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MARCH 1916

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

MARCH 1916

BRAITHWAITE, Colonel, has been appointed to command the NZ Rifle Brigade in Egypt and Colonel CHAYTOR to command the Mounted Rifle Brigade. [AWN 02.03.1916] p.72

BUDDLE, Temp. Lieutenant C B, Army Service Corps, of Auckland, is a temporary captain from November 1 last. [AWN 02.03.1916] p.72

BURGESS, Major W L H, NZSC, son of Rev George Burgess, of Papakura, has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel. Formerly group officer commanding No.4 area of the Auckland district, he was given command of the 9th battery, Australian Artillery, when the Australian Expeditionary Force was formed and since then has been one of the most successful of NZ’s younger officers. He received mention in several despatches for his fine work with the guns whilst on Gallipoli, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order. He was wounded by a shell the second week after landing on Gallipoli but returned to the front shortly afterwards and saw six months strenuous fighting with a severe attack of fever. He left Egypt for Gallipoli once more in December but only proceeded as far as Lemnos, the evacuation then being in progress. He returned to Egypt and according to a letter dated 9 January, went into camp with his men on the famous battle ground of Tel-el- Kebir, where reorganisation and thorough refitting was effected. Before joining the NZ Staff Corps, Major Burgess was connected with the A Battery, Auckland, passing through all grades from gunner to senior lieutenant. Shortly before the outbreak of war he was transferred from Hamilton to Tasmania under the Dominion’s system of change of officers with the Commonwealth. [AWN 23.03.1916, p.22]

BURRAGE, Trooper Harry, 3rd, Auckland, Mounted Rifles - The manner of his death has been described by Sgt Major F A HALIDAY in a letter received by the last mail. He was formerly employed in the Wellington printing works. He was orderly to Capt WYMAN and was killed on July 27. Sgt Major Haliday states that he was assisting to erect a bomb proof shelter and bullets were falling thickly around him and those working with him. He was struck by a bullet from a machine-gun and died within two minutes. This happened at about mid day and at night fall his body was carried to the burial ground by some of his comrades and laid to rest. [AWN 16.03.1916] p.31

EVANS, Commander E R G R, CB., second in command of the last Scott Antarctic Expedition, has been appointed to command the Crusader. [AWN 02.03.1916] p.72

GALLAGHER, Sergeant Arthur Walton, of the 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade, who was reported to be dangerously ill, is now pronounced out of danger. Sgt Gallagher, who was born at Taupo in 1893, is the son of Mr A Gallagher of Gardner Rd, Epsom. Where war was declared he joined the Railway Engineers and was for seven months stationed at Samoa. On his return to NZ he joined the Rifle Brigade as a non-commissioned officer. [AWN 23.03.1916] p.20

GOODFELLOW, Lieutenant Eric, Killed in Action Mesopotamia 8th March 1916, son of Mr Thomas Goodfellow, Golf Road, Auckland. Studied medicine in England and volunteered for the RAMC. Then attached to the Royal Field Artillery. Former Territorial (G Battery) in NZ. He was largely responsible for the training of the detachment which secured for G Battery the Artillery Blue Ribbon of the Dominion at the Military Tournament in Christchurch in 1912. [AWN 23.03.1916] p.19

GREENSLADE, Private Walter, who was officially reported wounded, missing and believed to be dead as the result of the early August fighting at Chunuk Bair, left with the fourth reinforcements and served continuously from his arrival on Gallipoli on May 25 until the time of his death. He withstood the climate and campaign splendidly and was in the best of health right up to the end, this being the first occasion on which he had been wounded. In Trentham Camp he was drafted to the 6th, Hauraki, Company and after serving with the infantry in the trenches was transferred to the machine-guns, two of which were hurriedly ordered out on the morning of August 8 last in advance of the main lines. He was fatally wounded while participating in an endeavour to hold a ridge of strategic importance. He was born at Thames where he had experience as a volunteer being in the Hauraki Rifles Co. He followed the vocation of a commercial traveller for many years throughout the province. He resided in the Birkenhead district and is survived by his widow and a son. Returned men from the front have spoken of the manner of his death which, until now, has not been officially reported. [AWN 30.03.1916] p.20

HAROLD, Sergeant Hugh, 10th, North Otago, Regiment, left NZ with the third reinforcements. He landed at Gallipoli on May 8 and remained until September 12 when he received a shrapnel wound. He was invalided to Malta, thence to England. He has now thoroughly recovered and has returned to the front. Sgt Harold was promoted sergeant while at Gallipoli. [AWN 23.03.1916] p.20

HAYDON, Sergeant A, Army Service Corps, has telegraphed to his father, Mr Edward Haydon of Otahuhu, that he has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant. He left NZ with the main body of the Expeditionary Force. [AWN 02.03.1916] p.31

HEARD, Sub Lieutenant P B V, son of Colonel E S Heard, is posted to the cruiser Devonshire. [AWN 02.03.1916] p.72

HELLABY, Lieutenant F A, of Auckland, who was attached to the 1st Devons and was mentioned in Sir John French's last despatches, is now attached to the Machine-Gun Corps. His brother, Lieut R Sydney HELLABY, has been appointed adjutant to the 42nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery; and Lieut John HELLABY, Royal Horse Artillery, is still with the 2nd Indian Cavalry Division in France. [AWN 02.03.1916] p.72

HOOPER, Lance-Corporal John Charles, Army Service Corps - Distinguished Conduct Medal has been awarded 'for splendid devotion to duty in taking supplies under continuous shell fire'. He was born in Chatham, Kent. He enlisted at Aldershot on February 18, 1906, at the age of 20 yrs. After serving two years he was transferred to the reserve and came to NZ. When the war broke out L/Cpl Hooper was living at Kamo near Whangarei and was called up on August 13, 1914. He had been on active service in the Ypres region for 15 months when the medal was conferred on him. His wife, who is still resident in Kamo, has received a letter from Sgt Major J W MURRAY, 71st Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, in which the writer pays a tribute to L/Cpl Hooper's coolness. "the time I was in 123 Heavy Battery as QMS your husband accompanied me every night as driver of the supply wagon. On a great number of nights we were under very heavy shell fire and on more than one occasion his wagon was struck with pieces of shell but always your husband showed that he was made of the right stuff. On these dangerous journeys I was very thankful to feel that I had with me such a reliable man and I always put his wagon at the head of the column as a guide to the others in the rear'. [AWN 30.03.1916] p.21

JOHNSON, Gunner G F, NZFA, who left Auckland with the fourth reinforcements, has been discharged convalescent from the Pont de Koubbeh Hospital, Cairo. Gnr Johnson is well known in Auckland, having taken an active interest in football. His mother resides in Kiwi Road, Devonport. [AWN 09.03.1916] p.20

JOHNSON, Trooper Charles B, of the Auckland Mounted Rifles, who died of wounds on January 21 in hospital at Alexandria, Egypt, was the eldest son of Mr & Mrs James Johnson of Mangaiti, Te Aroha. He was educated at the Te Aroha District School. On completing the course there he engaged in farming pursuits on his father's property at Mangaiti till he enlisted with the sixth reinforcements. He was exceedingly popular and his old school-fellows and many friends have learned of his death with much regret. [AWN 09.03.1916] p.20

LEVY, Private L L, whose name was mentioned in the last casualty list of New Zealanders of the 4th Australian Light Horse, is the son of Mrs Levy and the late L L Levy of Wanganui Avenue, Ponsonby. His father was a soldier, having served as a corporal in the Maori war with the Wanganui Volunteer Cavalry from 1868 to 1873. He was at one time secretary of the King's Empire Veterans Association. [AWN 09.03.1916] p.20

MERCER, Sergeant Victor H, died at Bowral Hospital, participated in the landing at Gallipoli, wounded and invalided back. Recently acting as Recruiting Sergeant. Military funeral. [AWN 09.03.1916] p.27

MITCHELL, Sergeant F, DCM, is one of the six non-commissioned officers returning for a commission. His home is at Mataura, Southland, and prior to the outbreak of war he held a commission as Lieutenant in the 14th, South Otago, Regiment. So keen was he to place his services at the disposal of his King and country that he enlisted in the ranks and left for the front as a sergeant in the Otago Infantry Battalion of the main body. His subsequent career shows him to have been a soldier of grit and determination and in his case, at least, merit cannot be said to have gone unrewarded. Contracting an attack of measles on the day before the historic landing, he was unable to rejoin his unit until three weeks later. He then settled down with his comrades to the daily routine of trench warfare until the stirring times of August 6, 7 & 8 came round and with them the opportunity of gaining the decoration which now distinguishes his name. His chance came on the last day of the attack when a squad of about 50 men under his charge was holding a hill at Chunak Bair. The position was on the right flank of the advancing lines and Sgt Mitchell placed his men in such a manner that they were able to repel three Turkish assaults, one of which gave them - to use his own words - 'a pretty hot time'. It was for the disposition of his men on this occasion that he gained the DCM. Sgt Mitchell's service did not end here, however, as he practically saw all that was to be seen of Gallipoli, having taken part in the evacuation of the peninsula. He drew a vivid picture of the heavy frosts and snow that were encountered at the end of November and stated that the intense cold of those days was among the most trying of all the experiences of the troops. He also spoke touchingly of the regret felt by the men on leaving the spot where they had endured so much and had hoped so much, and where they had left comrades dearer to them than brothers. [AWN 16.03.1916] p.56

MORTON, Captain Alfred Bishop, about 33, educated at Auckland Grammar School, second s/o W E Morton, Green Lane, Auckland, NZSC, Staff Captain, Infantry Brigade, reported missing on 3rd May last is believed to have died of wounds on that date. [AWN 02.03.1916] p.22

MURRAY, 2nd Lieutenants Keith P D, of Auckland, and J P C COOPER, Royal Flying Corps, have been promoted lieutenants. [AWN 02.03.1916] p.72

NICOL, Sergeant C G, Auckland M.R., late of the NZ Herald staff, is now an out patient of Roehampton Hospital, where all the New Zealanders who have lost a limb are treated. Sgt Nicol, who had the ill-luck to lose his right hand, has already become remarkably proficient in the use of his left hand. [AWN 02.03.1916] p.72

RICHARDSON, G S, Lieutenant Colonel, one of the best known officers of the Permanent Artillery in NZ, has just been promoted to the rank of brigadier-general and is with the 12th Corps in Salonika. Brig-General Richardson who represented NZ at the War Office in 1914, was chosen for a staff position with the Royal Naval Davison and served with them at Antwerp and then for eight months in Gallipoli, where he had many narrow escapes. He was twice mentioned in despatches and received the C.M.G. and his new appointment is a recognition of the valuable services he has rendered since the beginning of the war. At Salonika, of course, his chief interest will probably be artillery of which it is known we have sent a very large force, including a number of younger NZ officers. [AWN 02.03.1916] p.72

WATSON, Corporal, awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, s/o Mr F H Watson, Manager of the Bank of NSW, Bulls; ex Government Surveyor, Auckland Infantry, attached to Machine-gun section. [AWN 02.03.1916] p.21

WITTNER, Signaller Herbert H of Auckland, 4th Howitzer Battery, son of Mr L Wittner, landed on Gallipoli 25th April and remained on the peninsula throughout. In a recent letter to his father he states that the names of those on the peninsular continuously from the landing until the evacuation were taken and the list numbered only 16. He forwarded a photo of a group of 10 of these veterans gathered around their Christmas dinner. He remarked that he was fit and well. [AWN 16.03.1916] p.31

WOOD, Major E A, Awarded Military Cross, for his continually fine work at Gallipoli, culminating in the assault at Chunuk Bair, has been invalided home with a shattered hand. [AWN 23.03.1916] p.18

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