (Lieut to Captain; TRACY, Lieut W F, MC (Lieut to Captain); WALLS, 2 Lt D J (2nd Lt to Lieutenant); WATT, Lt M McP (Lieut to Captain).
BOWLER, 2nd Lt David Cornelius, NZRB; HERRICK, Lt Arthur Desmond, WMR; MATHIAS, Lt Gerald, CMR; MORPETH, Capt R H, NZI.
Distinguished Conduct Medal:
BATES, Sgt G, NZRB
A list has been published containing the names of 6500 officers and men who have been brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War for valuable services rendered in connection with the war. Those having interest to NZ are:
BASSETT, Lt Col J C, Hampshire Regt; DAVIES, R H, Major General, C B; ELLISON, G F, Major General CB, CMB; GILLIES, H D, Captain, RAMC; GRIFFITHS, J N, Lt Colonel, DSO, King Edward’s Horse; ; HEARD, Colonel E S; LASCELLES, Major E F W; LEVIN, Captain H, Yorkshire Regt; ONSLOW, Captain .
Nurses brought to notice for valuable services rendered in Home hospitals:
ANDERSON, Sister C; BELL, Miss V; BESWICK, Staff Nurse M B; GRIGOR, Staff Nurse M; HASTE, Staff Nurse M W; MacLEAN, Sister V M K; McKAY, Staff Nurse A J; McMULLIN, Staff Nurse E; McRAE, Asst Matron I M; METHERELL, Staff Nurse G M; POPPLEWELL, Staff Nurse F; STUCKER, Miss E E; WILKIN, Staff Nurse E L; WOOD, Sister A.
French decorations awarded by Sir Douglas Haig:
BATES, Sgt G, NZRB – DCM, for gallantry in the field; BOWLER, B C, 2 Lieut, NZRB – Military Cross; CROSBROOK, A J, Sgt, NZFA – Croix de Guerre; JOHNSTON, G N, Brig Gnl, DSO – Cross of the Legion of Honour; LIVESAY, R O’H, Lieut Col, DSO, Royal West Surrey – Cross of Chevalier of Legion of Honour; MASCALL, H J, L/Cpl, NZE - Military Medal NEWMAN, C N, Captain – Croix de Guerre
Mentioned in despatches for services in the war:
BARNETT, L E, Lieut Col; DUNCAN, W N, Sgt Major NZMC; FITZHERBERT, N, Lieut Col; HALL, C T, Lieut Col; HUTCHEN, J W, Lieut Col; KING, H S, 2 Lt; McKIBBIN, T, Captain; MILL, T, Lieut Col; MYERS, B, Lieut Col; PARKES, W H, Colonel; RICHARDSON, B S, Brig General; SHORT, H, Captain; WYLIE, D S, Lieut Col.
THURSTON, Miss M, Matron in Chief of the NZ Army Nursing Service, has been awarded the Royal Red Cross of the First Class.
Royal Red Cross, Second Class:
DALRYMPLE, Miss H M, acting Sister, Bulls; GILMAR, Sister J M; NIXON, Matron F; WILKIE, Sister M H; WILSON, Matron F.
FRANCES, L/Sgt W A; HANSON, L/Cpl S F; ISLIP, L/Cpl E N; SCIASCIA, Sgt C.
GEMMINGS, Pte T A C, who died at Kopu, was accorded a military funeral. He was shot through the lungs at Gallipoli. Three other sons have been killed in action and one invalided to England. Two sons in law are also serving.
DEVONPORT – It is proudly recorded by the committee of the Devonport School District that no fewer than 370 old boys of the schools and teaching staff have volunteered for the Empire’s forces. Of these, 30 have been killed in action or have died of disease. At least 32 of the 370, or nearly 10%, either held or have held, commissions.
DONOVAN, Staff Sergeant-Instructor R, a non-commissioned officer in the employ of the Defence Dept, died in the public hospital on Friday. He was previously employed with the Tramways Co. at Auckland, Waihi and Narrow Neck camp. A military funeral was accredited the deceased on Sunday at Waikumete. The firing party was send from the Maori reinforcements camp at Narrow Neck and 8 Sergeant Majors acted as pall bearers.
WOOD, Major F A, MC, NZSC, who was Adjutant of the Auckland Mounted Rifles in the Main Body of the Expeditionary Force, has lately undergone two further operations in Dunedin for the removal of pieces of cloth and metal from his right arm and is convalescent after three weeks in hospital. He is now on the Dunedin District Staff.
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