AUCKLAND WEEKLY NEWS
19 DECEMBER 1918
These are extracts from the Auckland Weekly News magazines and have been extracted with permission.
GRANT, Sgt John Gilray, VC, 10/2950, NZEF At Bancourt on 1 September under point-blank fire at 20 yards, he rushed enemy posts to right and left, showing conspicuous bravery. It is recorded that throughout the operations, lasting three days, he set a splendid example to all. His NOK is Mrs J Grant, Princess St, Hawera.
AKROYD, A J, Private Distinguished Conduct Medal **; ALLEN, H, MM, 2nd Lieut Military Cross; BAKER, H Military Medal; BATY, J A, Corporal Bar to Military Medal; BERRY, M, Rifleman Distinguished Conduct Medal **; BROCKENSHIRE, A T, MM, Corporal Distinguished Conduct Medal **; BROWN, R D, Corporal Distinguished Conduct Medal **; BYRNE, A E, 2nd Lieut Military Cross; CAMERON, W R, 2nd Lieut Military Cross; CAMPBELL, R, Private Bar to Military Medal; CIOCHETTO, C V, MM, 2nd Lieut Military Cross; CLARK, A S, Sergeant Bar to Military Medal; COCHRANE, J T Y, Bombardier Bar to Military Medal; DEUCHRASS, W, CSM Distinguished Conduct Medal **; ELLERY, F, Sgt Distinguished Conduct Medal **; ELLIS, J W, 2nd Lieut Military Cross; FLETCHER, D, Sergeant Distinguished Conduct Medal **; GILLAM, A, Rifleman Distinguished Conduct Medal **; GIRVEN, E, L/Cpl Military Medal; GOULDING, A M, 2nd Lieut Military Cross; GREENBAK (sic), L, Corporal Distinguished Conduct Medal **; HARTSHORN, G, 2nd Lieut Military Cross; HEALY, M, Rifleman Distinguished Conduct Medal **; HERBERT, A S, Lieut Bar to Military Cross; HOLDER, A G, 2nd Lieut Military Cross; JACUS, P, L/Cpl Military Medal; JARDINE, L H, Lt Col Distinguished Service Order; KEATLEY, J, Sergeant Distinguished Conduct Medal **; KENNEDY, D, Lieut Distinguished Service Order; KENNEDY, T R, Sgt Distinguished Conduct Medal; LAW, N H, Rifleman Bar to Military Medal; LIVINGSTONE, B V, MM, Sgt Distinguished Conduct Medal **; LOW, J C, Private Military Medal; MANSON, R V, MM, Sgt Distinguished Conduct Medal **; MARKS, J D, Capt Military Cross; MAYER, J, Lieut Military Cross; McKECHNER, J Military Medal; McKENZIE, N A Military Medal; McMINN, W E, 2nd Lieut Military Cross; MILLER, J A, Lieut Military Cross; MUIR, S A H, Sgt Military Medal; NEIL, J H, Lt Col Distinguished Service Order; OGRADY, M, Cpl (killed) Distinguished Conduct Medal **; OKEY, R L, 2nd Lieut (Killed) Military Cross; PRATT, C O, 2nd Lieut Military Cross; PULHAM, L R, 2nd Lieut Military Cross; PUTNAM, P S, Lt Sgt (killed) Distinguished Conduct Medal **; SCULLY, P A, MM, CSM (killed) Distinguished Conduct Medal **; SHACKLETON, J L, Private Distinguished Conduct Medal **; SINCLAIR, R J, Sergeant Bar to Military Medal; THOMAS, A W, Lieut Military Cross; TREMEWAN, W B, 2nd Lieut Military Cross; WARE, W G, Private Bar to Military Medal; WATSON, R S, Rev Military Cross; WEBSTER, G F, 2nd Lieut - Military Cross
BASSETT, Lieutenant C R G, V.C. A civic reception will be tendered on his arrival in Auckland. He is returning to the Dominion on a troopship, which is expected to reach Auckland next Sunday and if circumstances connected with the landing of the men will permit, the civic reception will take place on Monday morning. The winning of the highest military decoration by Lieut Bassett early in the war, were of such distinction that it was felt sure the citizens would appreciate the opportunity of showing honour to such a gallant son of the Dominion.
Major H G H MONK, NZMC, of Auckland, is returning on duty with Draft No.201 of invalided soldiers.
The fact that two Victoria Cross winners, Lieut Commander E W SANDERS and Private J CRICHTON, came from Takapuna, was mentioned by the Mayor of Takapuna, Mr W Blomfield, at the Borough Council meeting last week. Mr Blomfield stated that a Roll of Honour in memory of their brave men was to be erected in the Council Chambers.
Captain William WHEELER, a medical officer on leave from Featherston Camp was found dead in bed at a Te Aroha Hotel on Monday. He was aged 58, formerly practised in Canterbury and had served with the forces for two years. He was unmarried.
The Naval adviser reports that 48 New Zealanders, who originally formed part of the crew of the Pyramus and were transferred to HMS Doris in March 1917, will shortly be paid off at Bombay and will return to NZ.
Sergeant Major JONES, successor to Sergeant Major MENZIES, arrived in Opotiki on 9 December. He is a returned soldier.
LEGION OF FRONTIERSMEN
The following Taranaki members, all of the Paritutu Troop, have been admitted to the Legion:
BOULTON, C B; COLSON, C; EVANS, Ven. Archdeacon F G; FOREMAN, H A; HANDLEY, C; LISTER, A; LUXTON, T; LYE, R F; McKENZIE, W; OPENSHAWE, P A; POPE, G; RUSSELL, H F; SAMPSON, C; SAMPSON, H; STREET, J H; WHEATLEY, E W; WHITEHEAD, J.
New members to be listed:
DOYLE, M J, Mangarakau; FOUGERE, F J, Tahora; JOHNSON, T G, Netherton; JONES, N D, Mahoenui.
The Legion lost a popular member by the death of Frontiersman J A McGEE who died at Christchurch Hospital of pneumonia supervening on influenza. He joined the Legion at Uriti, Taranaki in 1912 and subsequently he was on the assay staff of the Grand Junction mine and he left with the Auckland Mounted Rifles in the 3rd Reinforcements. He seemed to be known to every man in camp at that time and he was a general favourite with all who knew him. He was badly wounded on Gallipoli, having the bone of one leg smashed and losing an eye in the fight for Chunuk Bair. Returning to NZ he was appointed assistant analyst at the Islington freezing works and held this position at the time of his death. His mother now resides at Mt Eden, Auckland, and the sympathy of a very wide circule of members of the Legion will be with her in her loss.
The death is announced in a London hospital of Lieut Colonel C C (Con) SAXBY, DSO, late of Opotiki. He served through the Boer War and did not hesitate to offer his life to the Empire when the German menace confronted it. His brother Ronald also served through the Boer War and is now in Palestine with the Allied force.
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