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NEW ZEALAND AND WORLD WAR ONE
AUCKLAND WEEKLY NEWS
PERSONNEL PARAGRAPHS
JANUARY 1916

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

JANUARY 1916

ABBOTT, Private E T, 3rd, Auckland, Infantry Co, is the third son of Mr & Mrs R T Abbott, Milton Rd, Auckland. He served with the NZ advance party at Samoa. On returning he joined the fifth reinforcements and took part in the fighting at Gallipoli during August and September. He was admitted to Pout de Koubbeh Hospital, suffering from injured hands and has since rejoined his regiment. [AWN 20.01.1916] P.20

ACLAND, Captain L D, M.C., Military Cross, left with the rank of Lieutenant in the Army Service Corps, with the main body. [AWN 20.01.1916] p.30

ARMSTRONG, Trooper Robert Vernon, who died of enteric at Malta on December 12 last, was the fifth son of Mr G Armstrong, Mayor of Akaroa. He was educated at the Akaroa High School, on leaving which he took up farming under his father. Athletic, he was a prominent member of local boating, football, cricket and hockey clubs and being amiable in disposition he was popular with his club comrades and with his many acquaintances. He joined the sixth reinforcements with his younger brother, Lincoln. [AWN 20.01.1916] P.20

ATKINS, Sergeant A A, Canterbury Battalion - Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal, for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on August 7, 1915, during the attack on Chunuk Bair. While advancing up a narrow gully with precipitous sides, his battalion suddenly came on a strongly defended post, which barred the way and from which a heavy rifle fire was directed on the head of the column. Sgt Atkins, getting his section in hand, without hesitation rushed the position, captured and held it. He displayed great bravery and coolness and set a splendid example to all with him. [AWN 13.01.1916] p.31

BARKER, Private C R, Wellington Battalion - Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal, for conspicuous gallantry on August 8, 1915, at Chunuk Bair. The difficulty of supplying the firing line on the mountain top with ammunition and was very great, yet the necessity was vital. Pte Barker rendered most valuable service in carrying both over ground exposed to heavy fire and the conformation of which made the task very arduous. He also acted as guide to a regiment going up to reinforce and on his return carried in a wounded man. [AWN 13.01.1916] p.31

BEETHAM, 2nd Lieutenant Ralph FitzRoger, Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment, is appointed orderly officer to the brigadier-general commanding, vice Lieutenant John Burnett DAVIS, who has vacated that appointment and is seconded from his regiment. Dated 15 Oct 1915. [AWN 27.01.1916] P.17

BLAIR, Captain D B, M.C., who has been awarded the Military Cross, was formerly stationed in Christchurch as adjutant to the 1st Mounted Rifles, Canterbury Yeomanry Cavalry. He saw considerable service in the South African war and held the Queen's Medal with six clasps. Captain Blair left NZ with the main Expeditionary Force as adjutant to the Canterbury Mounted Regiment. [AWN 20.01.1916] P.30

BOATE, Sergeant Major, D.C.M., served in the South African war as an Imperial soldier and had also seen service in other parts of the world. He left as a member of the Otago section of one of the reinforcements and on his arrival in Egypt was attached to the South Otago Regiment. He was at the first landing at Gallipoli, was accidentally wounded by a bayonet and was taken to the hospital at Alexandria. It is stated that he was living at Whangarei shortly before he enlisted. [AWN 20.01.1916] p.30

CASELBERG, Sapper A L, Signal Troop - Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal, for conspicuous gallantry on the night of August 22, 1915, At Kaiajik Aghala (Hill 60, Dardanelles). At the close of the day a number of detached parties were scattered in advance of the fire trenches. The firing was very heavy and in the darkness these parties did not know how to get back. Spr Caselberg, on his own initiative, went out several times, searched for them and guided them back on each occasion. His total disregard of personal danger and devotion to duty were most marked. [AWN 13.01.1916] p.31

CLARK, Driver N, N.Z.F.A. - Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal, for conspicuous bravery on August 27 and 28, 1915, at Hill 60. A fire having been started, as the result of the enemy's firing round a pit containing over 50 high explosive shells, Dvr Clark volunteered to carry water to put out the fire and was successful in doing so, although the section was being heavily and accurately shelled the whole time. [AWN 13.01.1916] p.31

COLLIE, Gunner J G, died of disease, was the son of Mr J L Collie of Te Kowhai. He was educated at King's College, Auckland, and had been a member of the G Battery, practically since the inception of the territorial scheme. He was enthusiastic in his work and in order to fit himself for the artillery arm of the expeditionary force, he last year attended the training camps of both G & A Batteries. [AWN 27.01.1916] P.20

COSGROVE, Sapper Norman, who has been reported convalescent after an attack of enteric fever, is the second son of Mr & Mrs Norman Cosgrove of Devonport. He left NZ with the second reinforcements, 3rd, Auckland, Infantry and on arrival in Egypt was transferred to the British section of the engineers. He is a carpenter by trade. Prior to his illness he had been four months in the trenches. Advice has also been received that his eldest brother, Trooper Thomas COSGROVE, also of the second reinforcements, is ill at Pont-de-Koubbeh Hospital, Cairo. [AWN 13.01.1916] P.20

COUPLAND, Pte Jeffrey R, aged 21, died on Friday at Wellington Hospital after being admitted from May Morn Camp some time ago. He came from Auckland and had undergone an operation for appendicitis on the previous Wednesday. . [AWN 13.01.1916] p.21 DANIELL, Captain George Edward, M.C., was, prior to enlistment, an officer of the RNZA and was attached to the Field Artillery in Auckland. He left as second in command of No.2 Battery of the Field Artillery Brigade. [AWN 20.01.1916] p.30

DEVENEY, Trooper John M, who is reported to have been wounded on December 5, is the youngest son of Mrs W Deveney of Takanini, Manurewa, late of Pokeno. He is well known throughout the Waikato, especially in football circles. He played for Bombay. Tpr Deveney is only 20 yrs of age. At the time of enlisting in the Waikato Mounted Rifles he was farming in the Pokeno district. [AWN 20.01.1916] P.20

DIGNAN, Sapper B L, D.C.M., who has been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for services at Gallipoli, is the second son of Mr P L Dignan, at one time local manager of the Bank of NZ. Sapper Dignan, who was born in Auckland 20 years ago, received his early secondary education at the Auckland Grammar School. Subsequently he attended Beaumont College, England, and at a later date St Patrick's College, Wellington. Prior to his enlistment in the main body of the NZEF as a member of the Signallers Corps, he was employed by Messrs A & F Kelly, surveyors of High Street. Expecting for a short spell of five weeks, he was present during all the heavy fighting at Gallipoli from the landing on April 25 until the withdrawal last month. The honour was conferred on Sapper Dignan for his services in laying telephone wires under heavy fire, in which work he was co-joined with Corporal Cyril BASSETT of Auckland, who was recently awarded the Victoria Cross. [AWN 20.01.1916] p.30

DIXON, Private William, Ninth Reinforcements, aged 35, who came from Dunedin, committed suicide in Trentham Hospital on Sunday. He was admitted a few days ago suffering from an apoplectic fit. While his attendant was getting tea for him he hanged himself. Verdict returned of suicide while temporarily insane, no blame being attached to anyone. [AWN 06.01.1916] P.21

DORE, Chaplain Captain Patrick, M.C., chaplain to the forces, who has been awarded the Military Cross, was one of two Catholic chaplains who left NZ in October 1914, with the main Expeditionary Force. He was attached to the Auckland Mounted Rifles and landed with them when they arrived at Gallipoli. Chaplain Dore was an indefatigable worker in his own sphere and ever at hand to assist in any branch of the work. His name was a household word among the men at Anzac, by every one of whom he was beloved. Chaplain Dore was hit while aiding a wounded man under fire on August 24 and was taken to the military hospital at Devonport, England, where he was lying at the last advices. Chaplain Dore was a native of the South of Ireland, about 30 years of age and came to NZ five years ago, being stationed at Palmerston and Foxton. He was an enthusiastic sportsman and excelled in several branches of athletics. [AWN 20.01.1916] P.30

DYNES, Corporal F R, who received a severe wound in the leg at the Dardanelles and returned to NZ about three months ago, is entering the Thames Hospital to undergo a further operation to have skin grafted to the wound. [AWN 13.01.1916] P.20

EAST-ALMOND, Captain G, Australian Permanent Staff, who has been resting at Lemnos Island after a breakdown in health, has returned to Egypt. He is well known in Auckland and was a NZ staff instructor stationed at Paeroa. He left NZ and joined the Australian permanent staff, received a commission and went to the front with the Main Expeditionary Force. He was wounded at the landing and treated at Malta for some time. Captain East-Almond was placed in charge of a machine-gun section and at one stage had 17 machine-guns under his direction. He acted as brigade-major for some time. His wife and child reside in Auckland. [AWN 20.01.1916] P.20

EDWARDS, Acting Sergeant C J K, N.Z.F.A. - Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal, for conspicuous bravery on August 27 and 28, 1915, at Hill 60. A fire having been started, as the result of the enemy's firing round a pit containing over 50 high explosive shells, Sgt Edwards volunteered to carry water to put out the fire and was successful in doing so, although the section was being heavily and accurately shelled the whole time. [AWN 13.01.1916] p.31

ELLIS, Lieutenant Oliver Sydney, who was reported recently as having been wounded at Gallipoli, is a son of Mr J W Ellis of Muriaroha near Hamilton. He was born at Otorohanga just over 21 years go and received his education at the King's College, Auckland. He was one of the team of New Zealand senior cadets which, after a tour of Canada in 1912, succeeded in bringing home six out of the seven championship prizes competed for. Gaining his commission in May 1913, Lieut Ellis was in charge of the Hamilton senior cadets until his departure early in 1915 to join the fifth reinforcement draft at Trentham. He is a good all-round athlete and was a member of the fifth reinforcement representative when they defeated the Wellington fifteen just prior to embarkation for Egypt. Lieut Ellis took part in all the heavy fighting at Anzac during August. Later he was placed in command of the remnants of the 16th, Waikato, Company which position he held, as far as is known, until he was wounded. [AWN 13.01.1916] P.20

ESSON, Lieutenant Colonel J J, C.M.G., 5th, Wellington, Regiment, left as assistant-quartermaster-general to the NZEF. He was connected with the old volunteer movement for many years and was a prominent officer in the NZ Treasury. [AWN 20.01.1916] p.30

FALLA, Major N S, D.S.O., commenced his military career as a gunner in the B Battery in Dunedin, in which he was captain when he enlisted for service. As acting-major he left NZ with the second reinforcements in charge of the first half of the battery. Major Falla did good work at Gallipoli and is regarded as an ideal officer. He was a prominent member of the Otago Rowing Club. He left a responsible position in the head office of the Union Company in order to go to the front. [AWN 20.01.1916] P.30

FARR, Captain Thos., RNZA, No.3 Battery, Field Artillery Brigade, was instructor to I Battery, Palmerston North, for over two years. He is a clever electrician. Before the reorganization of the expeditionary artillery he was quartermaster sergeant and on the decision to send three four-gun batteries he received a second lieutenant's commission in No.3 Battery. [AWN 20.01.1916] p.30

GIBBS, Sapper Ernest William, Field Engineers, is at present an inmate of the 21st General Hospital at Alexandria. He is reported to be severely sick. He left with the main body of the NZ expeditionary forces. He is the second son of Mrs J Sykes, of Farrar St, Grey Lynn. He was a member of the Auckland Garrison Band. [AWN 13.01.1916] P.20

GREENE, Chaplain Captain, M.C. - For the first time in the colonial history of the Salvation Army the honour of the Military Cross has been conferred on one of its members. The recipient is Chaplain Captain Alfred Greene, who has for 20 years been associated with Salvation Army work in NZ. He held the rank of adjutant in the organization and, prior to his leaving with the main body of the Expeditionary Force for Egypt, was in charge of the Workmen's Home in Wellington. He was recognised as an able organizer and it is stated that it was on account of his abilities in this direction that the Military Cross was chiefly done upon him. His work was chiefly done in Alexandria, where he organized a system in connection with hospital visitation and also rendered valuable services in other directions. Chaplain Captain Greene was under fire when the Turks made the attack on the Suez Canal in February last. [AWN 20.01.1916] p.30

GUTHRIE, Captain R Neil, Medical Corps, who has received the Military Cross, is a son of Dr Guthrie of Christchurch. He left with the main body. [AWN 20.01.1916] P.30

HARRIS, Lieutenant Norman Chambers, 6th Wellington, Mounted Rifles, died of wounds; eldest son of Mr & Mrs George Harris, Fendalton. Educated at Christ’s College. He was 25 yrs of age. [AWN 27.01.1915] p.20

HELLABY, Lieut F A - Mentioned in Despatches. Mentioned by Viscount FRENCH for favourable notice for gallant service in the field. He is one of four sons of Mrs A M Hellaby of Mountain Road, Auckland, who are on active service with the British Forces in France. Lt Hellaby is serving with the Devonshire Regt. During the tremendous fighting in Flanders some months ago he was Acting Commander of the defence of Hill 60 for six days. [AWN 06.01.1916] p.22

HENDERSON, Captain P B, M.C., NZSC, was for some time prior to the outbreak of war acting as musketry instructor to the Canterbury military district. He left with the main body and was officer in charge of the machine-gun section. [AWN 20.01.1916] p.30

HENDERSON, Private James Roy, who has been wounded in France, is one of three brothers fighting in the NZEF, the sons of Mr J R Henderson of Clifton Rd, Parnell. Another of the trip, Private Robert HENDERSON, was also wounded lately and is now in England; and the third, Thomas HENDERSON, is still in the trenches. Pvt J R Henderson was educated at the Parnell school and was afterwards employed in the NEWS job-printing department. As a hockey player he has been a member of district representative teams and he has also been a cricketer. When war was declared he joined the Expeditionary Force to Samoa and after returning to NZ he went to Egypt with one of the reinforcement drafts. Pawn 09.11.1916, p.21]

HILL, Acting Sergeant J F, 2nd Battery, N.Z.F.A. - Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal, for conspicuous bravery and ability on August 8 and 12, 1915, during the action at Chunuk Bair. In spite of heavy casualties, troubles with equipment and the fact that his gun was under cross fire from two machine guns, he kept his gun in action throughout. He never hesitated to expose himself to any risk, however great, in the performance of his duty and his bravery and devotion were of the greatest service at a critical period. [AWN 13.01.1916] p.31

HORRIBIN, Sapper E, Divisional Signal Service, who was invalided from Gallipoli suffering from enteric has suffered a relapse. He is a patient in Tooting Hospital. Spr Horrobin came to NZ from England and had been eight years in the service of the Bank of Australasia when he joined the main expeditionary force in Auckland. He had been four months on the peninsula when he was incapacitated by illness. [AWN 13.01.1916] P.20

HUGHES, Colonel John Gethin, C.M.G. - is a well known NZ staff corps officer. He won the D.S.O. in South Africa and was employed on the headquarters staff. At the outbreak of the present war he was appointed to the NZEF as assistant military secretary at Anzac. Colonel HUGHES commanded the Canterbury Infantry Battalion for some time. He later was invalided to London and at the latest advices was still in Wandsworth Hospital, progressing favourably. Colonel Hughes was educated in Timaru. [AWN 20.01.1916] P.30

INGLIS, Bombardier Fitter D C, N.Z.F.A., 2nd Battery - Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal, for conspicuous gallantry and ability on August 8 to 12, 1915, at Chailak Dere. At one time three guns of the battery were out of action through being hit by bullets, breakages or other damage. Bdr Ftr Inglis, assisted by another man, managed to get them all in action again, and to keep them going. To effect this he had, on more than one occasion, to strip and repair the guns while under heavy fire. His coolness and bravery were most marked and his work highly valuable at a critical time. [AWN 13.01.1916] p.31

KING, Captain George Augustus, NZSC, from staff captain Otago Mounted Rifle Brigade, to the rank of major and his appointment as second in command vice Major Frank CHAPMAN (died of wounds) is cancelled. He now resumes the duties of staff captain, NZ Mounted Rifle Brigade. [AWN 27.01.1916] P.17

LAMPEN, Captain F H, (NZSC) Infantry – to be brigade-major. Formerly officer commanding the Marlborough military district. He was in England when war broke out and was appointed to command the British contingent of New Zealanders that was afterwards absorbed in the NZEF. [AWN 20.01.1916] P.55

LANE, Private Edwin Hutton, Canterbury Infantry, Sixth Reinforcements, killed at Gallipoli on December 18, was the elder son of the late Mr Lancelot Lane of Waikari and nephew of Mr B L Lane, a well known Christchurch resident. He was 19 years of age and had a distinguished athletic career at Christ's College. [AWN 27.01.1916] P.20

LANE, Corporal D B, 16th, Waikato, Company, son of Mr W Lane, editor of the 'New Zealand Herald', killed in action April 25. A reliable account of his death has been received from Private Albert ROBINS of Mt Eden, who was wounded at the landing at Anzac, sent to Egypt and, after recovery, returned to the front. Pte Robins, who was within a yard of Corporal Lane at the time of the latter's death, says "We had immediately on landing been sent to reinforce the Australians on the left flank and found a thin line on top of a hill, it being difficult to see more than a few men either one side or the other owing to the dense scrub which at that time covered the peninsula. We could see Turks at a distance but not knowing the place could not locate machine-guns and concealed trenches that were pouring a dense fire upon us. Cpl Lane took up a position on just a slight mound well covered with bushes but being in a direct line with their guns. I remember distinctly him having a nasty graze on the right temple and he spoke also of a wound in the thigh. He kept gamely on, there was no officer about and nothing was said to him. I continually heard the report of his rifle, he being so close. I could not say how long it was before he received the third bullet but it was very near to twelve o'clock on April 25. He suffered no pain and died very peacefully. I said to Major ALDERMAN and Lieutenant PEAKE afterwards that he was worthy of recognition for sticking to it at a time when hesitation might have meant a lot." [AWN 20.01.1916] p.20

LLOYD, Corporal George - A tribute to Cpl Lloyd, who fell during the assault on Sari Bair, early in August, has been paid by one of his former companions in the employ of Messrs R O Clark Ltd. He entered the service of the firm 11 years ago. He went to Samoa with the first expedition and on returning proceeded to the front with the fifth reinforcements. Writing from Lemnos on November 3, his friend says "George Lloyd was quiet and unassuming, gentle towards all men, never an angry or cruel word for anyone, yet he was one of our best disciplinarians and a drill instructor of no mean order. He discharged his duties with a rare combination of tact and firmness that won the respect of us all. So highly was he recommended that the day we landed on the peninsula he was promoted to be quartermaster-sergeant of the Hauraki Co. In the rush up the apex he took command of his section on the right, displaying the steadiness and coolness of the old campaigner. A hail of shrapnel swept the ridge and among those who died fighting gamely to the last was poor George. He died without a sigh and he never knew what struck him. A dozen of us crawled under fire to where his body lay on the ridge and buried him with five sergeants, all in one grave, with a rough prayer and five stones in the shape of a cross over them." [AWN 20.01.1916] P.20

MAHONEY, Private F, Wellington Battalion - Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal, for conspicuous gallantry and resource on the night of August 26-27, 1915, during operations on the Gallipoli Peninsular, when he volunteered to go out to rescue some men who had been isolated within the enemy's lines for fifteen days. It was a mission of great difficulty and danger and by his coolness and knowledge of scouting, he greatly contributed to the success of the search and ultimate rescue of the missing men. [AWN 13.01.1916] p.31

MANGAROA, Ngore William The young native, who left Taumarunui with the first Maori contingent, and whose death from pleurisy at Malta has just been reported, was a fine specimen of young manhood. He was of splendid physique, high intelligence and good education. [AWN 13.01.1916] P.20

McCARROLL, Major James Neil, Auckland Mounted Rifles – appointed second in command, vice Major Chapman (died of wounds), dated August 9, 1915. Was officer commanding the 11th, North Auckland, Squadron in the Auckland Mounted Rifles Regiment, main Expeditionary Force. [AWN 20.01.1916] P.55

McCONKEY, Private Thos. A, a native of Te Awamutu, who went to Egypt with the fourth reinforcements, died at the Hamilton Hospital on December 23. He joined the navy at the age of 19 years and served on the Pioneer and the Pyramus. Whilst in Egypt he contracted consumption and was invalided to NZ. After being for some time in the Auckland Hospital he was sent to the Hamilton Hospital. The late soldier was buried at Paterangi with military honours. [AWN 13.01.1916] P.20

MORRISON, Major W C, NZSC, who has been appointed adjutant of the Auckland Mounted Rifles Regt, served in the South African war from 1899 to 1902 and has the Queen’s and King’s Medals with six clasps. [AWN 20.01.1916, p.55]

NEWBOLD, Lieut M G, who returned from England on Tuesday on the Ruahine, has on at least two occasions been reported killed. He was wounded in the back of the head in July and sent to England. He hopes to return to the front immediately. [AWN 06.01.1916] P.32

O'CONNOR, Trooper, D J, Canterbury Mounted Rifle Regiment - Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal, for conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty on August 22, 1915, at Aghyl Dere. Whilst returning to his regiment after being slightly wounded, he passed another regiment which was being heavily shelled. With hesitation he entered the shell-swept zone and carried in two wounded men. He went out again and helped a wounded officer to a place of comparative safety. His bravery and devotion were the more noticeable in that these gallant acts were quite outside his duty. [AWN 13.01.1916] p.31

PARANIKI, Corporal Tau, a native of Wanganui and a member of the first Maori contingent, who was invalided home some three months ago, was the first Maori to receive the Distinguished Conduct Medal. He is at present resident in the Rangitikei district and progressing favourably. He expects to return to the front shortly. [AWN 27.01.1916] P.20

PATTERSON, F T – The decomposed body of a soldier was found floating off Miramar Wharf, Wellington, on Monday. In one of the pockets was a camp pass bearing the name ‘F T Patterson’, New Zealand Rifles. [AWN 06.01.1916] P.21

PIDGEON, Trooper H, Canterbury Mounted Rifle Regiment - Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal, for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on August 21, 1915, on the Kaiajik Aghala (Hill 60). The fighting was severe and frequently hand to hand and, although wounded, he refused to retire and continued at his post with the greatest bravery and determination until wounded a second time. He also performed gallant work in rescuing wounded men under heavy fire. [AWN 13.01.1916] p.31

PURKIS, Sergeant Major Robert Charles, who is reported to have been killed in action at Mutrah, Egypt, on Christmas Day, left Auckland as a corporal to join the 1st Battalion of the NZ Rifle Brigade at Trentham. Whilst in training he was promoted to the rank of sergeant major. He was a member of the old Victoria Rifles Volunteers in Auckland. He was the eldest of three sons of Colour Sergeant George Purkis, late of the Royal Marine Light Infantry, who served 21 yrs with that regiment and who is at present employed with the Admiralty Office in England. Deceased leaves a widow who resides in Nelson Street. [AWN 13.01.1916] P.20

RANKIN, Gunner J, 4th (Howitzer) Battery, N.Z.F.A. - Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal, for conspicuous gallantry on August 6, 1915, near Lone Pine. While his battery was bombarding the position the telephone line was cut. Gunner Rankin went out voluntarily under heavy and continuous fire and laid another wire over the broken section, enabling the battery commander to resume control within half an hour of the communication being broken, thus materially assisting our fire effect. His bravery and good work have been consistently shown since the landing on April 26. [AWN 13.01.1916] p.31

RICHMOND, Captain James Macdonald, (RNZA) Artillery – to be brigade-major. Went to the front as adjutant to the Field Artillery Brigade. [AWN 20.01.1916] P.55

ROLLETT, Sergeant R R Carr, Auckland Mounted Rifles. The Sergeant's death is referred to in a letter received by his relatives through inquiries made by the High Commissioner and the Records Officer in London. The writer, who was acting adjutant of the Auckland Mounted Rifles, states that on the night of August 27 an attack was made by the NZ forces on a hill occupied by the Turks. After the New Zealanders had driven the Turks off they counter attacked again and again. The writer was making a round of inspection when he came across Sgt Rollett working a machine-gun by himself. In answer to an inquiry the Sergeant said cheerfully that he was all right and was thoroughly enjoying the night's work. He said he had got "a very good bag of Turks". The narrator and the gunner conversed for a while and they then separated. The Turks made six attacks upon the position that night, and at about half past two o'clock next morning Sgt Rollett was shot through the head. He was taken to the dressing station but he never regained consciousness and died at daybreak. The deceased soldier was buried next morning near the trenches at a spot marked on the lately issued military maps as Knoll 60, Kaiajik-Aghala. The writer said that the Sergeant was held in high estimation by his officers and had been recommended for a commission in one of the English armies now being raised. [AWN 27.01.1916] P.20

SHERA, Captain – Commended in Sir Ian Hamilton’s last report, has previously been mentioned in despatches. He comes from Auckland, is 36 yrs and a son of the late Mr J M Shera, a representative of Auckland City in the House of Representatives 1890-1893. Captain Shera was for many years on the staff of the Public Works and Public Health Departments. [AWN 13.01.1916] P.30

SHERA, Captain L M, M.C., NZ Engineers - That honour should have fallen to this officer, who receives the Military Cross, was not unexpected as his coolness and courage during the fight for Sari Bair were specially commended by Sir Ian Hamilton, who had also previously mentioned him in despatches. He is a native of Auckland and a son of the late Mr J M Shera, at one time a representative of the city in Parliament. His grandfather was Colonel BALNEAVIS who commanded the 58th Regiment in the Maori War and afterwards commanded the Auckland military district and besides earlier military Balneavises there were also Scottish fighting men amongst his progenitors. Captain Shera has the King's Medal with three clasps for his service as an officer in the Boer war. He was captain of No. 3, Auckland, Field Company, NZ Engineers, for 10 years before his departure to the Dardanelles and holds the 16 years long service medal. On the Gallipoli Peninsula, Capt Shera has distinguished himself both by the strength of the engineering schemes which he designed and directed and by the tenacity with which he clung to his work in spite of illness. [AWN 20.01.1916] P.30

SKINNER, Lance Corporal H D, Otago Battalion - Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal, for conspicuous gallantry on August 9, 1915, on the Gallipoli Peninsula, when he was entrusted with an important message, which had to be conveyed under a very heavy and continuous fire. Although seriously wounded, he managed with great difficulty and suffering, to successfully deliver it. His bravery and devotion to duty were most marked. [AWN 13.01.1916] p.31

SPEAKMAN, Private Samuel H, of the 11th Battalion, Third Brigade, Australian Imperial Forces, was at the date of latest information concerning him, an inmate of the Red Cross Hospital at Penlau Road, Caermarthen, Wales, recovering from an attack of enteric fever. He is the third son of Mr W Speakman of 41 Boston Rd, Mt Eden and was born in Auckland and educated at the Beresford Street and Grafton Road schools. Pte Speakman, who is well known in Hamilton as a rugby footballer and athlete, went to Australia some three years ago and on the outbreak of war he enlisted in the Australian main body. At an early stage of the operations at the front he was disabled by the explosion of a shell. From this injury he recovered but afterwards he was attacked by dysentery and enteric and invalided to Alexandria and eventually to England. [AWN 13.01.1916] P.20

SPEAKMAN - Two other sons of Mr W Speakman are on active service. The eldest Trooper C H SPEAKMAN is a member of the Australian Light Horse, now in Egypt. For six years he was in the employment of the Auckland Tramways Company as conductor and inspector, and he went to Australia for the purpose of enlisting. Mr Speakman's second son, Private F L SPEAKMAN, is well known in NA as a jockey and is now in camp with the tenth reinforcements as a member of the Army Service Corps. [AWN 13.01.1916] P.20

STEELE, Private James Ballantyne, son of Mr A C Steele, Picton Street, has been wounded. He received a compound fracture of the right leg which had to be amputated, also injuries to the head. Pte Steele is 23 yrs of age and prior to enlisting with the Eighth Reinforcements was a member of the 'Herald' commercial staff. He was a popular and prominent member of the Auckland Hockey Club. When at Trentham he showed great keenness and although he had had no previous military experience, he qualified as a marksman prior to leaving for the front. His brother, Private R B Steele, left with the main body and after being wounded, returned to the front. [AWN 20.01.1916] P.20

STEELE, Private James B, son of Mr A C Steele, Picton Street, has cabled his father stating he has recovered and was returning to the camp that day. It was previously reported that Pte Steele had sustained a compound fracture of the right leg, necessitating amputation. [AWN 27.01.1916] P.20

STEWART, Captain Hugh Stewart, M.C., who left as lieutenant in the A Company, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, occupied the position of professor at Canterbury College before he joined the main body. [AWN 20.01.1916] P.30

STUCKEY, Major Frederick, 6th Hauraki Co, AIB, Main Body of the NZEF – A memorial tablet has been laid in the Nelson Cathedral in memory of the Major. [AWN 06.01.1916] p.21

SYKES, Major (now Colonel) F B - Awarded the Distinguished Service Order for operations at Lone Pine and Hill 60. [Further details in the Weekly News, 13.01.1916] P.31 ‘BRAVE NEW ZEALANDERS’

SYMON, Lieutenant Colonel F, RNZA, was staff officer for some time to the commander of Coast Defences, Wellington. He left as major commanding No. 1 Battery, Field Artillery Brigade and received his promotion at the front. [AWN 20.01.1916] P.30

TAVENDER, Sergeant B N, D.C.M., left as a private in the A Company, Canterbury Regiment, and was another main body man. [AWN 20.01.1916] P.30

TAYLOR, Private Arthur Edward, E Company, Ninth Reinforcements, died at Trentham Hospital on New Year's Day, from cerebro-spinal meningitis. He was taken ill suddenly last week. Deceased, who was 24 yrs of age, was the son of Mr John Taylor of Whakapirau, North Auckland. The body was sent North for interment. [AWN 06.01.1916] P.20

THELAN, James, a soldier, collapsed in a city street in Wellington on Friday and died on the way to hospital. . [AWN 13.01.1916] p.21

THOMS, Captain N W B T, M.C., left with the main body as D.A.A.G on the headquarters staff. Before the outbreak of war he was acting as adjutant to the 12th, Nelson, Regiment. [AWN 20.01.1916] P.30

THOMSON, Bombardier J P, 2nd Battery, N.Z.F.A. - Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal, for conspicuous gallantry and ability from August 8 to 12, 1915, at Chailak Dere. At one time three guns of the battery were out of action through being hit by bullets, breakages or other damage. Bdr Thomson, assisted by another man, managed to get them all in action again, and to keep them going. To effect this he had, on more than one occasion, to strip and repair the guns while under heavy fire. His coolness and bravery were most marked and his work highly valuable at a critical time. [AWN 13.01.1916] p.31

TWISTLETON, Lieutenant F M, M.C.,, left Gisborne with the Gisborne contingent of frontiersmen attached to the Otago Mounted Rifles. He served in the South African war for 16 months, leaving NZ with the second contingent. On returning he took an active part in the establishment of the Legion of Frontiersmen and when he left Gisborne he held the rank of captain. He was in command not only of the Poverty Bay squadron but also held the temporary command for NZ. He was one of the originators of the offer to the Government of a squadron of frontiersmen for service at the front but the offer was declined. Subsequently, however, a draft of about 30 frontiersmen was taken from Gisborne to make up the deficiency in the Otago Mounted Rifles quota of the second reinforcements. Lieut Twistleton, who is a Yorkshire man, is 44 years of age. He was in most of the important engagements at Gallipoli. He is now in a convalescent hospital in Egypt, having had an attack of enteric. [AWN 20.01.1916] P.30

TODD, Rifleman John Matthew, B Company, 1st Battalion, NZ Rifle Brigade, who was killed in action at Mutrah on the Egyptian frontier, on Christmas Day, was a well known contractor. His widow, Mrs E Todd, lives in Arney St, Newton. Rifleman Todd was a son of the late James Todd, one of the early settlers in Otago. Two of his nephews, sons of different brothers, went with him on active service. [AWN 13.01.1916] P.20

WATSON, Sapper K W, Field Troop, NZ Engineers - Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal, for conspicuous bravery on the night of August 6-7, 1915, at Chailak Dere, when he assisted in the demolition of wire entanglements under very severe fire. Although wounded himself he refused help and went out to rescue an officer who was wounded and whom he safely assisted into cover. His bravery and devotion to duty were most marked. [AWN 13.01.1916] p.31

WILLIS, William John, a returned soldier on the Maheno has died in Dunedin Hospital. [AWN 13.01.1916] p.21

WILSON, Trooper – At the review of the 9th Reinforcements at Trentham on Friday, Tpr Wilson was decorated with the Distinguished Conduct Medal by the Governor for conspicuous bravery at Gallipoli. [AWN 13.01.1916] p.21

WOOD, Captain J A, M.C., NZ Staff Corps, who has been awarded the Military Cross, left NZ as adjutant of the 3rd, Auckland, Mounted Rifles Regiment, a unit of the main body of the NZEF and was reported wounded last August. Before the troops were mobilized for service he was adjutant of the Auckland Mounted Territorial Regiment. Captain Wood served as a trooper with the First NZ Mounted Rifles in South Africa and won his first commission in the field with the Sixth Contingent. After the declaration of peace he engaged in business in Palmerston North. Although entered in the army list as a captain, he subsequently joined the NZ Staff Corps as a sergeant major and was quartered at Christchurch, winning each step in promotion a second time. Already Captain Wood wears the Queen's (five clasps) and King's (three clasps) South African medals, and also the long service and good conduct medals. [AWN 20.01.1916] P.30

WOOD, Captain Ferdinand Augustus, (NZSC) Auckland Mounted Rifles – to be major, vice Major William Cameron MORRISON, appointed adjutant, dated August 12, 1915. Left with the main force as adjutant of the Auckland Mounted Rifles Regiment. He was recently awarded the Military Cross. Major Wood gained his first commission in the South African War. [AWN 20.01.1916] P.55

WOOD, Major F A, NZSC, who left with the main Expeditionary Force as adjutant of the Auckland Mounted Rifles Regiment, and who was wounded in the arm at Gallipoli, is in the Endsleigh Palace Hospital for officers in London. He recently had an attack of erysipelas which left him dangerously ill. He gradually recovered from this attack and although his wound received a set back, he was well on the road to recovery when his last letters left England. Major Wood was recently awarded the Military Cross. His wife and daughter reside in Mt Eden Road. [AWN 27.01.1916] P.20

WOOLATT, Corporal Archibald, who fell on Christmas Day in the first fight of the NZ Rifle Brigade at Mutrah, was popular among a large circle of acquaintances in Auckland. He was employed at Messrs Smith & Caughey's. Going into training with the 1st Battalion of the Earl of Liverpool's Own, he was early promoted corporal and he gave every promise of making an unusually efficient soldier. He was a native of Otago but he received his education in England. After leaving school he went to Burma where he resided for about six years. Then he entered business in Colombo but finally returned to his native land. After living in Feilding for a few years he came to this city. He was well known in athletic circles and was especially fond of walking. He was also a billiard player and was often seen in the recreation departments of the YMCA. [AWN 27.01.1916] P.20

WYMAN, Captain Ralph, Auckland Mounted Rifles – to be major, vice Major Charles Reginald Ernest MACKESY (invalided), dated September 15, 1915. Son of Mr W H Wyman, Avondale. He was second in command of the 3rd, Auckland, Squadron, Mounted Rifles, in the main Expeditionary Force. [AWN 20.01.1916] P.55


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