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NEW ZEALAND AND WORLD WAR ONE
AUCKLAND WEEKLY NEWS
PERSONNEL PARAGRAPHS
JULY 1918

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

July 1918

ASHWORTH, Private J W, aged 44, Mounted Rifles, died at Featherston Military Hospital on Friday. [AWN 18.07.1918] P.20

ASTLEY, Captain Malcolm P of Auckland, has been appointed Dental Officer at the Walton on Thames Hospital. When war broke out he was in London. He enlisted in the ranks and served on Gallipoli being given a commission in the Dental Corps after the evacuation. He has been in France for twelve months. [AWN 04.07.1918] P.22

BENNETT, Dr Agnes, Wellington, has lately arrived in England. She has been in the Dominion recuperating after an attack of malaria which caused her to be invalided from Salonika. Her plans for the immediate future are not yet quite settled. [AWN 11.07.1918] p.47

COOK, Sergeant Ashley, son of Mr John Cook, Point St, Mt Eden, who has been awarded the Military Medal, left with the 4th Reinforcements attached to the Army Transport. He has served at Gallipoli and France and has been almost continuously on service. A brother, Sergeant COOK, who left with the 25th Reinforcements, was killed in action on 12 October 1917 near Passchendaele. [AWN 11.07.1918] P.16

DALLAS, Squadron Commander Roderick Stanley who has been killed in action, was the hero of many air fights and a splendid type of our young colonial manhood. He was 27 years old and was born at Mt Stanley, Queensland, son of Mr Peter Dallas of Mt Morgan and cousin of Mr McArthur of Petone. He passed the Royal Navy Air Service examinations with the greatest credit and from the time he entered the service was a marked man. He added record to record in the air, was mentioned many times for gallant work, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Distinguished Service Order and added two Bars for subsequent acts of gallantry on duty. He received the Cross de Guerre (sic) and became squadron commander of the Station in which he joined as junior among the flying fighters. He held an airman’s record of 32 enemy machines fought down and on several occasions his exploits were brought under the notice of the Vice Admiral and he was specially commended for the gallant manner in which he carried out his reconnaissances. [AWN 18.07.1918] P.18

DASH, Herbert Lloyd, a bugler, was killed at Trentham on Saturday. He mounted one of the camp horses which bolted and Dash, while endeavouring to dismount by throwing one foot over the horse’s neck, fell on his own head. Death was instantaneous. His body is to be brought to Auckland for interment at Waikumete Cemetery. The funeral will take place on 11 July and military honours will be accorded the deceased. His parents are in Australia but some relatives reside in Dominion Road. [AWN 11.07.1918] P.18

DAVIES, Acting-Captain H C, R.E., son of the late Major-General R H DAVIES, left NZ with the Wellington Regiment in the Main Body and got his discharge from the NZEF in Egypt in April 1915, for an Imperial commission. This he obtained in the Royal Engineers and became at once orderly officer to his father. He was promoted lieutenant in October 1916 and acting-captain in April of the following year. [AWN 11.07.1918] p.47

DICKESON, Captain Colin A, MC, who was killed in action on 26 April, was the son of the late Mr Geo. F Dickeson of Kaikohe. He was 30 years of age and received his early education at the Hamilton High School. He was well known in the Waikato district as a footballer and athlete. He was apprenticed to Mr W A Holman, architect of Auckland and subsequently continued his studies in London, where he received the diploma, ARIBA, with honours in June 1914. Returning to NZ he enlisted in January 1915 and went into camp as a non-commissioned officer in the 8th Reinforcements. He gained his commission and left with the 11th Reinforcements. He was rapidly promoted and after being for some time in Egypt and England, was appointed captain and adjutant of the Cyclist Battn, 2nd Anzac Corps. He was awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry in the field in October 1917. He leaves a wife and son who reside at Woollahra, Sydney. [AWN 04.07.1918] p.19

DICKINSON, Sister Ruby, of the Australian Nursing Division, who has died of sickness, was the only sister of Mr S R Dickinson of St Andrew’s College, Christchurch, formerly of Scots College, Wellington. Sister Dickinson succumbed to pneumonia in England on 23 June. She had been chiefly with the 21st General Hospital in Alexandria, where her work lay among many colonial soldiers, both New Zealanders and Australians, but latterly she was transferred to France. [AWN 11.07.1918] P.19 [ This was later corrected on 25 July 1918]

One of the most popular Chaplains of the NZ Forces, Rev Father Patrick DORE, MC, died at the Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Auckland, on Monday. He underwent a spinal operation on Thursday which became affected owing to wounds received at Gallipoli. He went overseas with the Mounted Rifle Brigade, Main Body. He was aged 32, born in Limerick, Ireland. [Long report follows] [AWN 18.07.1918] P.47 [also p.20]

DRIVER, Private E H, son of H D Driver, Wynyard Road, Mt Eden, reported missing about three months ago, is a prisoner of war in Germany. He left with the 18th Reinforcements and has been continuously in the fighting at Flanders for 18 months, also Messines and Passchendaele. He was educated at Grafton and Auckland Grammar Schools, where he held a junior national scholarship. After matriculation he studied at Auckland University College and had passed the first section for a B.A. degree at the time of enlistment. [AWN 18.07.1918] p.48

FINDLAY, Lieut Colonel John, CB, DSO, Main Body, has been awarded the Egyptian decoration of the Order of the Nile. He is on the reserve of officers attached to the 7th, Southland, Mounted Rifles. He saw service in South African war, taking part in various actions in Cape Colony, the Orange Free State and the Transvaal, from February 1900 to August 1901. In the action at Reit Vlei, in the latter part of 1900, he was slightly wounded. He holds the Queen’s Medal with 5 clasps. At the outbreak of this war he was in Ashburton and enlisted immediately and sailed in command of the Canterbury Mounted Rifles. He was mentioned in despatches in November 1915 and awarded the Distinguished Service Order for good work at Gallipoli. In the same year he was made a Companion of the Bath. [AWN 18.07.1918] p.47

GILL, Sister Emma C, who was trained at Auckland Hospital gaining her certificate in 1901 and has spent eight years in Honolulu, is now in the Canadian Army Medical Corps and is stationed at Basingstoke Hospital but hopes shortly to get to France. She first applied to the British Consul in Honolulu to get to the front and eventually came to Europe as an “Edith Cavell” nurse under the aegis of a wealthy American family in Honolulu. [AWN 11.07.1918, p.47]

GRIBBLE, Private Albert, who was killed in action on 5 May, was born at Thames ?23 years ago. He had resided in Auckland for some time with his parents. He enlisted with the 21st Reinforcements. He was wounded in the battle of Passchendaele and returned to the front on 21 March last. Two of his brothers are fighting in France. Sergeant W GRIBBLE has been twice wounded and has been awarded the Military Medal. Private R S GRIBBLE, the other brother, was a member of the 34th Reinforcements. [AWN 25.07.1918] p.47

GRIFFIN, Captain C J A, RAMC, Auckland, holds rank of lieutenant-colonel while commanding a medical unit. He has been at the front since the beginning of the war, most of the time with a field ambulance. He is at present in England on short leave. [AWN 11.07.1918, p.47]

HAMMOND, Gunner Ingraham E, who has been awarded the Military Medal for gallantry on the field, Is the son of Mrs R J Andrew of Waimauku and the late Mr W E Hammond, formerly a journalist in Auckland. He was born in this city 21 years ago and was educated at the Christian Brothers’ School, Melbourne. He left NZ with the 11th Reinforcements and was gassed and wounded on 12 October 1917. He is a nephew of Private H MALONE, Sergeant D MALONE, MM and Private T MALONE, the latter of whom is still in Egypt. [AWN 11.07.1918] p.47

HILL, Sergeant S D, late Secretary to Mr A A WINSLOW, American Consul General, has been killed in action. Born in Kentucky, USA, he was the first American in Auckland to enlist under his own nationality with the NZ Forces and left Auckland for camp exactly a year ago next Monday. He sailed with the 30th Reinforcements. [AWN 18.07.1918] p.20

HOOPER, Signal Sergeant A G, youngest son of Mr & Mrs Charles Hooper, Makarau, Kaipara, has been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. Sgt Hooper, who is well known in the North Auckland district, left with the 8th Reinforcements and served in Egypt for some time as a trooper. Later he joined the Camel Corps and became an expert signaller, attaining the rank of sergeant in 1916. He was transferred to the Imperial Camel Brigade with which he is now serving. [AWN 11.07.1918] p.20

HYNES, Private H W, aged 27, who has been awarded the Military Medal for gallantry on the field of action, is the son of M Hynes, Pollen St, Grey Lynn, has completed almost four years’ service in the present war. He was a member of the Samoan Advance Party and upon return to NZ re-enlisted with the 5th Reinforcements. He was wounded three times at Gallipoli and again during the Somme battle. He is now serving on the Western Front. He was formerly employed in the Herald Office. [AWN 11.07.1918] P.16

JORDAN, Major B S – Details of the manner in which this officer, a member of the Main Body, and a well known Rangiora resident, was killed, are given in a letter written by Lieutenant GRACE of Rangiora. Lt Grace says that at a sports gathering at Codford Camp, Major Jordan went up with an American airman who was doing some spectacular flying. After looping the loop several times they commenced to descend in a spiral. In the middle of the descent one of the wings broke and they fell from a height of 1500ft. When the two men were picked up they were found, with their hands clasped, as if they had shaken hands as the machine crashed to earth. [AWN 11.07.1918] [See also [AWN 01.08.1918] p.47

JORDAN, Sergeant Eric, 14th Reinforcements, eldest son of Mr E Jordan of Northcote, awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, has been mentioned in despatches for outstanding bravery at Messines, Ypres and the Somme. The medal was awarded in connection with the latter battle. He experienced some hard fighting and has had some narrow escapes. His wife and three children reside at Ellerslie with her brother, Mr T Chaplin. Sgt Jordan, who was born in Napier, Hawkes Bay, and educated at Port Ahuriri and Northcote schools, was a prominent member of the Northcote Fire Brigade. His brother, Private George JORDAN, who left with the 5th Reinforcement draft, attached to the Army Service Corps, is still in France. [AWN 11.07.1918] p.20

KNYVETT, Major F B, DSO, RFA, Auckland, has been posted to India. He served in Africa before coming to England in May 1915 as Captain. The following month he attained his majority and was very soon in France. [AWN 11.07.1918, p.47]

Among the New Zealanders who took part in the raid on Zeebrugge was Lieutenant D MACVEAN. For his services he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and given command of a ship. He went through the Gallipoli campaign and was severely wounded in the foot. He afterwards obtained a commission in the Navy. His sister, Mrs T J FLEMING, resides in Auckland. [AWN 04.07.1918] P.22

McNAMARA, Sergeant S A, brother of Miss May McNamara, Loisville, St Heliers Bay, has been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in a hand to hand combat with a squad of enemy cavalry. He is aged 20, the youngest of three brothers who left with the 3rd Reinforcements. He was wounded last November and invalided home. The youngest brother, Private R McNAMARA, is about to leave NZ. [AWN 18.07.1918] P.20

MEIKLE, Engineer Sub-Lieutenant Edgar V, has been promoted Engineer-Lieutenant. Formerly in the NZ Rifle Brigade, 5th Reinforcements, he transferred to the Navy at the beginning of last year and is now in HMS Neptune. [AWN 11.07.1918, p.47

MONCKTON, Miss Lorna M, came to England early in 1915 and took up war work at the hospital at Walton on Thames. There she remained until June 1917, being mentioned for her services. She then transferred to the NZ Record Office at Rouen in France, which necessitated her becoming a member of the WAAC. In this service she has been promoted to be an assistant-administrator and she is now stationed at Dover but hopes to get to France shortly. [AWN 11.07.1918] p.47

NATHAN, Captain L M, ASC, of Auckland, has relinquished his commission on account of ill-health. He has been granted the hon. Rank of lieutenant. He obtained his commission in 1915, was promoted captain at the end of 1916 and mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig’s despatch last December. He has recently been in NZ on six months’ leave. [AWN 11.07.1918] p.47

ODLIN, Stanley, 27th Specialists, has been admitted to hospital wounded in the foot. Son of C C Odlin of Wellington and prior to enlisting was engaged in farming at Monavale, near Canterbury. [AWN 04.07.1918] P.45

RENALL, Trooper E, who has been killed in action in Mesopotamia, was the son of Mr J A Renall of Kohekohe. He was attached to a machine-gun squadron at Amman in the Hedjas district, east of the River Jordan. He was killed by a sniper on 28 March last. He was awarded the Military Medal in 1917 for bravery at the battle of Ayan Kara. [AWN 18.07.1918] P.19

RIDLING, Lieutenant R G, NZRB, has been strongly commended by General Godley for an act of bravery during bombing instruction at Brocton Camp on 19 April. After pulling out the pin a man dropped a Mills grenade in the throwing bay. He then kicked it towards the entrance and retreated to the inner end of the bay. Lieut Ridling, who was instructing, seeing the man’s danger, warned his assistant to get clear and, rushing up, seized the man in his arms and carried him out. Before he could get past the bomb it exploded, wounding him severely in the groin. The man received a pellet in the leg. General Godley states in NZEF Orders that the coolness and bravery of Lieut Ridling undoubtedly saved the man’s life. [AWN 11.07.1918, p.47]

ROBERTSON, Lieut C P, son of P Robertson of Avondale, has been released from prisoner of war camp in Germany on 17 September and is probably at present in Switzerland. [AWN 11.07.1918] P.21

STEELE, Lieutenant Hector, Royal Field Artillery, son of Mr S Steele of Rukuhia, has been awarded the Military Cross. “On the morning of the 9th near …………. This officer was in charge of a detached section of 4.5 Howitzers. He continued firing his guns under heavy machine-gun fire until he had expended all his ammunition. He then sent detachments away with the dial sites and threw the breach blocks into a pond. He himself then found a party of infantry in ……….. and using a rifle, fought with them there and then returned with the party to ……… fighting as an infantryman most of the way. The example of courage and resource shown by this officer was of a very high order. The general officer commanding congratulates this officer on the receipt of the award for his gallantry.” This is the second of Mr Steel’s sons who has won the Military Cross. [AWN 18.07.1918] p.16

STEVENS, 2nd Lieutenant F A, Royal Engineers, until recently with the NZ Tunnellers, has gone to France attached to a depot field survey company at general headquarters where he expects to be for some time. [AWN 11.07.1918, p.47]

WILSON, Lieutenant Kirkby H, MC, of the Royal Engineers, arrived from Sydney last week on leave. He is the son of Harry Wilson of Auckland, now resident in England and has been on service since an early stage in the war. He took part in the Gallipoli operations in 1915 and engaged in the expedition to Suvla Bay. He has seen much service since Gallipoli in Mesopotamia. [AWN 04.07.1918] P.22

WOOD - Few of the many numerous families who have gone on service for King and country can show a better record than that of Mrs Wood of Waikumete. No fewer than six of her sons have left on active service, namely: Private Gilbert WOOD, 19th Reinforcements; Private F W WOOD, 21st Reinforcements; Private Richard WOOD; Private Leonard WOOD, 28th Reinforcements; Private Charles WOOD, 32nd Reinforcements; Private W A WOOD, 39th Reinforcements. The majority of these lads was brought up at Waikumete. Their patriotism speaks volumes for their mother’s training, the lads having had the misfortune to lose their father many years ago. [AWN 11.07.1918] P.16


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