AUCKLAND WEEKLY NEWS
24 JANUARY 1918
These are extracts from the Auckland Weekly News magazines and have been extracted with permission.
HONOURS & AWARDS [With Next of Kin]
Associate Royal Red Cross – Second Class:
ANDERSON, C B, Matron – Mrs A Anderson, Roslyn Avenue, Remuera; BESWICK, M B, Sister – Mrs B Beswick, Oamaru; BIRD, L M, Sister – Mr – Mrs E Bird, Wanganui; CHALMER, M, Sister – Miss E Chalmer, Dunedin; GRIGOR, M, Sister – F S Grigor, Scotland; McRAE, I M, Sister – Mrs A McRae, Nelson; METHERELL, G M, Sister – Mrs R Metherell, St Albans; PENGELLY, E, Sister – Mrs L A Pengelly, Wellington; POPPLEWELL, E, Sister – Mrs C Popplewell, Victoria; SCOTT, I, Sister – A Scott, Timaru; WILKEN, E L, Sister – Mrs J W Wilken, Dunedin (mother); WRIGHT, K E, Sister – Mrs J Leigh, Remuera
Distinguished Conduct Medal:
BAILEY, A, Army Sgt Major – R Bailey, England (father) *; GAPES, A, Driver – Mrs E Gapes, Wellington *
BIRNIE, W, Sgt – J Birnie, O’Rorke Ave, Remuera; EDMONDS (sic), A E, Gunner – Mrs H Edwards (sic) (Mother); HALL, A C, Cpl – Miss K Hall, Westport; HARVEY, G, Gunner – T Harvey, Sawyers Bay; KIRTON, T, Cpl – Miss D Kirton, Christchurch (sister); TYNE, P W, Gunner – Mrs P W Tyne, Napier (mother); WHITE, H H, Gunner – Mrs E Courtier, Roxburgh
AWARDS TO NEW ZEALANDERS
BLAIR, Dr Mary, served Flanders & Servia – Mentioned in Despatches
CORFE, Lt Col A G, Sth African Defence Force, Royal West Kent Regt, old boy of Christ’s College – DSO and two Bars.
DEARDEN, Capt J F, DSO, MC, Royal Fusiliers – Bar to Military Cross
DICKSON, Flight Sub Lieut Euan, RNAS (Thames) – DSO
ERLAM, Capt H, Cheshire Regt (Sth Lancs Regt) formerly Sergeant NZEF – Mentioned in Despatches
MACLEAN, Mrs L, wife of Rev W Maclean, CF, NZEF – Mentioned in Despatches [Daughter of W H INGRAM, Invercargill]
McCUTCHEON, Capt A M, RAMC, old boy of St Johns College Auckland – Mentioned in Despatches
WORSLEY, Lt Cdr Frank H, RNR, former commander of Countess of Ranfurly, member of Shackleton Expedition – DSO.
PURCELL, Pte Robert, Takapuna, 2nd, Wellington, Battn, while in London on leave from the Command Depot at Codford, was run over by a motor bus near Windmill St, Tottenham Court Rd, and killed. The Coroner’s jury returned a verdict of accidental death.
GAVIN, Capt Noel John Hay, RAMC, MC & Bar, Wellington, who died in France on 1 November met his death as the result of an accident. His horse bolted and fell, throwing the Captain on his head and fractured his skull. He died very shortly after reaching a casualty clearing station. Capt GAVIN had been in England on leave and had been back in France only a few days before he met his death. He had been attached for some time to the 14th Royal Irish Rifles.
ABRAHAM, Capt A T, MC, Manchester Regt, edlest son of the late Rev T P Abraham, rector of Risby, Suffolk, was killed in action on 29 October, aged 32. At one time he was farming in NZ and he left the Dominion to take up land in Vagros Island, B.C. On the declaration of war he joined the Canadian Infantry as a private, so that he saw service very early in 1915. At the first battle of Ypres he was badly gassed. Recovering, he returned to the front, remaining there until he was commissioned to the Third, Manchester, Regt. In June of this year he was awarded the Military Cross, the next month he received his first promotion and his captaincy was bestowed on him 10 days before he was killed.
FRANKAU, 2nd Lieut P E, Rifle Brigade, killed in action while attached to the Cameronians, was the second son of the late novelist ‘Frank Danby’. In 1911 he married Miss Frances B Miller of Te Puke, NZ. Early in life Lt Frankau gave up his scholastic career in order to devote himself to farming and exploration. He had travelled considerably and finally had settled in Rhodesia, enlisting at the outbreak of war in the Rhodesian Contingent. He obtained his commission in April 1915.
Out of 26 men from Patea who joined the Main Body of the NZ Expeditionary Force, only three are alive unwounded and at the front. All the others have either been killed or invalided home.
A very sad story concerning the return of a soldier has been told at Eltham recently. On his arrival, the returned man was surprised and disappointed at there being no friends or relatives to meet him. On his way to Wanganui on the train he learned that during his absence his father and mother had both died, also a brother and that the home had now changed hands.
The names of three teachers from the Auckland Education Board District have been added to the Board’s Roll of Honour:
COLLINS, Lawrence E, student, Training College, reported killed in action
MORGAN, Ernest C, teacher, Waiomio school, reported wounded
WOODS, Selwyn J, assistant master, Te Awamutu, reported died of wounds
The excellent record of service of the BIRNIE family of Remuera was again referred to before the First Military Service Board on Thursday when Gordon BIRNIE, Traveller, appealed on the ground that he was the last remaining son at home. He said that six brothers had gone to the front and three had been killed. He was living with his parents, Major & Mrs Birnie of Remuera. The Chairman said the family record was one of which the appellant should be proud. The [Appeal] Board expresses sympathy with the family in their loss and adjourned the case sine die.
NEW ZEALAND PROMOTIONS
CRAIG, Major G, NZMC, is promoted lieutenant-colonel. He has just recovered from injuries received in an air raid in London.
BARTON, Major J E, NZSC, has left the Otago Regt to be GSO, NZ Division, in place of Major W I K Jennings, who becomes Brigade-major to the First Infantry Brigade.
ROSE, Major J M, MC, NZMGC, has been appointed second in command of the convalescent hospital at Hornchurch.
Captains T R RITCHIE, MB; G S SHARP, MB; and W N ABBOTT, MB, MC, are promoted Majors in the NZMC.
SEDDON, Lieut T E Y, Canterbury Regt, is appointed ADC to General Sir A H Russell, vice Lieut W G Wood.
HANNA, Sub Lieutenant D V, RNVR, Auckland, has been promoted lieutenant.
It is announced in orders that the Rarotonga Contingent will in future be known as the NZ Rarotongan Company and will be a separate unit for promotion. Captain G A BUSH and Lieutenant G A FROMM are transferred from the Maori Battalion to this new company.
The Commander-in-Chief in Palestine, Sir Edmund ALLENBY, mentions a considerable number of Australians and New Zealanders, including Major General Sir Henry CHAUVRAL, Major General E W C CHAYTOR, Brigadier General G G RYRIE, Captain W WENDER and Major C HERCUS.
McKENZIE, 2nd Lieut C R – awarded Military Cross
MILNE, Lieut M C – awarded Military Cross
PICOT, 2nd Lieut J H – awarded Military Cross
TAIT, Lieut K J – awarded Military Cross
London 20 January 1918:
The following military rugby matches took place yesterday:
NZ Postal Service, 22 v Canadians, 3
Welsh Guards, 3 v NZ Hornchurch, 0
A military funeral was accorded the body of Lieutenant William E JOHNSTON of Piopio who died on Sunday. The interment took place at the Waikumete Cemetery on Tuesday. Several residents of Piopio, including Dr McLEOD and representatives of the Auckland City Council and the Returned Soldiers’ Assn., were present.
APPEALS BY RESERVISTS
AITKEN, Noel H, Typewriter expert, Basque Road; APPLEBY, Syd., Maramarua; BRIDGER, Ernest A, Green Lane; BROUGHTON, Robert N, Ponsonby; BROWN, Frederick J, painter, Mt Eden; BROWNE, Charles A, farmer, Ellerslie; BRUFORD, Percy A B, manager; CALLAGHAN, James T, iron-moulder; CAMPBELL, Charles, shipwright; CARPENTER, Arthur, auctioneer, Takapuna; CHRISTIE, Thomas W, Otahuhu; CHURCHES, Edwin H, Ellerslie; CULLEN, Louis E, postal official, Remuera; DAVIES, Frederick O, timber worker, Ponsonby; DONALDSON, Ernest, Ranganui; DOWNEY, Edward F, Matakohe; EAST, Robert, labourer, Onehunga; EXLER, William, Avondale; FITCH, Walter T, farmer, Waimauku; FITZPATRICK, W, Cable operator; FORGIE, Uriah A, Remuera; GILCHRIST, James S, ; GOODENOUGH, Ernest G, Driver, Grey Lynn; HAMER, Frank, photographer, Newton; HARKNESS, George, Mt Eden; HAWKES, Arthur P, farmer, Mercer; HENRY, Donald, publisher, High St; HERK, Patrick, Sheridan St; JARVIS, Syd. W, Nelson St; KING, Alfred D, milking machine fitter/mechanic, Mt Albert; LAIDLAW, Robert A, Merchant; LANGTON, Frank, Te Papapa; LOGAN, John P, marine engineer; MARKS, William J, Mt Eden; MARSHALL, Henry M, enquiry agent, Ponsonby; NEWMAN, F M, Mt Eden – voluntary recruit; TINDALE, Henry H W, livery stable-; keeper, Queen St; WILSON, Norman, farmer, Paparoa.
BOAKES, Percy W, farmer, Mangapai; CHRISTENSEN, Harold W, farmer, Onerahi; CULLEN, Leroy C, Mangawai; DUPLANTIER, Ernest A, farmer/engineer, Reotahi; DWYER, Robert F, farmer, Otakairangi; EVANS, Joseph, farmer, Maungakaramea; GETLEY, Charles H, Kiripaka coal mine; GICHARD, Joseph L, chief engineer, Reotahi freezing works; GOODWIN, James, share milker; GRIFFIN, Thomas J, farmer, Kamo; HIGGINSON, Fred, farmer, Marua; INGERSON, William T, school teacher, Limestone Island; KINGHAM, Thomas H; LAMB, H S, farm manager; McCONNELL, Ernest, farmer, Ruarangi; McKENZIE, Rhoderick S, farmer, Awaroa; McLEAN, Archibald, farmer, Titoki; PITMAN, Adam, bridge builder, PWD; POWICK, Maurice, Wekaweka; RIX, Albert W, coal miner; ROBINS, Henry D G, orchard assistant, Parahaki; RUDOLF, Richard, farmer, Pakotai; THORBURN, William J, farmer, Ruatangata West; VAILE, Gordon E, farmer, Mangapai.
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