AUCKLAND WEEKLY NEWS
31 OCTOBER 1918
These are extracts from the Auckland Weekly News magazines and have been extracted with permission.
John RUSSELL, a returned soldier suffering from shell shock, disappeared from the Mararoa on Friday on the trip from Wellington to Lyttelton.
PRESENTATION OF MEDALS – Men decorated at sea
An interesting and unusual ceremony was performed in mid-ocean on board a NZ transport. This was the presentation to non-commissioned officers and men of medals won in France. The circumstances were unique, the ship being in the submarine danger zone and all on board realised the fact that the ceremony had the dignity of the presence of danger and the possible presence of the enemy, resembling battlefield conditions. Commander I A SUTCLIFFE presented the medals. Although not a soldier, he was particularly fitted to do this, having faced the dangers of war since its commencement and having had his former ship sunk by the enemy. Before making the presentation he said that during 46 years of sea service he had been called upon for many and varied duties but he never imagined it would be his privilege to decorate soldiers for gallant deeds performed on the battlefield. He thanked them for having honoured him by asking him to present the decorations and said: “I want you all to know that I am second to none in my admiration for the glorious deeds that are being done every day at the front, done by men hailing from all parts of the Empire and all the world knows how NZ troops have covered themselves with glory over and over again. Those of you from the front have passed through an inferno indeed and I congratulate you on having come safely out of the furnace. It is pathetic to know that often these decorations are handed to the next of kin, the heroes having given their lives. I am glad to know that you are very much alive and what is about equally as good, you are homeward bound.”
Distinguished Conduct Medal:
** WARD, M, CSM, Wellington Regt – On 4 October 1917 at Passchendaele, when all his company officers b3ecame casualties during an attack, this NCO took command of the company and lead it in the attack on the final objective.
** MacDONALD, Private A, Otago Regt – On 15 February 1918 at Polygon Wood, this man captured a sniping post and five of the enemy.
MULLAN, Ftr E, Field Artillery – On 10 April [year not shown] at Messines, this man was successful in getting a disabled gun into action which had been left behind.
FAITHFULL, Sergeant W H, Auckland Regt – On 4 October 1917 at Passchendaele, with the assistance of three men, this NCO captured two machine-guns, taking no prisoners.
GLEESON, 2nd Cpl F C, Engineers – For valuable work rendered with the armies in the field.
Meritorious Service Medal:
GRIFFIN, Sgt H G, Wellington Regt and LYNN, L/Cpl W, Wellington Regt – For valuable services rendered with the armies in the field.
A tragic occurrence happened at Awapuni Ambulance Camp on Sunday. A man named BONNER, an officer’s orderly, was handling a returned officer’s automatic pistol in the YMCA premises. The weapon discharged, severing one or two fingers and struck Mr VANCE in the right temple. Mr Vance was taken to the hospital where he died on Sunday. Bonner, who had been instructed to clean up the officer’s gear, was conversing with Vance when the tragedy occurred.
ALLEN, Lieut Col R C, DSO, of Annandale, Piako, was wounded on 8 October but no indication is given of the nature of the wound.
EDUCATION BOARD – Names added to the Roll of Honour
BROADGATE, Lieut F L A, relieving teacher, Aria School, killed in action; MATCHETT, Private R J; FORDYCE, Act/Captain, Komakorau; VAUSE, Lieut Harry, Cambridge High School; CHEESEMAN, Cpl Lewis, Training College student, reported wounded
NZ HONOURS – Awards in the Field
Distinguished Service Order:
JARDINE, L H, Lt Col, Rifle Brigade; NEIL, J H, Lt Col, Med. Corps
ALLEN, J E, 2nd Lieut, Canterbury Inf; BYRNE, A E, 2nd Lieut, Otago Inf; CAMERON, W K, 2nd Lieut, MG Corps; CIOCHETTOK, C V, 2nd Lieut, MG Corps; ELLEN, H, 2nd Lieut, Rifle Brigade; ELLIS, J W, 2nd Lieut, Otago Inf; FOSTER, 2nd Lieut, Artly; GOULDIN, A M, 2nd Lieut, Rifle Brigade; HARTSHORN, G, 2nd Lieut, Canterbury Inf; HOLDER, A G, 2nd Lieut, Rifle Brigade; LOKEY, R, 2nd Lieut, Wellington Inf.; MARKS, J D, Capt, Med. Corps; McMINN, W E, 2nd Lieut, Rifle Brigade; MILLER, J A, Lieut, Otago Inf.; PRATT, C O, 2nd Lieut, Canterbury Inf; PULSAM, L R, 2nd Lieut, Artly; TREMERAN, D B, 2nd Lieut, Cant. Inf; WATSON, R S, Rev C F.
Distinguished Conduct Medal All **:
AKROYD, A G, Otago Inf; BAIN, G R, Sgt Major, Artly; BERRY, M, Rifle Brigade; BROWN, R D, L/Sgt, Otago Inf; DEUCHRASS, W, Sgt Major, Otago Inf; ELLERY, F, Sgt, Rifle Brigade; FLETCHER, D, Sgt, MG Corps; GILLAM, A, Rifle Brigade; GREENBANK, L, L/Cpl, Wellington Inf; HEALEY, M, Rifle Brigade; KENNERLEY, T R, Sgt, Rifle ; Brigade; LIVINGSTONE, B V, Sgt, Canterbury Inf; MANSON, R V, Sgt, Signallers; O’GRADY, M, Cpl, Canterbury Inf; PUTNAM, P S, L/Cpl, Canterbury Inf; SCULLY, P A, Sgt Major, Rifle Brigade; SHACKLETON, J L, Canterbury Inf.
Bar to Military Medal:
LAW, W H, Wellington Inf; BATY, J A, Cpl, Wellington Inf; CLARKE, A S, Sgt, Canterbury Inf.
Military Medal – Wellington Infantry:
ANDERSON, V G, Cpl; BARBER, F C; BURNSIDE, R J; BUTLER, A J, L/Cpl; COLLIS, F, Sgt; ;DILLON, A H; EVANS, M A, L/Cpl; FINN, H M; HENSON, J H, L/Cpl; HUDSON, R; JENSON, W S; LARKINS, H; LEE, G J; LOW, J G; O’CONNOR, R J; RAMSAY, W E; RAYNOR, C W; RENDALL, W S; RICKARDS, E; RUSBRIDGE, H W; RUSTERHOLZ, P, L/Cpl; WATSON, J A.
ALLISON, W J; ANSIN, F W; BAKER, H; BALL, Y G; CLIFFORD, W J, Sgt; CORBETT, W H; CRAIG, P G, Sgt; GOULD, J R; HEATH, H; IRVINE, D G; JOWERS, A H; McCLURE, D J; MELLOR, E G; MURRAY, A W, Sgt; NAISMITH, R C; O’BRIEN, W, Cpl; PATCHING, W J, Cpl; SINCLAIR, R G, Sgt; SKATT, G; SMITH, S; STOCKDALE, W; STORRY, W; THOMSON, M A; TURNER, W F; WILSON, J H
ARCHER, W; BRESLIN, J, L.Sgt; CAIN, R H, Sgt; CAMERON, R B, Cpl; COLE, S F O, L/Cpl; COOPER, G B, Sgt; CREE, G L/Cpl; DAWSON, C; DONALDSON, G A H, Sgt; GLEDIELL, G L, Cpl; HEARN, F W, L/Cpl; HENDERSON, C I, Sgt; HISLOP, J W; HURLEY, D, Cpl; JOHNSON, F W, Sgt Major; LANGVAD, W; McBEATH, A D; McGOWAN, D L; McLEAN, J H; McMILLAN, G R, L/Cpl; MILLINGTON, W; NICHOL, A B; NICOLAS, H J, Sgt; OLIVER, L E, L/Cpl; PALTER, P J L, L/Cpl; PATERSON, D T, L/Cpl; SAMBERS, W A; TETLEY, C A; WEIR, G H, Sgt; WILSON, W, Cpl.
BEATON, J, Sgt; BROWN, J, Sgt; CHISHOLM, G; FINDLAY, J M; FOOTE, R B, Sgt; GIBBS, L I; HENDERSON, C I, Sgt; HENNESSEY, W G; HENRY, P, Cpl; HUMPHRIES, C W, Cpl; MACKAY, D, Sgt; MERRICK, F; MILLER, H C, L/Cpl; REYNARD, J; SHIRLEY, G V, Sgt
BARKER, R, Sgt; BISHOP, T A, Sgt; BLACK, D C, Sgt; COX, A B, Sgt; CURRY, C J H; FRESHNEY, J B, Cpl; GILES, S, L/Cpl; GILLESPIE, L W, L/Cpl; GIRVAN, E, Cpl; HAVILL, J; JACQUES, P; JONES, E J; LEO, E M; MANNING, F E; MATHEW, F E; McCORQUDALE, D A; McDONALD, C G; McKECHIE, J, Sgt; McKENZIE, N A, Sgt; MOON, W H, L/Cpl; MUIR, A, Sgt; NADEN, F N; PEGLER, S P; RUFFORD, R; STEWARD, A De B P, Cpl; STIRLING, N D; TARBURR, L O S, Sgt; TAYLOR, E; TILBY, V H; TUCK, H J; WATKINS, H T; WEBB, M; WILSON, A G C, L/Cpl
ADAMS, R W, Engineers; CARROLL, J W, Field Amb; GIRVEN, R W, Bomb., Trench Mortars; McLAREN, D, Sgt, Engineers; MOORE, W D, Field Amb; PERRY, W J, Sgt, Field Amb; RENNIE, D D, L/Cpl, Engineers; VOSS, H, Field Amb; WESTHEAD, L, Army Svce Corps.
NEW ZEALAND V.C.’s
Soldiers of the NZEF who have been awarded the Victoria Cross and the date of notification being given:
Corporal (now 2nd Lieutenant) C R G BASSETT, Divisional Signal Co., October 15, 1915
The late Sergeant D F BROWN, Otago Infantry, 7 June 1917
Lance Corporal (now 2nd Lieutenant) Samuel FRICKLETON, Canterbury Infantry, 31 July 1917
Corporal (now 2nd Lieutenant) L W ANDREW, Wellington Infantry, 4 September 1917
Private H J NICHOLAS, Canterbury Infantry, 8 January 1918
The late Sergeant R C TRAVIS, Otago Regt, 27 September 1918 The late Sergeant Samuel FORSYTH, NZ Engineers, 22 October 1918
Other New Zealanders who have been awarded the Victoria Cross during the present war are:
The late Lieut Commander E W SANDERS, of Auckland, Royal Navy
Brigadier General B C FREYBERG, of Wellington, Imperial Forces
The late Captain A J SHOUT, of Wellington, Australian Forces
The late Private Thomas COOKE, of Wellington, Australian Forces
Lieutenant P V STORKEY, of Napier, Australian Forces
The first New Zealander to win the Victoria Cross and the only holder prior to the present war, was Captain W J HARDHAM, who received the decoration for gallantry in the South African War.
FORSYTH, Sgt Samuel, NZ Engrs, has been awarded the Victoria Cross for conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in attack.
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