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AUCKLAND WEEKLY NEWS
27 SEPTEMBER 1917

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

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BIDWELL, Captain C N, son of Mrs Bidwell of Bell Rd, Remuera, lost his life at the sinking of a transport in the English Channel last July. He was Chief Officer of the vessel at the time. His boat, with 11 other men in it, got clear of the ship but was never seen afterwards. The occupants of the other boats were all picked up.

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DECORATIONS AWARDED (With Next of Kin)

BIDDICK, James H, Military Medal – J G Biddick, Orakei
BRAKE, Robert I, Military Medal – R Brake, Christchurch
BROWN, George, Military Medal – Mrs S A Brown, Rongotea
BROWNING, Cecil A J, Military Medal – A Browning, Dunedin
COE, Arthur H, Sgt, Military Medal – Mrs D M Coe, Wanganui
COLE-BAKER, Douglas P, Military Medal – Mrs M R Cole-Baker, Tuakau
COLE-BAKER, Douglas F G, Military Medal – NOK: Mrs M R Cole-Baker, Onewhero
CONNELLY, Corporal W, Military Medal, Royal Field Artillery
COOKE, Henry, Military Medal – J Cooke, Christchurch
DICKASON, Albert E, Military Medal – W J Dickason, ?Takapau
DOVER, C N, Sgt, NZI – Distinguished Conduct Medal
DOYLE, Arthur F, Military Medal – Mrs A Low, Wellington
FRASER, James D, Military Medal – Mrs S Fraser, Scotland
FINNERTY, Private James, Military Medal – NOK: Constable Finnerty of Panmure.
ST GEORGE, Frank C, Cpl, Military Medal – L S St George, Masterton
GREGSON, James, Sgt, Military Medal – Mrs S Gregson, England
GRIEVE, Edwin, Military Medal – J Grieve, Scotland
HENDERSON, Ernest, Military Medal – Mrs M E Henderson, Turakina
HENDERSON, Staff Sergeant Hamish, Mentioned in Despatches – NOK: Mrs J Henderson, Fordell, Remuera.
JOSEPH, Patrick, Military Medal – Miss K Neville, Blenheim
LEWIS, Evan D, Military Medal – Miss B Lewis, England
MANNING, Leslie F (Lieut), Military Cross – NOK: Mrs T S Manning, Christchurch
MANSON, Robin V, Cpl, Military Medal – Mrs L Manson, Wellington
MYERS, George, Military Medal – E R Myers, Coromandel
Brig General C W MELVILL, NZEF, has been awarded the Belgian Order of the Crown
O’CALLAGHAN, Jasper W, Cpl, Military Medal – Mrs W A O’Callaghan, Christchurch
PARKINSON, 2nd Lieut Leonard, Military Cross – NOK: Mrs P Parkinson, Ireland
PEGLEY, Arthur J, Lieutenant, Military Cross
PEARSE, William, Special Mention Mesopotamian Despatch – Mrs A Pearse, Island Bay, Wellington
PHILLIPS, David R, Military Medal – Mrs J Phillips, Christchurch
RICHTER, Olo G C, Military Medal – Mrs Richter, Wellington
RINGHAM, Henry J, Military Medal – H J Ringham, Taumarunui
SHARPE, Frederick J, Military Medal – R J Sharpe, Christchurch
SINCLAIR, Walter G, Cpl, Military Medal – R P Sinclair, Southland
SLY, Rupert H, Cpl, Military Medal – W H Sly, New South Wales
SMITH, 2nd Lieut Leonard, Military Cross – NOK: G T Smith, 11 Palm Grove, Wellington
VESTY, T, Pte, NZI – Distinguished Conduct Medal
WHITE, Ernest A T, Military Medal – Mrs T Smith, Hastings
WHITE, Frederick, Distinguished Conduct Medal – NOK: Mrs Wheetman, England
WHALLEY, George, Cpl, Bar to Military Medal – Mrs W R Whalley, Auckland
WILLIAMS, Lawry S, Distinguished Conduct Medal – NOK: T R Williams, Russell
WILSON, L/Cpl Reginald, Military Medal – NOK: Mr Robert Wilson, 27 Sale St, Freemans Bay.
WOOD, Lieut Robert, Military Cross – NOK: Mrs E Till, Stratford

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BLAIKIE, Private Alfred James, a returned soldier, died at a NZ military hospital on Saturday last. He was a member of the 16th Reinforcements and the second son of Mr R Blaikie, 42 Vincent Street.

WAIKATO RECRUITS – 34th REINFORCEMENTS

AIKEN, Owen J, Cambridge; ALEXANDER, Andrew, Te Kauwhata; AULD, Ernest W, Te Akatoa; BEER, Enoa W, Cambridge; BENN, Victor J F, Cambridge; BLACKETT, Thos. W, Te Kowhai; BOOTH, Harold, Te Kowhai; BOWLER, William, Hamilton; CALVERT, Ernest S, Hamilton; COWLEY, Frank, Onehunga; COWLEY, James, Raglan; CRAWFORD, Alfred, Onewhero; CRICK, Harry, Frankton Junction; DICKINSON, Harry N, Kopaki; FARRAR, Arthur, Huntly; GASKILL, Percy, Te Kowhai; GATE, Allen, Frankton Junction; GATE, Ernest, Frankton Junction; GOODWIN, William L, Claudelands; GORDON, Stephen C, Taupiri; HACKETT, Henry W, Awakino; HENDERSON, David, Cambridge; HOOKER, Kenneth A, Cambridge; JOBE, James, Hamilton; KELLY, Jos. R, Mercer; LARSEN, Ernest W, Te Kuiti; LAW, Wm J, Gordonton; MASON, Richard G, Hamilton; McCALLUM, Geo. W, Paterangi; McDONALD, Percy N R, Te Awamutu; McINDOE, Wm J B, Te Kauwhata; McMILLAN, Samuel W, Te Awamutu; MILLER, Alex. H, G, Te Kuiti; MOON, Ken. A, Te Uku; MUIR, Ed. F, Onewhero; PATERSON, John, Ngaruawahia; PETERS, Edward, Tauwhare; PETERSON, Jens G, Otorohanga; PHELAN, Patrick P, TE Mata; ROACHE, Joseph, Frankton Junction; ROSE, Alexander S, Te Kuiti; RUDD, Edward J, Frankton Junction; SAUNDERS, David R, Te Kuiti; SMYTHE, Edmund S, Raglan ; STEVENS, William, Otorohanga; STRICKETT, Richard G, Newton; SYMONDS, William L, Haku; TRYER, George, Konaki; VICKERS, Frank B, Tuhikaramea; VICKERS, Henry J F, Tuhikaramea; WEBB, Richard H, Hamilton; WEBB, William, Frankton Junction; WILLIAMS, John H, Mangapeehi.

Bay of Plenty Recruits – 34th Reinforcements

BARKE, A; BIRD, E J R; BLAIKIE, G A; BROWN, D; FARAGHER, E; FORREST, A; GRAHAM, J; HYETT, J; JURD, A W; LEE, A T; MANSEL, R C; McCAULEY, J R; McCLELLAND, A; McDONALD, J J; McKINLEY, J; O’REILLY, C V; PIVOTT, W; ROWAN, J; SMYTH, C C; TAPPER, V; TARR, G; THOMPSON, C E; WHITE, W S; WILLIAMS, H J; WILSON, G C; YOUNGSON, G A

Hauraki Contingent – 34th Reinforcements

BELL, Geo. L, Te Aroha; BRUMBY, Wm, Manawaru; CARTER, Wm A, ?Netherton; CASEY, Charles J, Waharoa; CAUDWELL, Percival A, Te Aroha; CLAY, Ralph, Hikutaia; DAVIDSON, Jas., Morrinsville; DAVIES, Maitland M, Manawaru; DAVIS, Thos. H, Coromandel; DUNBAR, Maurice Wm, Thames; GUILD, Thos, Waihi; HOLDEN, Isaac A, Kopu; HOSKING, Francis W, Matamata; HUMPHREYS, Richard C, Morrinsville; JOHNSON, James, Te Aroha; JONES, Arthur E, Whare****; KENNEDY, Albert, Karangahake; LAWRY, Leslie T, Morrinsville; LOCKYEAR, Albert, Waihi; MacMILLAN, John D, Thames; McCABE, Richard O, Matamata; McDONALD, Ernest R, Thames; McDOUGALL, James M, Matamata; MACAULAY, Donald, Waiharoa; MORRISON, Raymond J, Karangahake; MUNRO, James, Netherton; PALMER, Norman A, Opotiki; PRIEST, William H, Waihou; REID, Jas. A, Netherton; SHADLEY?, Mark L, Auckland; SMITH, Ernest C, Waihi; TENNANT, Fleetwood R, ; THORNTON, John H, Waitoa.

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TRAIN DISASTER

London 25 Sept; :
While a train containing New Zealanders was standing on the up-line at Beer Ferrers, Devonshire, some of them left their carriages and crossed the line. A passing express train caught and killed nine of them. Three others were seriously injured. The killed were mostly cut to pieces and only identified by their discs. The men went to the rear of their stationary train where rations and stores were being served out. An Express suddenly came around a curve and caught the New Zealanders. Red Cross workers aboard the train rendered aid. The names of the victims are not yet available.

(See BERE FERRERS for more information)

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FOR SPECIAL TRAINING

The first draft of C1 and C2 recruits from the Auckland district left on Tuesday for the special training camp. The troops were in the charge of Lieut R W WOODS, who was assisted by Lieut W J LOGAN. The names of the men are:

AITKEN, J F; ALLWRIGHT, W H; BAIRD, J L ; BARTLETT, W J G; BELL, D L; BEST, A E; BLACK, W; BLACKLEDGE, J; BLAMPIED, M St H; BOLITHO, H H; BOYD, E A; BRINSDEN, F; BROWNE, G W; BYSANTSON, A H; CAMPBELL, J E; CLARK, A V; CLARK, Bert; CLARK, E C; CLARK, G L; CLARK, R; COBINE, E J; OURTNEY, M; CROWE, A N; CROXSOM, L G; CULPAN, I St C; DAVIS, W; DEREUX, G V; DIAS, R T; DICKSON, S D; DOLEMAN, K; DOW, W C; DUKE, J W; ELLINGHAM, S P; FLETCHER, H; FROST, E; GARNER, J; GAVAN, C H; GIBSON, C; GRAHAM, J E; GREACEN, R; HEGH, A W; HERZOG, N J; HICKEY, P R; HIPWELL, E J; HURLE, G E; INGHAM, A; KELLY, R C; KING, W J; LAMBOURNE, A C; LOCKHART, A E; MacKOWN, W J; MALONE, C D; MARK, R T; MARTIN, A G; MASSON, R R; McCARTHY, J M; McEWAN, W C; McKIE, B W; McLAREN, W; McLEAN, F; McNAMARA, J; McSWEENEY, E; MELLIS, W P; MENDELSSOHN, L; MITCHELL, A; MORRISS, A H; MUNROE, C C; MUTTON, R; PAAPE, J; PAGE, A T; PEACOCK, R G; PIGGINS, W; POLLARD, A H; POLSON, H P; POOLEY, F C G; REYNOLDS, H W; RICHARDSON, T W; RICKETTS, G E; ROBB, E J; ROBERTSON, J V; ROBINSON, J E; ROBINSON, W E; RUSSELL, W B; RUSTON, R J; RYAN, C F; SAUNDERS, A C; SHADGETT, B; SHARP, R A; SMITH, W B; SMITH, W C; STRUMPEL, F; TEAGUE, N R; THOM, C W; THOMPSON, E H; THORNTON, H A; TOMLINSON, F C; VOSS, V R; WALKER, S; WALSH, M; WARD, M B; WATKINS, L A; WEBB, H L; WEBB, S V; WILLIAMS, C E; WILSON, T H V; WOOLLEY, G H; WRIGHT, G E; YOUNG, D T; YOUNG, L

The following men upon re-examination have been transferred to Class A:

BRADNEY, F C; BURKE, A J; CARTER, J H; COLE, John; FENTON, W M; HOMAN, J B; JEFFERY, W R; McQUINLAN, J H; NEVILL, R J.

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HOSPITAL SHIP MARAMA – Third Commission

Medical Corps:
COOK, P R, Lieut Col – returns for duty; DUDLEY, B J, Captain – to hold the temporary rank of Major during the commission; LEEPER, Captain; MacDIARMID, Captain; SMITH, Hardwick, Captain – to hold the temporary rank of Major during the commission; SPENCE, G M, Captain, adjutant & quartermaster, returns to duty; VIVIAN, Lieutenant

Army Nursing Service:
BAGLEY, A, Matron; GILMER, R, Sister; McKAY, K G, Staff Nurse; PATTRICK, A, Staff Nurse; RICHARDSON, E M, Staff Nurse; SWAYNE, E, Staff Nurse; TILLY, B M, Staff Nurse; WHITE, W E, Sister; YOUNG, E J, Staff Nurse.

Dental Corps:
BAILEY, E S, Lieut, with the temporary rank of captain

Chaplains returning to duty:
MOLONEY, N B, Rev; READ, F T, Rev; BARNETT, S R, Rev.

NEW STAFF APPOINTMENT

Captain BROOKS has come to NZ to take up a staff appointment as director of physical and bayonet training to the NZ forces. He holds a commission in the Worcestershire Regt. He has seen considerable active service and went through the whole of the Gallipoli campaign in the course of which he was wounded. He was in Egypt for some time before being in France. After seeing a good deal of service he sustained a compound fracture of the arm. For conspicuous work on Gallipoli and in France he was awarded the Military Cross.

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APPEALS

TE AROHA

ARTHUR, Ewart, grocer, Te Aroha; BRADY, John F, farm hand, Te Aroha; CASLEY, Thomas, miner, Waihi; CORBETT, Herbert, farmer, Springdale; COUBOROUGH, Malcolm, farmer/shearer, Tirau; CRONIN, Charles, farmer, Wardville; CRONIN, Harry, farmer, Manawaru; DALGETY, Howard, farmer, Waitakaruru; DUNN, William, farm hand, Waihou; ELLEN, Frank, farmer, Manawaru; FARROW, Robert, farmer, Waitoa; FITZGERALD, William, farm assistant, Te Aroha; GEORGE, Alfred, farmer, Wharepoa; GROSCHINSKI, Frank, soldier ex miner, Waihi; GYDE, Alexander, farmer, Tatuanui; HASTIE, D, farmer, Waitoa; HICKEY, John, farmer, Matamata; HODGSON, Robert, shearer, Takuna; HOGAN, John, farmer, Manawaru; HOGG, William, blacksmith, Morrinsville; MOTION, John, farmer, Walton; QUANE, Patrick, farmer, Ngarua; RYAN, Benjamin, farmer, Waihou; SELBY, Percy, farmer, Morrinsville; SHEEHAN, Joseph, farmer, Manawaru; SMITH, Leonard, farmer, Morrinsville; WALTON, Harry, farmer/blacksmith, Patetonga; WARD, Alexander, farm hand, Waihi.

HAURAKI

BAILEY, Henry R, miner, Waihi; BARUGH, Percival, farmer, Matamata; BAXENDINE, Charles W, farmer, Okauia; BOGGS, George R, miner, Karangahake; BOLES, Horace R, draper’s assistant, Thames; CASLEY, F J, miner, Waihi; COCHRANE, John M, bank manager, Paeroa, volunteer; COLLINS, John T, miner, Waihi; DAVIS, William H, plumber, Thames; DUNLOP, William, miner, Waihi; DUNSTON, Allen W, miner, Karangahake; EDWARDS, Albert E, miner, Waihi; GASKELL, James T, miner, Waihi; GROSCHINSKI, F L, miner, Waihi; GUILD, James, miner, Waihi; GUILD, Thomas, miner, Waihi; HUBBARD, Percy R, farmer, Paeroa; JARVIS, Roy A, miner, Waihi; JOBE, Henry A, tailor, Thames; McCLUNG, Gilbert E, miner, Katikati; McKAIN, James, miner, Karangahake; MORRISON, Charles L, miner, Waihi; NEAVES, Francis, miner Karangahake; O’SHEA, Maurice, miner, Waihi; PATERSON, John F, miner, Waihi; POLTEN, Thomas W, fitter, Waiotahi; ROBERTS, T A E, miner, Thames; SANDERS, Robert, miner, Waihi; SCOTT, William, miner, Waihi; SHEA, Thomas D, miner, Waihi; SPARKE, Alfred H, miner, Waihi; SPARKE, H L, miner, Waihi; WALMSLEY, William W, railway clerk, Paeroa; WILLIAMS, John, miner, Waihi; YARR, Alexander, miner, Waihi.

HAMILTON

BREWSTER, Oswald, farmer, Pukekawa; CARSWELL, W G, farmer, Ngaruawahia ; CLARK, Charles E, farmer, Kihikihi; COGGINS, A, farmer, Ohaupo; DAY, Frank T, voluntary recruit; FIELD, William, farmer, Eureka; GERAGHTY, Paul, farmer, Onewhero; GILLARD, H D, farmer, Rototuna ; GLASMUSSEN, J G, farmer, Ruawaro; HIGGINSON, J R, farmer, Whatawhata; HOLMES, Fred., farmer, Pukeatua; JARVIS, Ernest, farmer, Ruakiwi; LAVER, Frederick, farmer, Waimai; LORRETT, John, farmer, Hamilton; McKEOWN, David, farmer, Ngaruawahia; OSBORNE, David, farmer, Rototuna; SMITH, William, farmer, Hairini; STEBBING, Edward, Ngaruawahia; WALLACE, William G, Fencourt Bridge; YOUALL, James, farmer, Te Akau.

FEARON, Alan, farm manager, Mt Roskill; IRVINE, William, machinery tester; LYNCH, John, G, farmer, Papakura; SCHISCHKA, John Oswald, store manager, Puhoi; SCHOLLUM, Benedick, farmer, Puhoi

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ON ACTIVE SERVICE – NZ PROMOTIONS – UNIT TRANSFERS

McILROY, Dr James, who was surgeon to Sir Ernest SHACKLETON’s expedition, has been severely wounded in France, while attending an injured soldier under fire.

MYERS, Captain D F, NZMC, Wellington, is on the staff at Walton on Thames Hospital.

REDPATH, Captain G, NZMC, has seen a good deal of service with the RAMC. He left NZ in 1915 and was soon on active service, becoming captain in 1916. He was twice gassed and was invalided to Falmouth for light duty.

DAVIS, Captain J B has been transferred from the Auckland Regt to the NZ Camel Corps.

The following promotions to second lieutenants supernumerary to establishment are announced:

BOWREN, F L, CSM, Cyclist Corps; BROPHY, F L, Sgt, Canterbury Regt; CAMERON, A C, Sgt, Field Artillery; DIGNAN, B L, Sgt (Auckland), NZ Engineers; FASON, N, Pioneers; FITZMAURICE, L, Sgt, Wellington Regt; GAIR, C, Sgt, Rifle Brigade; GOSCOMBE, F, CSM, ASC; GOW, J G, CSM, Rifle Brigade; HENDERSON, J R, CQMS, Wellington Regt; KING, A H, Sgt, Otago Regt; LANG, T J, S-Sgt, Army Pay Corps; LAUDER, A, Cpl, Auckland Regt; LOCK, T B, Cpl, MGC; ORBORNE, S, Sgt, Wellington Regt; RICE, S D, CQMS, Auckland Regt; RUDDY, J F, Sgt, Otago Regt; RULE, C S, Sgt, Rifle Brigade; SALTER, G S, Sgt, Canterbury Regt; SHAW, L J, Cpl, Auckland Regt; TYLER, S V, BSM, Field Artillery; WALKER, T E, L/Cpl, Rifle Brigade; WHITE, C T, Sgt, Otago Regt.

ALLEN, F, Lieut, RNR (Devonport), formerly of the Union Steam Ship Co. is in HMS Cricket. He is the son of Captain E F Allen who is well known in South Sea Islands shipping circles.

CAIN, Alan E, Lieut, RNR, is stationed at Port Said. He is in charge of a small armed yacht and his duties take him all over the Eastern Mediterranean. He was formerly Chief Officer of the Maori and his second then was Lieut O FLOOD, RNR, who is at present at the RN Depot, Port Said.

A committee consisting of Lieuts. S J R CLOSE, C C MARSACK, A HANNAH, ISAACS, Mr Malcolm ROSS and Mr J L HAY, has been set up to produce a publication on the lines of “Oh, Canada!” the whole of the letterpress and illustrations to be contributed by men of the NZEF.

DEVEREUX, G de B, Captain, of the Auckland Regt, has been performing temporarily the duties of G.S.O. (3) NZ Division.

DICKSON, E, Flight Sub-Lieut, RN (Thames), has been in England on leave but is now on duty again at the front.

DYER, E J R, 2nd Lieut, who received a commission in the Royal Fusiliers last October, has been invalided from France after a spell of strenuous service. He is a brother of Captain G C S DYER, NZSC, late of the Auckland District Staff.

EMPEY, W A Sgt, of the Wellington Regt, has been discharged from the NZEF for a commission in the Imperial Army.

After twelve months work at Woolwich, Mr L HOLDEN (Te Aroha) is going to France to take up voluntary work with the New Zealand YMCA. Prior to coming to England Mr Holden spent some months in Egypt with the NZEF.

JARDINE, L H, Captain, M.C., is granted the temporary rank of lieutenant colonel while employed as an instructor at the Senior Officers’ School at Aldershot.

LEYS, W Cecil, Sub Lieut, RNVR (Auckland), who has been for some time past in the Motor Boat Patrol, has left for Mesopotamia. He has served for nearly a year in an ambulance at Salonika.

MACKY, Dr K S, has attested here and is now a captain in the NZMC.

MUNRO, Mr A M, Remuera, has reached England on special duty in connection with the chemical branch of the Ministry of Munitions. He is at present in Oxford.

WHITE, C G, Lieut, RN, and Lieut W H DIEHL, RNR, have been posted to HMS New Zealand

PARKES, W H, Col, CMG, proposed the toast of the evening at a dinner at the Lyceum Club in honour of the Women’s Medical Service. Miss CONYERS, matron-in-chief, AANS, and Miss H THURSTON, matron-on-chief, NZEF, who are both New Zealanders, acknowledged the toast.

SOWERBY, William, Lieut, RAMC, of Dunedin, has been promoted captain on the completion of a year’s service.

STRINGER, L B, Temp Surgeon, who served for a short time with the West Kent Yeomanry, and afterwards entered the Navy, has been posted to the Europa.

Eng. Sub-Lieuts H H WILSON, Mosgiel, and W J URQUHART, Musselburgh, who were on board HMS Avenger when she was torpedoed, are now at the RN Barracks, Portsmouth.

While Lieut S M WREN, M.C., R.E., was in England on leave when he received his decoration from the King at Buckingham Palace.

WHITE, W J, Sapper, NZE, has been granted a commission in the Indian Army. He belonged to No.1 Wireless Troop.


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