AUCKLAND WEEKLY NEWS
17 JANUARY 1918
These are extracts from the Auckland Weekly News magazines and have been extracted with permission.
BRIFFAULT, Captain Robert, RAMC — Military Cross
FAITHFULL, Pte W — Military Medal NOK: W Faithfull, Dargaville
KENNEDY, Sgt D — Military Medal
KENNEDY, Sgt Major Edward J F — DCM NOK: J Kennedy, Brighton Road *
OHLSON, Sgt Athol W M, aged 24, Rifle Brigade — DCM NOK: F J Ohlson, Epsom *
RICHMOND, Major J M, MC — DSO NOK: Maurice Richmond, Christchurch
WILSON, Pte J H — DCM NOK: Mrs J Wilson, Pukekohe *
PRISONERS OF WAR
Leaving Germany and Turkey
Transferred to Switzerland:
BANKS, W H, Corporal; BARNETT, W E J; CRAWFORD, J J D; FEATHERSTON, O; LOCKETT, A H;SLOAN, T C.
At Rotterdam en route to England:
KEMP, F W; OXLEY, H; PACEY, S V
Has left Contstantinople en route to England:
SHOEBRIDGE, A J, Corporal
SUICIDE IN CAMP
Private Francis Edward RYAN of the 34th Reinforcements, committed suicide at Featherston camp on Saturday by cutting his throat with a razor. The deceased reported sick on returning from Christmas leave and was admitted to the camp hospital suffering from gastritis. Nothing unusual was noticed about his behaviour but on Saturday morning he got out of bed and was ordered back by a sergeant. Some time afterwards, two privates in the ward saw him in the act of cutting his throat. They summoned the sergeant and a struggle followed, the sergeant sustaining bad cuts on the arm. The razor was secured by Ryan’s injuries were so serious that he died in a few minutes. The deceased, who came from Middlesex, leaves a widow and an infant.
ELLIS, Lieut Howard, RFC and Private V S PACE, POW’s in Germany, have arrived in England. Nineteen other New Zealanders have reached Switzerland.
NEW ZEALAND V.C. WINNER
Eighteen Victoria Crosses have been awarded, including one to Private Henry James NICHOLAS, a New Zealander, for conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in attack. He belonged to a Lewis gun section which was ordered to form a defensive flank to the right of an advance which was subsequently checked by the enemy as a strong point. Private Nicholas rushed forward alone, shot the officer in command of the strong point, and overcame the garrison of 16 by means of bombs and his bayonet, capturing four wounded prisoners and a machine-gun practically swingle-handed, saving many casualties. Subsequently, when the advance reached its limit, Private Nicholas collected ammunition under heavy machine-gun and rifle fire. His exceptional valour and coolness throughout the operations was an inspiring example to all.
The Military Medal has been awarded to J FOLEY and R WITHERS of the Otago Regiment, and A R PENMAN of the Engineers.
PROMOTIONS IN THE NZ STAFF CORPS
ANDREWS, C C, Captain (temp. Major) to be Major, 8 June 1917
MORRISON, W C, Captain (temp.Major) to be Major, 11 October 1917
POWLES, C G, Captain, DSO, to be Major, 11 July 1917
SMITH, Colonel V S, ADC, transferred to British Army
APPEAL BY RESERVISTS — AUCKLAND
Classes: (B) 1 child (C) 2 children (D) 3 children (E) 4 children (F) 5 children
CHAMBERLIN, George, farmer, Ponui Island; LAMBERT, Walter, clergyman, Te Awamutu; ROWE, Leonard G, boot-clicker, Onehunga; SCOTT, Harold I W, farmer, Mercer; SORENSON, Ezra S, builder, Otahuhu; STERLING, Joseph, storekeeper, Matakohe; STURGEON, Charles, orchadist, Henderson; SYMS, John L, Albany Road; THOMSON, Alexander, railway ganger, Runciman; TYLER, Charles C, mason, Pt Chevalier; WALTON, Arthur G, fruit farmer, Glenfield; WHEATLEY, James E A G, blacksmith, Ponsonby; WHITEHEAD, Albert D, stationer, Grey Lynn; WIDDISON, William, orchadist; WILLIAMS, Ernest, marine engineer, Ponsonby; WILSON, Charles, farmer, Pukekohe.
BILKEY, Edwin L, farmer, Buckland; CROSS, Walter, J, Parnell (C); EMSLEY, John, Remuera (B); FARMER, Ernest A, Grey Lynn (C); FOOTE, Edmond G, Epsom (B); GALLAGHER, Walter F, Karangahape Rd (B); GARROD, John W, Cook Street (C); HAINES, Clinton R, Pacific Cable Board; HARRY, Frederick N, Pacific Cable Board; KEEN, Joseph D, Mt Eden (B); LANGLEY, Frank, Mt Albert (C); LOWER, Edwin R, Avondale (C); McCOMBIE, William H, Burleigh St (B); McGLUNE, Joseph M, schoolmaster, Wellsford; MITCHELL, James, Epsom (C); MORTON, John, Mt Roskill (B); NEARY, William P, Queen Street (D); NEWTON, Charles S, Nelson Street (F); ROBERTSON, George D, engine-driver, Helensville; SHERIDAN, Arthur W, Takapuna (B); SHERRY, Peter W, Helensville (B); SIDDENS, George E, City (C) ; SKINNER, Robert J, Grey Lynn (B); SMEED, William O, Tuakau (B); SMITH, Harold H, Papakura (B); STEENSON, William, Pukekohe (F); STOREY, Thomas G, Pt Chevalier (C); TYE, R G M, Devonport (B); WESTON, Sydney, Devonport (D); WILSON, H M, Pacific Cable Board; WILSON, Joseph M, Remuera (B); WILTON, H F, Pacific Cable Board; WRIGHT, Henry, St Heliers Bay (B); YOUNG, William, Takapuna (B).
BRADY, John, farmer, Patumahoe; CAMPBELL, George A, farmer, Alfriston; GEMMELL, William, manager; HAND, John P, farmer, Helensville; McKENZIE, John F, carpenter, Grey Lynn; PYMAN, Alfred A, Mt Roskill; SILVA, Alfred E, seaman; SLADE, Richard E, Kingsland; WILSON, Rowland H S J, machine-expert.
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