AUCKLAND WEEKLY NEWS
05 DECEMBER 1918
These are extracts from the Auckland Weekly News magazines and have been extracted with permission.
FAMOUS 74th SQUADRON – New Zealand Air Fighters
Some interesting information is now available concerning the part which New Zealanders have played in air fighting against the enemy on the west front. The famous fighting squadron was the 74th and during the last seven months of the war it was composed entirely of New Zealanders. Previous to that time it was commanded by Captain A BALL,V.C., DSO, MC, who was accounted the best single air fighter in the British service. He was killed and Major CALDWELL, a New Zealander, succeeded to the command. Some of the officers with him were Major CALLENDER, Captain COOKE, Lieut COLLIER and Lieut GREY, all of whom were decorated with the exception of Lieut Grey who was captured by the Germans. It may be added that the air squadron consists of 18 machines, three flights of six machines each and that all the New Zealanders comprising the 74th Squadron received their initial training in air work in NZ.
ADAGH, Captain W A; FOSTER, 2nd Lieut L B; MILLER, 2nd Lieut A H
Distinguished Conduct Medal:
BAIN, Sgt G **; LANAUZE, Pte E **; MUNN, 2nd Lieut W G **
Bar to Military Medal:
BROUGHTON, Capt D S; TULLEY, Pte J T
DEATHS IN THE CAMPS – Auckland Soldiers
CARLYON, Wm Edwin – Mrs Carlyon, 30 College Hill, Ponsonby; DEEBLE, William, discharged soldier – Wife: Mrs A Deeble, Bombay; LEITCH, Robert Johnston – Wife: Mrs E L Leitch; MARSHALL, Cpl Cecil James, 53rd NCO’s – Mrs M Marshall, Mt Eden; MORRISON, George William, discharged soldier – Mrs T Morrison, Grey Lynn; MURPHY, William Francis, QM Staff – Mrs Carson, Auckland; SMITH, Sgt A H – Mrs Smith, Auckland; STEWART, George Ross, 50th Reinforcements – Mrs M R Stewart, Auckland; WOODS, Cpl Reginald D P, 54th NCO’s – Mrs Dora C Woods, Auckland
GRAY, Pte James, who died at Palmerston of influenza was the youngest son of E Gray, Rotorua. He went to the Front with the 7th Reinforcements and was wounded in the battle of the Somme and invalided to NZ about twelve months ago.
McNEISH, Sgt J A, died at Wellington on the 19 November of pneumonia following influenza. He saw action at Gallipoli and in France, being slightly gassed and wounded in the fight at Passchendaele . He also saw service in the South African War. He married six years ago.
DEATHS FROM INFLUENZA
DUMERGUE, Mr E F, only son of Mrs F E Dumergue and the late E Perry Dumergue, died at Whakatane from influenza. A member of the 22nd Reinforcements, he saw service on the western front where he contracted chest trouble. After being treated at Walton on Thames Hospital he was invalided to NZ. Mr Dumergue was born at Opotiki and was eeducated there and at the Auckland Grammar School. After leaving school he followed farming but about four years ago he started business in Whakatane as grain merchant and general agent.
PATTERSON, Mr C W, youngest son of Colonel G W S Patterson, OCD, died at Te Aroha. He returned invalided from active service some six months ago, having gone to the front with the 10th Reinforcements as a trumpeter in the Rifle Brigade. He had recovered from influenza but suffered a relapse to which he succumbed. He is buried at Te Aroha.
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