AUCKLAND WEEKLY NEWS
08 FEBRUARY 1917
These are extracts from the Auckland Weekly News magazines and have been extracted with permission.
HONOURS FOR NEW ZEALANDERS
A London cable announced that the following honours were conferred on New Zealanders:
Companion of the Bath: Colonel Robert LOGAN, Administrator of Samoa – formerly Officer Commanding Auckland Military District, was in command of the expedition from NZ which occupied German Samoa 29 August 1914. He was appointed Military Administrator of Samoa on 1 October 1915.
Companion of the Order of St Michael & St George: Colonel William E COLLINS, Chief of Staff of the hospital ship Marama. Colonel the Hon. William E Collins was chief of staff of the hospital ship Maheno on her first commission from July 15 to January 16. On returning to Wellington he was appointed Assistant Director of Medical Services in Wellington Military District from 25 January 1916. He is now Chief of Staff of the hospital ship Marama, second charter. The vessel sailed from Wellington on 11 November 1916.
The King of Servia has granted the following orders:
BIRKET, L/Cpl W A, NZ Engrs – Cross of Karageorge (with swords) 1st Class
BRAITHWAITE, Brig General W G, CMG, DSO – White Eagle, 3rd Class
CONLAN, Sgt F J, 1st Batt, Auckland Regt – Silver Staff, 2nd Class
GARDINER, Pte George, NZ Pioneer Batt – Cross of Karageorge (with swords) 1st Class
HERBERT, Capt Hon A N H M, Irish Guards – White Eagle, 5th Class
JOHNSTON, Brig General F E, Canterbury Batt – Karageorge (with swords), 3rd Class
MITCHELL, Major G, Otago Regt – Karageorge (with swords) 4th Class
MOORE, Colour Sgt Major John J, NZ Engrs – Silver Star, 2nd Class
PRIDHAM, Lt Col G R, NZ Engrs – White Eagle, 4th Class
RHODES, Capt A Tahu, Grenadier Guards – White Eagle, 5th Class
WAINOHU, Chaplain Rev Henare W – White Eagle, 5th Class
The following NZ officers, who are in the British Army, have been awarded the Military Cross:
BEAMISH, Lieut Frederick N H, Warwickshire Regt, Napier. Commanded two companies and re-organised them, consolidated and held the position under intense fire. He has previously done very fine work.
HENDERSON, Lieut George Dunnett, Royal West Kent Regt, Canterbury, took out a party and re-organised the men of his battalion under intense fire and consolidated the ground taken.
JARDINE, Captain Edmund B, RAMC, Gisborne, tended the wounded continuously for three days and nights under heavy fire, displaying great courage and determination. He has done fine work throughout the campaign.
The Military Cross has been awarded to the following members of the NZEF:
AVEY, Lieut E A, Rifle Brigade, superintended the laying of a wire under heavy fire, maintaining communication and sending back valuable information continuously for two days.
BONGARD, Lieut J R, Rifle Brigade, led a small party against an enemy battery, killing a gun team and damaging a gun. He set a splendid example throughout the operation.
GALLOWAY, Lieut Malcolm S, Wellington Regt, organised a party and captured an enemy trench which was holding up the advance. Later, he consolidated his position and held it until reinforcements arrived.
HALLY, Lieut Colin, Auckland Regt, organised and led a successful raid on the enemy’s trenches displaying great courage and determination throughout.
HARGEST, Lieut James, Otago Regt, organised and led a bombing party, thereby driving the enemy back and securing his left flank, later organising the defence of the position with great skill at a critical time.
JOHNSON, Captain William Howard, Field Artillery, assumed command of and handled his battery with great courage and determination, keeping his guns in action under heavy fire. He had previously assisted in extinguishing a fire at great personal risk.
MAWSON, Lieut Joseph B, Machine-gun Co., [handled] his machine-guns throughout the operations with great courage and determination, later taking part in a charge which routed the enemy.
PRIOR, Captain Norman H, went over the parapet and dressed a wounded man under intense fire, later working continuously among the wounded under fire, displaying great courage and determination.
RICHARDS, Rev Robert, Chaplain’s Dept, tended the wounded continuously for two days under very heavy fire, displaying great courage and determination.
KNOX, Sgt Major Robert J, Otago Reg, showed great courage and initiative during the consolidation of the position. Later he led a charge with great gallantry. He has previously done fine work.
APPEALS FOR EXEMPTION
ANDERSON, David M, Ahuroa; BLAIR, David, Warkworth; BLAIR, Hugh, Warkworth; BLAIR, John, Warkworth; BLAIR, Mervyn, Warkworth; BOLTON, Frederick J H, builder, Otoroa, Rotorua; BROWN, Edward Onslow, farmer, Whangaripo; CRAIG, Henry Gilbert, Whareora; DENNIS, Joseph, Pukapuka; DROWER, Harry B, manager, Matakana; GREENWOOD, Ernest Walter, mail carrier; GREENWOOD, Percy Herbert, farmer; GRIMMER, Albert C, Streamlands near Warkworth; HAMILTON, Benjamin, storekeeper, Maungaturoto; HARRISON, George, farmer, Mt Roskill; HEATH, Walter R, Auckland; JOSEPH, James P, farmer, Whananaki; JOSEPH, Robert, farmer, Whananaki; KING, Holland, farmer, Warkworth; LAVERY, Richard, farmer, Warkworth; LEVET, Philip G, Wellsford; LITTLE, James, coal miner, Hikurangi; LOGUE, Loughlin, farmer; MACKEN, Walter Edwin, farmer, Whananaki; PEGLER, Clarence, Epsom; RUSSELL, Robert, Waipu; SERGEANT, Cornelius Rudolph, Whangarei; SMITH, Kelven, Te Puke; TODD, Thomas Noble, farmer, Marua; YEARBURY, Frank, dairy farmer, Helena Bay.
The Victoria Cross presented to Mrs M E COOKE at Government House, Wellington, was awarded to her husband Private Thos. COOKE, 8th Battalion, Australian Imperial Forces. From the London Gazette of 8 September 1916 – ‘For most conspicuous gallantry. After a Lewis gun had been disabled he was ordered to take his gun and gun team to a dangerous part of the line. Here he did fine work but came under very heavy fire with the result that finally he was the only man left. He still stuck to his post and continued to fire his gun. When assistance was sent he was found dead beside his gun. He set a splendid example of determination and devotion to duty.’ Private Cooke, aged 35, was a native of New Zealand and resided for many years in Wellington where he worked as a builder. About six years ago he went to Australia, being employed there until he left with the Australian Forces. He is survived by his widow and three children.
BRAIDFORD, Private John, A. Co., 25th Reinforcements, was found unconscious in a boarding-house in Wellington on Friday. He died a few minutes later.
McCOY, Corporal William, aged 29, a member of the NZ Forces, died of spinal meningitis at Timaru Hospital on Friday.
TO JOIN MOTOR BOAT PATROL – England
ALEXANDER, Sub Lieut E; FOOT, Sub Lieut G; FOOT, Sub Lieut L; HANNA, Sub Lieut D; HEWSON, Sub Lieut C; INGRAM, Sub Lieut W R; JENKINSON, Sub Lieut L; Le HUQUET, Sub Lieut E; MAYS, Sub Lieut K; McILWEEN, Sub Lieut F H; WEBSTER, Sub Lieut T C.
BAILLIE, George Alex’r, farmer, Kaiwaka; BAKER, William, fishmonger, Whangarei; COULTHART, Thomas P, sawmiller; DRUMMOND, Claude P, railway carpenter; DRUMMOND, Douglas ; ECCLES, Arthur L, hairdresser, Whangarei; GRAFT, H W, born Puhoi; HAMILTON, Robert, butcher, Hikurangi; HANSON, Charles L; McCUSSY, J P; McKENZIE, Neil, dairy farmer, Waipu; McKINLEY, Charles, farmer; OLSEN, G J A; RADCLIFFE, Ernest, farmer, Whakapara; REED, Edgar H; ROBERTS, C E, blacksmith, Whangarei; RUSKOE Brothers, Wanganui; RUSSELL, Alex R, farmer, Waipu; WILSON, Edward, farmer, Hukerunui.
VAVASOUR, Lieut Rollo, Royal Flying Corps, Imperial Forces, died on 16 January 1917. He was the son of Mr Henry Vavasour of Blenheim.
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