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

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

August 1918

ALDERTON, Flight Lieutenant T D H, aged 24, who was killed by an aeroplane accident at Norfolk, England, on 16 June, was an old Auckland Grammar School boy, taking both junior and senior scholarships and matriculation, NZ University; also London University Matric (home study). He joined the Public Works Dept (engineering branch) in 1911 and became assistant engineer in 1915. He had local charge of the Okahakura Tunnel works prior to enlisting and after successfully ‘holing’ the big tunnel he volunteered for service and, joining the Kohimarama Flying School, gained his commission in the Royal Flying Corps and left for England. He was held in the highest esteem by the Department and Was considered one of the most brilliant young engineers in the service. He was the second son of Mr & Mrs G E Alderton of Remuera and his elder brother, Lisle, a solicitor, is serving as a first lieutenant on a war vessel in the Mediterranean. [AWN 01.08.1918] P.19

ALLEN, Lieutenant Colonel S S, DSO, Auckland Regiment, has been awarded a bar to his DSO for supervising the assembly of his battalion for an attack in a difficult position and by personal leadership, continuing the advance when one of his companies was held up during the attack. His conduct under intense machine-gun fire was an inspiration to all ranks. [AWN 22.08.1918] p.17

BEALE, Temporary Captain Stanley J A, M.B., RAMC, has been awarded a Bar to the Military Cross. The Cross itself was won in August 1917 for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when working in an advanced dressing-post. The post was destroyed by a shell, which killed the other medical officer and an orderly. Although badly shaken, he promptly formed another post and continued to dress the wounded until relieved 24 hours later. It was owing to his untiring energy and splendid devotion to duty that many lives were saved. Captain Beale, who is a member of the Society of Friends, is an Aucklander, being a son of the late Mr W J Beale. He was educated at Queen’s College, Auckland, the Friends’ High School, Hobart, and the Auckland University College, afterwards going to the London Hospital, where he obtained his medical degrees. At the outbreak of the war he was in practice at Highbury, London and volunteered for active service. He is at present serving with the Royal Air Force, London. [AWN 29.08.1918] P.47

BEAVER, Corporal J P, son of Mrs P Beaver, Devonport, has been awarded the Military Medal. He left with the Samoan Expeditionary Force and after nine months service returned to Auckland. He joined the Australian forces and for the last 2 ½ years has been on active service in France. [AWN 01.08.1918] P.21

BLACK, Saddler R W (Auckland), served in the Boer War with the Queensland Contingent and came from California early in 1915 to join King Edward’s Horse. He is now with that regiment in Italy. [AWN 22.08.1918, p.20]

BLACK, Sergeant T, Auckland Regiment, has been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. He led an attack on a strong enemy position with such determination that it was soon taken, with many prisoners and machineguns. He showed splendid courage and coolness. [AWN 22.08.1918] P.17

A returned soldier, Harry John BLACKMORE of the NZ Medical Corps, died at Timaru and was accorded a military funeral. He had been on the hospital ship Maheno two trips and returned seriously ill. He was 40 years of age. [AWN 08.08.1918] P.47

BLAMPIED, Lieutenant Martin, Auckland Regiment, has been awarded the Military Cross. While acting as scout officer, led his party in an advance of over one mile and a half in perfect order and by his observation and reports was the means of inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy. He also organised his scouts as a platoon and filled a threatening gap in the line. [AWN 22.08.1918] P.17

BREWER, Sergeant J H, MM, Auckland Regiment, has been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. He took charge of his platoon when the officers were casualties and though severely wounded, consolidated the line, took other men under his command and made skilful dispositions with Lewis guns. [AWN 22.08.1918] P.17

BUCKTHOUGHT, Sergeant N W, Auckland Regiment, has been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. He attacked an enemy machine-gun single-handed, shooting the team and putting it out of action. [AWN 22.08.1918] P.17

CAHILL, Lieutenant Basil P, was wounded and admitted to hospital on 15 July. Prior to volunteering for active service he was a solicitor with the firm of Messrs Reed, Bailey and Towle of Auckland. He is the only so, n of Mrs J Cahill of Ring Tce, Ponsonby. [AWN 01.08.1918] P.48

CARPELL, Sergeant J M, Auckland Mounted Rifles, recently attached to DHQ in France, has been discharged from the NZEF in England to take a position in the Russian Dept of the Ministry of Information. [AWN 22.08.1918, p.20]

CARTER, Lieutenant J C, Auckland Regiment, has been awarded the Military Cross. After leading his men in an advance of one mile and a half, took charge of a company much demoralised by casualties and helped to maintain the position for two days under heavy shell and machine-gun fire. [AWN 22.08.1918] P.17

COLLETT - Mrs A Collett, Clive Road, Epsom, has been presented by His Excellency the Governor General last week with the Military Cross and Bar awarded to her late son Captain Clive Franklin COLLETT, RFC, The late officer, who destroyed 15 enemy machines in two months, was awarded the Military Cross on 26 September 1916 for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as a flight leader of offensive patrols during three months. On nine occasions, when opposed by large formations of enemy aircraft, he drove down and destroyed machines and in every engagement his gallantry and dash was most marked. On 17 October 1917 he was awarded the Bar to his Military Cross. In three weeks he successfully engaged and destroyed five enemy machines, three of which were accounted for in one day. This gallant officer met his death on 23 December owing to an accident while flying in Scotland. [AWN 08.08.1918] P.19

COOPER Mrs Thomas AGNEW of Waihi, has been presented by the Governor General at Morrinsville with the Military Cross won by her son, the late Lieutenant A C COOPER. The award was made for acts of gallantry in the field and for devotion to duty. He led his platoon into action in France with great courage and initiative and subsequently, although wounded, remained at his post and directed an incessant fire upon the enemy. [AWN 08.08.1918] P.23

COTTLE, Sergeant S H (Bert), reported dangerously wounded on 24 July in France, prior to enlisting was employed on the Government railways. He is the fifth son of Mr Sydney H Cottle of Taupaki. He left with the 13th Reinforcements. His brother, E J COTTLE, who left NZ with the 3rd Reinforcements, was wounded on Gallipoli and invalided home. [AWN 22.08.1918] P.19

DUNNET, Captain “Jack”, who is reported to have died of wounds on 5 April, was the fourth son of the late C F Dunnet and Mrs Dunnet of Kelso. He was one of the first in Invercargill to enlist and left with the Main Body, holding the rank of first lieutenant. He served right through the Gallipoli campaign but soon after the evacuation and while in Egypt, contracted enteric fever and was returned to NZ to recuperate. He left again with the 14th Reinforcements and had been attached to the Field Battery ever since. While in France he gained promotion to the rank of captain. The late captain was very well known in Invercargill musical and sporting circles, being a finished violinist and keen footballer and oarsman. In the volunteering days he was one of the keenest and his father and himself were the first to sign on with the Kelso troop of Mounted Rifles, Jack being bugler until he left the district about eight years ago. [AWN 01.08.1918] P.19

DUTHIE, Major N A, Auckland Regiment, has been awarded the DSO. He led his company into action in perfect order after a long march and by personal leadership, although wounded, led his battalion in carrying its objective with the greatest courage and determination. [AWN 22.08.1918] P.17

HELLABY, Major F A, MC, son of Mrs A M Hellaby of Remuera Road, has been appointed Corps Machine-gun Officer and during the present year has been mentioned in despatches twice. His brother, Lieut J HELLABY, who recently returned to England from NZ, is now on duty at the Artillery Camp, Forest Row, Sussex. [AWN 01.08.1918] P.29

HENNING, Lieutenant W, who has been slightly wounded but is remaining with his unit, the Rifle Brigade, was recently awarded the Military Medal for gallantry on the field. His wife, Mrs Gladys Henning, is on active service driving a motor ambulance at Brockenhurst, England. [AWN 22.08.1918] P.19

HILL, Private Oliver, who was killed in action on 15 July, was the second son of Mr James Hill of Arthur Street West, Onehunga. Prior to enlisting in the Main Body he was farming in the Mangaotaki Valley, King Country. He fought in several battles and was wounded twice. His youngest brother was also killed in action last March. Another brother is in training in England. [AWN 29.08.1918] P.19

HOLLINGER - A good record of service was disclosed on Thursday at the Auckland Military Service Board when Thomas HOLLINGER of Avondale appealed for the retention of his son Private Arthur HOLLINGER, one of five soldier sons. The appellant stated that three of his sons were still on active service. It was explained that an appeal had been lodged on behalf of his son now in camp but had been withdrawn because it was thought the returned solider would be allowed to remain in NZ. The parents, being advanced in years, wish to have one son at home with them. Pte Hollinger said he was allowing the appeal to be made solely on account of his parents. He did not wish a few months leave, however, with the possibility of being sent back to the front as soon as he had established himself in a position. He considered he was justified in asking for a discharge seeing that he had served three years, was not a fit man and that all his brothers were away. The Board agreed to recommend indefinite leave without pay, the application to be renewed if the appellant was again called up. [AWN 01.08.1918] P.16

JORDAN, B S, this NZ officer was second in command at the NZ Command Depot, Codford. He belonged to the Canterbury Regt and his appointment dated from August 1914, Main Body. He lived near Rangiora and held rank as Major in the North Canterbury and Westland Regt., Territorial Force. A verdict of instantaneous death was returned at the inquest. The funeral took place at Codford two days later with full military honours, the funeral service being read by the Rev G E Cruickshank, CF. Afterwards the Masonic rights were carried out at the grave by Lt Col Barclay, VD, NZE, who went from Boscombe at the request of the NZ brethren at Codford Depot. Major Jordan was a member of the Lodge Ashley, No.28, Rangiora. [AWN 01.08.1918] [See also AWN 11.07.1918] P.19

JORDAN, Corporal E, Auckland Regiment, has been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. He led a section against a machine-gun, killing the whole party and advancing along a sap to drive back another party of the enemy. [AWN 22.08.1918] P.17

KIRKWOOD - A fine record of war service is held by the family of Mrs J A Kirkwood, Turama Rd, Onehunga, whose four sons have served, or are serving, in the present war. Lieutenant S KIRKWOOD, RNR, joined the motor patrol service two years ago. At Greenwich he passed all his examinations, being appointed sub-lieutenant, with promotion to lieutenant about twelve months ago. He took part in the historic raid on Ostend, Lieut Kirkwood being in a motor-launch which was to take off the crew of one of the blockships. Owing to the shifting of a buoy, the launch collided with the blockship, with the result that the exhaust pipe of the launch broke, causing the fumes to fill the engineroom. The two engineers were overcome, whereupon Lieut Kirkwood went below and took charge of the engines, controlling the boat until she was picked up by another vessel. For his services on this occasion Lieut Kirkwood was awarded the DSO. Lieut Kirkwood, who is 32 years of age, was employed by Messrs Macky Logan, Caldwell & Co. Ltd., prior to leaving with the motor patrol. Lieutenant Ronald A KIRKWOOD, RNR, who was employed by Messrs Abbott, Foote & Jones, is 36 years of age and was a prominent yachtsman prior to enlisting with his brother in the motor patrol. He took part in the memorable naval raid on Zeebrugge. Private W KIRKWOOD, left NZ two years ago and was wounded in the right arm. He is now in Sling Camp. The youngest of Mrs Kirkwood’s four sons, Mr Robert R KIRKWOOD, served at Samoa and was invalided home. [AWN 01.08.1918] P.45

MACLEAN, The Rev Cuthbert T, MC, Auckland, now holds the rank of lieutenant-colonel in the Royal Air Force. He served in the Royal Fusiliers in the early days of the war, for which he got the 1914 Star and, after being wounded, was transferred to the RFC. He is an old boy of Wanganui College and has been in London on leave from France. [AWN 22.08.1918] p.20

McFARLAND, Captain R D, Auckland Regiment, has been awarded the Military Cross for courage, resource and leadership when his right flank was held up by a strong point. [AWN 22.08.1918] P.17

MILLER, Signaller C D, son of Mrs A Miller, Argyle St, Morningside, has been gassed and wounded for the second time. Prior to enlisting with the Australian Forces he was a seaman in the employ of the Northern Steamship Co. He has been serving on the Western Front. [AWN 15.08.1918] P.19

MILLER, Sergeant George F, DCM, MM, 1st Australian Divisional Signal Co., who has won the DCM is the son of Mr John Miller of Paeroa. The London Gazette states that the award was made “for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in re-establishing communication by telephone during a heavy enemy barrage, when it had been temporarily disorganised by shellfire. After this line had been laid he organised his linesmen as stretcher-bearers and brought in five badly wounded men. Through-out the operations he succeeded in maintaining telephonic communication.” [AWN 29.08.1918] P.47

MILNE, Private E D, wounded and admitted to hospital in England, is the youngest son of Mr & Mrs John Milne, formerly of Auckland and latterly of Petane, Napier, and grandson of the late Dr Matthew Scott of Gisborne. He enlisted at the age of 19 and sailed with the 20th Reinforcements. [AWN 29.08.1918] P.19

MITCHELL, Private Andrew, reported killed in action on 22 July, was the eldest son of Mr R Mitchell of Opoho, Dunedin. He was 27 years of age and prior to his enlistment with the 24th Reinforcements, was employed in the ironmongery business in Dunedin. His sister, Mrs R T Sando, resides at Mt Eden. [AWN 15.08.1918] P.19

MOSS, Company Sergeant Major E S, Auckland Regiment, has been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. He actively led the attack on an enemy strong point when the company commander was wounded. [AWN 22.08.1918] P.17

MYERS, Captain Leo, (Auckland) King’s Rifle Corps, resignation gazetted. He will retain the honorary rank of Captain and has retired for the purpose of devoting his energies to the organisation of the Riflemen’s Aid Society. [AWN 22.08.1918, p.20]

NAPIER, Captain W C, Auckland Regiment, has been awarded the Military Cross. He took charge of a company whose officer was a casualty organizing the final capture and consolidation of part of the objective with great courage and skill. [AWN 22.08.1918] P.17

NORMAN, Lieutenant Thomas B, a New Zealander serving with the Australian Forces in France, has been awarded the Military Medal. In a letter to the young officer, General Birdwood refers to the service for which he received the award, he states that during the British attack near Morlancourt on the night of 5th May, Lieut Norman led his platoon to the objective “…with great dash and courage and rendered further valuable service in the work of consolidation.” At daybreak when the enemy, in a counter-attack, succeeded in gaining a footing in a trench on the right, thus endangering the flank, he promptly attacked with his platoon and re-established the positions. The letter closes with a tribute to the officer’s good leadership and initiative under trying conditions. He was born in Dunedin and is a nephew of Mr Alfred Tyree of Auckland. His father was formerly manager of the Bank of NZ at Amberley, Canterbury. His wife resides at Mossman, Sydney and he was representing Mr Tyree in the latter City when he enlisted in the Australian Forces. [AWN 29.08.1918] P.20

ORR, Major E H, Auckland Regiment, has been awarded the DSO. He showed great determination and skill during the advance of one mile and a half. On two occasions when the enemy pierced the line he led forward a party and closed the gap. [AWN 22.08.1918] P.17

PORTER, Lieutenant G B L of the British West Indies Regt, was re-attested with the NZEF as a Lieutenant in the Canterbury Regt. [AWN 22.08.1918, p.20]

RANDALL, Gordon, a returned soldier, was using a rifle as a walking-stick when it was accidentally discharged, the bullet entering the young man’s face below the jaw and lodging at the back of the eye. The accident occurred in rough cojntry and it took ten hours to get the wounded man to the riverside. He was brought to town in a launch and removed to the hospital in a very low condition. [AWN 15.08.1918, p.18]

The death of Lieutenant H S RICHARDS, NZ Rhodes Scholar, was caused by an accident while flying. He belonged to the Essex Regt and was attached to the Royal Air Force. [AWN 15.08.1918] P.45

SEABROOK, Captain J, RAF, Auckland, has been posted to the Middle East RAF and has left for Egypt. He has been in the service for more than two years and his experience includes about a year’s flying in France. [AWN 22.08.1918, p.20]

SHEPHERD, Corporal Maurice Wyndham, reported mortally wounded on 18 July, in action in France, was the eldest surviving son of the late Major T V Shepherd of Papakura. He left with his brother in the 19th Reinforcements and afterwards joined the 3rd NZ Rifle Brigade. Prior to enlisting he was a member of the College Rifles and was farming at Manawaru. His brother Tom, who was reported dangerously ill from wounds received two days previously, is now out of danger and improving. He was an old King’s College boy and was also engaged in farming. [AWN 15.08.1918]

STANLEY, Lieutenant Malcolm S, son of Mr J H Stanley of Raetihi, has been awarded the Military Cross in recognition of his conspicuous gallantry and good service in the operations near Moolancourt in April last. He belongs to the Australian Field Engineers. In a personal letter to him, General Birdwood states that he is aware that Lieut Stanley displayed untiring energy and good judgment in connection with the construction and consolidation of posts after the advance of the front line prior to which he made a personal reconnaissance which furnished invaluable information. The men under Lieut Stanley were greatly encouraged by his fine example of courage and coolness under heavy fire. [AWN 15.08.1918] P.47

SNELLING, Lieutenant T A, Rifle Brigade, son of T Snelling of Porangahau, was awarded the Military Cross for service in France. He was previously erroneously reported at STELLING) [AWN 29.08.1918] P.21

STEWART, Brigadier General A E, who is reported wounded, has had command for some time of the Third Brigade of the NZEF. He is a prominent territorial officer, being attached at the time of his departure on service to the 14th, South Otago, Regiment. He left the Dominion with the first two battalions of the Rifle Brigade in 1915, with the rank of lieutenant colonel and during his service has been several times mentioned in despatches. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his work on the Somme in 1916. [AWN 01.08.1918] P.19

STUART, Corporal G L, Auckland Regiment, has been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. He handled a trench mortar with great skill and prevented seven enemy machine-guns from firing. He then went forward for direct observation and bringing his gun into action at a critical moment, was responsible for the capture of 40 of the enemy and six machine-guns. [AWN 22.08.1918] P.17

STURMEY, Private A L, Rifle Brigade, has been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. He brilliantly organised parties to cover the withdrawal when a greatly superior enemy had reached to within 20 yards and by boldly working a machine-gun under heavy fire, assisted in the final repulse or the enemy. He himself killed 14 and by his example a very small party ‘effected tremendous execution in the enemy ranks.’ [AWN 22.08.1918] P.17

TREACHER, Lieutenant Arnold R, son of Mrs Walter Treacher, Kings View Road, Mt Eden, has been wounded for the fifth time. He enlisted in an early stage of the war in the Australian Expeditionary Forces. [AWN 08.08.1918] P.23

TUCKER, Private C A, Rifle Brigade, has been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. He held his position with his section until the enemy were within 20 yards. He then took over a machine-gun and used it with great effect as the enemy advanced to the wire. His section alone accounted for 90 of the enemy. [AWN 22.08.1918] P.17

WALKER, Lieutenant J, brother of Major Sir Robert Walker, Chief of the Auckland District Staff, has been awarded the French Croix de Guerre. He belongs to the Royal Scots Guards and has been on continuous service on the western front for 2 ½ years. He has been wounded once. Sir Robert Walker has two other brothers on active service. [AWN 15.08.1918] P.47

WALSH, Signaller James, husband of Mrs James Walsh, has been wounded and admitted to a hospital in England, suffering from a broken leg. He has been serving on the western front for over 12 months. He is one of three brothers who volunteered for active service. [AWN 29.08.1918] P.19

WYLIE, Lieut Colonel D S, CMG, arrived in Auckland from England last week by the Niagara. He was Officer commanding No.1 NZ General Hospital, Brockenhurst, up to January last, since when he has been engaged in military orthopaedic work at the Orthopaedic Hospital, Shepherd’s Bush, London. He has returned to NZ in connection with special orthopaedic work among soldiers in the Dominion. [AWN 22.08.1918] P.21


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