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February 1918

ARMSTRONG, Lance Corporal A M L of Titirangi, who was dangerously wounded on 14 November, and has since had his left foot amputated, has been transferred to the NZ General Hospital at Brockenhurst, England. [AWN 28.02.1918] P.19

BARNARD - News has been received of the death in action of Rifleman Charles V BARNARD, who was one of a family of fighting men. Six of the eight brothers composing the family have been or are on active service and the head of the family, Mr H J Barnard, is employed in the Defence Dept in Wellington. Of the brothers, two have been killed, two invalided home severely wounded, and two are still fighting. The late Rfm Barnard was just 21 years of age at the time of his death. He had been on active service for 2 years 2 months. [AWN 14.02.1918] P.21

BEAMISH, Flight Lieutenant H F, RNAS, Hastings, has been awarded the DSC "In recognition of his services with a wing of the RNAS at Dunkirk between January and September 1917, during which time he has destroyed several hostile machines and driven down numerous others. [AWN 14.02.1918] and now of Mt Eden Road, Auckland. The late Private Briggs was 24 years of age and was educated at the Te Aroha State school and Paeroa High School. He entered the service of the Postal Department at Te Aroha and was stationed at Gisborne at the time of his enlistment. He left NZ with the 12th Reinforcements. [AWN 14.02.1918] P.47

BIGGS, Private Norman, who was killed in action in France on 28 January was born in Auckland and was the adopted son of Mrs M D Biggs, late of Te Aroha now of Mt Eden Rd, Auckland. He was 24 years of age, educated at the Te Aroha State school and Paeroa High School. He entered the service of the Postal Dept at Te Aroha and was stationed at Gisborne at the time of his enlistment. He left NZ with the 12th Refinforcement. [AWN February 1918].p.19

BREWER, J H, Corporal, son of Mr H J Brewer of Ponsonby, is reported to have been severely wounded in France. He was previously wounded at Messines where his younger brother, Private Arthur BREWER was killed. He has been awarded the Military Medal. [AWN 14.02.1918] P.19

BROWN, C J, Lieutenant, NZFA, died in Chelsea Hospital after a very severe operation on the brain. He was wounded in France some time ago and sent to hospital in England and was eventually discharged apparently cured. When on leave, however, he developed further trouble at the base of the skull, necessitating the operation. He was buried at Brookwood Cemetery. He was a well known officer in the Garrison Artillery in Wellington and he married a daughte3r of Mr F L Garland of Oriental Bay. [AWN 14.02.1918] P.47

CHEAL, A E, Sub-Lieutenant, son of P C Cheal, Auckland, who has been in the aero service in England for some time, recently received instructions from the War Office to take charge of electrical works where wireless and all kinds of aero appliances are manufactured. He served his apprenticeship as an electrical engineer at Auckland power station and was employed at the Wanganui power station for five years. He was a pupil at the NZ Flying School, Kohimarama, where he passed his tests and went to England last year and passed further examinations. He has been attached to the flying station at Doncaster for a considerable time. [AWN 21.02.1918] P.22

COOKE - A recent list of New Zealanders killed in action, included the name of E Claude COOKE, son of Mr H G Cooke of Whangarei. Deceased was educated at the Maungakaramea school and afterwards went to the Commercial College in Auckland, of which Mr Tharle Giles was then principal. From there Mr Cooke went to St John’s College, Tamaki, where he was trained for the ministry. Later he was curate at St Albans Church and subsequently occupied a similar position at St Mary’s, New Plymouth. Mr Cooke, who enlisted with the Medical Corps, was killed on 18 January. His youngest brother Austin was killed early in the war. Two other brothers are now on active service and a fifth will go into camp shortly. [AWN 07.02.1918] P.20

COOPER, 2nd Lieutenant L, who has been invalided home, is a Main Body man who left NZ with the rank of corporal and served right through the Gallipoli campaign without mishap. He was promoted sergeant in Egypt and sent to France, where he was selected for a commission and withdrawn to England where he qualified. Later, he returned to the firing line but was finally severely wounded in the leg at Passchendaele. [AWN 07.02.1918] P.16

COSTAR, Walter R, Fitter, died of wounds, was the second son of Mr & Mrs M A Costar of Karaka. He was educated at the Manurewa school where he won a scholarship. He then entered the Seddon Memorial Technical College where he studied electrical engineering and while at the college he passed the Civil Service examination. He was in the employ of A & T Burt Ltd as an electrician when he enlisted in the 9th Reinforcements and was made fitter with the 14th and later with the 11th Battery of the NZ Field Artillery. He was twice wounded. Fitter Costar was awarded the Military Medal for repairing a gun under heavy shell fire and for rescuing a comrade whose gun had been blown to pieces. At the time of his death he was on the list of commissioned officers waiting to be transferred to another unit. [AWN 07.02.1918] P.19

DOBSON, Major D, who has been invalided home, who was awarded the Military Cross for general good work at the battle of the Somme, is a Main Body veteran. He left the Dominion with the rank of second lieutenant and was promoted at Gallipoli Peninsula, where he was wounded. He was made captain in France in March 1916 and from that date until he was badly wounded at Passchendaele on 12 October 1917, was in most of the actions in which the New Zealanders were engaged. He received his majority at Passchendaele. [AWN 07.02.1918] P.16

EADY, W Kenneth, Lieutenant, RFA, of Auckland, who some time ago was invalided from Mesopotamia, is now training non-commissioned officers in England. He was married recently to a London lady. [AWN 14.02.1918] P.51

ELLIS, 2nd Lieutenant Roy F, reported wounded on 6 February has, according to a private cable received by Mr H Ellis of New Lynn, received a slight wound in the thigh. Lieut Ellis, who is a military medallist, left with the Main Body as a member of the Divisional Signal Co. An elder brother, Flight Lieutenant S Howard Ellis of the Royal Flying Corps, was lately released from Germany where, owing to an aeroplane accident, he had been interned as a prisoner of war. [AWN 14.02.1918] p.19

EYTON — A creditable military record is that of the four sons of Mr & Mrs Jeyton of Matakana, Rodney. The eldest son, William, left with the 9th Reinforcements and is attached to the 3rd Battalion of the Rifle Brigade. The second son, George, also left with the 9th Reinforcements and is with the Army Service Corps. The third son, Arthur, left with the 20th Reinforcements and is now in Palestine with the mounted machine-gun section. The last remaining son, Herbert, who is only 19, volunteered and left for camp a fortnight ago. [AWN 07.02.1918] P.19

FINLAY, William John, Lance Corporal, reported killed in action in France on 3 December, was the eldest son of Mrs E L Finlay of 65 Pitt St, Auckland. He left with the Canterbury Infantry in the 11th Reinforcements. He was educated at the Wellesley Street school. For some years he was in the employ of the Union & Northern Steamship Companies. [AWN 14.02.1918] P.19

FISH - Private Arthur G FISH, reported died of wounds on 1 February, was the son of Mr J H Fish, Grange Road, Mt Eden. Before joining the 16th, Waikato, Regt he was working on the roads in the Te Kuiti district and at the outbreak of war he walked 50 miles to enlist. He left with the Main Body and served on Gallipoli before going to France. A brother, Private S H FISH, is in the 14th Reinforcements, now on the Western Front. Another brother, Private T C FISH, has just been drafted from C1 Camp to the 37th Reinforcements. The remaining eligible brother is to enter C1 camp this month. [AWN 14.02.1918] P.48

FORBES — Advice has been received by Base Records, Wellington, that 108A Temporary Corporal A E FORBES, 8th Machine Gun Company (late 31st Battalion) Australian Imperial Forces, was admitted to Horton, County of London, War Hospital, Epsom, England, on 12 October, suffering from severe gunshot wounds in left thigh, wrist and right ankle and was subsequently reported progressing favourably. His next of kin is shown on the records of the Australian Imperial Forces as Mr W Hazel (uncle), 1 Baker Street, Auckland, but communications sent to that address have been returned unclaimed and the Base Records has not been able to trace Mr Hazel’s whereabouts. [AWN 28.02.1918] P.19

GALLIE, O E, Captain, DSO, MC, RFA, has been killed in action. He enlisted in Wellington and after having served as a gunner in the Samoan Expeditionary Force, arrived in England in the middle of 1915 and within a few days of his arrival obtained a commission in the RFA to which his brother, Lieutenant V J GALLIE, was already attached. In September he was awarded the Military Cross and this was quickly followed by the bestowal of the DSO, both decorations being conferred on him at Buckingham Palace last month. Only a few days ago his name was mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig’s latest despatch list for valuable services in France. He was awarded the DSO for gallantry in the battle of Passchendaele. He got his guns at work in a position far in advance of the gun line for some days and his decoration resulted from a spontaneous recommendation from the commanders of neighbouring batteries. [AWN 14.02.1918] P.47

GARDNER, Private W J L (Boy), dangerously wounded on 4 October, has been removed to the First General Hospital, London. He is the elder son of Mr J W Gardner of Kamo and was born in Stratford 18 years ago. He was educated at the Toko School and Hamilton High School. He left NZ with the 24th Reinforcements. [AWN 21.02.1918, p.41]

GAVIN — An appreciation of the late Captain Noel GAVIN, MC with bar, RAMC, Wellington, appears in the Irish paper ‘The Northern Whig’. He was attached to the YCV Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles and a member of that battalion, writing to his mother in Ireland, says : "As I write I hear the battalion is the poorer — and very much the poorer — by the loss of one of the best men I have ever met. I mean our doctor, who has done so much for us all. He was thrown from his horse, sustaining such severe injuries that he died this morning. We may get the best doctor in the army but never will we get one to come up to Dr Gavin’s standard. He was so gentle always and paid the greatest attention to the meanest soldier in the battalion, listening to every complaint, no matter how small, and doing his best." [AWN 14.02.1918] P.47

GLANFIELD, D, Lieutenant, aged 24, eldest son of Mr J Glanfield, Onehunga, has been promoted Captain. He was on the staff of the Auckland Harbour Board when war broke out and went to Samoa as a private in the advance guard where he was stationed for ten months. In 1916 he left NZ as 2nd Lieutenant with the 13th Reinforcements. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant after the fighting at the Somme in which he was wounded. [AWN 07.02.1918] P.22

HANNA, Lieutenant P R M, Royal Field Artillery, son of Mr T H Hanna of Whakapirau, who was wounded in the shoulder on 2 October last, is another officer who returned by the hospital ship. He was one of the first Main Body men to enlist in Auckland and left as a sapper in the Divisional Signal Co. After going through the Gallipoli campaign he obtained a commission in the Royal Field Artillery. He was born in Blenheim and educated in Wellington and at the Wanganui Collegiate School. He was on the Auckland staff of the National Bank when he enlisted. He is now on six months leave. [AWN 07.02.1918] P.16

HANNA, Lieutenant S J, RNVR, Auckland, has been awarded the DSC "In recognition of his services with a naval armoured car squadron in Belgium, France, The Dobrudja and Galicia. He has carried out his duties as assistant-adjutant and adjutant with conspicuous success and always shown himself to be a plucky, capable and unselfish officer." [AWN 14.02.1918] P.47

HAYTON, Lance Corporal Gilbert, of the First, Otago, Battalion, has been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and has also been promoted to the rank of sergeant for the same piece of work. Prior to leaving NZ with the 6th Reinforcements, he was in the employ of Chandler & Co of Auckland, being amongst the number of Auckland men who were posted to the Otago Regt about March 1915. He was on Gallipoli up to the time of the evacuation and has been in France since the first arrival of the New Zealand force. Sgt Hayton has previously won the Military Medal for his conduct during the severe fighting in Ypres area last year. By the last English mail he advises that he is in splendid health and good spirits, being on the eve of 14 days leave in England. [AWN 28.02.1918] P.19

HESEBECK, Frontiersman, Raurimu — died of wounds. Was always a keen and enthusiastic member, joining the Legion in 1912 and he carried the spirit and traditions of the Brotherhood with him to the front. He was liked by all who knew him and was deservedly popular in his battery. In his last letter he spoke of a Legion meeting in a dug-out on the Western Front and referred to many well known members as being present. [AWN 14.02.1918] P.21

HINES, J N, Lieut — only son of Mrs M Magee, Remuera Rd, Auckland. He was born in Sydney and educated at Auckland Grammar School and later worked in insurance in Auckland. Prior to the war he was engaged in insurance agency work in Suva. He left as a 2nd Lieutenant in charge of the Signalling Corps, 13th Reinforcements. He was detailed for special training in London and joined the 7th Reinforcements as Signalling instructor on Salisbury Plain. He then went to France and was despatch riding when he fractured his wrist. On 3 December last, he was wounded in the right thigh and is presently in Brockenhurst Hospital. [AWN 07.02.1918] P.48

HUDNER, J, Lance Corporal, killed in action in France on 21 January, was the eldest son of Mr R Hudner of Cambridge Rd, Hamilton, and was born in Co. Cork, Ireland, in 1885. He was educated at the Ashburton District High School, later going to Hamilton where he was engaged in business as an undertaker. [AWN 14.02.1918] P.19

HUGHES - Another Marlborough record is that of the family of Mr James Hughes of Conrass, Canvastown. His four sons have all gone into khaki and one of them has given his life for the cause. The first to enlist was Corporal Robert F A HUGHES, the third son, who went away with the Main Body and was killed on Gallipoli on 8 May 1915. The second boy, Private J H Y HUGHES, left with the 4th Reinforcements. He went through the Suvla fighting and went on to France with the NZ troops. There he has seen much service, including the heavy fighting of last October. Private F A HUGHES, the youngest son, was a member of the 22nd Reinforcements. He was wounded in the face and right arm on 29 December. Latest advices stated that he was transferred from France to the 2nd London General Hospital on 6 January. Although a married man with three children, Private T A F HUGHES, the eldest son, soon followed his youngest brother. He was wounded and badly gassed on 12 October and is now convalescent. Corporal A Morris JONES, who recently returned invalided, is a cousin of the Hughes boys. He was shot in the elbow and is now undergoing treatment at Rotorua. [AWN 07.02.1918] P.20

HULL, C B, Lieutenant, Armoured Motor Corps, recently returned to NZ from Russia on a few weeks leave. He is the son of the late Mr Richard Hull of Auckland. He went to Gallipoli with the Main Body from where he was twice invalided, the second time to England. He received an appointment at Codford Camp and was granted a commission in the Motor Service. He had trouble getting away from Russia after the present trouble commenced. [AWN 21.02.1918] P.22

LUXFORD, Major J H, who has been invalided home, left Auckland in February 1916, with the rank of captain, attached to the Rifle Brigade. On arrival in France he was transferred to the Machine-gun Corps and after a short period of service with that section received his majority. He fought through the battle of the Somme, after which he had a short furlough in England. Just prior to returning, he had to be operated on for appendicitis. Upon recovery he rejoined his unit but was wounded at the battle of Messines. Later, he rejoined his unit. He is a son of Mr W L Luxford and prior to leaving for the front was practising as a solicitor at Te Awamutu. [AWN 07.02.1918] P.16

McROBERTS, F E, Private — Name omitted from a recent telegraphed casualty list. He was reported to have been accidentally wounded on 30 January. A subsequent cable stated that he was dangerously ill in the Third Casualty Clearing Station in France. He is the son of Mr H McRoberts of Waipukurau. [AWN 14.02.1918] P.19

McGREGOR, Sergeant Ken — died of sickness at the Palestine front. He joined the Legion soon after the departure to war and went to the front with the Wellington Mounted Rifles. The Legion has lost another good member and his comrades at the front have lost a sterling soldier and a fine Frontiersman. [AWN 14.02.1918] P.21

MOORE, Captain William Ernest, MC, RFA, Auckland, was killed in action on 14 November. He was 34 years of age and although born in England, he lived all his life in NZ, being educated at the Grammar School and graduating LL.B. from Auckland University in 1906. In 1915 he gave up his practice and came to England, enlisting as a gunner in the RHA. In 1916 he became a cadet gunner and went to the front as an officer in August of that year. He won the Military Cross for "conspicuous gallantry and splendid example". "I do not think" writes his commanding officer "any officer could have been more popular in a brigade. The gunners and drivers are very much upset. They never had a better friend. A stouter, a braver, a more capable or a more generous officer never lived, I am sure." [AWN 14.02.1918] P.47

NEWDICK, Private John H, killed in action on 5 November, was a son of Mrs P Newdick of Great North Rd, Grey Lynn. He enlisted in the Machine-gun Corps and left with the Main Body. He served throughout the Gallipoli campaign, only being slightly wounded. He spent some time in England before going to France. When killed he was serving with the Artillery in Belgium. His brother, Corporal Alf. NEWDICK, is now serving in France, whilst another brother, Roy NEWDICK, enlisted in the 34th Reinforcements on attaining military age. [AWN 07.02.1918] P.20

NETTLETON, J A, Rifleman, son of Clive Nettleton of Auckland, has lately won rapid promotion. Before the recent fighting in Flanders, in which he took part, he was a private. He was promoted to Corporal about October last and word has now been received by cable that he has received his commission. [AWN 07.02.1918] P.22

PASSELL, Corporal James, killed in action on 5 December, was the second son of the late Mr J Passell and of Mrs M Passell of Dargaville. A native of Dargaville, he was in business in the North Auckland distr5ict, selling his interest in order to enlist. He left NZ with the Rifle Brigade and prior to going to France was for some time in Egypt. He was a member of the 10th NZ Contingent to South Africa. His brother, Sgt R PASSELL, left NZ about the same time as the Rifle Brigade and is still serving in France with the NZ Medical Corps. [AWN 14.02.1918] P.19

PIKE, Captain P, who has been invalided home, was a second lieutenant attached to the Otago Infantry, 8th Reinforcements. At the Battle of the Somme in September 1915, he was wounded three times in one day. As the result of one of the wounds he had his right arm amputated. He was invalided to England where he was confined to his bed for eight months. He was promoted Lieutenant at the Somme and received his captaincy 12 months later. He has two brothers in the Imperial Forces. [AWN 07.02.1918] P.16

ROCHE, E H, 2nd Lieutenant, RGA, has been awarded the Military Cross. An old boy of Auckland Grammar School, he was a medical student at Guy’s when war was declared. [AWN 14.02.1918] P.47

ROGERS, Victor, Major, has died in action. After the Gallipoli campaign he took part with the Artillery in the battles of the Somme, Messines and Passchendaele, being twice wounded. He had paid a visit to Headquarters and was killed instantly by a high explosive shell while walking along the road back to his Battery. [AWN 21.02.1918] P.24

SANDERSON, V Roy, Private, Canterbury Infantry, who was killed in action in France on 3 December, was the third son of Mr W L Sanderson of Ahuroa. He enlisted with the Main Body but was deferred until the 3rd Reinforcements. He was twice wounded at Gallipoli and invalided back to NZ in October 1915. Returned to the front with the 10th Reinforcements, he rejoined his unit in France and was again wounded. His brother, Lance Corporal A R SANDERSON, who died of wounds on 4 October 1917, was also wounded in November 1916. [AWN 14.02.1918] P.19

SENIOR, Captain C H A, who has been invalided home, and who left NZ with the 7th Reinforcement as second lieutenant, was awarded the Military Cross for his part in a raid made by the 2nd, Auckland, Battalion in February 1917. He was wounded in the action but later returned to the firing line. He was promoted Lieutenant in April 1916 and received his captaincy in September 1917. He has one brother, Lieutenant S E SENIOR, in France. [AWN 07.02.1918] P.16

STAYTE, Sergeant Ernest Oliver, killed in action, was the fourth son of Mrs E Stayte of Pukekohe and was 31 years of age. He left NZ in October 1915 as a private in the Rifle Brigade, being promoted on the field. He was wounded at the Somme and was gassed at Messines. He was educated at the Waiokaraka school, Thames, and served his apprenticeship to the wire-weaving with Messrs Eastway Bros., Auckland. His three brothers are still with the colours, the youngest Sydney being in Walton on Thames Hospital suffering from lung trouble. Sgt Stayte was a keen footballer. [AWN 07.02.1918] p.20

STEWART, Sergeant Reuben, who has been invalided home, and who wears the Medaille Militaire, was a private attached to the Main Body. He went right through the Gallipoli campaign, after which he was raised to the rank of sergeant and went to France, where he took part in several important battles. At Messines he was mentioned in despatches and subsequently received the French decoration for his services at the battle of the Somme. He was badly wounded at Passchendaele. He had one brother, Bombardier H STEWART, killed at the Somme. Another brother, Private H V STEWART, is at present in France. [AWN 07.02.1918] P.16

STOREY, Private Francis, whose name appears in a list of Australian casualties as having been killed in action on 2 August, was the eldest son of Mrs M Storey of Waiterimu. He was born in Tuakau and when about ten years old he came with his widowed mother to what was then known as the Matahura district. About five years ago he settled in Cairns, Queensland. On the outbreak of war he volunteered for service and took part in the New Guinea expedition. Returning, he was discharged but later volunteered again. He arrived in England in the early part of last year and proceeded to France, where he fell in his first engagement. He is mourned by a large circle of friends. [AWN 28.02.1918] P.19

STRATFORD, 2nd Lieutenant H E, who has been invalided home, was a Main Body man. He left the Dominion as a lance corporal and served at Gallipoli where he was wounded and evacuated to Egypt. Upon recovering he was sent to England for training for a commission and after qualifying proceeded to France where he took part in several actions with the NZ troops until he was wounded at Passchendaele. He has two brother on service. One, Brigade Armourer Sergeant H S STRATFORD, was also a Main Body man, while the other was a member of the 16th Reinforcements. [AWN 07.02.1918] P.16

STUART, Sergeant John, who has been invalided home, left with the 3rd Reinforcements as a private. A week before the evacuation from Gallipoli he was invalided through sickness. He was raised to the rank of sergeant shortly before the battle of the Somme for his part in which he was mentioned in despatches. He was awarded the Military Medal at Passchendaele at which he was severely wounded. He had one brother, Private A STUART, killed at Passchendaele. [AWN 07.02.1918] P.16

TIBBS, Lieutenant B E, son of Mr J W Tibbs, has been drowned on 9 January. Advice from Baghdad has been received confirming this. No particulars are as yet to hand. He was serving in the General Service, Mesopotamia, having recently been transferred from the Royal Indian Marine. He was attached to the Inland Water Transport and was employed as chief engineer of one of the large transports on the Tigris. He served his time with Messrs Massey Bros and the United Repairing Co. and then entered the service of the Shaw Savill & Albion Co, being on the engine room staff of the Mamari and Karamea. He passed the Board of Trade examination for chief engineer’s certificate in December 1915 and left London for Bombay in February 1916 as one of a party of twenty young officers holding commissions under the Indian Govt for service in Mesopotamia. He was in his 31st year. His two brothers, Captain F C TIBBS, NZDC and Sergeant H D TIBBS, are on active service in Europe. [AWN 07.02.1918] P.45

WALKER, Major W A, who has been invalided home, has been on active service since the outbreak of war. He went to Samoa with the advance guard, with the rank of lieutenant and, after eight months, returned to the Dominion, joined the First Battalion of the Rifle Brigade and shortly afterwards received his captaincy. In August 1917 he was promoted major but two months later was wounded twice at Passchendaele. At that time he was second in command of his battalion. Prior to re-enlisting, Major Walker, who is an old King’s College boy, was on the staff of the NZ Insurance Co. [AWN 07.02.1918] P.16

WATCHLIN, A F, Lieutenant, RNR, who has been on service with the Navy for three years, is returning to NZ on four months’ leave. He was formerly a master in the USS Co. He served at the landing at Gallipoli and was in the Mediterranean for a considerable time. Returning to England at the end of last year he was appointed Assistant King’s Harbourmaster at Scarborough. [AWN 14.02.1918] P.47

WHITEHOUSE, Charles Philip, Corporal, who died of wounds on 25 November in France, was a son of Mrs Whitehouse of Ellerton Rd, Mt Eden, and the late Mr S T Whitehouse of Thames. He was educated the Thames High School, being at one time captain of the school football team. On leaving school he was articled to Mr J B Kirkmyer, surveyor, of Opotiki. He enlisted on reaching his 21st year and left NZ with the 16th Reinforcements. Previous to receiving his fatal wound he had seen a year’s service in France and was slightly wounded last June. He took part in many football matches at the front, his team being victorious in most of the games contested. [AWN 14.02.1918] P.19

WOOLLAMS, A F A, Corporal, who was wounded in the right arm on 1 December, has now been transferred to the Brockenhurst Hospital. He is the only son of the late Mr Frederick Woollams and of Mrs Woollams of Shelly Beach Rd, Ponsonby, and was educated at the Prince Albert and Wanganui Colleges. He was a keen swimmer, tennis and lacrosse player. His wife resides at Devonport. [AWN 14.02.1918] P.19

WOOLLEY - A Marlborough family that may well be entitled to adopt as the motto of their house the words ‘Pro Patria’, is that of the late Mr Frank Woolley of Para, Marlborough. The family consists of seven sons and two daughters. Private E A WOOLLEY of the 3rd Reinforcements was wounded and returned to NZ. He is still in hospital. Rifleman L S WOOLLEY is in a unit of the NZ Rifle Brigade. Private W F WOOLLEY left with the 13th Reinforcements and has been wounded and gassed. Private D D WOOLLEY was also with the 13th Reinforcements and has been wounded. Private A S WOOLLEY, also wounded, left with the 16th Reinforcements. Private S WOOLLEY left with the 33rd Reinforcements. The seventh son volunteered for service and was very disappointed on being rejected. Mrs Woolley died some 14 years ago and the father followed her just recently. [AWN 07.02.1918] p.20

YELLS, Charles Reginald, Sergeant, son of the late Alfred Yells of Kawhia, has been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallantry and devotion to duty during the first fight which took place at Arabia on 3 October 1917. He enlisted with the Australian 9th Light Horse Regt at the outbreak of war but was transferred to the Imperial School of Instruction, Egypt. His only brother, Alfred C YELLS, who enlisted at the age of 17 and was mentioned in despatches from Gallipoli, was killed in action in France just before attaining his 20th birthday. [AWN 21.02.1918] P.18

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