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NEW ZEALAND AND WORLD WAR ONE
AUCKLAND WEEKLY NEWS
PERSONNEL PARAGRAPHS
APRIL 1918

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

April 1918

ADOLPH, 2nd Lieutenant Victor E, who died of wounds on 31 March in Palestine, was 23 years of age and the third son of Mr W G E Adolph, farmer, Kaipara Flats. He left NZ with the Main Body as a corporal in the 3rd, Auckland, Mounted Rifles. He gained the rank of sergeant-major after the evacuation of Gallipoli, following which he was appointed second lieutenant in the Imperial Camel Corp, Egypt, acting as intelligence officer for his brigade. He was educated at the Paeroa District High School. A brother, QM Sergt W M ADOLPH, is on active service in France. [AWN 18.04.1918] P.21

ALEXANDER, Private J P, NZ Artillery, has been awarded a bar to the Military Medal. [AWN 18.04.1918, p.25]

ALLAN, Lieutenant John, who was killed in action on 27 March, was the third son of Mr George Allan of Huntly. He enlisted in the 3rd Reinforcements and left NZ as a sergeant. He took part in the fighting at Gallipoli and left there in the rearguard as a sergeant-major. He was wounded in the Somme. He gained his commission in June last and in the examination he gained the highest possible marks. Since gaining his commission he has been wounded twice. He was a good all-round cricketer and was a keen football enthusiast. [AWN 18.04.1918] P.21

ALLEN, Lieut Colonel Stephen S, who has been awarded a bar to his DSO, is a solicitor by profession and before the war practiced at Morrinsville. He left NZ with the 6th Reinforcements as a Major and was promoted to his present rank early in 1917 when he took command of the 2nd, Auckland, Battalion. He earned the DSO for work leading up to and during the Messines battle. His brother, Lieut Colonel R C ALLEN, DSO, had command of the 1st, Auckland, Battalion. He was wounded at the battle of Messines and is due to return to NZ shortly. [AWN 25.04.1918]

News of NZ prisoners in Turkey was contained in a letter from the High Commission received by the mother of 2nd Lieut Frank ALLSOPP in England and forwarded to relatives in Auckland. Sir Thomas McKENZIE stated that though he had no news of 2nd Lieut Allsopp, he had received a letter from the wife of one of his fellow officers to the effect that the prisoners at Afion Kara Hissar were, on the whole, well treated and cheerful. Several of them wrote and produced plays. The men played various games and had other means of amusement. The Swiss delegates who visited the prisoners’ camps throughout Asia Minor had reported that the prisoners of war interred at Afion Kara Hissar were far more cheerful than those at other camps. [AWN 11.04.1918]

ASHBY, Capt F E who has been awarded the Military Cross, went into camp with the 9th Non-commissioned Officers’ draft. He secured a commission and left as 2nd Lieutenant in the 12th Reinforcements attached to the 1st, Wellington, Battalion. [AWN 25.04.1918] P.26

BALLARD, Private W J, killed in action on 30 March, was the eldest son of Mr J Ballard of Nelson. He left NZ with the 18th Reinforcements and served at Messines and Passchendaele where he was slightly wounded. Prior to enlistment he was farming at Northcote. He was an excellent marksman. [AWN 25.04.1918] P.21

BARLOW, Private James Roy, killed in action in France on 27 March, was born and educated at Invercargill. In 1915 he accompanied his parents to Frankton Junction but shortly afterwards he entered the employ of Sargood Son & Ewen at Auckland in which he remained until he enlisted. He was well known in junior cricket and hockey circles in the South. He was a member of the Eighth Battalion Band junior team, which won the squad drill competition in the tournament held at the Auckland Exhibition in 1914. An elder brother, Sergeant A E BARLOW, has been on active service for two years. [AWN 18.04.1918] P.48

BASSETT, Lieutenant Cyril R G, V.C., who has been wounded for the second time, was the first New Zealander to win the Victoria Cross in the present war. He was awarded the decoration for conspicuous gallantry in repairing telephone communications at Gallipoli under heavy fire from several Turkish batteries in August 1915. Lt Bassett, who is the son of Mr F C Bassett, of Burleigh St, Auckland, was previously slightly wounded in October of last year. He is now 25 years of age and was educated first at the Grafton School and afterwards at the Auckland Grammar School. Later he joined the Newmarket staff of the National Bank and resigned from that service to join the Divisional Signal Co. with the Main Body. [AWN 11.04.1918] P.20

BEEHAN, Lieutenant A J, who was killed on 22 March, was the second son of the late Hon. W Beehan. He was 22 years of age and was educated at the Marist Brothers Grammar School. He was a member of the College Rifle Club. He left NZ as Second Lieutenant in the 13th Reinforcements and was through the fighting at the Somme. At the battle of Messines he was slightly wounded and gassed. On recovery he was promoted to Lieutenant. [AWN 11.04.1918] P.20

BLAMPIED, 2nd Lieut M, who has been awarded the Military Cross, left NZ late in 1916 with the Signal Section of the Specialist Company. [AWN 25.04.1918] P.26

BLUETT, Private S, 22 years of age, who has been gassed, is a son of Mr Bluett of Motumaoho. He left with the 25th Reinforcements and has been previously wounded. Two other brothers have been wounded. [AWN 25.04.1918] P.47

BRACEWELL, Gunner Walter Arthur, who died of wounds on 27 March, was attached to the machine-gun section, 18th Reinforcements. A son of Mrs E Bracewell, Bourne St, Mt Eden, he was born 24 years ago and was educated at the Ramarama School and the Technical College, Auckland. Prior to enlisting he was employed by Morton and Collins, plumber. Gunner William Joseph BRACEWELL, who on 4 April was admitted to hospital suffering from burns on the hand, hip and right arm, is a brother of Gnr W A Bracewell. He was educated at Beresford Street school and the Technical College and later was employed as a motor mechanic by the Auckland Motor Co. He proceeded to the front with the NZ Field Artillery, 5th Reinforcements. [AWN 25.04.1918] P.21

BURTON, Corporal Ormond J, eldest son of Mr R Burton of Papatoetoe, who some time ago was awarded the Military Medal, has been wounded in the present offensive. He left NZ with the 3rd Reinforcements and fought at Gallipoli and was wounded in the chest at Passchendaele on 4 October last. He was educated at the Auckland Grammar School, kept terms at the Auckland University College and, prior to his departure, was teaching at Ahuroa, North Auckland. [AWN 11.04.1918] P.20

CAMPBELL, C L K, Brigadier General, of the 16th Lancers, formerly of the NZ Defence Force, has died of wounds. As Captain Campbell he was well known in NZ as aide-de-camp to General Babington when the latter was commandant of the NZ Forces. He was of a particularly cheerful disposition and very popular. He fought in the Boer war and distinguished himself in the present war, receiving several honours. [AWN 11.04.1918] P.24

CLARKE, Gunner Ralph J, who was killed in action in France on 5 April, whilst serving with a NZ Trench Mortar Battery, was the only son of Mr A G Clarke, Burleigh Street. He was 26 years of age and enlisted with the 6th Haurakis of the Main Body. He was educated at the Auckland Grammar School and on leaving that institution studied electrical engineering, being apprenticed with the Auckland Electric Tramways Co. Ltd, and afterwards joining the electrical staff of the Waihi Gold Mining Co. Ltd. [AWN 25.04.1918] P.21

COURTNEY - Mr Thomas Courtney of Epsom Avenue, has received advice that his brother, Private William COURTNEY, was wounded in France on 29 March. Pte Courtney, who left NZ with the 15th Reinforcements, is the seventh son of the late Mr Henry Courtney, of County Antrim, Ireland, and is one of five brothers now on active service. One of his brothers was wounded in Palestine. [AWN 18.04.1918] P.16

COX, Lieutenant Wilfred J, reported killed in action on 27 March, was the only son of Major R G Cox of Clifton Road, Herne Bay. Although only 25 years of age, Lt Cox had many years of experience in military matters. He was sub-lieutenant in the school cadets and later colour-sergeant of the Auckland Grammar School Cadets. He held the rank of lieutenant in the 3rd, Auckland, Regiment and was appointed musketry instructor in Auckland in succession to Captain Wallingford when the latter was with the NZ forces on Gallipoli. Lt Cox proved himself a most capable instructor, his keenness and thorough knowledge of his branch of the service making him a valuable officer. He left NZ with the 30th Reinforcements. He was an Association football player and represented NZ while in England. He was a printer by trade. He leaves a young widow who resides at Sussex Street, Grey Lynn. [AWN 11.04.1918] P.20

An interesting case of father and son being in the NZ Forces at Home is reported from Trentham. Private J CRONE of the Musketry Staff, late of the Royal Horse Artillery, is the eldest soldier in camp and his son Private T CRONE, aged 19, of the 39th Reinforcements, is the youngest. Another son, Private C CRONE, aged 18, after being specially mentioned in despatches by General Sir Ian Hamilton, was killed in action at Gallipoli. [AWN 11.04.1918] P.21

DAVISON, Private Septimus B, who has been killed in action, was the seventh son of Mrs M A Davison and the late Mr P Davison, formerly of Whangaroa and Utukura. He was 36 years of age and prior to enlisting was engaged in the sawmilling industry in Tolaga Bay where he was in partnership with his younger brother Private O C DAVISON, who is now on active service in France. [AWN 25.04.1918] P.21

DELANEY - Another good record of service is that of the family of Mr Hugh Delaney of Tyrone, Matamata. His second son Private Albert H DELANEY, who was wounded on 3 March 1918 for the third time, left with the 7th Reinforcements. Another son, Sergeant Arthur DELANEY, has been killed and the third, Norman, was so severely wounded he was invalided home. [AWN 25.04.1918] P.17

DELLOW, Captain Kenneth J, who has been wounded was, prior to his enlistment, a member of the teaching staff of the Auckland Grammar School, of which institution he was an old boy. He was a graduate of the Auckland University College. At school he was a member of the first fifteen and afterwards an enthusiastic soccer player. He is a brother of Mr R H Dellow, the well known amateur vocalist. [AWN 11.04.1918] P.20

de LUEN, Sergeant Frederick, MM, who was killed in action in France on 26 March, is the eldest son of Mr F de Luen of Upper Tutaenui, Marton. He left NZ with the 7th Reinforcements. He was 27 years of age and was educated at Palmerston North. Prior to enlisting he was employed by John Court Ltd of Auckland. He won the Military Medal about eight months ago. [AWN 25.04.1918] P.21

DOBSON, Sergeant John Watt, killed in action, had been 2 ˝ years on active service. He left with the 12th Reinforcements and after a short stay in Egypt was sent to France. He fought in the Somme and other battles but was wounded at Messines where he was also slightly gassed. On recovery he again went to the front and it was while serving as a sniper that he was killed. He leaves a wife and two children. His aged father resides in Scotland. [AWN 25.04.1918] P.47

DUTHIE, Major Norman A, who is reported wounded, is the eldest son of Mr D W Duthie, General Manager of the National Bank of NZ, Wellington, and formerly Manager of the Auckland Branch. He went into camp with the 9th Reinforcements with the rank of Lieutenant and upon arrival in Egypt was promoted to Captain and appointed adjutant to the 1st, Auckland, Infantry Battalion. About the middle of last year he took command of the 3rd, Auckland, Company and subsequently commanded the 15th, North Auckland, Company. He was promoted Major towards the end of last year. [AWN 11.04.1918] P.21

EDWARDS, Major H M, DSO, wounded, has been in command of the Divisional Signal Co. since its mobilisation, in August 1914. At the outbreak of war he was attached to the NZ Permanent Staff, on loan from the Imperial Army, holding the position of inspector of engineers. Leaving NZ with the rank of captain, he saws practically the whole of the campaign in Gallipoli, where he was wounded in the thigh and went on to France with the NZ Division. He gained his majority and the DSO on service. [AWN 11.04.1918] P.20

EGGLESTON, Corporal William D, killed in action in France, was the second son of Mrs J C Eggleston of Seaview Rd, Remuera. He entered camp in the NCO class of the 17th Reinforcements, leaving NZ with the 19th Reinforcements, holding the rank of sergeant. He was for some time musketry instructor at Sling Camp, leaving for France last December. Prior to enlistment he was with the Farmers Union Trading Co., Whangarei. A younger brother left with the 14th Reinforcements and is on active service in France. AWN 25.04.1918] P.21

ERNEST, Private David, who has been killed in action, was the second son of Mr T Ernest, Campbell Road, One Tree Hill. He reached France last October. Prior to enlisting he was farming in the Taneatua district, Bay of Plenty, where the family is well known. His younger brother, who went with the 16th Reinforcements, died of wounds received at Messines last June while his sister has been serving in France for nearly three years. [AWN 25.04.1918] P.47

FOSTER - A good record of service for the Empire is that of the family of the late Mr John Foster of Coromandel. Four brothers have borne arms, two of them paying the supreme sacrifice. The eldest of the four, Private Thomas FOSTER, was 30 years of age and prior to enlisting was engaged in farming. He was well known in the Hokianga and Thames districts. Henry Martin FOSTER was killed in action on 21 June 1917. James FOSTER is still serving with the mounted forces in Egypt and Kunney FOSTER was invalided home about 12 months ago. [AWN 11.04.1918] P.16

FOTHERGILL, Private Frederick J, killed in action on 27 March, was the youngest son of Mr William Fothergill, Otahuhu and was in his 22nd year. He was born at Wharepoa, Thames Valley, and was educated at the Papakura school. Prior to his enlistment he had been in the employ of Mr W E Lippiatt, Otahuhu, for several years. [AWN 18.04.1918] P.48

FULTON, Brigadier General H T, DSO, CMG, has died of wounds received in France. Aged 49, he was the son of the late Lieut General John Fulton, Royal Artillery. He was born in India and educated at the Otago High School, coming to NZ at an early age. He joined the Imperial Army in 1892 and had a long record of service. As an officer in the 2nd Ghurkhas he served on the North West Frontier of India, in the Tirah campaign and also throughout the South African war in which he was employed with the NZ Mounted Rifles. He took part in the operation in Rhodesia, in Transvaal, west of Pretoria and in Cape Colony north of the Orange River. During the war he was severely wounded, mentioned in despatches and awarded the DSO. When war broke out he was on furlough in NZ and immediately reported for duty and left with the Samoan force. He returned to NZ and was posted to the Rifle Brigade and left in command of the first two battalions and saw service in Egypt before going to France in command of the Brigade, having been promoted Brigadier General on 1 March 1916. He was created CMG in recognition of his services and also awarded the Croix de Guerre. Mrs Fulton, who is a trained nurse, went to England as a Sister on one of the hospital ships and for nearly three years has been doing nursing work there. At present she is a Sister in Brockenhurst Hospital. [AWN 11.04.1918] P.17

GADD, Rifleman George, second son of Mr C Gadd of Barr Hill, has died of wounds in France on 15 March. He enlisted in the NZ Rifle Brigade nearly three years ago and has been almost continuously in the firing line since the New Zealanders went to France. At the Messines battle he was slightly gassed but was out of the battalion for a few days only. Prior to enlisting he was following farming pursuits in the Amberley district. Deceased was 26 years of age. Mr Gadd’s eldest son Arthur is at present a bayonet instructor at a camp in England. [AWN 18.04.1918] P.21

GODLEY, Lance Corporal W Percival, who died of sickness in France on 3 April, was 29 years of age. He was a son of Mrs Godley of New Lyn. Educated in England, he came to NZ 15 years ago and, prior to enlisting in the 25th Reinforcements, was an orchardist at Oratia, New Lynn. The deceased was the youngest of Mrs Godley’s three sons who volunteered. The eldest, Lance Corporal Rupert GODLEY, went away with the 6th Reinforcements and returned last year wounded and suffering from shell-shock. The second son, Frank, went away with the 13th Reinforcements and is still on active service in France. [AWN 18.04.1918] P.16

HALLY, Lieutenant C, reported killed in action, was the third son of Mr J Hally of Cambridge. He was 29 years of age and a solicitor by profession, and prior to going on active service, had joined his father’s firm, practicing in Cambridge. He won the Military Cross by his exceptional gallantry in leading and encouraging his men under heavy fire during a raid. Lt Hally was educated at Cambridge and subsequently at Auckland where he qualified for his profession. His elder brother was killed in action some time ago and a younger brother has returned wounded. [AWN 25.04.1918] P.21

HALLY - Sacrifice for the cause of the Empire has been made to a marked degree by the family of Mr James HALLY of Cambridge, two of his sons having been killed and a third wounded. The youngest son Lieut Col HALLY, M.C., aged 25, of the Machine-gun Corps, was killed in action on 6 April. He was a solicitor practicing at Morrinsville. He left NZ in May 1916 with the 13th Reinforcements. Over a year ago he was awarded the Military Cross for leading a successful raid on the enemy trenches. His brother died of wounds at Gallipoli and his other brother, who was wounded, has been invalided home. [AWN 25.04.1918] P.17 [also p.21]

HARRIS, Private William J, has been awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French Government for gallantry in the field. According to news received by the soldier’s father, Mr J W Harris of Devonport, it was for a special act of valour at the action at Passchendaele Ridge in October 1917 that the decoration was awarded. Private Harris was a member of the 8th Reinforcements. He was born in Tonga and educated at Devonport, in which place he lived with his parents for many years. [AWN 11.04.1918] P.47

HARTLAND, Private J L, eldest son of the late Mr J F Hartland and Mrs Hartland of Remuera, died of wounds in France on 31 March. He was 27 years of age, a member of the 29th Reinforcements. He was educated at Christ’s College, Christchurch and King’s College, Auckland, and prior to enlisting was in the service of the NZ Loan & Mercantile Co. at its Tauranga branch. His only brother was a member of the Auckland Mounted Rifles and left NZ with the Bain Body. He was invalided home some time ago. [AWN 18.04.1918] P.21

HEATHER, Major V J, British Army, younger brother of Mr H D Heather, Chairman of the Auckland Harbour Board, has been promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on the field. He is now attached with that rank to Headquarters Staff. He went with his regiment to France at the outbreak of war and took part in the first battle of Ypres. He has won the DSO and the 1914 medal, the most coveted distinction in the Army, and has been three times mentioned in despatches. [AWN 11.04.1918] P.47

HILL, Private Tom, killed in the recent heavy fighting, was 21 years of age and came to NZ from Scotland about two years ago. He was working in Morrinsville from the time he arrived in the Dominion until he enlisted some 12 months ago. Mrs Allison of Morrinsville, and Mrs Finnerty of Matamata, are sisters of the deceased. [AWN 18.04.1918] P.21

HINCHES, Private Alfred, M.M., who died from wounds on 26 March, was the youngest son of Mr John Hinches, of Huntly. Private Hinches, who enlisted at the age of 17 with the 14th Reinforcements, won the Military Medal last year. [AWN 18.04.1918] P.48

HOARE, Sergeant Victor, recently awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French Government, was also mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig’s despatches for distinguished service in the field, is the fifth son of Mrs J Hoare of Newtown. He left with the Howitzer Battery attached to the 5th Reinforcements, went through the Gallipoli campaign and has been in continuous service since then in France. His mother is a sister of the late Captain Victor KELSALL, who was drill instructor at Napier for many years. He also fought in the Maori war in the early sixties. [AWN 18.[AWN 25.04.1918].1918] P.17

HOPKINS, Lieutenant Vivian, NZ Rifle Brigade, who was reported killed in action on 21 March, was the sixth son of Mr A P Hopkins, superintendent of the Canterbury Frozen Meat Co. Ltd., and a brother of Mr W P Hopkins of Pukekohe and of Mr H A Hopkins of Hamilton. Lot Hopkins, who gained his commission on the field at the battle of Messines, was through most of the fighting against the Senussi in Egypt. Of five brothers, two are still on active service, one has returned to NZ and one was killed on Gallipoli. The deceased was educated at Christ’s College, Christchurch, and prior to enlistment was on the staff of the Bank of NZ in Christchurch. He was 26 years of age. [AWN 11.04.1918] P.20

Mystery surrounds the whereabouts of Gunner William HOWIE, aged 24, whose parents reside in Georgetown. He returned to NZ with a draft of wounded and invalided soldiers, arriving in Auckland on 16 March, and reached Wellington in due course. He was seen in that city late at night before the steamer left for Lyttelton but on its arrival at that port he was not on hand and has not been heard of since. [AWN 18.04.1918] P.47

KENNY, Captain David A, who was prominent in Wellington musical circles, died in Walton on Thames Hospital, England, on Sunday after an operation for appendicitis. He was aged 35 years. He was attached to the Otago Battalion but upon the formation of the NZ Divisional Pierrots was seconded from the battalion to take charge of the Kiwi Theatre. From somewhat rough material he built up a company of really good performers. Before his departure for the front, Captain Kenny was a prominent member of the Wellington Savage Club and took a leading part in the promotion of amateur theatricals in Wellington. [AWN 18.04.1918] P.18

LAIDLAW, 2nd Lieutenant Arthur F, killed in action on 27 March was a son of Mr Robert Laidlaw Snr of Herne Bay. He volunteered in the early stages of the war for service with the artillery but when the despatching of artillery reinforcements was suspended he voluntarily transferred to the infantry and entered camp as a private. He gained promotion rapidly and in the examination for commissions gained second highest marks. He left NZ as adjutant of the troopship in which he sailed. After four weeks in England he was drafted to France, where he was in the firing line for five months. A brother, Lieut J R LAIDLAW of the Royal Naval Flying Corps, was killed in an aeroplane accident on 17 April 1918. The two deceased soldiers were associated in the firm of Laidlaw Leeds with their brother, Mr Robert Laidlaw, the head of the firm, who is now the only surviving son. Lieut Laidlaw leaves a wife and a little girl. [AWN 11.04.1918] P.20

LANG, Private A, recently wounded, is a son of Mr & Mrs Lang of Tauhei and is only 17 years of age, having enlisted with the 25th Reinforcements when only 16. An elder brother was recently killed in action. [AWN 25.04.1918] P.47

MASSEY, Major F G, son of the Prime Minister, is seriously ill at Walton on Thames Hospital, having received gunshot wounds in the chest. He went into camp early in 1915 and left as a second lieutenant in the Rifle Brigade. He was transferred temporarily to the Imperial Army and served with the Irish Rifles in the battle of the Somme. For his good work at the Somme he was mentioned in despatches. While at Messines he was awarded the Military Cross. Since then he has been second in command of a battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers, with the rank of major. [AWN 04.04.1918] P.19

The Prime Minister has received advice that his son Major F G MASSEY has recovered sufficiently to be moved from France to a hospital in England. The bullet has been extracted from his wound so his complete recovery is assured. [AWN 25.04.1918] p.48

McCLYMONT, Lance Corporal F – see McRAE

McFARLAND, Temp. Captain R D, who has been awarded the Military Cross, is the second son of Canon E J McFarlane of St Barnabas Church, Mt Eden. He was a member of the Samoan Relief Force and after 8 months service obtained a commission in the 16th, Waikato, Regt. He left with the 8th Reinforcements. [AWN 25.04.1918] P.21

McFARLAND, Captain Robert Duffus, who was wounded on 29 March, is in a London hospital and is doing well. He left with the advance guard in August 1914 and was in Samoa for eight months. On his return to NZ he obtained a commission as second lieutenant in the 16th, Waikatos and he left NZ again with the 8th Reinforcements. After being in Egypt for five months he went to France. He was educated at the Grammar School and is the second son of Canon McFarland of St Barnabas Church, Mt Eden. [AWN 25.04.1918] P.21

McLEAN, Private Douglas W, belongs to the 23rd Reinforcements. He is an ex pupil of King’s College and his father, Mr W D McLean resides at Epsom. His elder brother has been serving as chief motor mechanic with the RNVR since December 1916. [AWN 25.04.1918] P.21

McRAE, Lance Corporal M McL, NZ Tunnelling Co., son of Mrs F F McRae of Waitui, Inglewood, Taranaki, has been killed in action on 28 December. An officer of the Company writes: “He and his two mates, Lance Corporals F McCLYMONT and J WILSON, were off duty this morning and had spent most of it in their dug-out at the forward billets, where the men live whilst sapping in shifts in the line. About noon they all came up, very likely to go across to the cookhouse for their meal. About this time an enemy aeroplane had been brought down some 300 yards away and the lads got up on the roadside bank to get a better view of the machine and its occupants. Almost simultaneously the enemy began to shell the billeting area very heavily and the first one landed within 10ft of your son and two mates, catching them before they had time to make below again. Your son was killed instantaneously. WILSON died in hospital next day and McCLYMONT also, three days later. I had a very high opinion of L/Cpl McRae. He was an excellent workers. He was determined and cool under fire. As opportunities presented themselves I am sure I would have to consider his name in making promotions amongst the section non-commissioned officers. He and the other two lance-corporals were very popular with the men and their deaths cast a gloom over us all. L/Cpl McCLYMONT behaved very bravely at this time. Although mortally wounded himself he dragged himself 50 yards to rouse other members of the company in a dug-out to come to the assistance of his two mates. He attracted their attention and within four minutes a doctor and three Red Cross men were in attendance. The corps commander here, when he heard of the circumstances, at once granted McCLYMONT a Military Medal.” [AWN 11.04.1018] P.20

MOHR, Corporal Keith, killed in action on 26 March, was the only son of Mr Philip H Mohr of Mt Roskill who was formerly bandmaster of the Invercargill and Timaru Garrison Bands and of the Auckland First Battalion Band. Cpl Mohr, who was 25 years old at the time of his death, was educated at the Mt Albert school. Prior to volunteering he was farming in the Clevedon district. He left with the 11th Reinforcements in the Mounted Rifles. After two weeks in Egypt he was transferred to the infantry and went to France, where he joined the machine-gun section, in which he had served for over two years when he was killed. He had fought in several actions, including the first battle of the Somme and Messines. [AWN 18.04.1918] P.21

MOORE - A fine record of service for the Empire is that of the family of Mr F A Moore of Alfriston, whose four sons are in the NZEF. Lance Corporal F N MOORE, the second son, has been reported wounded. He left NZ with the 19th Reinforcements. Kenneth, who also left with the 19th Reinforcements, received the Military Medal for gallant service at the battle of Messines. The eldest son saw service on Gallipoli and was wounded at Messines. He is at present in England. The fourth brother is serving with the Wireless Corps. [AWN 18.04.1918] p.45

MOWBRAY, Bombardier E, son of Mrs J Mowbray Snr of Parnell, has been awarded the Military Medal. He is a member of the 2nd Reinforcement draft. [AWN 11.04.1918] P.21

MURRAY, Major Keith D P, RFC, has been awarded the Military Cross. The Gazette states: “The decoration was awarded for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on many occasions. He displayed the utmost skill and fearlessness in ranging our batteries on hostile positions. Most of this work he had to carry out at very low altitude and under very heavy fire owing to the fact that the target was very well camouflaged but in spite of being repeatedly attacked and his machine several times damaged by anti-aircraft and machine-gun fire he was invariably successful.” He is aged 25 and was educated at King’s College. He left Auckland in March 1915 and after qualifying at the Royal Flying School was sent to the Western Front. He was promoted to Flight Commander in March 1916 and was mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig’s last despatch. He was then promoted Captain and later was made Squadron Commander with the rank of Major. He has been continuously engaged on the firing line since last November and was mentioned a second time in despatches in June last. [AWN 04.04.1918] P.16

NAPIER, Captain W E L, who has been awarded the Military Cross, is the son of Mr W J Napier of Auckland. He left with the 20th Reinforcements and was wounded and gassed on 12 August 1917. When he recovered he again went into the trenches as second in command of a battery of six trench mortars. [AWN 25.04.1918] p.26

OLIPHANT, 2nd Lieut James, King’s Own Scottish Borderers, lately a Sergeant in the 3rd, Auckland, Company of the NZEF, is a recipient of the Military Cross. The Gazette announcement reads: “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During consolidation this officer, whilst under heavy shell fire, showed the greatest contempt for danger, frequently walking along the top of the trench to inspire his men. Again at night whilst under a heavy enemy barrage, he continued to walk about in the open, cheering up his men and setting a fine example to all ranks by his coolness and leadership.” He is the son of Mr P Oliphant of Auckland. [AWN 11.04.1918] P.16

O’RORKE, Captain Dennis Clifford, M.C., who has been killed in action on 24 March, was the second son of Mr E D O’Rorke of Auckland. He was born in NZ and finished his education at Home. He joined his regiment, the 60th Rifles, practically straight from school and had seen much fighting on the western front. His mother is a member of the well known RHODES family of Canterbury. [AWN 25.04.1918] P.21

ORR, Major Eric H who has been awarded the Distinguished Service Order, is an Ashburton business man. He left with the 7th Reinforcements as Captain in the Canterbury Mounted Forces. [AWN 25.04.1918] p.26

OWEN, Private John, reported killed in action in France, was the youngest son of Mrs John Owen, Hepburn St, Ponsonby. He was educated at King’s College and at the time of his enlistment in the 7th Reinforcements was in the employ of the Waihi Gold Mining Co. as an electrical engineer. He was awarded the Military Medal about eight months ago. [AWN 25.04.1918] P.47

PARKINSON, Lieut V J, son of Mr E A Parkinson, Ponsonby Road, is slightly wounded and in the hands of the Germans. He failed to return from a bombing raid on an aerodrome on 4 January and was captured by the German Flying Corps, according to a message dropped to the British Lines by an hostile aircraft. The Commander of the Australian Flying Corp says that Lieut Parkinson was a keen and efficient aeronaut and wireless operator and his absence would be a great loss to his Unit. [AWN 25.04.1918] p.18

PEACOCKE, Bombardier Cyril Thomas, who is reported to have died of wounds on 10 March, was the third son of the late Mr Fitzroy Peacocke of Ranfurly Rd, Epsom. He was 28 years of age. He was educated at King’s College and afterwards spent eight years in business in Gisborne. He left with the Auckland Mounted Rifles, 2nd Reinforcements, and went to Gallipoli at the beginning of May 1915. After serving for four months on the Peninsula, he was invalided to England and was there transferred to the Field Artillery with which he served in France continuously until his death. He was a rugby player. He played for the Poverty Bay country representatives. He also was an active member of the Gisborne Rowing Club. [AWN 11.04.1918] P.20

PENNIKET, 2nd Lieutenant J, left NZ with the 20th Reinforcements. He is attached to the Machine-gun Corps. Prior to enlisting he was engaged in farming at Ohaupo. His wife resides at St Heliers Bay. [AWN 25.04.1918] P.21

PHILPOTT, Sergeant G, recently wounded, has had his left leg amputated and is suffering from severe wounds in the right leg, back and head. He had been recommended for a commission and was to have left the front shortly for England for training. [AWN 25.04.1918] P.47

PURDY, Major Robert Gleadow, son of Colonel J R PURDY, Director of Medical Services, Wellington, has been killed in action. He left NZ as adjutant to a Rifle Brigade battalion and saw service in Egypt before going to France. He was subsequently appointed Brigade Major on the staff of Brigadier General Fulton. He early received a Military Cross and later won a bar to his decoration. [AWN 11.04.1918] P.17

RAMSAY, Private Harold V, NZMC, who has been killed in action, was the second son of Mr & Mrs J Ramsay of Warkworth. After leaving the Auckland Grammar School he was appointed a cadet in the Government Life Insurance Office, Wellington. In 1920 he entered the Teachers’ Training College in Auckland and subsequently had charge of Titirangi and Kariaotahi, Waiuku, schools. He then received an appointment to a mastership at the Hamilton District High School and afterwards at the Thames District High School, from which he left to enter camp with a commission in the 14th Infantry. He resigned his commission to join the Medical Corps and sailed with the 18th Reinforcements. [AWN 25.04.1918] P.47

REED, Sergeant W A, who died of wounds in Palestine on 9 April, was the second son of Mr Edward L Reed, Mangaweka. Sgt Reed, who was a member of the Australian Light Horse, left Australia in February 1915. He saw service on Gallipoli and served with the Desert Column at the capture of Jerusalem. He was educated at the Palmerston North High School. Previous to his enlistment he was on the staff of the Bank of NSW at Singleton, NSW. He was prominent in athletic circles. [AWN 18.04.1918] P.48

REID, Lance Corporal Horace E G, who died of wounds on 28 March in France, was the youngest son of Mr Walter Reid, Woodford Rd, Mt Eden, and formerly of Pukekohe. He was educated at Pukekohe and at the Marist Bros. School where he was a prominent athlete. He joined the Mt Eden Guard at the age of 19, enlisted for active service on attaining military age and left NZ with the 22nd Reinforcements. He was twice wounded in France. His elder brother Charles, who has also been on service, is returning invalided. [AWN 25.04.1918] P.21

RENALL, Private R P, MM, son of Mr J A Renall of Kohekohe near Waiuku, has been killed in action in Palestine. He was a member of the Auckland Mounted Rifles and left NZ with the 6th Reinforcements. After serving for a short time on Gallipoli he was quartered in Egypt. He was awarded the Military Medal for his gallant services during the attack resulting in the capture of Jaffa by the British forces. He belonged to a mounted machine gun section and, in the course of one engagement the whole of the members of the section, with the exception of himself, were either killed or wounded, Private Renall kept a party of the enemy at bay until reinforcements arrived. Private Renall’s brother Alfred is at present serving in France. He was a member of the 28th Reinforcements. [AWN 18.04.1918] P.21

RUSSELL, Lance Corporal J H M, reported wounded, is the son of Mr George Russell of College Road, Ponsonby. Shortly after attaining 20 years of age, he went into camp and sailed with the 18th Reinforcements. He was detained as an instructor at Sling Camp and again at the base in France. He has two other brothers on active service. [AWN 25.04.1918] P.21

SMALE, Sapper F E, who died of illness in England, is a son of Mrs E J Smale, of Randolph St, Newton and of the late Mr George Smale of Karangahake. He left NZ with the 19th Reinforcements in November 1916, attached to the Engineers. Prior to enlistment he was on the Consolidated Goldfields of NZ mine survey staff at Reefton. He was trained at the Karangahake School of Mines and in 1915 was one of two students who gained a mining scholarship for the North Island. [AWN 18.04.1918] P.21

SPEIGHT, Lieutenant H B, son of Mr W J Speight, has been wounded in the left arm. He left NZ with the 27th Reinforcements. He is a partner in the legal firm of Bell & Speight. He was an Auckland representative hockey player and was captain of the University Hockey Club’s senior eleven. [AWN 11.04.1918] P.45

SPRAGGON, Mr Eric, son of Mr T R Spraggon of Stanley Bay, who left Auckland with the Tunnelling Corps, has received a commission in the RNR. [AWN 11.04.1918] P.21

TERRY - Another good record of service is that of the family of Mrs W Terry of Frankton Junction. The eldest son, Private John McL TERRY, who died of wounds in France, was born and educated in Dunedin. He left NZ with the 24th Reinforcements. He was for 13 years in the Mosgiel Woollen Co’s warehouse and was well known in rifle-shooting and football circles, holding several gold medals for prowess in the former sport. Two brothers left with the Main Body. Acting Sergeant Frank W TERRY fell during the operations on Gallipoli and Gunner W S TERRY was recently wounded after over two years service in France. [AWN 18.04.1918] P.45

TILSLEY, Captain R, DCM, has advised his mother, Mrs J Tilsley of Hobson Street, that her eldest son, Lance Corporal W A TILSLEY, officially reported “missing, believed killed” has been killed in action. Prior to the war he was associated with his brothers in an electrical business in Rotorua. He left NZ with the 19th Reinforcements. Captain R TILSLEY left with the Main Body, earning his distinction at Gallipoli where he was wounded. He has been wounded twice in France. The only other son, J TILSLEY, has recently been discharged as medically unfit after serving eighteen months. [AWN 25.04.1918] P.47

WATTS, Sergeant J C, who has been killed in action, was the third son of the late Mr John R Watts, sub-inspector of the armed constabulary. He went to Morrinsville in 1902 and was a foundation member and past master of the Masonic lodge there. He was also a prominent member of the Church of England, being a vestryman and churchwarden of the Morrinsville church. Sgt Watts, who was 40 years of age, went into camp with the 20th Reinforcements. His only brother, Private Ross WATTS, is at the front. [AWN 18.04.1918] P.21

WELLS - Another good record of service is that of the family of Mr Fred H Wells, 18 Domain Street, Devonport. Four sons have gone to the front, one, Private F B A WELLS, having made the supreme sacrifice. Private Wells, who was killed in action on 29 March, was 35 years of age. He left NZ with the 9th Reinforcements but after the battle of the Somme transferred to a Canadian regiment with which he fought at Ypres. Later he rejoined his old unit and saw service at Armentieres and Messines. Private Wells was previously a member of the North Shore Albion Football Club. Of his brothers, two – Claude and Stewart – are in France, and the third, Harold, in Palestine. [AWN 18.04.1918] P.16

WESTON, Corporal R C G, son of Mr F W Weston, Takapuna, has been wounded in the left arm and is now in a hospital in England. He left for the front in January last year. [AWN 11.04.1918] P.20

WILSON, Lance Corporal J – see McRAE


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