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NEW ZEALAND AND WORLD WAR ONE
AUCKLAND WEEKLY NEWS
PERSONNEL PARAGRAPHS
FEBRUARY 1919

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

FEBRUARY 1919

BAGLEY, John, a returned soldier aged about 33, who had been missing from home since 28 January was found dead in the Hautapu River near Taihape by the Police on Thursday. It is presumed from the place where his hat was found that the deceased had fallen from a cliff into the river, 100ft below. There were no bruises or abrasions to indicate such a fall. He leaves a wife and three children. [AWN 06.02.1919] P.20

BARKER, Mr Leonard L, son of Mr F Barker, George St, Parnell, has been granted a commission. Lieutenant Barker, who is an old Grammar School boy, left NZ as a Gunner with the 8th Reinforcements, Field Artillery. [AWN 27.02.1919] P.23

BEGG, Colonel C M, NZMC, has died in England of influenza. He was about to leave for NZ to take up the position of Director of Medical Services in succession to Surgeon General Henderson who returns home shortly. He was a well-known Wellington practitioner and has been on active service abroad since the earliest days of the war. [AWN 13.02.1919] P.44

BELL, Lieutenant L G of Epsom, who was in the draft which arrived in Auckland on Sunday by the Oxfordshire, was a sergeant with the Main Body but returned to NZ after the operations at Gallipoli. He then received his commission and returned to the front. [AWN 06.02.1919] P.20

BLAIR, Lt Col Duncan B, DSO, MC, of Marton, who was in command of the troops which arrived in Auckland on Sunday by the Oxfordshire, was a member of the NZ Staff Corps, and left with the Main Body with the rank of captain as adjutant to the Canterbury Mounted Rifles. He was twice wounded on Gallipoli where he received the Military Cross and was promoted to the rank of major. In September 1915 he was sent to England for hospital treatment and on returning to Egypt was given command of the First Canterbury Infantry Battalion, with which he went to France in April 1916. On the formation of the Fourth Brigade he was promoted to his present rank and given command of the Third Auckland Battalion, later taking over the NZ Machine-gun Battalion. He took part in all engagements with his troops and was wounded on the Somme in 1916. Lt Col Blair was awarded the DSO for his services at Passchendaele. He had previously seen service in South Africa with the second and eighth contingents and was one of the officers selected to attend the late King Edward’s Coronation. [AWN 06.02.1919] P.20

CAUGHEY, Sapper W H, aged 29 second son of Mr A C Caughey, died of pneumonia at Cologne on 16 February. Sapper Caughey was one of the directors of the firm Smith & Caughey Ltd. He enlisted in the early days of the war but was discharged from camp as unfit. Determined to go to service, he went to work on a farm in Northern Wairoa to improve his health. When the medical standard was lowered he re-enlisted and was passed, leaving with the Divisional Signallers, 25th Reinforcements. He was educated at the Prince Albert College and Auckland Grammar School. Prior to enlistment he was a Steward of the Mt Albert Methodist Church. Mr Caughey Snr’s fourth son, Lieutenant A L CAUGHEY, is with the NZ Division at Cologne. [AWN 27.02.1919] P.23

CRAIG, Lieutenant Alexander Campbell, an Auckland officer attached to the RAF, was killed while mountaineering on Ben Nevis. Aged 20, he was the second youngest son of Mr J J Craig. An old boy of Auckland Grammar School, he was also a pupil at the NZ Flying School at Kohimarama. About twelve months ago he proceeded to England where he was appointed a Lieutenant in the RAF. [AWN 20.02.1919] P.27

DENNISTON, Lieutenant L H, of Dunedin, who was in the draft which arrived in Auckland on Sunday by the Oxfordshire, was wounded at Warneton, Somme and Le Quesnoy. He left NZ in October 1916 with the rank of second lieutenant. [AWN 06.02.1919] P.20

GARLAND, Captain H L, of Devonport, who was in the draft which arrived in Auckland on Sunday by the Oxfordshire, was a member of the NZ staff before leaving for the front where he took part in operations in France. [AWN 06.02.1919] P.20

GLANFIELD, Captain D, of Onehunga, who was in the draft which arrived in Auckland on Sunday by the Oxfordshire, was a private attached to the Samoan Contingent. He returned to the Dominion and left for the front with the 13th Reinforcements as a second lieutenant. He was awarded his second and third promotions in France and was wounded at the battle of the Somme. [AWN 06.02.1919] P.20

GOLDEN, Captain W R of Devonport, who was in the draft which arrived in Auckland on Sunday by the Oxfordshire, was a member of the Garrison Artillery before the declaration of war and he left for the front with the 7th Reinforcements as a lieutenant. He received his captaincy in France where he was gassed. [AWN 06.02.1919] P.20

HENDERSON, Private A R, son of Mr Robert Henderson of Claude Rd, Epsom, has been awarded the Military Medal for gallantry on the field of action. He left with the 22nd Reinforcements and was severely wounded by shrapnel at the storming of La Basse in July 1917. He was sent to hospital in England where he remained until March 1918 when he again joined his company at the front. [AWN 13.02.1919] P.23

HODGSON, Sapper J H, son of Mr W Hodgson, Grafton Road, who has been attached to the Engineer’s Section of the 18th Reinforcements, has been awarded the Military Medal for gallantry on the field. He is a native of the Waihou district. [AWN 06.02.1919] P.22

HOGAN, Lance Corporal George Beaumont, who has been awarded the Croix de Guerre, is the son of Mr George Hogan of Mangawai. He left NZ with the 21st Reinforcements and was wounded the second time in August, 1918 at Bapaume. [AWN 27.02.1919] P.16

JOHNSON, Captain Frank P, RAMC, in writing to his parents in Wellington, refers to the last act of the famous NZ soldier, Brigadier General FREYBERG, prior to the cessation of hostilities. He says: When I got back to this brigade I found the most famous New Zealand V.C. in command and everybody in it thinks that he is the only general in the British Army. On the morning of the armistice hostilities were to cease at 11 a.m., so ‘Tiny’ gathered some cavalry together and galloped them about nine miles and just caught the Germans in the act of blowing up a bridge in this town (the bridge was NOT blown up); he rounded them up and altogether got one hundred prisoners and four officers at 10.58 a.m. He had very few wounded with his squadron and only received a bullet in the pommel of his saddle for himself. He rounded up some three hundred more Germans but had to let them go as the ‘whistle had blown’. Our orders were to advance as far as possible by 11 a.m. and ‘Tiny’ put a finishing touch on an already brilliant career during the great war. He captured among others the commandant of the town, who required an escort of about twenty to get him away, as the populace would have liked a slight discussion with the gentleman and tried to get it. It was a bit of a scurry to get across with all this hurry up but some of our infantry were in the town very soon afterwards and had great difficulty in getting through. The people absolutely mobbed them and they had to come in in single file; the civilians fell on them, kissing and embracing them and loading the boys with bread, fruit and wine.” [AWN 06.02.1919] P.17

LAURENT, Sergeant H J V.C. – The following particulars regarding the award of the Victoria Cross to Sergeant Henry John Laurent, have been forwarded to Base Records from overseas: “Awarded the Victoria Cross for acts of conspicuous bravery, skill and enterprise. When, during an attack, he was detailed to exploit an initial success and keep in touch with the enemy, with a party of 12 he located the enemy support lines which were very strongly held, at once charged the position, followed by his men and completely disorganised the enemy by his sudden onslaught. In subsequent hand to hand fighting he showed great resourcefulness in controlling and encouraging his men. Thirty of the enemy having been killed, the remainder surrendered, a total of one officer and 111 of other ranks in all. The success of this daring venture, which caused his party four casualties only, was due to his gallantry and enterprise.” [AWN 27.02.1919] P.16

MARSACK, Lieutenant C C, son of Inspector Marsack of Wellington and formerly of Auckland, has returned to NZ after having been for nearly four years on active service. He was a barrister and solicitor before he left NZ with the Rifle Brigade and will probably resume his profession shortly. He saw service in Egypt and went through the Senussi campaign, then going to France where he has been in the front trenches until leaving for home. He was promoted in the field at the battle of the Somme from Sergeant to Lieutenant. While abroad, he married a young French lady and Mrs Marsack has returned to NZ with her husband. [AWN 13.02.1919] P.22

MATTHEWS, Lieutenant F G, 2nd Canterbury Battalion, late Secretary to the Minister of Defence, returned to Wellington by the Ruapehu on Friday in excellent health. He left NZ with the 22nd Reinforcements in February 1917 and after training at Sling Camp, crossed to France where he remained with the NZ Division until the signing of the Armistice. [AWN 27.02.1919] P.22

McKENZIE, 2nd Lieutenant J H, of Masterton, who was in the draft which arrived in Auckland on Sunday by the Oxfordshire, wears a Meritorious Service Medal which he received after the battle of Passchendaele. He was a private with the 5th Reinforcement draft with which he served at Gallipoli. He was wounded at Messines and Bapaume before being selected for a commission. [AWN 06.02.1919] P.20

McMILLAN, Lieutenant W H, Military Medal, Australian Forces, arrived in Auckland by the Manuka on Friday after having returned to Australia from the front. [AWN 27.02.1919] P.22

McNEIL, Gunner R B, second son of Mr & Mrs A McNeil late of Ellerslie, died on 13 September 1918 whilst a prisoner of war in Germany. Prior to joining the forces he was organist at the Anglican church at Ellerslie. He had been in action for nine months when taken prisoner, being then 13 stone in weight but his treatment was such that he soon dropped to 9 stone. However, from this time Red Cross parcels reached him so regularly that in the course of time he regained his normal weight. Most of the time in Germany he was employed on a farm and for some weeks preceding his death he had been occupied in planting cabbages for the enemy. The funeral took place on Monday 16 September in the camp cemetery, Parchim, Mecklenberg-Schwerin, Germany. [AWN 20.02.1919] P.23

MURCH, Lieutenant A G, NZRB, of Feilding, who was in the draft which arrived in Auckland on Sunday by the Oxfordshire, left the Dominion in October 1916 as a second lieutenant. He was wounded at Plugge and in the battle of the Somme. [AWN 06.02.1919] P.20

PAGE, Lieutenant R of Auckland and Sergeant Major H GRIFFIN of Waipu, who left Wellington by the Ruapehu arrived in Auckland on Sunday. Both left as troopers in the Auckland Mounted Rifles, Main Body, and fought through the campaign on Gallipoli. Lieut PAGE later transferred to the Artillery in France. [AWN 27.02.1919] P.22

POPPLE, Lieutenant G L, of Springfield, who was in the draft which arrived in Auckland on Sunday by the Oxfordshire, was a private with the Main Body. He was wounded at Gallipoli and in France before being commissioned. [AWN 06.02.1919] P.20

POTTER, Captain R C, of Takapuna, who was in the draft which arrived in Auckland on Sunday by the Oxfordshire, went to the front in 1916 as a lieutenant. He was wounded at Messines. [AWN 06.02.1919] P.20

REED, Captain Mervyn R, son of Mr J R Reed, K.C., who left Egypt in charge of a draft of soldiers which arrived on the transport Mamari , last week contracted scarlatina in a mild form prior to reaching Australia and was left behind in hospital in Melbourne. [AWN 27.02.1919] P.22

SHEA, Lieutenant P J, of Devonport, who was in the draft which arrived in Auckland on Sunday by the Oxfordshire, went to the front with the 9th Reinforcements as second lieutenant. He was wounded at the Somme and Bapaume. [AWN 06.02.1919] P.20

SINCLAIR, Major W S, the draft’s Medical Officer on the transport Briton, died on 25 January 1919, from heart failure following upon epilepsy and was buried at sea the same day. [AWN 06.02.1919] P.20

SOAR, Captain F C, of Opononi, who was in the draft which arrived in Auckland on Sunday by the Oxfordshire, was a sergeant attached to the Artillery of the Main Body. He was commissioned in Egypt and after service in France, received his captaincy. He had practically a record of continuous service with his division. [AWN 06.02.1919] P.20

STORKEY, Captain P V, V.C., of Napier, left for Sydney on Monday by the Manuka. He intends to resume his studies at the Sydney University. [AWN 27.02.1919] P.22

THOMPSON, 2nd Lieutenant S G, MM, of Nelson, who was in the draft which arrived in Auckland on Sunday by the Oxfordshire, is also a Main Body veteran. He left NZ as a sergeant and was selected in France for a commission and withdrew to England where he qualified at Oxford. He was twice wounded while serving in France where he received the Military Medal for his part in the battle of Messines. [AWN 06.02.1919] P.20

TWINAME, Mr Charles W, son of Mrs Twiname, Sarawai St, Parnell, has been granted a commission as a Lieutenant. He left NZ in June 1916 with the 14th Reinforcements and served with the 16th, Waikato, Company in France. Prior to enlisting he was a commercial traveller. [AWN 27.02.1919] P.23

WATSON, Captain R S A, of Feilding, who was in the draft which arrived in Auckland on Sunday by the Oxfordshire, is a padre. He went to the front with the Main Body and took part in operations on Gallipoli Peninsula. He was awarded the Military Cross for his services. [AWN 06.02.1919] P.20

WHYTE, Major James, DSO, of Hamilton, who was in the draft which arrived in Auckland on Sunday by the Oxfordshire is an old campaigner. He wears the Queen’s Medal with five clasps for service in the South African war. At the outbreak of the recent war he joined the NZEF on 10 August 1914 and left for the front with the 2nd Reinforcement draft with the rank of lieutenant. After serving right through the Gallipoli campaign he proceeded to France where he was promoted captain and subsequently major. He was twice mentioned in despatches for service in France and was awarded a DSO after the battle of the Somme. His record with the NZEF is unique in that he was never away from his division. [AWN 06.02.1919] P.20

WOOSTER, Mr Frank Rupert, a returned soldier, died at Auckland private hospital recently as a result of wounds received at Passchendaele. He took a junior scholarship at the Umawera School and a senior and university scholarship at Whangarei High School. He was training at Auckland University when he enlisted on his 19th birthday. On his discharge after his return he entered the Auckland Training College. He was the son of Mr John Wooster, Hokianga, and nephew of Mr Rupert Harris, headmaster of the Belmont School with whom he had made his home for several years. [AWN 27.02.1919] P.47


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