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AUCKLAND WEEKLY NEWS
11 NOVEMBER 1915

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

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MELVILLE, Sapper R H – Divisional Signalling Co, NZ Engineers, told a story of a courageous lad – a marine on the Triumph. He was aboard that vessel when she was torpedoed and was subsequently put ashore at Anzac. He managed to procure a rifle and a khaki uniform and went up into the trenches and was there three days before he was found. The lad was put under arrest. Whilst waiting to rejoin the marines he was at headquarters a few yards from Sir Alex Godley’s dug-out when he was wounded by the same shell that wounded Sapper MELVILLE.

SAILORS UNDER FIRE
The soldiers who returned by the Willochra have many tales to tell of deeds of gallantry. One or two of them are typical examples of British pluck. The story is related by Private C G GLOVER, 3rd, Auckland, Regiment, main body, of some Jack Tars who were exposed to heavy shell-fire. These sailors were in a pinnace near the wharf. Shells from the Turkish guns were falling all round them. One eventually struck the wharf without exploding and, falling in to the pinnace, burst, driving a hole in her bottom. In the first confusion the sailors got out of the boat but immediately returned to it, realizing that it was their duty to stick to their post. Having clambered in again, the petty officer in charge reported to an officer on the wharf “Boat sinking, sir”. He replied “Beach her” and as he uttered the command a shell struck him right in the throat, killing him on the spot. The sailors pulled the sinking pinnace back and tied it up behind two barges, beaching it broadside on. The whole time they were under fire.

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BACK FROM SAMOA

Members of the Samoan Garrison who returned to Auckland by the Talune on Sunday evening. The men were in the charge of Captain J A ALGIE, officer commanding the Mounted Rifles of the Samoan garrison, who will return to Samoa. Chaplain-Captain G WELLS-SMAILES, who has been recalled to NZ for orders, was also amongst the party. Fourteen men have been invalided home, one has completed his time of service and the remainder formed a guard to the 15 German prisoners of war, who also arrived by the vessel. The names of those who returned are: ADIE, D, Private; COLUMB, Sgt – time expired; DAVIDSON, M, Private; HARVEY, W, Private; HEATLEY, D P, Corporal; HUGHES, W E, Private; KEAY, C, Sgt; KING, A, Private; MEADOWS, Private; MEREDITH, J M, Private; RILEY, G C, Private; ROBERT, J, Lance Corporal; ROBINSON, J B, Private; ROCKETT, H, Private; SAVILLE, S, Private; SCANTLEBURY, W A, Private; SIMPSON, E, Sgt; TAYLOR, C, Private; WALSH, J, Sgt.

Invalided back:
ADDISON, J, Private; CLARK, J M, Sergeant; COLLINS, Private; CRANE, H, Private; DIMOND, J, Private; ERRIDGE, W J, Private; FITZGERALD, J T, Private; HEGGIS, W D, Private; McARTHUR, A, Sergeant; PARNUM, F J, Private; PERKS, B, Private; ROWE, T, Private; SYME, S V, Private; VERNON, Private.

TWELFTH REINFORCEMENTS No.1 Group – Non-commissioned Officers
ANDERSON, Allen D – Victoria Arcade; BISHOP, Thos. A – Titirangi; BLEMPIED, Martin – St George’s Bay Road; BELL, F H – Glen Road, Stanley Bay; BAKER, Herbert S – Hopetoun Street; BRASSEY, Geo. M H – c/o Harbour Board; BROWNE, Colin B – Silverdale; CLARK, C J M B – Ranui Rd, Remuera; DRUMMOND, Thos – c/o A&T Burt, Customs St; DONNAN, Arthur V – c/o YMCA; ELLIS, Howard, J S – New Lynn; ERICKSON, Andrew R – Grey St, Devonport; FERRIDAY, Hubert – Mt Albert; GARDNER, Shayle – Sonoma, Alfred St; HERRICK, John W P – Richmond Ave, Northcote; JENNINGS, Noel W – c/o NZ Herald; KIRK, Robert W, Dunedin; MAYS, Jas. E – Buchanan St, Devonport; METCALFE, Geo. H – Bridgewater Rd; PEET, Roy W – Mt Albert Rd, Onehunga; TURLEY, Cyril E – Murdoch Road; WARD, Francis L – Clifton, Symonds St.

TWELFTH REINFORCEMENTS, No.3 Group – Non-commissioned officers
STERLING, F – Paparoa; SCOTT, F – Helensville; STEVENS, C F – Maungatapere; McLENNAN, K – Maungaturoto; LAMBERT, G F – Helensville

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SURVIVOR OF THE MARQUETTE

Among the survivors from the Marquette was Sergeant F C BENFIELD. He was on the staff of the No.1 Stationary Hospital and as his name did not appear in any of the lists published recently, his wife, who is now in Auckland, telegraphed to the authorities in Wellington. She received a reply that Sgt Benfield was on the transport and survived the disaster.

News was received by Mr N L Benjamin of Auckland from his son L/Cpl Rolan BENJAMIN who was one of the survivors from the transport Marquette. He stated he was safe and well.

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WIMMS, L/Cpl Joseph, DCM, 23 yrs, ASC, returned in the hospital ship Tofua ‘…a tall, good-looking, well educated youth…..’ He won his decoration immediately after landing on April 25. Worked with an Indian mule train, taking ammunition to the 4th Australian Brigade, the only white man with this troop. In his 17 weeks on Gallipoli, he was in Shrapnel Valley and had been through the famous four days battle in August. On 18th August he was attacked by fever, sent to Egypt and invalided home. He hopes to return to the front as soon as his two months leave expires.

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ODDFELLOWS AT THE FRONT - HONOURS BOARD UNVEILED

At a meeting of the Independent Order of Oddfellows, Manchester Unity, at Hamilton, Brother J A Young, M.P., unveiled an honours board to those who have given their services in the present war, namely Brothers BOOTH, I; BORMAN, W W; BROOKS, N A; COLE, J; COOMBES, C S; DAVIES, G; FORSTER, R C; HALL, E S; IRVING, T L; McKENDRY, M; McKENZIE, E; MICKELTHWAITE, C S; NICHOLSON, G; PRINCE, H C; TICKLEPENNY, A C H; TODD, C C; WILLIAMSON, C H.

The Lodge, with a membership of 180, has sent 17 members to the front.

TENTH REINFORCEMENT – NORTH AUCKLAND DRAFT

Infantry:
ABRAHAM, M – Totara North; BALERO, J – Mangapai; BAXTER, E – Kamo; BENNETT, A G – Totara North; BILLINGS, R G – Whangarei; BLACK, S R – Kaitaia; BUCHANAN, A – Hikurangi; BUCKLEY, A J – Taihape; CHISHOLME, J – Waihopo; CLASSON, H – Rawene; COTTERILL, F F S – Hikurangi; COX-SMITH, S – Otonga; DAVIS, J W – Pakaraka; DILLON, A H – Auckland; ELVIN, E J – Makarau; FLEMING, A – Totara North; FLEMING, C – Totara North; GARDNER, F A – Whangarei; GARRAWAY, A – Whangarei; GORDON, J – Kaitaia; GOW, J W – Totara North; HAMMOND, R F – Kaitaia; HANDREWS, A H – Opononi; HARVEY, F – Naihopo East; HEDLEY, T H – Tapahui; HUGHES, W – Glorit; IRELAND, B – Kaeo; JENKINS, A R – Mangonui; KAVANAGH, L – Ruatangata East; KING, W H – Kaiwaka; LEVET, C V – Wellsford; LONG, H B – Whangarei; MADDOX, A J – Kaeo; MATILAND, J – Whangarei; MAY, H M – Mangonui; McDONALD, H G – 151 Hobson St, Auckland; McDONALD, John – Whangarei; McINTOSH, R R – Totara North; PATRICK, V – Whangarei; PEARSON, R – Rawene; PORTER, J H – Kaitaia; PRAM, R T – Kaeo; PRIESTLY, T – Kaitaia; READ, E – Pakarapa; RICHARDSON, C – Parua Bay; SALIS, A – Totara North; SALIS, F – Totara North; SALIS, J – Totara North; SHEEHAN, J – Whangarei; SMITH, J E – Houhora; SPENCER, J T – Portland; STANCLIFFE, T A – Kaitaia; STEWART, T – Helensville; STONEY, O H B – Totara North; TRACEY, J – Kaeo; TYNAN, J L – Waihopo; UNDERWOOD, E G – Kaitaia; VINCENT, F GT – Hamilton; WALKER, C W B – Parenga; WALMSLEY, W F – Whangarei; WILSON, E B – Waipapakauri.

Mounted Rifles:
OAGLE, C L – Kaipara Flats; WHITE, W C – Parakao; WILSON, R M – Helensville; WISEMAN, W – Kawakawa

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NEW ZEALANDERS MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES

Artillery:
FARR, Captain; HILL, W, Sergeant; INGLIS, D, Bombardier; JOHNSTON, Brigadier General; STANDISH, Major SYKES, Lieutenant Colonel; THOMSON, J B, Bombardier.

Engineers:
ALEXANDER, Sergeant; BUTLER, Lieutenant; EDWARDS, Captain; FERGUSON, Major; HULBERT, Lieutenant; NEELS, Sergeant; OAKLEY, Lieutenant; PRIDHAM, Lieutenant Colonel; SHERA, Captain; WICKEN, Sergeant.

Mounted Rifles - Canterbury:
BLACKETT, Lieutenant; FINLAY, Lieutenant Colonel; JENKENS, Trooper; OVERTON, Major.

Wellington
RUSSELL, A H, Brig. General; WHITE, Major

Otago
BAUCHOP, Colonel

Infantry - Auckland:
DAWSON, Major; NOAKES, Private; MATRONI, Private; PLUGGE, Lieutenant Colonel; TREACHER, Bugler

Canterbury
BROWN, Ty Lieut Colonel; GIBBS, Lieutenant; GILL, Sergeant; LEMOTTE, Lieutenant

Otago
MOORE, Lieut Colonel; HAMILTON, Lieutenant

Wellington:
CHARTERS, Lieutenant Colonel; CRONE, Private; DUNCAN, Corporal ; ESSON, J J, Lieutenant Colonel; GRACE, Lieutenant; JOHNSTON, A, Company Sgt Major; JOHNSTON, S, Private; NEALE, Private; REID, J R, Private; YOUNG, Lieutenant Colonel.

NZ & Australian Divisional Train:
ACLAND, Captain; BORKETT, Staff Sergeant; CREEVE, Captain; HAMILTON, Lieutenant Colonel; SNELGROVE, Private.

NZ Medical Corps
BEGG, Lieut Colonel; FINN, Captain

Ordnance
BECK, Captain

DECORATIONS AWARDED

Companions of the Bath:
COURTNEY, Richard, Lieutenant Colonel; FINDLAY, John, Lieutenant Colonel, of New Zealand; HOBBS, Brigadier-General; JOHNSTON, George, Lieutenant Colonel; ROSENTHAL, Cannan, Lieutenant Colonel; SMITH, Ernest, Lieutenant Colonel, of the Australian forces.

K.C.M.G.
RUSSELL, Andrew, General – New Zealand

C.M.G.
BEESTON, Colonel; BEGG, Lieutenant Colonel, of New Zealand; BENNETT, Alfred, Colonel; BESSELL, Major; BROCKMAN, Major; BROWNE, Major; GIFFARD, Major; JAMES, Major; KING, Major; MARSH, Christian, Colonel; OWEN, Lieutenant Colonel; RABETT, Major; ROBERTSON, C, Major; SANLISS, Lieutenant Colonel; STEVENSON, George, of the Australian forces.

Companions Distinguished Service Order:
BECK, Captain – of New Zealand; BROWNE, Charles, Major; EBERLING, Major; HERBERT, Major; LLOYD, Major; STEVENS, Arthur, Major; TILNEY, Major – of the Australian forces; TORENZO, Major; WHYTE, James, Major; YOUNG, Robert, Major.

Military Cross:
BACHTOLD, Lieutenant – of the Australian forces; BLACKETT, Lieutenant – of New Zealand; OAKEY, Lieutenant; OKEDEN, Lieutenant; PARRY, Lieutenant.

Mentioned in despatches for conspicuous service at Gallipoli – Members of the Australian & NZ staffs:
CHAUVER, Colonel; CUNLIFFE; HUGHES, F; MANDERS; McGLINN; OWEN.

Sir Ian Hamilton’s despatches mention Brigadier-General A H RUSSELL and Lieutenant-Colonel ESSON, of New Zealand.

NEW ZEALANDERS SERVING WITH AUSTRALIAN FORCES

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YOUNG, Pte B V – disembarked Malta
URQUHART, Gnr J A – hospital Cardiff

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NORMAN, Cpl C, Waikato MR – hospital Cardiff 11 Nov 1915


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