NEW ZEALAND AND WORLD WAR ONE
AUCKLAND WEEKLY NEWS
These are extracts from the Auckland Weekly News magazines and have been extracted with permission. Thanks to Jackie Walles for these.
HARTNELL, Lance Corporal Phillip, Otago Infantry, presumed drowned on 17 March 1919 from the Transport No.224 Ajana. He was not seen to go overboard but was seen in the sea. A life belt was thrown in and two boats lowered but the unfortunate man was not found. His next of kin is his brother, Mr W Hartnell of Wanganui. [AWN 03.04.1919] p.17
POWLES, Lieut Colonel C G, CMG, DSO, Wellington, who has returned on Transport No.224 Ajana, left with the Main Body, saw service throughout the Gallipoli campaign, and went with the Mounted Division to Palestine. For his work there he was created CMG and awarded the DSO. He was in France for a few weeks prior to the signing of the Armistice and recently had a staff course at Cambridge. [AWN 03.04.1919] p.17
TRAVIS – Particulars of the deed for which the Victoria Cross was awarded in September last to the late Sergeant Richard Charles TRAVIS, DCM, MM, of the Otago Regiment, appear in the London Gazette. The Gazette states that the Victoria Cross was awarded “For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty”. During surprise operations it was necessary to destroy an impassable wire block. Sergeant Travis volunteered for this duty. He crawled and destroyed the block with bombs, thus enabling the attackers to pass through. A few minutes later a bombing party on the right of the attack was held up by two machine guns. Sergeant Travis rushed the position, killed the crew, and captured the guns. An enemy officer and three men immediately rushed at him from a bend in the trench and attempted to retake the guns. These four he killed single-handed, thus allowing the bombing party, on which much depended, to advance. He was killed 24 hours later, when going from post to post encouraging the men. The instructions are that in such a case where a valorous soldier has died the decoration is to be presented to the nearest living relative. The Defence Office is trying, so far without success, to find some or one of Sergeant Travis’ blood relatives. The late Sergeant Travis was living at Ryal Bush, Southland, when he enlisted. It is believed that he was born at Gisborne. He left his home when quite a young man and went to America. He afterwards returned to NZ and vainly endeavoured to find his parents and at last came to the conclusion that they were dead. [AWN 17.04.1919] p.16
USHER, Captain V F, NZMC, late of Ponsonby, who recently returned to the Dominion after over two years active service, has left again for England as Medical Officer on the steamer Zealandia. Whilst in England he will take a course of study in several phases of medical science. [AWN 03.04.1919] p.22
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