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AUCKLAND WEEKLY NEWS
07 MARCH 1918

These are extracts from the Auckland Weekly News magazines and have been extracted with permission.

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The dead body of a returned soldier, Private Frank Somervell MARSHALL, single, was found hanging from the rafters of the Union boat-shed at Wanganui on Thursday. He enlisted at Dunedin and left with the Main Body. He was wounded in the side at Gallipoli and returned to the Dominion. He was discharged from the Forces about 12 months ago. His father is dead and his mother lives in Australia. When the deceased returned to NZ in July 1916 it was stated that he had been treated for mental troiuble on the voyage. He was sent to Dunedin Hospital for treatment. A verdict of suicide while temporarily insane was returned.

APPEALS BY RESERVISTS

GREENWOOD, William R, farmer, Leigh; MARKS, Percy H, farmer, Tahekeroa; NAUGHTON, Lawrence, Kaukapakapa; NICHOLSON, Alexander, Newton; ROGERS, Cecil T J, West Lynn; TORKINGTON, Albert, farm hand, Waimauku; TURNWALD, Wenzl, farmer, Helensville; WALTON, William F, dairy farmer, Mangere; WATSON, William J.

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KROGH, H C, a New Zealander serving with the Imperial Force, King Edward’s Horse, has been awarded the Military Medal. His NOK is unknown.

NASH, William, aged 44, was run over at Te Kuiti by the Auckland – Wellington express on Friday night and died instantly. He was a soldier, discharged from Trentham Camp on 13 February. He had been working at Pahiatua and was a first class passenger on the express to Wellington. He missed his footing when boarding at Te Kuiti and fell between the carriages. He entered camp on 9 October 1917 with the 33rd Refinforcements. Advice has been received that he was a member of the Auckland Mounted Rifles, 3rd Reinforcements, and served at Gallipoli for a considerable time. He was there at the evacuation and afterwards served in Egypt.

NOLAN, William, son of Matthew Nolan of Ponsonby, has been promoted to the rank of Lietuenant in the Motor Boat Patrol. He was an enthusiastic member of the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron and was one of the first to enlist on the formation of the patrol.

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LAURIE, Trooper W R D, aged 21, son of W Laurie, Henderson, has been awarded the Military Medal for gallantry on the field. He was with the 8th Reinforcements.

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APPEALS BY RESERVISTS

ANDERSON, Daniel, wharf labourer, Napier; ATON, Adam, electrician, Devonport; BARKER, Harold V, chauffeur, Mt Eden; BLAKEY, Harold F, dental mechanic, Devonport; BURTON, Herbert T, carpenter, Newmarket; GOING, Philip R, flight instructor; HEWITSON, Richard, ship’s plumber; McCALDON, Frederick W, accountant; O’BRIEN, Patrick J, wharf labourer, Nelson Street; PARMENTER, Sydney C, dairy farmer, Otaua.

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SOLDIER SCHOLARSHIPS

Thirteen overseas sailor and soldier scholarships donated by the Rhodes Trustees and Kitchener National Memorial Fund, tenable at various Universities, have been awarded. The recipients include 2nd Lieutenant C F FORSDICK, NZ Machine Gun Corps, at the Imperial College, and Captain N S JOHNSON, of the NZ Rifle Brigade, at Oxford.

Lieut FORSDICK is the only son of Mrs W Forsdick of Victoria Ave, Mt Eden. He was born in Auckland in 1893 and attended the Auckland Grammar School, captaining the senior football team in 1910. He did a course in electrical engineering at Auckland University College, completing just prior to enlisting and being made a member of the Society of Electrical Engineers. He left NZ in October 1915 as a private in the First Battalion, NZRB. He was made a sergeant in Egypt where he gained an instructor’s certificate in machine-gunnery, securing a first class pass. He won his commission in the field, was wounded at Passchendaele on the 4th October. As a result of injuries his left hand was amputated. He is at present studying electrical engineering at the Imperial College, South Kensington, under the terms of his scholarship.

Captain Noel S JOHNSON, is the son of Mr Clarke Johnson of Karori Road, Wellington. He is aged 23 and left NZ with the 4th Battalion of the Rifle Brigade in February 1916. Went through the Somme battle and was badly wounded at the beginning of 1917. As a result he lost his left foot. He made a gradual but good recovery.


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