AUCKLAND WEEKLY NEWS
28 FEBRUARY 1918
These are extracts from the Auckland Weekly News magazines and have been extracted with permission.
A COMRADE’S TRIBUTE
A generous comrade’s tribute to a comrade in arms is paid by a soldier of the 1st Auckland Infantry Battalion in the following letter: "My brave old comrade, Tom FORREST, has won the Military Medal and there was never a more popular and well deserved award made. He is the gamest, toughest bit of good old British ‘stuff’ that ever walked and we will never forget him. While with No.4 gun in an outpost, his team and others were hit by an enormous shell and 7 were killed and 2 wounded. He was buried up to his chest. He was stunned and the drum of his ear broken. In broad daylight and in spite of the fact that enemy snipers were thick on a hill in front of us, he walked coolly across the open, some hundreds of yards, to get a stretcher. He had a little white band on his arm which may have made the enemy respect him as a stretcher bearer but instead of that it is a gamble whether the Germans will respect a bearer. The Colonel made him stop in his dugout for a rest and then wanted to send him away but Tom said ‘No’, he would stay with his chums and did so. However, when we got out his ear started to bleed and he has gone to hospital." Private FORREST is a son of Mrs Langsford of Hauraki Road, Takapuna.
APPEALS BY RESERVISTS — HAMILTON
ALLEN, A, lamp trimmer, Taupiri; ARCHER, Charles; BERRYMAN, George, miner, Taupiri; BIRD, Christopher, miner, Pukemiro; BLUCK, Walter, farmer, Te Kowhai; BOYD, David, farmer, Waingaro; BRAITHWAITE, H, miner, Pukemiro; BRIGHT, Leonard, railway clerk, Hamilton; BROMWICH, Fred., labourer, Frankton; BUCHANAN, Edward, miner, Taupiri; CHESSON, A C, 7th Day Adventist; COX, Thomas, miner, Taupiri; CUTHBERT, W J, Eureka; DUFFY, David B, miner, Taupiri; DUNN, John, miner, Pukemiro; EDWARDS, Arthur, miner, Taupiri; FINLAY, Robert G, farmer, Miranda; FISHER, John, miner, Taupiri; FREW, William, miner, Taupiri; GIBBS, L M, deck hand, Rangiriri; GILLIS, J, 7th Day Adventist;; HALL, J, carrier, Gordonton; HEALEY, Francis, mine trucker, Taupiri; HILTON, C, miner, Huntly; KEEP, Frederick G, farmer, Rukuhia; KILLEN, J, farmer, Matangi; LADDLE, John, miner, Pukemiro; LAWRENCE, James Alfred, tailor’s cutter, Hamilton; LE BAILLIE, H W, farmer, Onewhero; LEE, Donald, farmer, Rotokauri; LIVINGSTON, Frank, farmer, Rukuhia; LOFTHOUSE, William, mine carpenter, Taupiri; MASSOM, G, carter, Frankton; McLEAN, James, farmer, Tauwhare; MILLS, J, 7th Day Adventist; MORAN, Charles J, carpenter, Frankton; MOTHAM, G D T, mine clerk, Huntly; NAPPER, W J, trucker, Taupiri; NEWALL, Claud W, farmer, Te Kowhai; PARKER, Arthur, mine roadman, Taupiri; PEARCE, Arthur W GT, Cambridge; PECKHAM, Bert, clipper, Taupiri; PETERS, James, mine carpenter, Huntly; POLLARD, William, farmer, Pukeroro; PRICE, Walter, mill hand, Cambridge; RIDDELL, Thomas, farm hand, Gordonton; RYAN, John, miner, Taupiri; SIMON, E, master baker, Cambridge; SMALLFIELD, Cecil R, stock drover, Frankton; SMITH, William B, baker, Cambridge; STEWART, Robert R, farmer, Te Kowhai; SWAN, W, orchadist, Te Kauwhata; THOMPSON, James, miner, Taupiri; TIMMS, Jr, Harry, shiftman, Taupiri; TRASK, Sidney, labourer, Hamilton; WATT, G M, farmer, Cambridge; WHITE, S, farmer, Taupiri; WILD, William George, ploughman, Whatawhata; WILSON, William, labourer, Frankton; WINTER, Frank L, Salesman, Hamilton; ZIMMERMAN, Thomas Michael, farmer, Whangamarimo
*HAYTON, L/Cpl Gilbert, 1st Otago Battn., who has also been promoted to the rank of Sergeant, has been awarded the DCM. He is a Gallipoli veteran and previously won the Military Medal at Ypres.
Distinguished Conduct Medal:
BURNS, K B — Miss E BURNS, Christchurch *; GODFREY, Sgt J A, died of wounds — J GODFREY, Survey Office *; HAYTON, L/Cpl G — E C HAYTON, Hawera *; WALKER, Sgt W R, died of wounds — J WALKER, Collingwood (f) *
Bar to Military Medal:
GILBERT, Pte G — R GILBERT, Caversham (f); HOPPER, Cpl H M — J W HOPPER, Wellington (f); MAINDONALD, Asst Bdr F W H — Mrs C MAINDONALD, New Plymouth (w); McLEOD, Cpl J D — A O McLEOD, Observer Office, Auckland (f); SANDS, Cpl L R — Mrs E SANDS, Grey Lynn (w); WILSON, L/Sgt J H — W WILSON, Dunedin
ANGELL, Pte J — Mrs J ANGELL, Hawera; ARMOUR, Pte H — J D ARMOUR, Dunedin (F); BELLERBY, Pte M — Mrs K BELLERBY, Tolaga Bay; BILLING, Pte E A — T J BILLING, New Plymouth (f); BLACK, Pte H McL — W BLACK, Gisborne (f); BRIEN, Sgt W S — Mrs J BRIEN, Waimate; BROWNE, Cpl C T — J U BROWNE, The Drive, Epsom (f); BUTLER, Pte W J — J J BUTLER, Invercargill (b); CAPON, Pte M — J CAPON, Liverpool, England (f); CHALMERS, Pte C — W CHALMERS, Tikokino (f); COLUMBUS, Pte L H — Mrs E COLUMBUS, Sydenham (m); CRAWSHAY, Pte V G — Mrs L CRAWSHAY, Devon; DAVIS, Pte O O — D DAVIS, Hastings (b); DOUGLAS, Pte N McL — H DOUGLAS, Masterton (b); FOTHERINGHAM, Pte G B — J FOTHERINGHAM, Southland; FULLER, Pte E G — S G FULLER, Wellington (f); GARRETT, Cpl W E — Mrs F JAGO, Linwood; GODSIFF, Pte L — D H GODSIFF, Waitaria Bay, Kenepuru (f); GORDON, Sgt L G — R N GORDON, Dunedin; GOSLING, Pte T — Mrs L HIGGS, 22 Douglas St, Ponsonby (s); GRAHAM, Sgt W R — W GRAHAM, Ormond (f); HANGER, Sgt J M — W HANGER, Otago (f); HELM, Pte A McK - T HELM, Riverton (f); HERON, Staff Sgt D H H — Mrs A M HERON, 29 Brentwood Ave, Mt Eden (m); HODGSON, Pte F J — Mrs M HODGSON, Oxford; HUGHES, Pte A — Mrs M HUGHES, Nelson (m); HUNTER, Pte J — J HUNTER, Riverton (f); JENKINS, L/Cpl H — P JENKINS, Dunedin (f); JONES, L/Cpl M R — Pei JONES, Ongarue (b); KENNEDY, Cpl H — Mrs A KENNEDY, Auckland (w); LANG, Pte H T — Mrs E H LANG, Invercargill; LAURIE, Pte W R D — Mrs A LAURIE, Waikumete (m); LESHKE, Pte A — Mrs E LESHKE, Opawa (m); McGUCKIN, Pte H — Mrs T GADSBY, Masterton (s); MICHAEL, L/Cpl L J — Mrs M A MICHAEL, Napier (m); MILLER, Pte S A — Mrs M E MILLER, Lawrence; PURCELL, Pte A — F PURCELL, Levin (f); RIDDELL, Pte W — J RIDDELL, Gordonton (f); RIGBY, Cpl J H — J P RIGBY, Rakaia (f); ROBERTSON, L/Cpl L — Mrs M ROBERTSON, Palmerston North; SIM, Pte J W — J SIM Snr, Dunedin; SLADE, Pte H R — Mrs R M SLADE, Seddonville; SMILLIE, Pte J — J SMILLIE, Taranaki (f); STAINTON, Pte T — T S STAINTON, England (f); THOMAS, Pte H A — W THOMAS, Kaikoura (b); THOMSON, Pte D W — M THOMSON, Murchison; TILLMAN, Cpl A N — Mrs E TILLMAN, Woolston (m); TOMES, L/Cpl J — J TOMES, Weston Road, Remuera; WATT, Cpl G S — Mrs M C C WATT, 41 St Georges Bay Rd, Auckland (w); WATTIE, Pte A J — W J WATTIE, Hastings (f); WILKINSON, Pte J — W J WILKINSON, Whangarei; YOUNG, L/Cpl O F T — Mrs B YOUNG, Great South Rd, Green Lane
NZ HONOURS — Bars to Military Medal
BAGER, G H, Corporal; BURROWS, W H, Sergeant; GEARSIDE, J T, Sergeant; PARSONS, J T, Private; SCOTT, J, Sergeant; THOM, W N, Sergeant; WOODS, T Linney, Sapper.
APPEALS BY RESERVISTS — AUCKLAND
BELL, John, farmer, Kaiau Bay; HELLYER, Ernest C, farmer, Tarakahau; KEANE, John D, Pukekohe; KEMP, Louis, farmer, Brookby; McGILLIVRAY, Alexander W, farmer, New Lynn; STEWART, Alfred T, Khyber Pass; WEBB, John J, motor driver, Auckland Fire Brigade; YOUNG, William, Kingsland.
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