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NEW ZEALAND AND WORLD WAR ONE
AUCKLAND WEEKLY NEWS
PERSONNEL PARAGRAPHS
DECEMBER 1917

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

December 1917

ADAMS, Private George, killed in action in France on 18 November was the third son of Mr Joseph Adams of Pukekohe and was 21 years of age. Born in Pukekohe he was educated there. After leaving school he joined his father in the butchery business. He was first in Egypt, afterwards in France where he was wounded. Returning to the trenches he saw much fighting before meeting his death. He was a member of the Harriers’ Club. His brother Joseph, who went away with the 9th Reinforcements, is till fighting in France. [AWN 20.12.1917] p.17

ANDERSON, Sergeant David, killed in action, left NZ in the 20th Reinforcements. He had chrge of the amalgamation work at Waihi for some years. When he resigned his position with the Waihi Gold-mining Co. he took up, with his brother in law, Lieut Harry de LATOUR, now on active service with the NZ Engineers, a large block of land at Whananaki which they sold on enlisting. Sgt Anderson was the youngest son of the late Mr David Anderson of Hamilton and was married to the second daughter of Mr Wynne GRAY, Onehunga, before leaving for the front. [AWN 20.12.19167] p.17

BELCHER, Major E A, formerly of Christ’s College, who has been supervising allotments in connection with regimental canteens for some time past, has been appointed to take charge of the vegetable production branch. [AWN 27.12.1917] P.19

BELL, Major J Macintosh, Canadian Highlanders, formerly chief of the geological survey in NZ, was wounded in France and after recovering in England was appointed for special service in Russia, where he now is. [AWN 27.12.1917] P.19

BIRNIE - The record of the household of Mr John Birnie of Maurice Ave, Remuera, in service to the Empire, is one which is not often exceeded in any part of the Dominion. Mr Birnie, who is an ex major of NZ volunteers and has been an officer of the National Reserve in Auckland, has had six sons in the Expeditionary Force, three of whom had laid down their lives, while three are still on service. Battery Sergeant Major Robert BIRNIE, D.C.M., who was killed at the Somme at the age of 27, was prior to enlistment on the staff of the Provident Life Ass. Co., and was a member of A Battery. As a member of the Main Body he saw service at Gallipoli from April 1915 till the evacuation and was mentioned in despatches, also being awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. Sergeant Charles BIRNIE who also has made the great sacrifice, served for five months at an Auckland fort and then joined artillery reinforcements that left NZ in April 1915. In Egypt he was transferred to the Motor Transport Corps. Contracting enteric fever, he was invalided home but returned to active service in February last. He was wounded in Flanders on 31 July, succumbing on 26 August. He was 24 years of age. Trooper Arthur BIRNIE, who was on Messrs P Hayman & Co’s staff, left NZ in July 1916 and has fought in the mounted brigade in Palestine. He died of wounds on November 14 at the age of 21. Sergeant William BIRNIE of the 7th Battery, N ZFA, who is well known in North Auckland as a bridge builder for the Public Works Dept but in April 1914, when he enlisted, he was on the staff of Messrs Brown Bros & Geddes of Auckland. He was captain of the City Second football team, who won their caps in 1914. He enrolled in the Waikato Mounted Rifles but in Egypt was transferred to a machine-gun section. At Gallipoli he sustained shell shock and was invalided to England. Returned to Egypt he joined the Field Artillery with which he went on to France. He was wounded at the Somme in 1916, took part in the Messines battle and when last heard from, in August, had just been ordered to England on duty. Quartermaster Sergeant John BIRNIE, another artilleryman, also has been in the war from its commencement and has served in Egypt, Gallipoli and in France, where he still is. Lieutenant George BIRNIE, known in Auckland as an officer of the Post & Telegraph Engineers, is attached to a reinforcement still at Trentham. Driver Gordon BIRNIE, the member of the family still in Auckland, is doing local service in the A Battery. [AWN 06.12.1917] p.28

De B BRANDON, Lieut A, M.C., D.S.O., of Wellington, who sustained a serious fracture of the leg while flying in Sussex, England, has recovered from his injury and returned to his Squadron. [AWN 13.12.1917] P.22

BULLEN, Private Robert H, who has been awarded the Military Medal, is the eldest son of Mr J Bullen, Mt Eden Road. He left with the 8th Reinforcements and participated in the battles of the Somme, Messines and Ypres. [AWN 20.12.1917] p.17

CARR, Flight Lieutenant J A, who went to England in May 1915, and volunteered for service with the air fleet, is at present in Auckland on leave. Prior to leaving NZ he saw service at Samoa. In October last he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. [AWN 27.12.1917] P.45

CARTER, Sergeant A C, killed in action in Palestine on 14 November, was the second son of Mr F R Carter, Otorohanga. Before enlistment he was working on his father’s farm. He belonged to the 4th, Waikato, Mounted Rifles. He left with the Main Body to Gallipoli and came out without a scratch. Up to the time of his death he had been through all engagements against the Turks in Egypt. His brother, Sgt W R Carter, was twice wounded at Gallipoli and returned to NZ. Two other brothers were wounded – Sgt H G CARTER at Messines, and Sgt H W CARTER, when in the advance about a month ago. [AWN 13.12.1917] P.22

COOK, Lieutenant William Wallace, a young NZ aviator, has been awarded the Military Cross and received special mention for a gallant attack on a zeppelin, evidently on the night of 24 September when flying ships and aeroplanes commenced the attacks on England last month. An announcement in the London Gazette – “For conspicuous gallantry and skill in the attack of a zeppelin. He ascended from his station during a strong wind, thick mist and low clouds, and showed great determination, eventually giving up the attack when 60 miles out to sea. His return journey was hazardous but with great skill he eventually effected a landing in a field within a quarter mile of the coast, having been in the air for 5 ½ hrs” He qualified at the Kohimarama Flying School and came to England early this year, completing his training at Reading. He was then attached to a Reserve Squadron in Yorkshire and three months ago was transferred to one of the Home Defence Squadrons in Lincolnshire. [AWN 13.12.1917] P.23

COOKE, Sister E K, who was instantly killed while attempting to cross the lines in front of a tramcar in Alexandria on 8 September, was the daughter of the late Mr Henry Cooke of Grafton Road. She was in England when war broke out and after serving with the French Nursing Service for eight months, went to Egypt and had been for two years on the staff of the 17th General Hospital. The funeral took place at Hadra Cemetery and was attended by members of the medical and nursing staffs of the 17th and 15th General Hospitals. The coffin was carried from the ambulance to the graveside by Major WALSH, Captain MEDURN, Captain BOYD and Captain EASTON. The burial was made with full military honours. [AWN 27.12.1917] P.23

COUGHEY, Gunner John, Machine-gun Corps, son of James Coughey of Taupiri, has been awarded the Military Medal. He volunteered in 1915 and left with the 13th Reinforcements. He was wounded at Messines. Before enlisting he was farming at Morrinsville. [AWN 27.12.1917] P.23

COWLES, Major John R, M.C., reported killed in action on 25 November, was born in Nelson. He was a member of the Samoan Advance Guard and as a captain in the Rifle Brigade, served against the Senussi in Egypt prior to going to France. Following service at the front he was stationed at the base for instructional duties and returned only recently to the front. Major Cowles, who was 32 years of age, was a brother of Lieutenant-Colonel J A COWLES who left NZ early this year on his third trip abroad on active service. [AWN 13.12.1917] P.19

CRADICK, Mr A E, Auckland, has obtained a transfer to the NZEF after serving for the past year or two with British regiments. He was rejected on volunteering in NZ and came to England to enlist, serving successively in the Royal Bucks Hussars, the Sherwood Rangers and, lately, the 1st Life Guards. He is now attached to the NZ Engineers. [AWN 27.12.1917] P.19

DAVIDSON, Private Logan L, killed in action in France on 12 October, was the second and only eligible son of Mr J Davidson, late of Northcote, but now of Wellington. He was educated in Wellington and on his father’s transfer to the Native Land Court Office in Auckland in 1911, he also came here joining the stuff of Messrs Harrison and Grierson, surveyors, remaining with that firm until his enlistment two years and a half ago. He embarked with the 5th Reinforcements and on arrival in Egypt was attached to the hospital staff at Pont de Koubbeh. He later went to England on transfer to the staff at Brockenhurst Hospital but finally volunteered for field ambulance work in France, where he saw active service for nearly a year. [AWN 27.12.1917] p.21

DAWSON, Lieutenant H W, Royal Flying Corps, of Christchurch, was killed last week as a result of a flying accident in France. He was formerly a member of the NZEF with which he served in Egypt and France, transferring to the RFC early this year. In the course of a few months’ service in France he earned a reputation as a pilot and fighter and brought down in a short period, nine enemy machines. [AWN 13.12.1917] P.22

DUIGAN, Major J E, DSO, who has been G.S.O.2 with a British division, resumes duty in the same capacity with the infantry reserve group at Sling, Lt Col ALDERMAN having left to take charge of a battalion of the Auckland Regiment. [AWN 27.12.1917] P.19

FERGUSON, Sergeant Alan L S, No.16 (NZ) Imperial Camel Corps, who has been wounded, is a son of Mr T Ferguson of Penrose. At the age of 13 he was one of the team which won the North Island Cadet Shield. At 16 he was trumpeter in the Garrison Artillery and afterwards joined the Auckland Mounted Rifles in which he became a sergeant. With that rank he left NZ two years ago. His youngest brother went away with the Main Body and has been wounded four times, once at Gallipoli and three times in France where he still is. His eldest brother, who holds a 12 years’ service medal, has now been called up in the Second Division. [AWN 20.12.1917] p.17

FULTON, Major Robert V, temporary Lieut Colonel of the NZ Medical Corps, has been awarded the Colonial Auxilliary Forces Officers’ Decoration. [AWN 13.12.1917] P.22

FOUBISTER, Lieutenant John L, a graduate of the Kohimarama Flying School, met his death as a result of a flying accident in outer London last week. He went to England in May and was still in a training course. The evidence showed that he was instructed not to attempt to turn until he had reached a height of 1,000 feet. When he was about 500 feet up the machine was seen to turn, a gust of wind caught it and it fell into a field, the aviator being killed. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death. [AWN 13.12.1917] P.22

GILLIES, Lieutenant T Sinclair, who recently was awarded the Military Cross, is a son of Mr Bruce Gillies of Mt Nessing, Timaru, and a grandson of the late Mr Justice Gillies of Auckland. He left with the 9th Reinforcements. [AWN 20.12.1917] P.49

GUINNESS, Corporal Cecil G, who was killed in action on 19 October, was a son of the late Mr Frank H Guinness of Dunedin and Mrs J G Green of Tauranga. He left with the 12th Reinforcements and was for some time attached to the musketry instruction staff at Sling Camp, leaving for France in May. He attended King’s College and at the time of enlisting was a member of the firm of Guinness Bros., Tauranga. [AWN 27.12.1917] P.21

HADDOW, Regimental Sergeant Major Robert W, who has been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for bravery on the field, is the only son of Mrs H Phillip, Scotland. He enlisted in August 1914 and went to Samoa as QMS. Upon returning to NZ he re-enlisted in April 1915 as Sergeant Major and was later promoted to RSM while on active service. Before going overseas he won a number of medals for Highland piping and dancing. On the eve of leaving with the 2nd Battalion, NZ Rifle Brigade, in October 1915, he was appointed Pipe Major of St Andrews Scottish Society. [AWN 06.12.1917] P.21

HAMPTON, Gunner Herbert Thomas, the only surviving son of Mr George Hampton of the Colonial Ammunition Co., has been awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous bravery on the field. He was educated at the Normal School, Auckland, and was later employed at the Post & Telegraph Dept. before he went to Australia. He enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force on 2 September 1914. He was wounded in May last and severely wounded a second time on 6 September when he lost his right leg. He is now reported to be convalescing. [AWN 06.12.1917] P.21

HARTMANN, Bombardier Leo, 12th Battery, NZ Field Artillery, who has been awarded the Military Medal, is the youngest son of F W Hartmann, Reimers Ave, Kingsland. He left with the Main Body, 3rd, Auckland, Rifles. He was wounded at Gallipoli and sent to England but later returned to Egypt and was drafted into the Artillery and sent to France. Before enlistment he was employed with Messrs Hutchinson Bros., Queen Street. [AWN 20.12.1917] P.49

HAWKINS, Sergeant William Henry, who has been killed in action, was the eldest son of Mr & Mrs P J Hawkins of Archhill. He was born in Auckland in 1877. Prior to enlisting he was on the staff of Messrs Winstone Ltd for 18 years. For a long time he was a Sunday-school teacher and for many years a member of the Pitt St Methodist Choir. He was an active member of the West End Rowing Club and Auckland Mounted Rifles. He leaves a widow and young daughter. A younger brother is now in camp. [AWN 06.12.1917. P.19]

HAWKINS, Sergeant William Henry, killed in action, was the eldest son of Mr P Hawkins of Archhill. He was born in Auckland in 1877 and at the time of his enlistment in March 1916 he had been in the employ of Messrs Winstone Ltd for a period of 18 years. He was an active member of the West End Rowing Club. As a territorial he was a member of the Auckland Mounted Rifles and whilst in camp he attained the rank of sergeant-major. He leaves a widow and one child. [AWN 06.12.1917] P.19

HEMPHILL, Captain H C, late adjutant 3rd Battalion, Camel Brigade, has been appointed second in command of the 4th Anzac Battalion and promoted to the rank of Major as from 2 August. The Brigade took part in the hard fighting around Gaza in March and April. Before enlistment he was a clerk for Whangarei County Council. [AWN 13.12.1917] P.45

HENDERSON, Captain C D, M.C., Royal West Kent Regt, son of A D HENDERSON of Wellington, has been awarded the Distinguished Service Order. He first saw service in the ranks of the Honourable Artillery Co., and was wounded in 1915. The following year he received a commission and was again wounded. He was promoted Captain a year ago and awarded the Military Cross. He is now in England recuperating. [AWN 13.12.1917] P.23

JACKSON – The next of kin of Arthur B JACKSON, A.I., reported wounded on 3 December, is his wife, Mrs M Jackson, Richmond St, Ponsonby. [AWN 27.12.1917] P.21

JEFFS, Sergeant Arthur Henry, the second son of Mr S G Jeffs of Devonport and late of Hamilton, Waikato, has been awarded the Military Medal for gallantry on the field of action and recommended for a commission. Sgt Jeffs, who is now in England training for his commission, enlisted in the Main Body and saw service at Gallipoli, Egypt and France, being slightly wounded at Gallipoli. Prior to enlisting he was in the service of the Education Board, being head teacher at Piarere school near Hinuera. Mr Jeffs has another son on active service, a lance corporal in the artillery, who has been on the western front for the last 12 months. [AWN 20.12.1917] p.17

JOY, Rifleman John, son of Mrs W G Joy, 79 Crummer Rd, Grey Lynn, has been severely wounded and admitted to hospital. He enlisted in the 14th Reinforcements. Three of Mrs Joy’s sons are on active service and two have been wounded. [AWN 27.12.1917] P.21

LLOYD, Sergeant Leonard J, Cardwell St, Onehunga, has been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. His wife and two daughters reside at Onehunga. A letter from Major V Howard Baker, 3rd, Auckland, Battalion, says “In the attack on Abraham Heights, he was in charge of his platoon, his officer being one of those left out of the attack. Sgt LLOYD carried out his work in an exemplary manner. He attacked and captured two enemy machine-guns on his own as well as cheering on his men at all times. I feel very proud to have him in my Company. I have recommended him for the DCM.” Sgt LLOYD was slightly wounded in the action referred to but was able to remain with his unit. He came to NZ from Llandudno as a boy, and farmed in the Taranaki and Wanganui districts. He enlisted in the 15th Reinforcements, prior to which he had been living privately at Onehunga for five years. He is aged about 42. [AWN 13.12.1917] P.45

MACKESY, Major C R E, is an officer with a distinguished record of service. When the Main Body was mobilised he immediately offered his services along with his father Lt Col G E R MACKESY, DSO, and a brother, the late Lieut MACKESY, who was killed at Gallipoli. [AWN 27.12.1917] p.21

MAYNARD, Sergeant Lionel, who has been awarded the Military Medal, is a son of Mrs Isabella Stanaway of Summer St, Ponsonby and the late Mr Richard Maynard of Gisborne. He enlisted from Aratapu and left with the reinforcements of January 1916. He has taken part in every battle in which the NZ troops have been engaged in France and so has escaped scathless. Private letters state that at Messines every man in his platoon senior to himself was shot down and young Maynard, then a corporal, took command and led the platoon to his objective. His elder brother, Sydney, is also in the firing line and was wounded at the Somme. [AWN 20.12.1917] P.17

McCALLUM, Captain Peter, of the RAMC, and winner of the Military Cross, was gassed and wounded on 31 October. He is the oldest son of Mrs P McCallum, St Albans, Christchurch. He was mentioned in despatches in the last advance. He was educated at Christ’s College and Canterbury College when he took his M.A. and M.SC. degrees. He was for some time afterwards science master at Christ’s College and Waitaki High School. About 1907 he was the Canterbury College candidate for the Rhodes Scholarship. After leaving Waitaki High School he went to Edinburgh University to study, taking his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees just prior to war breaking out. [AWN 13.12.1917] P.19

McCONAUGHY, Sergeant Alfred, son of Mr J McConaughy of Papakura and a member of the Australian Imperial Forces, was admitted to Edmonton Military Hospital on 18 October, suffering from severe gunshot wounds in the left foot, necessitating amputation. This is the third time he has been wounded. Prior to leaving for Australia he was well known in Auckland athletic circles having been captain of the College Rifles B hockey team for some years. He worked for the Auckland Drug Co. A younger brother, Fred, is serving with the NZEF. [AWN 20.12.1917] p.17

McCOWEN, Richard Oliver, who was recently killed in action, was the only son of Mr Richard McCowen of Bombay. He was born in Pukekohe in 1888 and was educated at the district school and Prince Albert College, Auckland. He was an enthusiastic footballer and occupied a prominent place in the college’s first fifteen in 1902. In 1908 he entered the office of A J Entrican & Co and remained with the firm until he left for Trentham. He was a keen athlete and became a good exponent of football, tennis and cricket. He was secretary of the Churches Cricket Assn for three years. He left with the 13th Reinforcements for England and was in Sling Camp for five months prior to being sent to France. He was in the advance in the early days of October. He was at first reported missing but upon subsequent enquiry he was reported to have been killed in action. [AWN 13.12.1917] P.19

McCULLAGH, Lance Corporal J W, who has been awarded the Military Medal, is a son of Mr J G McCullagh of Coronation Rd, Epsom. He left with the Samoa Expedition and after returning to NZ went with one of the early reinforcement drafts to Gallipoli where he remained until the evacuation. Subsequently he was invalided home sick. On recovering he enlisted afresh and left towards the end of last year. In France he has taken part in many engagements, including the advance at Messines and when last heard from, under date September 30, was again on his way to the trenches, after having had a month in the rest camp. Prior to his enlistment he was engaged in the drapery business on the staff of Messrs George & Kersley, Wellington. [AWN 20.12.1917] P.17

McFARLAND, Corporal T N, of the machine-gun section, killed in action on 12 October, was the son of Mrs McFarland of Disraeli Rd, Epsom. For some time prior to the outbreak of war he was accountant in the Lawrence branch of the Bank of NSW. He left NZ as a privagte with the Main Body. In the Gallipoli campaign he was wounded and invalided to England but rejoined his unit before the transfer to France. In the Somme offensive he was wounded a second time. [AWN 20.12.1917] p.17

McKENZIE, 2nd Lieutenant C R, whose award of the Military Cross for gallantry in the Passchendaele operations was mentioned in the NZ war correspondent’s cable of 8 December, is the youngest son of Mrs M McKenzie of Wellington and brother of Mr W B McKenzie of Auckland, NZ Manager of the United Insurance Co. He left NZ with the artillery section of the Main Body and went through the Gallipoli campaign. He has been wounded both on the peninsula and in France. Another brother, Captain J G McKENZIE, who also went out with the artillery in the Main Body, has been invalided home. [AWN 20.12.1917] P.17

McKENZIE, 2nd Lieut Frank E, M.C., was admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court at Auckland on the motion of Mr H H OSTLER. He lived in Feilding before he joined Jackson & Russell, Auckland and had a distinguished career at Victoria College where he graduated LL.B. He was the nominee for the College for the Rhodes Scholarship for 1913. As a member of the Main Body he fought at Gallipoli from the landing to the evacuation, save for a short period when he was wounded. After the removal to France he was again wounded at the Somme and fought through the Messines campaign in which he won the Military Cross and also won his promotion on the field. He has been sent back to NZ to join another reinforcement draft when fit. [AWN 13.12.1917] P.22

MILLER, Private Ernest J, believed killed in action, was 22 years of age and was the eldest son of Mr J Y Miller of Woodlea, Warkworth. He was an old Auckland Grammar School boy and matriculated prior to joining the staff of the Union Steam Ship Co. At the time of enlistment he was a clerk in the employ of the Farmers’ Freezing Co. He left NZ as a sergeant with the 14th Reinforcements but on reaching France was transferred as sniper to the Otago Infantry. [AWN 06.12.1917] P.19

MILLER, Private David, of Oatie, Devonport, has been awarded the Military Medal. He was born and educated in Auckland and was at one time a member of the Albion Northern Union Football Club. He left with the 9th Reinforcements. [AWN 20.12.1917] P.49

MOLOUGHNEY – Private advice has been received by Mrs P Moloughney of Valley Road, Mt Eden, that her son Rifleman W J MOLOUGHNEY, who left NZ with the 17th Reinforcements, has been wounded and admitted to hospital. [AWN 27.12.1917] P.21

MOORE, Captain Willis Ernest, eldest son of Mr J E Moore, Esplanade Rd, Mt Eden, has been killed in action while superintending his battery. He was educated at the Auckland Grammar School, subsequently taking his LL.B. degree at the Auckland University College. He received his legal training in the office of Mr A Hanna with whom he remained for eight years. He then practised on his own account. Shortly after the outbreak of war he went to England and enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery. He received rapid promotion and, as acting major, was for four months in charge of his battery. Captain Moore was recently awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous bravery in action. Mr Moore’s other son Captain Tisdall MOORE, of the RAMC is present in charge of a military hospital in Bristol. Previously he served two years in France and one in Mesopotamia. [AWN 06.12.1917] P.19

NIGHTINGALE, Rifleman Cliff M, formerly reported wounded and missing, is now reported as believed to have been killed in France on 12 October. He was the eldest son of Mr A E Nuightingale of Whangarei and enlisted in the 22nd Reinforcements on attaining military age. He was born and educated in the Auckland province and on leaving school joined the staff of the Whangarei Advocate, subsequently becoming a member of the reporting staff of the NZ Herald. Rfm Nightingale, who was very popular with his colleagues, left this latter employ to enlist last year. Writing from France to his parents on 8 October last, the young soldier mentioned that he was expecting to go into action again shortly but said he had a feeling that he would ‘pull through’. Four days later, as it now transpires, he was killed. [AWN 2o.12.1917, p.20]

OWEN, Private John, who has been awarded the Military Medal, is a son of Mr John Owen of Hepburn Street. He is an old boy of King’s College and has been away with the Expeditionary Force for more than two years. [AWN 20.12.1917] P.17

PARK, Lieutenant K R, of the Royal Flying Corps, son of Professor Park of the Otago University, has been awarded the Military Cross and the Bar to the Military Cross. Both honours are for gallantry and devotion to duty in the field. He is the first New Zealand Flight Commander so honoured. [AWN 27.12.1917] P.22

PATON, Trooper John S, wounded in Palestine on 14 November, is the son of Mr J Paton of Clevedon. He enlisted in an early reinforcement but was under medical treatment for a considerable time. After arriving in Egypt he was kicked severely by a horse, which invalided him for nearly three months, after which he rejoined his regiment. [AWN 13.12.1917] P.19

PENGELLY – The Oatlands Park Hospital, which has hitherto been under the general control of the matron at Walton, now has a matron of its own. Sister Edna PENGELLY, has been appointed to the position. She was sister and sub-matron at the Nurses’ Home at Wellington before going on active service with the first fifty nurses from NZ. Since then she has served in Egypt and with the No.1 General Hospital at Brockenhurst and No.3 at Codford. Oatlands Park is a section of No.2 NZ General Hospital. [AWN 27.12.1917] P.19

PENNYCOOK, Major W S, who has been in command at the NZ Convalescent Hospital at Hornchurch, has been appointed APM in London, in succession to Lieut F CODD who has relinquished the appoint-ment. [AWN 27.12.1917, p.19]

PULMAN, Trooper Walter V, who died of wounds in Palestine on 17 November, was the third son of Mr G Pulman of Buckland. He was born in the Waikato and prior to his departure was farming at Pukekohe. He left with the 5th Reinforcements and served for nearly three years with the forces in Egypt. His youngest brother, Lance Corporal PULMAN, is a member of the 33rd Reinforcements. [AWN 27.12.1917] P.21

REED, Captain Mervyn R is a son of Mr J R Reed, KC. He enlisted shortly after the outbreak of war and went to the front as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Auckland Mounted Rifles. He saw much service in Egypt And about the end of last year was mentioned in despatches. Last January he was severely wounded at the battle of Rafa but he made a good recovery and returned to the firing line. Early in August he was promoted to the rank of Captain and given the position of 2 O/C of the 4th, Waikato, Squadron of the Auckland Mounted Regt. Captain Reed, who is only 22 years of age, is an old King’s College boy. Subsequent to leaving college he was attached as lieutenant to the Dilworth Institute cadets under Col Plugge. [AWN 27.12.1917] p.21

REES, Private S J L, who was killed in action on 31 July, whilst serving with the Imperial Forces, was the third son of Mr W J Rees of Hacket Street, Ponsonby. Pvt Rees, who was one of four brothers who enlisted, left Auckland in March 1915 and joined the King’s Liverpool Regt. He was following a seafaring life before the war starting on the Craig Line and afterwards transferring to meat-carrying ships in which he made several trips between Great Britain and South America. He was 26 years of age. He married on arrival in England in 1915 and his widow is now at Home. [AWN 27.12.1917] p.21

REID, Captain W Douglas, M.C., RAMC, eldest son of the late John Reid of Blenheim, has been killed in action on 5 October while serving with the Manchester Regt to which he has been attached for some time. He volunteered at the outbreak of war, serving in hospital for some time before being appointed to the Manchester Regt. He achieved the Military Cross this year for ‘great courage and skill in tending to wounded under heavy fire, continuing to dress the wounded after being wounded himself.’ [AWN 13.12.1917] P.22

ROSS, Noel, a young NZ journalist, has succumbed to typhoid fever. He was the only son of Captain Malcolm ROSS, official war correspondent for the Dominion. Mr Ross, who formerly was successively on the reported staffs of the Wellington Post, NZ Herald and Christchurch Sun, enlisted in Christchurch on the outbreak of war and left NZ in October 1914, as a member of the Main Body. He was severely wounded at Galloipoli and was sent to England to recuperate. He was subsequently discharged and For some time past was attached to the staff of the London Times. [AWN 27.12.1917, p.28]

SANDERS, Sergeant Owen F, of the Imperial Camel Corps, who died of wounds in Palestine on 6 November was the second son of Mr F J Sanders of Hamilton. He was born in Cambridge and educated at the High School there and was engaged in farming pursuits in Matamata and Cambridge. Later he went to Hawera to learn sheep-farming and enlisted from there. He was a member of the Waikato Mounted Rifles for some years. [AWN 20.12.17] p.17

SHAW, Private Herbert, Machine-gun Section, is 23 years old and was born in England. Prior to enlistment he had been in Auckland for 8 years. He was employed for some time at the gasworks before leaving 18 months ago and was a member of the Motuihi Guard. [AWN 27.12.1917] P.19

SIEPEN, L, Lieut Norman J, RNR, formerly a member of the 5th NZ Reinforcements, NZR, transferred to the RNR after the Gallipoli evacuation with the rank of sub-lieutenant. He received promotion recently to First Lieutenant in recognition of an action with the enemy at sea in one of H.M. destroyers. He was formerly an officer in the U.S.S.Co. [AWN 27.12.1917] P.19

SMAIL, Sergeant W D, who has been awarded the Military Medal, is the younger son of Mrs J Smail, Greenwood’s Corner, Epsom. He left with the Main Body and has seen service at Gallipoli and on the Western Front. [AWN 27.12.1917] P.19

SPEAKMAN, Private J B, aged 21, youngest son of Mr W H Speakman of Mt Albert, who has been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, was born in Auckland and educated at the Grafton school. He was a sergeant in the territorials before he enlisted in the 17th Reinforcements. He is a motor mechanic and is well known as a cyclist. His brothers, Chas SPEAKMAN and S H SPEAKMAN, both went to the front in the Australian force and both have been wounded and invalided back to Australia. Another, Veterinary Sergeant F SPEAKMAN, who enlisted in the Red Cross section of the 10th Rein-forcements, is now serving on the western front. [AWN 2o.12.1917] p.20

SPERRY, Driver R P, who has been awarded the Military Medal for excellent work with the NZ Artillery, attached to one of the Canadian units, is the second eldest son of Mrs Cullerne of Summer St, Ponsonby. He left NZ with the 9th Reinforcement for the Mounted Rifles and was later sent to France with artillery reinforcements. Mrs Cullerne’s eldest son, Trooper S M SPERRY, returned to NZ about three months ago suffering from shell shock. [AWN 13.12.1917] P.23

STEVENSON, Sergeant Lindsay, NZMC, Featherston, died ain the Taihape Hospital, the cause of death not being reported yet. [AWN 27.12.1917] p.21

TUSON, Colonel H D, CMG, Duke of Cornwall’s L.I., has been placed on the half-pay list on account of ill health. Twice during the war he has been mentioned in despatches. From 1907 to 1910 he was in NZ as adjutant and quartermaster-general, with a seat on the Council of Defence. [AWN 27.12.1917] P.19

WALKER – A cablegram received recently from Major ‘Lal’ WALKER of Auckland, who was wounded on 12 October, stated that he expects to be leaving for NZ shortly. Major Walker, who is a son of Mr Henry Walker of Remuera, was on the staff of the Auckland office of the NZ Insurance Co. prior to the war. He went to Samoa with the Advance Guard as a lieutenant on the outbreak of hostilities. After spending eight months in Samoa he returned to NZ and some time afterward went to the front as a Captain with the first battalion of the Rifle Brigade. He subsequently was promoted and when he was wounded he was second in command of his battalion. Major Walker, who is an old King’s College boy, has been wounded in the left hip but it is not anticipated that there will be any permanent disability. [AWN 13.12.1917] P.19

WARRINGTON, Sergeant Henry Frank, killed in action on 4 October, was the fourth son of the late Mr Henry Warrington of Opotiki and Mrs H Warrington of Birkenhead. Sgt Warrington, who was born and educated at Opotiki, left NZ with the 6th Reinforcements and was present at the evacuation of Gallipoli. He afterwards went to France and was wounded in the Somme battle. Upon recovery he returned to the firing-line and received his stripes. He took a keen interest in football and was a member of the Northcote Ramblers Club. His brother Arthur returned from service some months ago. [AWN 27.12.1917] p.21

WHITE, Lance Corporal Cyril J, of Stanley Bay, who was wounded on 4 October, was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry on the field of action. He volunteered in August 1915 and left with the 8th Reinforcements. Since reaching the front he has been almost continuously in the trenches and has taken part in several battles. Prior to enlisting he was in the office of the London & Liverpool & Globe Insurance Co. and before joining that company was in the employ of the Royal Insurance Co. for some years. [AWN 20.12.1917] P.17

WOODS, Captain Selwyn G, who died of wounds on 5 December, was the fourth son of Mr J J Woods, Hepburn St, Auckland. He was educated at the Beresford St School and Auckland Grammar School and subsequently took up the teaching professionm, being assistant master at Te Awamutu public school. He gained his commission at Trentham and sailed with the 12th Reinforcements as a 2nd Lieutenant. At the time of his death he had been 11 months in France. He was recently promoted in The field to temporary captain. He was one of four brothers serving in the great war. [AWN 20.12.1917] p.17


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