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

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

March 1918

ALDERTON, Lieut G E L, after eight months of mine-sweeping, has been appointed 1st Lieutenant on the mother ship of the motor patrol on that particular station. [AWN 28.03.1918] P.21

ARMSTRONG, Captain D C, of Wellington, has been awarded the Military Cross for services in France. [AWN 21.03.1918, p.21]

BELLERBY, 2nd Lieut John L, Te Wera, Gisborne, of the Main Body, who has returned on Transport No.148, was wounded at Gallipoli but took part in the evacuation. He went to France, where he was severely wounded. [AWN 21.03.1918] P.21

BENNETT, Lieutenant P H G, formerly on the staff of a Wanganui paper, and who has returned on Transport No.147, was awarded the D.C.M. for taking charge of a machine-gun at a critical moment on Gallipoli and keeping the Turks back when his company was in a tight position. He was a member of the Main Body and has returned on duty. [AWN 21.03.1918] P.21

BISHOP, Private J, Welsh Regt, of Auckland, a New Zealander who was posted missing in July 1916 and who is now officially stated to have died on that day. [AWN 21.03.1918, p.22]

BOLD, Lieut H W D, RNR, has been declared fit again, after his attack of fever, contracted in the Mediterranean. He was formerly in the Union Steam Ship Co’s service, joined the NZEF, was wounded at Gallipoli and ultimately transferred to the RNR. [AWN 21.03.1918] p.22

BROWNE, Private Theodore C, son of Mr C Browne of the firm E C Browne & Co., Queen Street, has had both legs amputated as a result of gunshot wounds in the right leg and left knee. He left NZ with the 27th Reinforcements in the Infantry section. He was educated at the Auckland Normal School and later at the Seddon Memorial Technical College. Prior to enlisting he was engaged in farming near Gisborne and in the Taupo district. He is 22 years of age. Another brother, Private E R BROWNE, is at present on active service. [AWN 07.03.1918] p.45

BURRIDGE, Rev H W, of Invercargill, and who was on Transport No. 147 which returned to NZ in March 1918, was chaplain on the hospital ship Marquette when she was torpedoed in the Mediterranean. He has returned on furlough and is accompanied by Mrs Burridge who has been engaged in YMCA war work in London. [AWN 21.03.1918] P.20

CAMPBELL, Lt Col R O, DSO, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, has resigned his commission. For many years he was manager in NZ of Messrs Robert Campbell & Sons. [AWN 21.03.1918, p.22]

CHAMBERLIN, 2nd Lieut A O T of Okoroire, who has returned on Transport No.148, left as a private, was invalided from Gallipoli through sickness but later went to France where he was wounded at La Basseville in Auckland 1916. After gaining his commission in England he returned to France where he was again wounded. [AWN 21.03.1918] P.21

CLARK, 2nd Lieut Chas J M V, Ranui Road, Remuera, who has returned on Transport No.148, was attached to the 17th Reinforcements. He was wounded at Passchendaele. [AWN 21.03.1918] P.21

CLOSE, Gunner Percy Melville, son of Mrs M Close and the late Mr W Close of Canterbury, who was reported to have died of wounds on 13 January, left NZ with the 22nd specialist machine-gun section, joining the fifth machine-gun section on arrival in France. Before enlisting he was in the employ of the Railway Dept at Palmerston North. His wife resides at 21 Bath St, Parnell. [AWN 28.03.1918] P.19

COLLETT, Captain Clive F, who was killed recently in an aeroplane accident, was a son of Mrs A M Collett, Epsom. He previously was an electrician in the employ of Turnbull & Jones, Christchurch, and was latterly chief electrical engineer in charge of the Rewanui State mines. He enlisted in 1914. Last year he was awarded the Military Cross and later received a bar. He also was recommended for the DSO. [AWN 14.03.1918] P.19

CONNOR, Major J, NZMC, of Dunedin, who has returned on Transport No.148, was a member of the Main Body. He served at Gallipoli and in France. He was awarded the Military Cross at the New Year. [AWN 21.03.1918] P.21

CRAIG, Lieut J, son of the late Mr J J Craig of Auckland, has returned after three years service. He enlisted as a Private in the 8th Reinforcements and served in France until after the battle of the Somme. He was then sent to Officers’ Training Corps and was given a commission in the Imperial army. He is at present on furlough. [AWN 28.03.1918] P.21

CRAIK, Rev H Steele, CF, is at present in Bristol on leave after seven months with his battalion in France. He is now being held for duty elsewhere. [AWN 21.03.1918, p.22]

CUTTEN, Private G, of Wellington, died at sea on 11 March and buried at sea the same day. He had seen considerable service in France, being invalided home through sickness. Death followed an operation for appendicitis. [AWN 21.03.1918, p.21

DAVIS, Gunner Frederick, killed in action, was the only son of Mrs A S Davis of Margaret Street, Ponsonby. He was born in Ashburton and came to Hamilton about 15 years ago and was educated at the local High School. On his removal to Auckland he was employed by the Kauri Timber Co. and later was farming in the Tauranga district. He left NZ with the 16th Reinforcements and was attached to the artillery. [AWN 14.03.1918] P.19

DEVEREUX, Major G de B, who has returned on Transport No.149 and who wears a Military Cross, is a son of the Hon. Mrs H B Devereux of Market Road, Epsom. He was born in Auckland and is an old Grammar School Boy. He was a member of the College Rifles and, prior to the war, held a commission in the 3rd, Auckland, Regt. He has been on active service for over three years. [AWN 21.03.1918] P.21

DIGBY-SMITH, Major Alfred of Dunedin, DSO, who has returned on Transport No.148, served in Egypt and France. He was wounded at Messines and invalided to England. He returned to France but was again put out of action at Polygen Wood. He was awarded the DSO in June 1917. [AWN 21.03.1918] P.21

DOWDEN, Lance Corporal Walter Eric, only son of Mr R R Dowden of Birkenhead, who was killed in action on 19 February, was 25 years old and had the Military Medal conferred upon him over six months ago in connection with his intrepid investigations in unknown country for the purpose of ascertaining the meaning of certain coloured lights used by the Germans. He was attached to the 10th Reinforcement draft, transferring in Egypt from the mounteds to the infantry, in which he served in France but afterwards joined the 2nd NZ Machine-gun Company. At the time of enlisting he was farming near Otorohanga and previously in North Auckland, and formerly was engaged in the Bank of Australasia for upwards of three years. [AWN 21.03.1918] P.45

DRUMMOND - The family of Mr Robert Drummond of Hukatere near Matakohe has to its credit a fine record of service in the present war. Two of his sons have made the supreme sacrifice and two others are now serving with the forces. Corporal Alfred E DRUMMOND left with the 6th Reinforcements as a private and saw service on Gallipoli and in France. He was killed in action on 4 October, 1917. He was aged 36. Private Walter DRUMMOND was a member of the 8th Reinforcements. He was killed in action in France on 26 September 1916. He was 23 years of age. Private Charles DRUMMOND, aged 30, was a member of the 7th Reinforcements. In France he joined the ‘bombers’ and was wounded in the leg by the accidental explosion of a bomb, the limb subsequently having to be amputated. He is expected to return to NZ shortly. Private Arthur DRUMMOND of the 17th Reinforcements is now in France. He is at present a member of the Machine-gun Corps. He is 25 years of age. [AWN 28.03.1918] P.18

EADDY, Mr P A, Second Officer in the Royal Fleet Auxilliary Service, who is stationed at a base in the North. From May 1915 to December 1917 he served with the NZEF, having enlisted in Auckland. Prior to that he had been in the British mercantile marine for 15 years and had been a Royal Naval Reservist since 1905. Leaving NZ with the 6th Reinforcements, Mr Eaddy served with the 2nd Field Co., NZE, in Gallipoli, Egypt and France. [AWN 21.03.1918] P.22

FEATHERSTON, Mrs, daughter of Mr Ware of Remuera, is on service at the Norwood VAD Hospital, Middlesex. Her name was included in a recent list of workers commended for valuable service. [AWN 28.03.1918] P.21

FITZPATRICK, Private C A, DCM, killed in action on 12 October, was the only son of Mrs Fitzpatrick of Murdoch Road. He left with the 5th Reinforcements and went through all the battles of the second stage of the Gallipoli campaign, coming through unscathed. He proceeded to France in April 1016 and took part in the battle of the Somme. He remained in the trenches through the winter and again played his part in the battle of Messines where an act of conspicuous bravery earned for him the Distinguished Conduct Medal. Single-handed he attacked an enemy machine-gun, bayoneted five of the crew and captured the gun, together with a prisoner. He was well known and highly esteemed by a large circle of friends. [AWN 14.03.1918] P.19

GOLDSTEIN, Dr Herbert, son of Rabbi Goldstein, is at present in Walton Thames Hospital suffering from an attack of pharyngitis. He was educated at the Auckland Grammar School and graduated at London University. He left with the 7th Reinforcements and was awarded the Military Cross after the Messines battle. [AWN 14.07.1918, p.19

GRAY, Private Alexander, well known in scholastic and rugby football circles in Canterbury, died in Christchurch Hospital on Friday from the effects of wounds received in action in France. He left NZ with the 23rd Reinforcements as a sergeant, was wounded in the hip and invalided back to NZ, arriving in Christchurch last Tuesday. He took his BA degree at Canterbury College in 1895 and was master in charge of the secondary department at Akaroa District High School when he obtained leave of absence to enable him to go on active service. In his younger days he was an enthusiastic rugby footballer and was one of the earliest members of the Canterbury College Club in whose first fifteen he played as a forward. [AWN 28.03.1918] P.19

GRAY, Flight Lieutenant F, whose parents reside in Auckland, and who has returned on Transport No. 147, enlisted in Eketahuna as a gunner in the Main Body. He exchanged into the Royal Flying Corps and qualified in two months. He is home on furlough. [AWN 21.03.1918] P.20

HARRISON, Lieutenant Claude, Divisional Signal Co., who has returned on Transport No.147, Has been awarded the Military Medal. [AWN 21.03.1918] P.21

KELLY, Sister S, and Sister E STRACHAN, who have been on service with the British Red Cross in Russia, have been awarded Russian decorations. [AWN 21.03.1918, p.21]

LUPTON - A good record of service in the war’s cause, is to the credit of the family of Mr C H Lupton of Takanini. All five sons volunteered although two were not accepted. Private Albert LUPTON, the eldest son, returned to NZ last week. Accompanied by a younger brother, Private Henry LUPTON, he left with the 17th Reinforcements. He was severely wounded in the head on 4 July last year, so severely in fact that for a long time no hope was given for his recovery. The fifth and youngest son, Trooper Fred. LUPTON, on attaining his 20th birthday, enlisted and is now in training camp. The sons who were rejected are Alfred of Frankton, and Chris of Takanini. [AWN 21.03.1918] P.16

LUXFORD, Major J H, NZ MGC, is placed on the New Zealand roll on account of ill health caused by wounds. [AWN 21.03.1918, p.21]

MACDONALD, 2nd Lieut Arthur R, who was killed in action in France on 23 January, was born in Invercargill, being the sixth son of the late Mr T M Macdonald, for many years Crown Solicitor in that town. Shortly after the South African war he went to South Africa where he remained for a few years. On his return to NZ he was for a time employed with Messrs Dalgety & Co. at Masterton and later took up flaxmilling near Foxton. He then entered the employ of Messrs F Winstone & Co, Auckland, and subsequently took up land near Henderson, intending to engage in the fruit-growing industry. He enlisted at Dunedin shortly after the outbreak of war, leaving NZ as a sergeant with the 5th Reinforcements of the Otago Infantry Battalion. He saw service on Gallipoli, being there at the time of the evacuation and afterwards in France, where he gained his commission. A brother, Sergeant Hugh R MACDONALD, is still at the front, having left with the Auckland detachment of the 13th Engineers. He recently has been transferred to the topographical staff of the Second Anzac Corps. [AWN 21.03.1918] P.45

MAGNUSSON, Trooper James Werner, NZ Mounted Rifles, has been awarded the Albert Medal. On the occasion of the loss of a transport he dived into a rough sea, swam to the assistance of an injured soldier and placed him in a boat. He then returned to the sinking ship and rejoined his unit, but lost his life. [AWN 14.03.1918] P.26

MAHONEY, Sgt B G, 1st, Auckland, Infantry, who was recommended at the beginning of 1917 for an Imperial commission, has completed his course and has been posted to the Royal Munster Fusiliers. [AWN 21.03.1918] P.22

MAYELL - The Mayell family of Remuera. One brother was killed in November 1916, one has been on active service for two years, one left with the 22nd Reinforcements and the fourth brother, Richard W MAYELL has volunteered. [AWN 07.03.1918] P.20

McCARROLL, Lieut Colonel J N, NZ Mounted Rifles, who has been awarded a bar to his Distinguished Service Order, resided at Whangarei prior to the war. He left with the Main Body as major in command of the 11th, North Auckland, Mounted Rifles. He served in Gallipoli and Egypt. On 19 May 1915, he was wounded at Gallipoli but returned to active service after a short furlough in England and France. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel and has been for some time in command of the Auckland Mounted Rifles. He was again wounded at the end of last year in the fighting in the neighbourhood of Jerusalem. He was awarded the DSO early in January. [AWN 14.03.1918] p.26

MOORE, 2nd Lieut William A, of Haslett Street, who has returned on Transport No.148, was a private with the Main Body. He has returned for duty and wears the Military Medal and is credited with having taken part in all the important engagements New Zealanders have been engaged in, with the exception of the battle of Passchendaele. [AWN 21.03.1918] P.21

MURCHISON, Lieutenant D B, NZ Mounted Rifles, has been awarded a bar to the Military Cross. [AWN 14.03.1918, p.26]

NEWTON, Lt Col C T H, NZMC, who has been officer commanding a NZ Mounted Field Ambulance, has been appointed officer commanding NZ Stationary Hospital and Major R H WALTON has been appointed Colonel Newton’s successor at the Field Ambulance. [AWN 21.03.1918] p.22

OLDHAM, Corporal W A (Frank), MM, formerly of Ngaruawahia, 2nd, Auckland, Regt, and Private Thomas MACKIEof Mt Edenm 11th Contingent, Wellington Battn., son of Mrs M E Mackie, Hasbury Ave, Mt Eden, who has lost one son, a son in law and a brother in the war and another son is now in Palestine. – Further account of rescue under fire. [AWN 14.03.1918, p.17]

O’NEILL, Lt Col E J, DSO, NZMC, who has been officer commanding at the NZ Stationary Hospital in France, has been appointed officer commanding at Walton, in place of Lt Col T MILL, CMG, who is seconded for duty to NZ. [AWN 21.03.1918] p.22

OXLEY, Private Hubert, 2nd, Auckland, Regt, who was taken prisoner early last year, has been repatriated. His right arm is badly hurt and will need a long course of treatment. [AWN 21.03.1918, p.22]

PARK, Lieutenant G R, of Canterbury, who has returned on Transport No.147, who was a gunner in the Main Body, has been awarded the Military Cross and a bar. [AWN 21.03.1918] P.21

PHILLIPS, Private Isaac, son of Mr N Phillips, Vermont Street, Ponsonby, has been severely gassed in France. He left NZ with the 29th Reinforcements and for some time has been attached to the No.1 Field Ambulance. He was previously in business at Frankton as a chemist. He was an enthusiastic member of the St John Ambulance Brigade. Another brother, Private Louis PHILLIPS, of the 22nd Reinforce-ments, is at present attached to the Canadian Tunnellers Co. in Flanders. [AWN 07.03.1918] P.45

READ, Private Claude Raymond, reported died of meningitis at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, on 26 February, is the youngest son of Mr & Mrs H Read, Pencarrow Ave, Mt Eden. He left with the 19th Reinforcements, Auckland Infantry. His elder brother, Lieutenant L W READ, was killed in action on 9 December 1916 after over two years active service at Gallipoli and the western front. His eldest and only surviving brother, Sergeant G L READ, left with the 20th Reinforcements and is still in France. Prior to enlisting, Private Read was on the Auckland staff of the Royal Insurance Co. [AWN 28.03.1918] P.18

ROBINSON, Corporal Lawrence, who has been awarded the Military Medal, is one of four sons of Mr & Mrs Alfred ROBINSON of Grey St, Palmerston North. He left NZ with the 3rd Reinforcements but unfortunately stricken with sunstroke, followed by enteric fever whilst in Egypt and was invalided home but went back again with the 10th Reinforcements and was transferred to France where he was wounded on the third day of the Somme battle. He is now on service again in France. His brother Charles, who was invalided home in December 1916, has been in the Rotorua Sanatorium and Auckland Hospital ever since. He left with the Main Body. Private A J ROBINSON, 10th Reinforcements, was killed in action in France last August. Private Albert W ROBINSON, 28th Reinforcements, is now on active service in France and another brother will soon be of military age. [AWN 28.03.1918] P.18

SALMON, Captain Roy Dugdale, King’s African Rifles, an old Auckland boy, has been awarded the Military Cross for gallant services in reconnoitering previous to an attack, the success of which was due to the information he obtained. He is a son of Mrs J H Salmon, formerly of Auckland but now resident in London. His father, now deceased, was well known in Auckland and in the northern parts of the province in the early days. He was educated in Auckland. He has been all through the East African campaign, having left his Ugandan plantation to join the forces in 1914. [AWN 28.03.1918] P.21

Admiral Jellicoe, in a speech at Liverpool, said the late Lieutenant Commander W E SANDERS, who was awarded the Victoria Cross, was one of the greatest heroes of the war. The story of his exploits had not yet been written but the speaker had had the incidents of these exploits printed and was sending the story to NZ where the gallant officer belonged. He was the son of Mr E H Sanders of Takapuna. No details of the action for which he was awarded the VC have ever been announced but it was stated that it was granted for ‘one of the most brilliant minor engagements of the war.’ [AWN 14.03.1918] P.26

SANDERS, Lieut Commander W E, son of Mr E H Sanders, Takapuna. No details of the action for which he was awarded the V.C. have ever been announced but it was stated that it was granted for “one of the most brilliant minor engagements of the war”. [AWN 14.03.1918, p.26]

SAUNDERS, Lieutenant Colonel E H, officer commanding the troops returning in March 1918, on Transport 147, left with the Main Body. He was wounded on Gallipoli and after he recovered was in charge of the NZ Base Depot in France and later of the 4th Battalion of the Wellington Regt at Sling Camp. [AWN 21.03.1918] P.20

SAUNDERS, Major John L of Dunedin, officer commanding the troops on Transport No.148, is a Main Body veteran. He was severely wounded on Gallipoli. He contracted enteric fever and was sent to England. He was wounded for the second time at the battle of the Somme and invalided to England. He was in command of the 4th (Reserve) Battalion, Otago Regiment, in England until he received orders to return to NZ for duty. He was awarded the DSO in June last. [AWN 21.03.1918] P.21

SENIOR, Captain C H A, MC, Auckland Regt, is placed on the New Zealand on account of ill health contracted on active service. [AWN 21.03.1918, p.22]

Private advice has been received by Mrs E Sherson that Major E SHERSON has been admitted to the Codford Hospital, England, suffering from a dislocated shoulder. He was officer commanding the 20th Reinforcements and left NZ on 30 December 1916. In July last year he was appointed general musketry officer at Sling Camp, having successfully completed his training at the musketry college at Hayling Island. Prior to his enlistment he was lieutenant-colonel of the NZ Field Artillery Brigade. [AWN 07.03.1918] P.45

STALLARD, Lieutenant F J W, MC, NZFA, is commanding a heavy trench mortar battery and now holds the rank of Captain. [AWN 21.03.1918, p.22]

WALLER, Private Alfred Eric died of bronchitis in France, is the second son of Mrs Annie Waller, nurse, of Te Kuiti. He left NZ with the 8th Reinforcements. He was wounded in the battle of the Somme and after recovery was engaged in the battle of 12 October last. He is the second son of Mrs Waller who has made the supreme sacrifice. [AWN 21.03.1918] P.45

WARING, Captain Frederick R K of Ireland, who has returned on Transport No.148, served in the South African war. He wears the King’s Medal with four clasps and the Queen’s Medal with three clasps. He remained in South Africa where, in 1906, he assisted in quelling the Denizula Rebellion, Natal. Subsequently he came to the Dominion and in 1915 joined the NZEF. [AWN 21.03.1918] P.21

WATSON, Captain William, who has returned on Transport No.149, is a son of Mr Wm Watson, a well known Wellington business man and a director of the Bank of NZ. Prior to enlisting in 1915 he was engaged in farming at Rangiriri. He served on the Gallipoli Peninsula and in France, and is married to a daughter of Mrs Robert Browning of Arney Road, Remuera. He wears the Military Cross. [AWN 21.03.1918] P.21

WILKIE, Private R A, whose parents reside at Baildon Road, Grey Lynn, has returned on Transport No.147. He has been awarded the Military Medal for bravery during the battle of Messines. [AWN 21.03.1918] P.21

WILLIAMS, Gunner T, of Newmarket, a Main Body man, who has returned on furlough on Transport No.147, was given the Military Medal for his bravery in rescuing a wounded officer at the battle of Passchendaele. [AWN 21.03.1918] P.21

WRAY, Major W G, M.C. of Wellington, who has returned on Transport No.149, was officer commanding the troops during the voyage. He left NZ in command of the Canterbury Mounted Rifles, 6th Reinforcement. He took part in operations on Gallipoli Peninsula and in France. He was wounded at Messines and the Somme. With the exception of a few months spent in command of the Otago Reserve Battalion at Sling Camp, he has been almost continuously in the firing line. [AWN 21.03.1918] P.21


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