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NEW ZEALAND AND WORLD WAR ONE
AUCKLAND WEEKLY NEWS
PERSONNEL PARAGRAPHS
APRIL 1915

These are extracts from the Auckland Weekly News magazines and have been extracted with permission. Thanks to Jackie Walles for these.

April 1915

ANGUS, Pte M, Hawkes Bay Squadron, Wellington Mounted Rifles, died of measles and bronchitis on 23 April. NOK: Father, J Angus, Havelock North. [AWN 29.04.1915] p.32

BELCHER, Captain E A formerly headmaster of Christ’s College, Christchurch, who was appointed to the 9th (Service) Battn, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, in January, has been promoted to the rank of Major. The battalion is at present at Falmouth and forms part of the 103rd Brigade. [AWN 15.04.1915] p.22

BIGWOOD, L/Cpl Percy, Auckland Infantry Battn, died 23 April of pneumonia, aged 33. NOK: Mrs Bigwood [nee Carrie MOORE], Melbourne. [AWN 29.04.1915] P.32

BURLINSON, Corporal Maurice Alfred, First Canadian Expeditionary Force, aged 24, third s/o Major G M Burlinson, director of the Weraroa training Farm, has been seriously wounded in the head and has been transferred from hospital at Boulogne to England. Cpl Burlinson was an accountant in Auckland. [AWN 22.04.1915] p.17

BURLINSON, Private G V, WMR, died in Cairo on 8 January from injuries caused by falling from a horse. Sgt Robert A BURLINSON, is with the NZ Field Artillery. Both are sons of Major G M Burlinson. [AWN 22.04.1915] p.17

CARTER, Lieut Walter E, Machine-gun Section of the 3rd, Auckland, Mounted Rifles, fell down the ship’s hold while embarking horses at Egypt.. He has cabled his parents at Northcote that he is returning to NZ but will afterwards proceed to the front. [AWN 15.04.1915] P.22

CHAMBERLAIN, Tpr Charles Samuel, aged 26, 3rd, Auckland, Squadron, Auckland Mounted Rifles, Main Expeditionary Force. Died last Wednesday as a result of an attack of measles. NOK: Father, Charles Chamberlain, Ponui Island, Auckland. It is probably that Lt Carter is being invalided home. [AWN 29.04.1915] p.22

DAVIES, Colonel R H, C.B., NZ Staff Corps, went to the front as commander of the 6th Infantry Brigade. He was mentioned in despatches for his services, returned to England and took command as temporary Major General of the 20th division of the new armies. He is now confirmed in the rank of Major General. [AWN 08.04.1915, p.20]

FERRIER, Colin, 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Fusiliers, killed in action, Ypres, on 11 November 1914. [AWN 15.04.1915] P.21

GRANT, Major S A, NZSC - One of the officers of the fourth reinforcement contingent is Major S A GRANT, N.Z.S.C., who was formerly actively associated with military affairs in Auckland. Major Grant started his military career in 1898 as a private in the No.1 NZ Native Rifles at Auckland and after having passed through the non-commissioned ranks he received a commission in the 9th NZ Contingent for South Africa, where he saw plenty of active service. In 1909 he, together with three other officers, was selected for two years training in the Regular Army at Home, where he was attached to the 20th Regiment, Lancashire Fusiliers. He worked hard, and put in a lot of time at the School of Musketry, taking a keen interest in musketry and machine gun work. On his return to NZ in 1911, he was appointed, on the inception of the territorial system of training, brigade-major to the Otago Mounted Rifles Brigade, and was stationed for some time at Oamaru. [AWN 08.04.1915] p.32

HARVEY, Gunner William H, died at sea on 16 April. Before enlisting, deceased was in the service of the National Bank. NOK: Father, H P Harvey, Dunedin. [AWN 29.04.1915] p.32

HUMPHRIES, Cecil F G, Lance-Corporal (Acting Sergeant), 1st Manchester Regt, Indian Expeditionary Force, ex Christchurch, s/o Mrs A R Rowse, Mataura. Well known in Christchurch in football & golfing circles. So far he seems to be the first NZ’er who has gained this coveted distinction which was awarded for gallantry at the battle of Givenchy on Dec 20 & 21, when the Indian force was hard pressed. The War Office record is: ‘For conspicuous gallantry and coolness at Givenchy in the attack of Dec 20 & 21 and for endeavouring to bring into cover the body of his company commander, who had been killed.’ Sgt Humphries was wounded at the recent battle of Neuve Chapelle and is now in hospital at Sevenoaks. [AWN 29.04.1915] checked P.22

KING, Pay-Sergeant T J, HQ Staff, NZEF Advice from Cairo reports that Sgt King has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. He is an officer of the Marine Dept and was formerly in the Treasury Dept. [AWN 15.04.1915] p.22

MACKAY, Bugler Duncan Gordon A memorial service to the late member of the 3rd Reinforcements of the expeditionary force, who died at sea on 14 March, was held at St David’s Presbyterian Church, Auckland, on Sunday. Deceased was leading bugler in the Auckland Highland Rifles and was also a piper in St Andrew’s Pipe Band. [AWN 15.04.1915] p.22

MALINCK, Pte John, Petone, has been killed in action. He was a Reservist and proceeded Home to prepare to go to the front. His widow resides at Petone. [AWN 08.04.1915] P.17

PARKER, Captain A C nephew of Earl Kitchener, who is at present on special service in Egypt, was formerly in the NZ Defence Forces, South Canterbury, from which he passed into the British Army. He served in Egypt for some years and then joined the Egyptian Civil Service. He was for ten years Governor of the Peninsula of Sinai. [AWN 15.04.1915] p.22

ROBERTSON, Major, 4th Seaforth Highlanders, has been killed in action at Neuve Chappelle. Brother of R M ROBERTSON, BNZ, Christchurch and son of J M ROBERTSON, Napier. [AWN 08.04.1915] P.19

SEWELL, Miss Marion, late charge nurse of the Kawakawa Hospital, will leave Auckland by the Ionic on 22 April to join the English nurses in service at the front. [AWN 15.04.1915] p.22

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