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NEW ZEALAND AND WORLD WAR ONE
AUCKLAND WEEKLY NEWS
PERSONNEL PARAGRAPHS
MARCH 1915

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

March 1915

BRENNAN, Pte Adolphus Michael, Otago Infantry Battn, 4th Reinforcements, died 22 March, at Wellington Hospital, of a haemorrhage. NOK: James Brennan, North East Valley, Dunedin. [AWN 25.03.1915] p.55

HEWETT, Pte Douglas Selwood, 16th, Waikato, Auckland Infantry Battn, died on 21 March of pneumonia. NOK: M S Hewett, Bombay, India. [AWN 25.03.1915] p.55

JACKSON, Mr A Brittain, of the firm Earl & Kent, was among the Sergeants who left for Trentham on Saturday to join the sixth expeditionary reinforcement draft. Prior to his leaving he was made the recipient of a handsome present in the form of a pair of binoculars from the principals and a writing case from the staff. Mr Jackson, who is an old Grammar School boy, has been appointed office correspondence at the front to the Grammar School Old Boys’ Association. [AWN 25.03.1915, p.56]

JENET, Cpl M P, Ismailia, to his mother in Christchurch on 27 January: “This will be the first letter you will receive from me from a point actually on the battlefield. We are now engaged with the Turks, although as yet we are not in the firing line but acting as supports, about 7 miles in the rear. An artillery duel has been going on all day and two aeroplanes (British scouts) have passed over us this afternoon. It is a great compliment to us NZ’ers to be sent in preference to the English Tommies and Australians and we are all anxious to see what we can do. I hear that we are holding our own but we are in readiness to attack at any moment. We are all entrenched and have slept all night by the trenches.” [AWN 11.03.1915] p.17

PARKER, Major Frank M W – The death is announced in Egypt of this officer. - The only NZ soldier to whom the above message could refer is Lieut Frank W PARKER of Nelson who left NZ in December with one of the reinforcement drafts. [AWN 25.03.1915, p.24]

RICHARDSON, Lieut Colonel, son of the Hon. E Richardson, Officer in Charge 13th North Canterbury & Westland Regt, died of a cerebral haemorrhage. [AWN 25.03.1915] p.19

THOMSON, Kenneth Sinclair, Lieutenant News has been received of the death in action in Persia of Lieut Thomson. He was the son of Mr Sinclair Thomson, now residing at Geraldine, and was 26 years of age. He was educated at Wanganui College, and then went to St John’s College, Cambridge, where he took his degree in medicine. On leaving the university he entered the army and obtained a commission in the Bengal Cavalry. It was only quite recently that his parents received news that his regiment had been ordered away on active service in Persia and he had probably only been in the fighting area for a few days when he was killed. [AWN 11.03.1915] p.17

WRIGHT, Nurse, who has been acting as district nurse among the Maoris in the Rotorua district has been accepted for service at the Front and left Rotorua on Saturday morning. She is to proceed to England by the steamer Rotorua. [AWN 25.03.1915, p.56]


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