Search billions of records on


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


ACLAND, Major Leo G D, Christchurch, well known NZ sportsman, has not been wounded as was officially stated in the hospital list published yesterday but was invalided to England from France because the stump of his arm, which he lost while tiger hunting in India, was giving him trouble. An operation was performed on the nerves and according to the message received, he is making satisfactory progress. [AWN 07.12.1916] P.52

BANKS, Sergeant J, son of Mrs J Banks, of Gwynnelands, Cambridge, is lying very ill in a private hospital in France. Sgt Banks left NZ with one of the reinforcement drafts several months ago and has been in the firing line for some time. Before enlisting he was in business as a land agent at Cambridge. He is well known throughout the Waikato as an enthusiastic polo player and huntsman. He will have the good wishes of a large circle of friends for his speedy recovery. [AWN 21.12.1916] P.59

BEGBIE, Private Albert James, killed in action in France on 15 September, aged 37, was the third son of Mr & Mrs John Begbie, Pukekohe East. He was born and lived most of his life in that district and educated at Harrisville School. He was engaged in farming at Tuakau and road construction in the Franklin County. [AWN 28.12.1916] p.52

BLANCH, Walter, single, aged 21, 12 Dublin St, Invercargill, died at the soldiers' annex, Auckland, on Thursday. Arrived on the Maheno Tuesday of last week. The deceased was paralysed as a result of injury received in the spinal column from shell shock in France and was in a very ill condition when admitted to the annex. [AWN 28.12.1916] p.19

BROKENSHIRE, Gunner Ernest, of the NZ Field Artillery, who died of gunshot wounds on 27 November was 22 yrs of age and the fourth son of Mr E Brokenshire of Te Atatu, Henderson Point. Prior to his enlistment he was in the employment of the Te Aroha Co-Op. Dairying Co. His brother, Albert BROKENSHIRE, was wounded in the Gallipoli campaign but for some time has been back in the ranks and fighting on the French front. [AWN 21.12.1916] p.56

BROTHERS, Sergeant (now 2nd Lieutenant) W F, who recently was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry, is a son of Mr & Mrs Charles Brothers, late of Rotorua and now of Wellington. He enlisted as a private in the Canterbury Infantry, Main Body, and went through the Gallipoli campaign, serving for six months in the trenches. In October 1915 he was wounded and he rejoined his regiment in January last. He attained non-commissioned rank at Gallipoli and was given a commission in France. Prior to enlisting, Lt Brothers was in the employ of the Christchurch Fire Board and previous to that served for five years in the Royal Navy. [AWN 14.12.1916] p.20

BROTHERS, Lieutenant W F, son of Mr & Mrs C Brothers of Ngongotaha near Rotorua, has been awarded the Military Medal for service in the field, while Sergeant in charge of a machine-gun in France. He has a long record of meritorious service. He left NZ with the Main Body as a Private and was wounded at Gallipoli. [AWN 21.12.1916] P.22

BROWN, Private Donald, killed in action, was the son of Mrs A E Brown of Lorne Street, aged 19 years. He was a native of Sydney and came to NZ eleven years ago and was educated at Lyall Bay, Wellington and Newmarket State schools. He was employed by Messrs Sargood Son & Ewen Ltd but afterwards was farming and still later went to sea. [AWN 21.12.1916] p.19

BRUMBY, Lieutenant Harold, killed in action in France on 28 September, was a son of Mrs L A Brumby, Mt Eden. Letter from Lieut WARD [p.55 AWN 28.12.1916] p.55

BUTLER, Corporal Raymond, killed in action on 21 September in France. The deceased soldier, who was the eldest son, was not 20 years of age. He was educated at Kings College, Auckland and employed at the Cambridge Branch of the Bank of NZ. He was subsequently engaged in electrical engineering in Auckland. [AWN 21.12.1916] p.19

CAMERON, Sgt Major Duncan, of New Zealand — A report of the accident at Albany in which a NZ was drowned gives the name of the victim as Cameron Duncan McKENZIE. A previous message stated that through the swamping of a motor launch at Albany, he was drowned. He was formerly steward to the Governor of NZ. [AWN 14.12.1916, p.31]

CAMPBELL, Mr Colin M, 2nd Officer on Maheno, formerly 2nd Officer of Rosamond in the Bay of Plenty and East Coast service, Waitemata troop of the Legion of Frontiersmen, wounded at Gallipoli. — NOTE: Longer article follows including mention of Mr R HOPKINS, 2nd Officer of the Manaia; Lance Corporal COWAN of Auckland; Captain SINEL; Mr COOKE, 1st Office on Navua. [AWN 21.12.1916, p.56]

CORBETT, Private Alfred Sydney, reported killed in action, was the second son of Mr A Corbett of Matamata and was a teacher under the Auckland Education Board. He was rejected three times but made himself fit for service by undergoing an operation. [AWN 21.12.1916] P.59

DALCOMBE, Charles Samuel, 22nd Reinforcements, died at Featherston Military Hospital from cerebo-spinal meningitis. [AWN 14.12.1916] P.49

DELANEY, Sergeant Arthur, who died on 17 August from wounds received on 9 August, was the youngest son of Mr Hugh Delaney of Matamata, late of Buckland. He received his education at the Tauranga district school and afterwards at Buckland school. Afterwards he was engaged in farming and station work but previous to enlisting he had studied engineering. He was a member of the territorial force and when war was declared, enlisted and went to Gallipoli as a trooper. For gallantry he soon gained promotion to the rank of corporal and on 27 August 1915 he led a bayonet charge in one of the desperate fights on Gallipoli so successfully that he gained the rank of sergeant. [AWN 07.12.1916] P.20

ELLIS, Sergeant R F, second son of Howard J S Ellis, Headmaster, New Lynn School, has received the Military Medal. Two brothers are Lieut Howard ELLIS, Royal Flying Corps, and Driver C Charles ELLIS, Divisional Signal Company. Sgt Ellis has been on active service since the commencement of the war. [AWN 21.12.1916] p.23

ELLIS, Lance Corporal Wm H, who some time ago was reported missing and believed to be killed and has since been reported killed in action, was the eldest son of Mr Adam Ellis of Rangataua and was 24 yrs of age. He was for eight years in the Wellington and Auckland offices of the Lands & Survey Dept and was a qualified associate accountant. He enlisted in February 1915, leaving NZ in the following June. In April 1915 he married a daughter of the late Mr J G ELMSLY. [AWN 21.12.1916] P.20

ERLAM, Mr H, who left NZ with the main body and was given a commission in the Imperial Army after being wounded at Gallipoli, is now at Salonika. He served for 14 years in the Royal Navy and has the Persian Gulf medal. [AWN 14.12.1916, p.22]

FROST, Sergeant Major William E, who died of wounds received in action, was born at Dargaville and was the eldest son of Mr & Mrs T Frost of Te Kuiti. He took an active part in football and was a keen boxing enthusiast. Prior to enlisting for active service he followed the occupation of a plumber. He left NZ as a private in the early stages of the war and served at Gallipoli. That he proved his worth as a soldier is evident by his rapid promotion to the rank of sergeant major. [AWN 0712.1916] P.20

FROST, Sergeant Major William, late of the NZ Infantry, has been awarded the French Croix de Guerre. [AWN 14.12.1916, p.25]

GREIG, Private Benjamin, brother of Miss M Greig, Omana, prisoner of war 25 October 1915, is being well treated by his captors at Constantinople and his health is reported to be excellent. Pte Greig has been referred to in a previous casualty list as Private B Grey. [AWN 28.12.1916] P.33

GUILD, Private David, died of appendicitis and peritonitis at the 24th General Hospital, Etaples, France, on 4 December, is the youngest son of the late Thomas Guild, formerly of Herdhill, Kirriemuir, Scotland, and of Mrs Guild, Connell St, Waihi. He worked as a miner at the Waihi Crown Junction Mine. [AWN 21.12.1916] P.19

GUILD, Rifleman David Grant, whose death was recently reported, was the youngest son of the late Mr Thomas Guild of Kirriemuir, Scotland. He came to NZ over four years ago and worked as a miner in the Grand Junction mine until he enlisted. He was 26 yrs of age. [AWN 21.12.1916] P.59

HALL, Private Archibald Campbell, NZ Medical Corps, aged 27, who died from meningitis at Featherston Military Hospital, was the eldest son of Mrs M E Hall and the late Mr Archibald Hall of Huntly. He was employed by the Taupiri Coal Co. at Huntly and was an enthusiastic member of the St Johns Ambulance Corps. He was later a railway porter. He was a volunteer in the 7th Hauraki Rifles and a member of the Huntly Rowing Club and was it's honorary secretary for a season. He was also a successful long distance runner. [AWN 28.12.1916] P.52

HALL, Rifleman William Gordon, died of wounds, received in action on 19 November, was the eldest son of Mr G W Hall, Puahue, Te Awamutu. He was born in Hamilton 21 years ago, where he received his early education, after which he resided in Te Awamutu. For six years he worked at blacksmithing and just prior to enlisting was employed at Otorohanga. [AWN 21.12.1916] P.19

HAMMOND, Major Herbert Harold, wounded and missing since 9 August, was a single man about 35 yrs of age, and a son of Mr & Mrs J W Hammond of Leeston, Canterbury. He was a member of the Ellesmere Mounted Rifles and a holder of the Tairoa Belt for rifle shooting. At the outbreak of war Major Hammond enlisted immediately and left as Captain in the Mounted Rifles. After being thrice wounded at Gallipoli he was invalided for a time to England. For his services he was promoted Major and since then he has been through the fighting in France. He was an enthusiastic cricketer and a splendid all round athlete. [AWN 07.12.1916] P.20

HARDWICK, Private Harry Thomas, killed in action in France on 30 September, was the third son of Mr & Mrs W J Hardwick, Te Kowhai and late of Waikino and Bay of Plenty. He was born at Opotiki on 18 September 1895 and educated in the district. He was employed in farming. A brother Private L J HARDWICK is a member of the NZ Expeditionary Force. [AWN 28.12.1916] P.52

HARTY, Sergeant Lennard P, another recipient of the Military Medal, is a son of Mr J Kew Harty, district manager in Auckland of the National Mutual Life Assn. Sgt Harty was a prominent footballer before he took up the military life and was also a member of the College Rifles. Four of his brothers are also at the front. Prior to his enlistment Sgt Harty was on the staff of the Bank of NZ. [AWN 14.12.1916] P.20

HICKS, Sergeant W J, mentioned by our London correspondent as having been awarded the Military Medal, is now second-lieutenant, having received his commission while on active service. He is a son of Mr W J Hicks of Manukau Rd, Parnell. [AWN 14.12.1916] P.20

HILL, Rifleman E W, killed in action, was the eldest son of Mr & Mrs W Hill, Richmond Downs, Walton near Morrinsville, aged 21, born Shaftsbury and educated at Waharoa and Matamata schools. He left with his battalion of the Rifle Brigade, October 1915, and took part in every engagement the Rifle Brigade participated in. [AWN 28.12.1916] P.52

Pte E HOLLYWOOD was the son of Mr Hollywood, Postmaster, Te Aroha, aged about 25, earned his medal in Egypt where during the Turkish attack east of Suez, rode 55 miles in one day laying telegraph lines. He was personally complimented by General CHAUVEL. He had many marvellous escapes from death. On his return he was cheered by the whole of his regiment. [AWN 21.12.1916] P.20

Writing to friends in Hamilton, QSM DARKE expresses gratification at hearing that Chaplain Captain HOUCHEN has been awarded the Military Cross. "If anyone deserves it he does. All the boys who come in contact with Capt Houchen swear by him. He was everywhere doing all he could to secure the wounded, hauling them to some sort of safety until they could be removed by the stretcher bearers, diving sown German dugouts getting blankets to cover them, helping walking cases down to the dressing station and assisting the doctors and rendering first aid. He was too brave, not taking any notice of the shells which were exploding around him." [AWN 21.12.1916] P.20

JOHNSON, Captain O P, killed in action, was 24 yrs of age and the son of Mr J C Johnson of Kauri, North Auckland, who contested the Bay of Islands seat as a supporter of the Reform Party on one occasion. Deceased held the rank of lieutenant when he left NZ and was engaged at Gallipoli where he was wounded. A brother, Sergeant Major JOHNSON was also wounded at Gallipoli. [AWN 21.12.1916] P.52

JONES, Private Charles Roger, son of Mr Thos A Jones, Auckland, has been killed in action when he volunteered to go out with a squad to bring in wounded from the first line trenches and while on that dangerous work was struck by a shell. Letters from comrades speak very warmly of Roger Jones's manly qualities and cheerfulness which endeared him to officers and men alike. [AWN 07.12.1916] P.52

JOSS, Private Charles, who was reported missing on 27 September and has since been reported killed in action, was 28 yrs of age and a brother of Mrs B McGee, Ethel St, Eden Tce. He had been in the firing line for about three months at the time when he was missed. [AWN 21.12.1916] p.56

LAMBIE, Lieutenant G S, in charge of No.11 Area with headquarters at Rangiora, was accidentally fatally shot while rabbit shooting with Lieuts H & J W Davison at St Leonard's Home, Hanmer. He was aged 25, the son of G S Lambie, for many years Christchurch Manager of the Union Steamship Co. Lt Lambie was previously a master at Christ's College and in 1914 gained his M.A. degree with first class honours in mental science and was nominated by the Canterbury College two years ago for a Rhodes scholarship. [AWN 07.12.1916] P.21

LIND - Two deaths - one of a patient and one of a member of the staff - occurred during the voyage home of the Maheno. Two days after leaving Colombo, Staff Nurse L LIND, who had been invalided back to NZ, died from consumption. Her mother resides in Wellington. (See McKENZIE) [AWN 21.12.1916] P.56

LIPPIATT, Corporal Walter Eric, aged 24, eldest son of Mr W E Lippiatt of Otahuhu, was lately reported killed in action. Cpl Lippiatt attended the State school at Otahuhu and completed his education at the Auckland Grammar School. While attending the Grammar School he began to be prominent as a rifle shot and he was one of the lads who laid the foundation of the school’s recent achievements in the shooting world. On leaving school he joined his father in the nursery business in which he was Engaged up to the time of his enlistment. He was an active member of the Akarana Rifle Club and won a number of trophies for the rifle shooting. The territorial movement was responsible for his joining the 3rd, Auckland, Regt, in which he soon rose to the rank of sergeant. On the outbreak of war he applied for a commission but was given to understand that the positions were filled for 12 months ahead. After waiting for about that period and finding the commission no nearer, he decided to enlist as a private, leaving NZ as a Corporal. [AWN 07.12.1916, p.49]

MACLEOD, Sergeant J A, who is reported severely wounded and in hospital in London, is a son of the late Mr Donald Macleod of Palmerston South. When he enlisted he was branch inspector in NZ for the Bank of Australasia and prior to that had been manager successively of the bank's branches at Tauranga, Te Puke, Rotorua and Hawera. His youngest brother was killed in action at Gallipoli. [AWN 07.12.1916] P.52

McKENZIE - Two deaths - one of a patient and one of a member of the staff - occurred during the voyage home of the Maheno. (See LIND) During the stay at Albany, Staff Sergeant Major McKENZIE, while returning to the ship in a local launch, was accidentally drowned by the swamping of the launch. The deceased, who was formerly on the household staff of His Excellency the Governor, the Earl of Liverpool, has no relatives in NZ. [AWN 21.12.1916] P.56 [See also CAMERON]

McLENNAN, Private A, son of James McLennan of Eureka, has been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallantry in the field. [AWN 21.12.1916] P.20

McNABB, Private Vincent, who was reported killed in action, was one of six brothers on active service. Two were killed on Gallipoli where Pte V McNabb was wounded with shrapnel but he recovered and returned to the peninsula. He was born at Motueka, Nelson, and came to Auckland over four years ago. He played as a forward for the City Football Club and gained a place in the B representative team in 1914. He took an interest in all kinds of sport and was very popular among sportsmen. He was working as a carpenter for Mr E Lye, building contractor, when he enlisted. [AWN 07.12.1916] P.20

McNICKLE, Private Moses, killed in action 15 September, aged 23, was the eldest son of Mr M McNickle and the late Mrs McNickle of Hamilton. He was born and brought up at Gordonton. He was well known in the Waikato. He enlisted at Whangarei. [AWN 21.12.1916] P.19

McQUILLAN, Sapper P, who has been awarded the Military Medal for erecting lines under heavy shell fire, was born in Christchurch and educated at the Marist Brothers school there. About 8 years ago he came to Auckland and commenced work on the telegraph lines and was on the Hamilton Branch when he enlisted. His wife resides in Hamilton. [AWN 21.12.1916] P.20

Two members of the Lines Dept of the Hamilton Post Office, Privates P McQUILLAN and E HOLLYWOOD, are amongst those who have been awarded the Military Cross. Pte McQUILLAN for laying lines under extremely heavy fire during the battle of the Somme. He was born in Christchurch and educated at Marist Brothers school. [AWN 21.12.1916] P.20

METCALFE, Private M C, who enlisted from Auckland in an early reinforcement draft, has been killed while on active service in France. Whilst acting as a guide to a ration party on 29 September he was shot by a sniper when passing a portion of a communication trench that had been exposed by a portion of the bank falling in. Pte Metcalfe, who was a native of England, arrived in NZ about four years ago. After a short stay in Dunedin he came to Auckland and entered into the employment of Messrs Macky Logan & Co. He was one of the most popular members of the staff of that firm and his death is widely regretted. He had no relatives in the Dominion. [AWN 21.12.1916] p.56

MORPETH, Lieutenant Niccol, Lance Corporal Gerald MORPETH and Private Moore MORPETH, sons of Mr H D Morpeth of Waihi, took part in the memorable landing at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, when Private MORPETH was killed in action and his two brothers were wounded. After an absence of some months, necessitated by the severity of his wound, Lieut MORPETH joined the 16th, Waikatos and while in Egypt was promoted to the rank of Captain. While fighting in Flanders he was again wounded on 27 September, this time in the leg which, unfortunately, had to be amputated. He is now in Roehampton Hospital awaiting an artificial limb. L/Cpl MORPETH, after recovery, returned to the front, only to fall a victim to typhoid fever. After a further spell in hospital he went to the firing-line in France where, being the great offensive, he was shot through the leg at Flers. He is again in hospital. Lieut Allan MORPETH, joined one of the reinforcements as a non-commissioned officer and gained his commission. He shortly will leave for the Front. George MORPETH who, after unsuccessful attempts to pass the medical examination in the earlier stages of the war, has now succeeded in passing, will go into the non-commissioned officers’ training camp at Trentham early next year. [AWN 07.12.1916, p.49]

MOORE, Lieutenant Stanley, who died of wounds received while conducting a raid on the German trenches, was well known in Auckland, being chief inspector of physical education under the Education Dept at the time of his enlistment. His wife, who resides in College Road, Auckland, has received a letter in which the writer states: "Lt Moore has been recommended for a Military Cross which he richly deserved. He was a very gallant officer and all who knew him admired his bravery and manly qualities." The letter also stated that Lt Moore was in charge of a trench mortar battery which had ably assisted the New Zealanders to enter the German trenches on three different occasions by cutting the wires guarding the trenches. [AWN 07.12.1916] P.20

MUNRO, Gunner F J, late of the WEEKLY NEWS staff, who joined the Royal Garrison Artillery as a gunner at the outbreak of war, is now in London after 18 months active service. He was recommended for a commission for gallantry on the field and now is gazetted as a lieutenant. [AWN 14.12.1916, p.22]

NEELS, Lance Corporal Francis, recently reported killed, was a son of the late Mr J R Neels of Morrinsville. He was born at Waitoa and was educated at the Morrinsville public school. As a territorial he held the rank of corporal. Prior to his enlistment L/Cpl NEELS was engaged on the staff of the Ohinemuri Gazette, Paeroa. [AWN 07.12.1916] P.20

NEVE, Private Clifford D, who died of wounds at the 1st Southern Hospital, Birmingham, on November 21, was the second son of Mr J Neve, of Haydn's Ave, Onehunga. He has a brother at the front. [AWN 07.12.1916] P.52

NEVE, Private Clifford D, died of wounds 21 November, was the son of John Neve of Hadyn Ave, Onehunga, aged 20. He was employed in dairy work at Elstow near Te Aroha and was in the territorial forces. He has a brother serving at the front. [AWN 21.12.1916] P.19

NOBLE, Private E E, killed in action, was a son of Mr E E Noble of Coromandel and prior to his enlistment was employed in country work in the Waipapakauri district. Three of his brothers have also enlisted - Sergeant John NOBLE, who received 14 wounds while in action and is now in an English hospital; Private S NOBLE, also in hospital at present; while the third brother injured his knee while training at Trentham and was discharged unfit but is now recovering and expects to enlist again. [AWN 07.12.1916] P.20

O'CONNOR, Private Percy Michael, reported killed in action on 15 September, was the eldest son of Mr O'Connor of Maitai Rd, Green Lane. Prior to leaving NZ with the reinforcements, he was employed in the Government locomotive department and was well known in athletic circles in Auckland. [AWN 21.12.1916] p.56

PULLING, Sub-Lieutenant Edmund, Naval Air Service, son of Mr J L Thompson of Pukekaha Rd, Raetihi, has received the Distinguished Service Order in recognition of his work on the destruction of a zeppelin off the Norfolk Coast at the end of November. [AWN 21.12.1916] P.57

RATCLIFFE, Private Frank of Gisborne, recommended for the Victoria Cross. Left NZ with the early reinforcements and distinguished himself during the fighting on the Somme. His company was under heavy fire and some wounded members were lying in no-man's-land. At the imminent risk of his life, Ratcliffe went to the rescue of the injured men and brought them back to the shelter of the trench. He escaped unscathed. [AWN 14.12.1916] p.32

RAWLINGS, Sergeant J L, had been recommended for the Distinguished Conduct Medal and would have received it had he not been killed in action. Brother of T W Rawlings of Mauku. [AWN 14.12.1916] P.32

RILEY, Lieutenant H B, lately reported killed in action, was a prominent resident of Collingwood, Nelson. He was Chairman of the Collingwood County Council when he left and was connected with the local racing and football clubs and fire brigade and held a commission in the Mounted Rifles. In his younger days he represented his district in football. His brother Sergeant W C RILEY, was killed at Gallipoli and a brother in law, Lieutenant TAYLOR of Feilding, has also been killed in action. [AWN 21.12.1916] P.19

Eight members of the staff of Sharland & Co Ltd are about to leave for the front — Messrs G EATON, R M ELLIS, N C HALE, A N PROBERT, A C DOUGHTY, A LEE and W ANDERSON, as members of NZ’s army and Mr C R Edwards to carry on field service work for the YMCA. At a gathering of the company’s employees on the eve of the holidays, the manager, Mr Frank Renshaw, in the name of the staff, presented each of the departing colleagues with a wristlet watch. [AWN 21.12.1916] P.54

SIMPSON, Lieutenant F R, who died last week from wounds received in the Somme battle, was the eldest son of Mr R J Simpson, 'Weekly News' newsroom staff and grandson of Mrs Richard McGee, Waimoana, Otahuhu. After leaving the Auckland Grammar School, he entered the warehouse of Messrs Jas. Payne & Co., woollen merchants and prior to enlisting was town traveller for the firm. Lieut Simpson always took an active interest in volunteering and for two years had charge of the senior cadet company at Devonport. When the National Reserve and Rifle Club were formed at Devonport he gave his services as instructor. He went to Trentham with the reinforcements as sergeant-major but previous to the departure of the draft he sat for and gained his commission and left NZ as lieutenant. He was badly wounded in the hip on 27 September. [AWN 21.12.1916] P.59

SNODGRASS, Private Gus, son of Mrs D Snodgrass, Karangahake, died due to a shell burst on 3 October in the advance on the Somme. He was born in Paeroa 23 years ago and was employed as a miner at Karangahake and also in the bush in the Coromandel and Cabbage Bay districts. He was the grandson of Mr David Snodgrass who conducted a Papakura business in Auckland in City's early days. [AWN 28.12.1916] P.52

STAINTON, Lieut W H, who returned by the Ruahine, has been awarded the Military Cross for services in the field. He left NZ in February 1915 with the first Maori Contingent, for Gallipoli. He was invalided to England and returned to Egypt just before the evacuation. He then proceeded to France and took part in the Somme campaign. He has returned to the Dominion to report for duty. [AWN 14.12.1916] P.19

STARKEY, Lieutenant J B, killed in France last week, was a younger brother of Lieutenant STARKY (sic) of Morrinsville. Formerly on the staff of the Bank of NZ, he afterwards joined his brother on the Tahuroa estate and subsequently went to the Argentine. [AWN 07.12.1916] P.20

STEWART, Lieutenant W D Downie, M.P. for Dunedin West, was invalided from France to England just before the New Zealanders went into the thick of the fighting at the Somme. Lieut Downie Stewart, who left the Dominion about a year ago, spent a few weeks in Egypt and proceeded in April to France, where he was engaged in trench operations for a few weeks. During this time nothing of an exceptional nature happened, desultory raiding and counter raiding being the only form of excitement. Subsequently Lt Downie Stewart was attached to General Sir Alexander Russell's divisional staff, and in this position he was engaged in intelligence work for a few weeks. It was not long before the initiation of the great Somme offensive that Lt Downie Stewart was seized with a serious attack of rheumatoid arthritis, a severe rheumatic complaint, commonly known as 'trench fever'. He was invalided to England and was sent to the spa at Bath but as his condition did not improve the medical authorities decided to send him back to NZ. Lt Downie Stewart states that he has benefited considerably from the voyage and that he lately has been able to walk about the deck of the vessel. He is in good spirits, although disappointed at not being able, as he says, to 'see it through'. "I did not like leaving the front" he said yesterday "and should I be well enough to return next summer I shall be very glad to go". He will proceed to Dunedin in the Maheno and after the holidays will visit Rotorua and take a course at the baths there. He pays a high tribute to the army hospital arrangements, both in France and England. In France, he says, there are 15 British hospital from which a choice for each case may be made. The organisation both there and in England is described as 'marvellous'. Lt Downie Stewart states that he has heard nothing but praise from Imperial officers regarding the way in which the New Zealanders who took part in the fighting in France acquitted themselves. He states that Lieut T E Y SEDDON, M.P., who saw him off on his departure from England, is looking well and is in high spirits. [AWN 21.12.1916] P.56

STOCKER, 2nd Lieut V, of the Artillery, has been awarded the Military Cross. [AWN 28.12.1916] p.23

STRACHAN, Corporal Douglas Arthur, Wellington Mounted Rifles, Main Body now serving in Egypt, s/o Alexander Strachan, Waverley, has been awarded the Military Medal for distinguished conduct at the Battle of Romani. He was mentioned in despatches for gallantry on the Gallipoli peninsula as was his brother, Trooper Laurie STRACHAN. Of the three other sons in the family, one has volunteered for service and a fourth has been drawn in the first ballot. [AWN 07.12.1916] P.19

SULLIVAN, Charles William, son of Mrs Clara DAVIS, is progressing well at the Brockenhurst Hospital. He was seriously wounded in the right eye and also suffered from mastoid fracture and injury to the neck. [AWN 07.12.1916, p.20]

SUTHERLAND, Acting Corporal Charles E, killed in action, was an orphan. When 8 years of age he was sent from a State institution in Auckland to the family of Mrs M ROSS of Totara, Kaiwaka, with whom he lived for four years, attending the local public school. He then went south and spent some years at the Boys Training Farm, Wereroa, where he received the remainder of his education. Afterwards he took up the occupation of a dairy farmer and became a fine young colonist with every promise of making progressive and successful farmer. He enlisted in July 1915 and left Trentham as a Corporal. He had nominated Mrs Ross as his next of kin and he kept up correspondence with her household after going to the front. [AWN 21.12.1916] P.19

THOMAS, Lance Corporal Charles Ernest, died of wounds, was the seventh son of John Thomas, Coromandel. He was born in Ashburton 28 years ago. When his parents left Ashburton for Coromandel in 1908 he came with them and started the firm of Thomas & Petley from which he eventually retired in favour of his partner. Since then he had been with the firm of Hutchinson & Co, Auckland, as manager. [AWN 21.12.1916] P.19

THORNTON, Corporal Dan, despatch rider withy the Royal Engineers since the war broke out, has been killed in action. At the time of his death he was only 19 1/2 yrs of age. Cpl Thornton was a native of NZ, having been born at Maungakawa, Cambridge, and was the only child of Mr W Thornton and grandson of the late Captain Worsop of Auckland. [AWN 07.12.1916] P.52

VEART, Private Albert Ernest, died of wounds, was a son of Mr George Veart of Auckland. He received a gunshot wound in the chest on 30 October and died on 6 December. For nine years prior to enlistment he was employed as a conductor on the Grey Lynn tram service. His original trade was as a printers machinist and as such he was for some years in the Weekly News office and that of Scott Printing. Some years ago he played as a forward in the Hobson Football team. [AWN 21.12.1916] P.19

WALSH, Private Norman H, son of Mrs Margaret WALSH of Ryle St, Ponsonby and the late Mr Wm Walsh, laid down his life at Gallipoli, dying from the effects of wounds and dysentery. His brother Signaller Sergeant Clifford WALSH, has been wounded three times and is now in the Walton on Thames Hospital. The third son, Private Clarence William WALSH, left with a reinforcement draft some months ago. Mrs Walsh also has a brother and numerous cousins and nephews in the forces despatched from England. [AWN 07.12.1916, p.49]

WATSON - Five sons of Mr & Mrs Robert Watson of Washington Valley, Nelson, have joined the forces. Private Noel WATSON, the fifth son, is a specialist attached to a reinforcement at present in camp. The late Gunner Cameron WATSON, the fourth son enlisted in the Samoan Expedition. After his return to NZ he joined a reinforcement draft, being attached to the Howitzer Battery. He fought at Anzac, right up to within a few hours of the evacuation, when he was killed on 14 December 1915. Sergeant William Thornton WATSON, the eldest son, enlisted at Sydney with the Australian Expeditionary Force for New Guinea. He took part in the fighting at Rabaul and after the defeat of the Germans at that island he was, owing to the illness of the British Commissioner, appointed captain of the native police and, as acting-commissioner, was sent in charge of a company of armed natives to the island of New Hanover, where the British flag was hoisted and the German settlers were rounded up to take the oath of neutrality. In New Guinea he contracted fever. Afterwards he joined the Australian Forces and served at the Dardanelles. Since then he has seen fighting in France and in Belgium. Sergeant Walter WATSON, the second son, enlisted and left NZ with the Main Body as a farrier attached to No.2 Battery. While in Egypt he was promoted to farrier-sergeant. He was present at the landing at Gallipoli, but as the horses were not required he returned with them to Egypt, where he remained for some time. Being desirous of seeing the fighting he applied to be allowed to join the battery as a gunner. After an examination he was appointed a sergeant and he has seen much service in France. He was mentioned in General Orders and has been complimented on the excellency of the shooting of the gun in his charge. About the middle of October he was wounded severely in the chest and right arm and was removed to a hospital in England. The late Lieutenant Kenneth Robert WATSON, Howitzer Battery, the third son, enlisted and left NZ as a specialist in the Howitzer Battery. He was present at the landing of the British forces at Gallipoli and afterwards was engaged on observation work at Walker’s Ridge. He was mentioned in despatches by General Birdwood for conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. He was invalided to England and after two months absence he returned to the firing line just a few weeks before the evacuation was decided upon. Prior to the forces being removed from Egypt after the Dardanelles campaign and being taken to France he was promoted to be a lieutenant. He fought through the great push in France in September. While attending to his duties in an ammunition dump on 5 October he was killed by a shell. [AWN 21.12.1916] P.54

WILLIAMS, Lieutenant H D, of the Auckland Mounted Rifles, who is now attached to the Royal Flying Corps, has been promoted observer, as has 2nd Lieut E T SHAND, who was transferred from the Otago Mounted Rifles to a commission in the Royal Flying Corps. [AWN 14.12.1916, p.22]

Return To HOME