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NEW ZEALAND AND WORLD WAR ONE
AUCKLAND WEEKLY NEWS
PERSONNEL PARAGRAPHS
APRIL 1916

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

APRIL 1916

ABBEY, Sergeant A W, NZ Engineers - Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (London Gazette, 6 Sept 1915) for conspicuous gallantry, ability and resource on 2 May, 1915, near Gaba Tepe, Dardanelles. During the operations on this date and subsequently Sgt Abbey especially distinguished himself by his zeal and bravery in command of a party engaged in entrenching under a very heavy fire. He showed a fine power of command and by his coolness and courage set a splendid example to all under him. [AWN 20.04.1916] p.20

ANDERSON, Trooper W D, Otago Mounted Rifles, died at Rotorua on Saturday as a result of falling into a scalding pool at Ohinemutu. He left NZ with the Main Body, was wounded in the abdomen at Sari Bair on August 7 and returned to NZ in the Willochra on 29th October 1915 and admitted to the George V Hospital on 21 March 1916. His body was conveyed by the 6.15am train to Wellington on Tuesday for interment. About 100 men paid a last tribute by falling in on the railway platform and saluting as the train moved off. [AWN 06.04.1916] p.53

ATKINS, Sergeant Major A A, of Northcote, who returned invalided from the front on Tuesday, has won the coveted distinction of having the Distinguished Conduct Medal conferred upon him. He left NZ with the main Expeditionary Force as a private in the Canterbury Infantry Battalion. He took part in the historic landing at Gallipoli and stayed there until November 1914, when he received a shell wound in the thigh. He also received flesh wounds in August of last year. He was awarded the DCM for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on August 7, 1915, during an attack on Chunuk Bair. While advancing up a narrow gully with precipitous sides, his battalion suddenly came on a strongly defended post which barred the way and from which a heavy rifle fire was directed at the head of the column. Sgt ATKINS, getting his section in hand, without hesitation rushed the position, captured and held it. He displayed great bravery and coolness and set a splendid example to all with him. He was promoted at Gallipoli to his present rank. Sgt Atkins now wears the ribbons of the DCM and the King's & Queen's medals for the South African war in which he participated as a member of the 5th Contingent from NZ. [AWN 13.04.1916] p.32

BARLOW, Private H, Canterbury Infantry Battalion - Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (London Gazette, 6 Sept 1915) for great gallantry and ability on the nights of June 21 and 22, 1915, at Quinn's Post, Dardanelles. On his own initiative he crawled from the trench to reconnoitre an enemy bomb-proof shelter some distance away. He was successful in dropping two bombs into it and returned with two Turkish bombs which he found outside. Throughout the operations he has distinguished himself as a most courageous and skilful bomb-thrower. [AWN 20.04.1916] p.20

BENNETT, Corporal P H G, Wellington Infantry Battalion - Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (London Gazette, 6 Sept 1915) for great gallantry on 26 April 1915, at Gaba Tepe, Dardanelles. During the attack on the position he was instrumental in maintaining the supply of ammunition for the machine-guns under a very heavy fire and showed the greatest courage and devotion to duty. [AWN 20.04.1916] p.20

CRAWFORD, Private Herbert, Main Body NZEF, who returned last September, died in Victoria Hospital, Wellington, on Monday from complications accelerated by heart failure. He was a native of Adelaide, aged 25. [AWN 20.04.1916] p.31

FINDLAY, Private A J, Canterbury Infantry Battalion - Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (London Gazette, 6 Sept 1915) for conspicuous bravery on 26 April, 1915, near Gaba Tepe, Dardanelles, in rescuing wounded men under a heavy shell and rifle fire on an open beach and carrying them into a place of safety. [AWN 20.04.1916] p.20

GREENOUGH, Captain P B, who arrived home from the front on Tuesday, has been absent from the Dominion since December 10, 1914. He left Wellington with the second reinforcements in charge of the Field Artillery section. He spent five weeks at Gallipoli where he was in command of No.3 Brigade of the ammunition column and going back to Egypt in charge of horses, was attacked by enteric fever and entered a base hospital in November 1915. When the war broke out and the Garrison Artillery was mobilized, he, as major, reported for duty in the local forts and from there proceeded to the front. He is very well known in Auckland sporting circles. He has for many years been an official of the Northern Boxing Association and the Auckland Rugby Referees' Association. [AWN 13.04.1916] p.32

HENRY, Private W J, NZ Field Ambulance - Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (London Gazette, 6 Sept 1915) for conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty on 25 April 1915, at Gaba Tepe, Dardanelles. During and subsequent to the land, Pte Henry attended on the wounded under a very heavy fire, allowing no danger to interfere with his duties. He invariably showed the greatest courage and presence of mind. [AWN 20.04.1916] p.20

KIVELL, Able Seaman Frank – When the cutter from HMS Philomel was swamped in heavy seas, Able Seaman ANDERSON, a weak swimmer, got into difficulties. AB Kivell, who had reached safety, immediately turned back to help him. On his way back to the cutter, AB Kivell found Able Seaman CASTEL, also in difficulties with his foot caught in the ropes of the mast. AB Kivell cleared the ropes but was hit on the head by the mast. He went on and eventually brought AB Anderson ashore in an exhausted condition. It was recommended ‘….that his services be recognised in the usual manner by the award of the Life Saving Medal….’ [AWN 06.04.1916] p.18

MARTINEUX, Lieutenant H R, V.C., (Boer War), died in Dunedin Hospital on Saturday, aged 42, Otago Infantry Battalion. He had been invalided home on the Maheno. His widow and child reside at Hwopstad, Orange Free State. [AWN 13.04.1916] p.19

McLEOD, Private Robert Clarence of Tuapeka Mouth, received the Distinguished Conduct Medal at a public meeting in the Lawrence Town Hall last week, for gallantry and devotion to duty at Cape Helles. [AWN 13.04.1916] p.19

REID, Corporal N J, Auckland Infantry Battalion - Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (London Gazette, 6 Sept 1915) for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on 8 May, 1915, at Krithia, Dardanelles. When both the officer and sergeant of his machine-gun section had been killed he took command and by the efficient manner in which he handled his gun and by his bravery and example, he was enabled to hold the flank of his battalion and so prevent it being turned. [AWN 20.04.191 p.20

RODGER, Sergeant W J, Canterbury Infantry Battalion - Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (London Gazette, 6 Sept 1915) for conspicuous gallantry on the night of 4-5 June, 1915 at Quinn's Post, Dardanelles. During a sortie Sgt Rodger was in charge of a party of men and although seriously wounded by a bayonet thrust he refused to retire. He exhibited throughout the night the greatest coolness and bravery and gave to all with him a fine example of devotion to duty. [AWN 20.04.1916] p.20

SCRIMSHAW, Sapper E G, NZ Engineers - Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (London Gazette, 6 Sept 1915) for conspicuous gallantry on 25 April, 1915, at Gaba Tepe, Dardanelles. During the operations following the landing he, on four separate occasions, went out and brought in, under a very heavy fire, wounded men after all previous attempts to rescue them had failed. He exhibited the greatest bravery and set a fine example of devotion to duty. [AWN 20.04.1916] p.20

Sapper John STEELE, aged 28, s/o David Steele of Auckland, missing since the Suvla Bay landing, is now reported dead. He enlisted in Otago and was posted to the Engineers. Was for some years in the machine room of the ‘Weekly News’. [AWN 27.04.1916] p.18

TILSEY, Sergeant R, Auckland Infantry Battalion - Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (London Gazette, 6 Sept 1915) for conspicuous gallantry on the night of 4-5 June, 1915, on the occasion of a sortie from Quinn's Post, Dardanelles. An enemy trench had been carried by assault but was enfiladed by the fire of a machine-gun. Sgt Tilsey commenced to build up a sandbag traverse and, notwithstanding that the sandbags were constantly being blown away by the enemy's bombs, he, with great courage and regardless of danger, continued his efforts until he was severely wounded. [AWN 20.04.1916] p.20

WATSON, Private L Crawford, NZAMC - Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (London Gazette, 6 Sept 1915) for excellent conduct and exemplary good work in connection with the improvisation of the hospital ship Lutzow and showed the greatest courage under all situations in attending to his duties, no work being too difficult or hazardous and he gave a five exhibition of devotion to duty. [AWN 20.04.1916] p.20


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