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

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

November 1915

ANDERSON, Private William Alexander, who has been reported as missing at the Dardanelles on August 7, is the eldest son of Mr Alexander Anderson of Mataura. At the time of his enlisting he was 30 yrs of age and was educated at the Mataura public school. After leaving school he was for a number of years employed at the NZ Paper Mills Ltd and Southland Frozen Meat Co’s works, Mataura. [AWN 11.11.1915] P.20

ARLOW, Gunner H V, Howitzer Battery, who has been invalided home to NZ and is now convalescing at Rotorua, joined the main expeditionary force from Canterbury. He was a member of the staff of Dalgety & Co Ltd. He was some time at the front before he was invalided home. [AWN 25.11.1915] P.20

BARNARD, Private Henry, Auckland Infantry Battalion, who was killed in action on August 12, was the son of Mr H G Barnard of Eltham. He was living in Auckland for some time where he was on the staff of Messrs Stewart & Johnston, solicitors. He has two brothers at the front. [AWN 11.11.1915] P.20

BECK, Captain W T, D.S.O., was defence storekeeper at Auckland before he enlisted in the ordnance branch of the Expeditionary Force. [AWN 11.11.1915] P.28

BEGG, Lieutenant Colonel C M. C.M.G., was recently mentioned in despatches. He left with the main body of the Expeditionary Force as officer commanding the NZ Field Ambulance. He arrived back in NZ by the Tofua a few days ago. [AWN 11.11.1915] P.28

Among the survivors from the Marquette was Sergeant F C BENFIELD. He was on the staff of the No.1 Stationary Hospital and as his name did not appear in any of the lists published recently, his wife, who is now in Auckland, telegraphed to the authorities in Wellington. She received a reply that Sgt Benfield was on the transport and survived the disaster. [AWN 11.11.1915] P.20

News was received by Mr N L Benjamin of Auckland from his son L/Cpl Rolan BENJAMIN who was one of the survivors from the transport Marquette. He stated he was safe and well. [AWN 11.11.1915] P.20

BLACK, Trooper Lincoln, reported missing, is 22 yrs of age. He enlisted in the Auckland Mounted Rifles and was previously engaged in farming operations. For four years he was a member of the 4th, Waikato, Mounted Rifles. His father lives at Opotiki, Bay of Plenty. Tpr Black was well known in football circles in his district. [AWN 11.11.1915] P.20

BLACKETT, Lieutenant G R, Military Cross, was a resident of Nelson and went to the front with the Canterbury Mounted Rifles. He was formerly associated with the Nelson Mounted Rifles. [AWN 11.11.1915] P.28

BORTHWICK, Trooper James R, Wellington Mounted Rifles, reported missing, is the youngest son of Mr & Mrs J Borthwick, Lee Stream, Outram. He was born at Castle Rock, Lumsden, 25 yrs ago and was educated at Lee Stream and Outram public schools. He volunteered from Ruanui Station in the North Island where he was mustering and left with the third reinforcements. [AWN 11.11.1915] P.20

BROWN, Major C H J, D.S.O., of the NZ Staff Corps, went away with the Canterbury Battalion of the Main Expeditionary force. He was formerly stationed at Greymouth. [AWN 11.11.1915] P.28

BROWN, Trooper Hugh Charters, son of Mr W E Brown of Auckland, has been sent to England by the Braemer Castle for hospital treatment. When war broke out Trooper Brown was sheep farming. He enlisted in Gisborne in one of the Wellington squadrons but later was drafted to a Canterbury regiment of mounted rifles. He did not get away, however, until the sixth reinforcements left, having had a leg broken at Trentham while schooling a horse. Tpr Brown is well known in Auckland. He was prominent in swimming circles and three years ago was second in the cross harbour swim from Northcote to Shelly Beach. [AWN 18.11.1915] P.20

CAMERON, Sister M O, [sinking of the Marquette] who is reported to be seriously ill, was the matron in charge of the contingent of 31 nurses who left Wellington in May. She was trained in the Ovens District Hospital, Australia, and the Women’s Hospital, Melbourne. She was on the staff of the Waikato Sanatorium from 1909 to 1910, when she was appointed matron of St Helens Hospital, Christchurch, a position which she held until her departure for Egypt. [AWN 11.11.1915] p.17

CLARK, Nurse and FOX, Nurse, [sinking of the Marquette] who are reported to be missing, were both engaged in private nursing in Auckland for some time prior to their departure for service abroad. Nurse CLARKE belonged to Ardgowan near Oamaru. She was trained at the Oamaru Hospital. [AWN 11.11.1915] p.18

CROOK, Driver Walter, ammunition column, Howitzer Battery, who disembarked at Malta on August 20, suffering from internal injuries received while on active service, has written to his mother – Mrs W Crook of Union St, Auckland – that he is progressing favourably and expects shortly to return to the firing line. Driver Crook is 37 yrs of age. He served in the South African war and was in the employ of Mr J J Craig when he enlisted. [AWN 04.11.1915] P.20

DELANEY, Private P - GLOVER, Private Charles H G, 3rd, Auckland, Regiment, main body, son of Mr A Glover, M.P. Having been on Gallipoli from the date of the first landing until August 10, he returned invalided as the result of concussion caused by a bomb which burst near him on the last date named. Describing some of his experiences he said he was in the charge to effect which the 3rd Aucklanders volunteered early in June at Quinn’s Post. They went out that night with three sandbags in their shirts, one full and the two others empty. In front went the bomb-throwers and behind the latter men with rifles and bayonets. The first thing Private Glover knew was that he had fallen into the Turkish trench, meeting there a friend, Private P DELANEY, to whom he said “Pleased to meet you”. His friend expressed equal pleasure at seeing him. They could not hold the trench but had to retired, 30 returning out of 73 who had gone in. On August 10 Private GLOVER’s regiment was advancing along Walker’s Ridge, with the Maoris, Gurkhas and Royal Artillery, supporting. They advanced as far as they could with unloaded rifles, depending only on the bayonets. In the charge a bomb exploded just alongside Pte Glover, who stated that had he been a little further away it might have blown him to pieces. As it was, he was unconscious for three days, coming to his senses on board a hospital ship. [AWN 11.11.1915] p.17

DOWNES, Private Albert, Maori Contingent, who was reported to have died on September 9 of enteric fever, was a son of Mr H Downes of Whangaroa. He was 30 yrs of age. A brother of the deceased (Trooper O Downes) left with the first reinforcements. The deceased was a great-great-grandson of the Ngapuhi chief, Hongi Hika. [AWN 04.11.1915] P.20

DUNN, Private Chris. B N, son of Mr & Mrs M S L Dunn, Kaitaia, who was reported some time ago to be in a hospital in Cairo suffering from nervous debility, has recovered and is now on Gallipoli again. [AWN 11.11.1915] P.20

EWINGTON, Private F W, 4th Battalion, NSW Force, has been reported killed in action at the Dardanelles. He was the eldest son of Mr & Mrs F G Ewington of Devonport, born in Auckland and educated at Mr Andrews’ school, Hobson St and at the Rev P Mason’s school, Pitt Street. Pte Ewington was a seaman by occupation and when the war broke out he enlisted at Liverpool, NSW. [AWN 04.11.1915] P.20

FERGUSON, Sapper Roy, NZ Field Engineers, who was reported to have been wounded at Gallipoli, has cabled to his father, Mr T Ferguson of Penrose, that he is now in England and convalescent. It appears he was also suffering from dysentery. [AWN 04.11.1915] P.20

FINDLAY, Lieutenant Colonel J, C.B., was officer commanding the Canterbury Regiment of Mounted Rifles in the main body of the Expeditionary Force. [AWN 11.11.1915] P.28

FINN, Captain, Medical Corps, has been awarded the Distinguished Service Order, for conspicuous devotion to duty from August 6 to 9. He worked day and night unceasingly and without rest, bringing the wounded in under continuous fire. The dressing station was heavily shelled for an hour and many of the assistants wounded. [AWN 04.11.1915, p.28

FINN, Captain Bertram Sibbald, Distinguished Service Order – Captain Finn, who received the Order for his conspicuous gallantry in attending to the wounded and working unceasingly day and night under heavy fire, is a well known and popular Aucklander. Captain Finn is 33 yrs of age and his mother, Mrs Finn, resides in Wynyard Street. Captain Finn was present at the first landing at Gallipoli and letters received by friends in Auckland indicate that the young officer did splendid work. He acted as a stretcher bearer and his efforts in attending and relieving the wounded won for him the admiration and respect of all who were associated with him. Captain Finn was educated at the Wanganui Collegiate School. He was engaged in mining in Australia for some time and when the South African war broke out he joined the Fifth Australian Contingent. He was for 15 months on active service and received the Queen’s medal and the King’s medal, with fire bars. After the war, Captain Finn returned to NZ and studied dentistry. [AWN 04.11.1915] p.19

FITZGIBBON, Sergeant David Patrick, NZ Medical Corps, was one of the survivors of the ill fated Marquette. He was at Limestone Island for many years and is well known in Whangarei. He is a justice of the peace. [AWN 25.11.1915] P.20

FITZHERBERT, Mr P B – who left Auckland about eight weeks ago and who is now in London, has received a commission in the Royal Horse Artillery. Mr Fitzherbert, who is a member of the legal firm of Fitzherbert and Fitzherbert, had intended to join the aviation corps. [AWN 04.11.1915] P.53

FLETCHER, Private Christopher Laurie, who was wounded at Anzac in August, is at present in St Thomas’ Hospital, London, suffering from gunshot wounds in the leg. His condition at the date of the communication was reported to be serious. He is a son of Mrs W T Fletcher, Trafalgar St, Onehunga and is one of three brothers on active service. He went to Samoa with the advance party and on returning to NZ left with the fifth reinforcements. He was in the employ of J C Spedding Ltd when he enlisted. [AWN 04.11.1915] P.20

FOOKES, Sergeant, of Lawrence. Chaplain Captain BUSH KING gave personal testimony of the gallant conduct of Sgt Fookes. He says that he went out under fire and rescued wounded comrades, his actions being worthy of being awarded the V.C. Although his name had been sent forward by the officer commanding his regiment, with a strong recommendation for award, it had not been granted. Capt Bush King said this was not a singular instance, as at the landing at Anzac, in the charge across the daisy patch at Cape Helles and in the last actions at Sari Bair, there were many gallant feats which had also been overlooked. [AWN 04.11.1915, p.17]

FORD, Private H T, of Waihi, one of the 6th, Haurakis, was accidentally injured. He was sent for some bombs and took the wrong direction, with the result that he fell about 25ft, sustaining concussion of the spine. He lay where he fell for 40 hrs. The Turks were only about 15 yds away and he dared not, therefore, cry out to his own comrades. He was half unconscious when he was at length picked up. He was previously hit in the foot by shrapnel, one bullet passing between two of the toes and another tearing off the heel of his boot. [AWN 11.11.1915] p.17

GAUNT, Sapper Joseph, who has been reported wounded, was a member of the fourth reinforce-ments. His wife resides in Clarence St, Ponsonby. Spr Gaunt is a native of Yorkshire, England, and he had been in NZ for four years when he enlisted, having been engaged in farming pursuits and in the building trade. Of his two sons, one is fighting with the British forces at Home and the other went into camp at Trentham three weeks ago. Spr Gaunt was in the fighting line nearly five months before he received his wound. [AWN 11.11.1915] P.20

GILLET, Corporal Henry Joseph Arnold, Divisional Signalling Co., son of Mrs Henry Gillet, Owen’s Road, Epsom, has been wounded. He was a member of the sixth reinforcements which arrived in Cairo on September 19. He is 20 yrs of age and was a telephone operator at Wanganui and Auckland. [AWN 18.11.1915] P.20

GLOVER, Private Charles H G, 3rd, Auckland, Regiment, main body, son of Mr A Glover, M.P. Having been on Gallipoli from the date of the first landing until August 10, he returned invalided as the result of concussion caused by a bomb which burst near him on the last date named. Describing some of his experiences he said he was in the charge to effect which the 3rd Aucklanders volunteered early in June at Quinn’s Post. They went out that night with three sandbags in their shirts, one full and the two others empty. In front went the bomb-throwers and behind the latter men with rifles and bayonets. The first thing Private Glover knew was that he had fallen into the Turkish trench, meeting there a friend, Private P DELANEY, to whom he said “Pleased to meet you”. His friend expressed equal pleasure at seeing him. They could not hold the trench but had to retired, 30 returning out of 73 who had gone in. On August 10 Private GLOVER’s regiment was advancing along Walker’s Ridge, with the Maoris, Gurkhas and Royal Artillery, supporting. They advanced as far as they could with unloaded rifles, depending only on the bayonets. In the charge a bomb exploded just alongside Pte Glover, who stated that had he been a little further away it might have blown him to pieces. As it was, he was unconscious for three days, coming to his senses on board a hospital ship. [AWN 11.11.1915] p.17

The soldiers who returned by the Willochra have many tales to tell of deeds of gallantry. One or two of them are typical examples of British pluck. The story is related by Private C G GLOVER, 3rd, Auckland, Regiment, main body, of some Jack Tars who were exposed to heavy shell-fire. These sailors were in a pinnace near the wharf. Shells from the Turkish guns were falling all round them. One eventually struck the wharf without exploding and, falling in to the pinnace, burst, driving a hole in her bottom. In the first confusion the sailors got out of the boat but immediately returned to it, realizing that it was their duty to stick to their post. Having clambered in again, the petty officer in charge reported to an officer on the wharf “Boat sinking, sir”. He replied “Beach her” and as he uttered the command a shell struck him right in the throat, killing him on the spot. The sailors pulled the sinking pinnace back and tied it up behind two barges, beaching it broadside on. The whole time they were under fire. [AWN 11.11.1915] p.17

GREGOR, Nurse [sinking of the Marquette] was a native district nurse under the Public Health Dept, with headquarters at Hamilton, and Nurse BLACKIE was also a native district nurses with headquarters latterly at Tauranga. Nurse METHERELL was on the staff of Erinholme Private Hospital, Auckland. [AWN 11.11.1915] p.18

HANCOCK, William, non commissioned officer, 11th Reinforcements, aged 31, native of Cornwall, England, fatally shot himself in the mouth with a revolver in the public gardens at Wellington on Sunday. He was a member of the Main Expeditionary Force and had returned invalided and rejoined the 11th reinforcements. It is understood that he left a letter explaining his reason for the deed. [AWN 04.11.1915] P.20

HARSTON, Captain Ernest S, Subaltern, 9th, Hawkes Bay, Infantry Co., Main Force, has been invalided and is now in England on two months furlough. Although he has had his clothing and equipment torn by rifle and shrapnel bullets, Capt Harston has escaped without physical injury during the whole period of his service at Gallipoli. He is a native of Thames, being a son of Mr H L Harston who now resides in Napier. [AWN 04.11.1915] P.20

HOY, sapper Robert J – The bravery of the Gurkhas and of the Australians is a subject upon which many of the returned men dilate. Spr Hoy of Auckland, who was with the NZ Engineers, main body, said the Gurkhas will do anything for their comrades in arms. He had many opportunities of observing this, as his company was attached to the Gurkhas. An example of the courage of the Australians was quote by Spr Hoy, who said he saw one of them go out and bandage eight wounded men and carry a ninth into a sap, under fire all the time. In another instance, Sgt RAY of Dunedin, was the hero of a gallant act, narrated by the same man. One of the men of Kitchener’s Army had fallen wounded and was lying out in the open. Sgt RAY went out under shrapnel and machine-gun fire and carried him in to the comparative safety of the trench………Also comments re Sgt R NAIRN, Auckland, NZ Engrs. [AWN 11.11.1915] p.17

HUDSON, Sergeant Athol, E Company, 8th Reinforcements, son of late Dr Hudson of Nelson, has been nominated by the Professorial Board of Victoria College as a Rhodes scholar for 1916. [AWN 04.11.1915, p.19]

JACKSON, Private J F, who is convalescing in England, went to the front as orderly to Lt Col PLUGGE. He was in the firing line for some time before he was wounded. He served in the Boer war. [AWN 25.11.1915] P.20

JEWISS, Private A, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, is at present in hospital suffering from severe mental shock. He was wounded during the early stages of the fighting but was later reported to have completely recovered. He was subsequently admitted to a Malta hospital slightly ill but in August his condition became dangerous. He left with the third reinforcements. He is a son of Mrs C Jewiss of Sherbourne Rd, Mt Eden. [AWN 04.11.1915] P.20

JONES, Gunner E O – Advice has been received by Mr J O Jones of Titirangi, from the NZ Bureau, Alexandria, that his youngest son has been declared medically unfit and will not be returned to the front. Gnr Jones left NZ in the main force as a member of No.2 Battery, Field Artillery, and was shot through the loins on May 1. The injury was a very serious one, as the bullet narrowly missed the spine and it was not until Sept 21 that Gnr Jones was discharged from the convalescent home in Alexandria, to which he was sent from hospital. [AWN 11.11.1915] P.20

KENNEDY, Private Richard – The death of another Aucklander, Pte Kennedy, formerly a solicitor, was another striking example of nobility and courage which Sapper HOY narrated. “Dick KENNEDY was with us in the Engineers. He was ill with dysentery, practically dying, but insisted on taking part in the big advance on the left wing in the battle of Sari Bair early in August. He would not stay behind. We had to dig a reserve trench for ourselves and the Gurkhas. We had two sandbags each and started to dig in behind them. KENNEDY was remarking what a good time he was going to have when he got back to Auckland and was resting in the sap. He turned round on his elbow to talk to someone when a bullet struck him in the head and he died in 30 seconds.” [AWN 11.11.1915] p.17

LIVERMORE, Trooper Percy S, son of Mr E Livermore, returned on the Willochra, was twice wounded at Gallipoli, the second time in the Suvla Bay advance. He has made an excellent recovery and is fit and well, in spite of months of hardship in the trenches. [AWN 11.11.1915] P.20

LYNCH, Private N, of Auckland, who went to Egypt and the Dardanelles with the 3rd Australian Battalion, arrived at Wellington from Sydney by the Ulimaroa last week. He was wounded in the left foot early in May, a few days after the landing, and now is enjoying three months’ furlough before returning to the front. [AWN 25.11.1915] p.20

MACKESY, Lieutenant, Killed in Action 6 August – Tpr A J SWAYNE, 4th, Waikatos, Main Body, who was himself wounded on 7 August in the right arm and hip, the same bullet inflicting the double injury, says “It was during the attack on No.3 outpost, our squadron was acting in support and when we charged we went for a part of the trench which had not been taken. We met with opposition but reached the parapet from where we were bombing the Turks, when Lt MACKESY was hit by an enemy bomb. He was wounded in the arm and fell back against me. We got him away to the beach but he died next day from loss of blood. Though so badly hurt he was ‘as game as a pebble’ and said to me as he staggered back “Go on with the bombing”. [AWN 04.11.1915, p.18

MAGEE, Private James Michael, NZ No.1 Stationary Hospital, reported missing and believed to be drowned on the Marquette, had an adventurous career. Born in 1879 at Nelson Creek, Westland, he was educated at the convent school, Brunnerton. He served for several years in the British Navy at practically every naval station in the world and at the time of the Box rising in China he was one of the British landing party. Pte Magee was in the navy during the Boer war and he also served on American transports at the time of the Spanish-American war. He was shipwrecked twice on the Alaskan coast. During recent years he was employed as a telegraph linesman at Waipukurau, Hastings, Christchurch and Nelson. He was a keen member of the St John Ambulance Society. He was one of a family of nine sons, four of whom are with the NZEForces. [AWN 18.11.1915] P.20

Marquette [sunk in the Aegean Sea, 23 October 1915] The list of those who were rescued includes several well known Aucklanders. The only Auckland doctor is Captain J L FRAZER-HURST who was medical superintendent of the Whangarei Hospital until he went into camp in March of this year. Sergeant J L HANNA is a son of Mr S D Hanna. Lance Corporal A Roland BENJAMIN is a son of Mr N L Benjamin, manager for P Hayward & Co. Private F E COOPER is a son of Mr F J Cooper, Victoria Street, and Private E W D CLAYTON is a son of Mr E Clayton of Parnell and a grandson of Captain M T Clayton of Manurewa. [AWN 11.11.1915] p.18

McALINDER, Private H J N, Otago Infantry Battalion, who was recently wounded and is now in a hospital in England, is a brother of Mr C R McAlinder, of Bradford St, Parnell. He is a native of Wanganui and left there with one of his brothers in the third reinforcements. His brother has also been wounded. [AWN 04.11.1915] P.20

McPHERSON, Lieutenant Robert, Field Artillery, has been awarded the Distinguished Service Order for conspicuous gallantry on 27 August. He descended a pit containing 50 high-explosive shells at great personal risk and extinguished a fire caused by blazing brushwood, the result of Turkish bombardment during the assault on Hill 60. [AWN 04.11.1915, p.28]

McPHERSON, Lieutenant, was educated at Albany Street school, Dunedin, and subsequently joined B Battery of which he was a popular member. When he enlisted with the main Expeditionary Force, [per our Dunedin correspondent] he was in the employ of Messrs Murray, Roberts & Co. He was an active worker in the YMCA and an effective leader of the Pelichet Bay Band of Hope for some years. The incident which probably gained him the D.S.O. is mentioned in a private letter: “Last Monday (July 12) we went into action at daybreak and continued firing for about an hour and a half, covering the infantry advance. During the whole of that time we were heavily bombarded by the enemy, who set fire to scrub in front of us, the wind carrying flames in our direction and giving us rather a rough time. We managed to keep the guns in action as long as was necessary, however, and endeavoured to put the fire out. As soon as we received the order to cease firing, another chap and McPherson went out in front of our gun to clear a ring round, so that it would check the fire. They had been ‘slogging’ for about seven minutes and had almost finished when the enemy put a shrapnel shell right into the party without hurting either, the bullet tearing up the earth all round them. A few seconds later another shell came the same way and got McPherson’s mate without however grazing him, although they were within 2ft of each other at the time. It seems almost miraculous that a chap could be right in the centre of two shrapnel bursts and get away without a scratch. This is the third time McPherson has had a close call. [AWN 04.11.1915] P.19

MELVILLE, Sapper R H – Divisional Signalling Co, NZ Engineers, told a story of a courageous lad – a marine on the Triumph. He was aboard that vessel when she was torpedoed and was subsequently put ashore at Anzac. He managed to procure a rifle and a khaki uniform and went up into the trenches and was there three days before he was found. The lad was put under arrest. Whilst waiting to rejoin the marines he was at headquarters a few yards from Sir Alex Godley’s dug-out when he was wounded by the same shell that wounded Sapper MELVILLE. [AWN 11.11.1915] p.17

MERRICK, Driver A, Army Service Corps, went to the front with the main force and landed at Anzac on April 25. He was wounded in the neck six weeks later and shortly after returning to the front received another wound, which resulted in the loss of a finger of his right hand. Advice was received by his mother Mrs J Merrick, Ireland St, Ponsonby, that he would be invalided home but evidently he has returned to the peninsular, as it has now been reported that he has again received a wound in the hand. An elder brother, Private J J MERRICK, who went to the front with the fourth reinforcements, was wounded in the neck on August 13 and died of wounds on August 24. Another brother Private George MERRICK, is in the eighty reinforcement draft for the Otago Infantry. [AWN 18.11.1915] P.20

NAIRN, Sergeant R – The heroic manner in which Sgt Nairn of Auckland, with the NZ Engineers, met his death was also related by Sapper HOY. “We had invented a new bomb-mortar to carry [……]of gun cotton” he said. “With this we were trying to destroy the Turks’ bomb proof cover from an observation post at Quinn’s. It was necessary to light the bomb and also the mortar, the two fuses burning together when all went well. On this occasion the fuse in the mortar did not burn, but that in the bomb itself was burning away merrily. To let this continue meant the explosion of the 6lb charge of gun cotton in our own trench, which was going to shake things up a bit. Sgt NAIRN twice attempted to extinguish the fuse burning in the bomb but in vain. We called to him, urging him to come away but he made another effort and the bomb went off, killing him instantaneously. If ever a man died a hero’s death, Sgt NAIRN did.” [AWN 11.11.1915] p.17

NEEDS, Private R A – Among those who fell in the fighting on August 8 was Pte Needs, second son of Mr William Needs of Alma, Oamaru, who is visiting Auckland as a delegate to the Presbyterian Assembly. He was wounded in the left leg, a bullet entering the hip and passing down the thigh to a spot above the knee, whence it was extracted. At the latest advice Pte Needs was in King George’s Hospital, London. He went to the front with the main force in the Otago Infantry and while in Egypt was transferred to the despatch-carriers’ corps. He is 23 [?28] yrs old and was educated at the Waitaki High School. [AWN 25.11.1915] P.20

OAKEY, Lieutenant A N, who has been awarded the Military Cross, went to the front with the engineers. He belongs to Christchurch and was formerly associated with the No.1 Field Co., New Zealand Engineers. [AWN 11.11.1915] P.28

PAGE, Trooper Albert, died of wounds, was a son of Mr J Page of Tahuna. He was 24 yrs of age and enlisted with the Otago Mounted Rifles. [AWN 04.11.1915] P.20

London, 24 September 1915 The first Maori to die in England, Tumai PENAMENE, at the Dudley Road Section of the First Southern Military Hospital, Birmingham. Buried at Lodge Hill Cemetery with military honours, Rev W W Holesworth, Wesleyan Chaplain. [AWN 18.11.1915] p.18

PHILLIPS, Corporal Thomas Wallace, recently reported to have died at Walton Hospital, London, through wounds received at the Dardanelles, followed by pneumonia, was well known in the Cambridge district. He was born in Dumbarton, Scotland, in 1894 and came out to the Dominion a few years ago. He served as a volunteer in the Cambridge section of the Waikato Mounted Rifles. Cpl Phillips was a good rifle shot, having won many prizes. [AWN 04.11.1915] P.20

PHILLIPS, Corporal Thomas W, Auckland Mounted Rifles, 4th Squadron, who is reported to have died of wounds, left with the second reinforcements. He was a son of Mrs Mary Phillips of Matangi and was only 20 yrs of age. [AWN 18.11.1915] P.20

RATTRAY, Sister Lorna – Information has been received that Sister Rattray of Dunedin, who left NZ with the hospital ship Maheno, has been drowned. She left the Maheno at Port Said and had been on the hospital staff there so far as is known. The advice to hand is vague and affords no information as to where the fatality occurred. Deceased was a member of a well known family. [AWN 04.11.1915] P.31

REMMETT, Sergeant Alfred Howard, a member of No.1 NZ Stationary Hospital, missing and believed to be drowned, was in Auckland for three years prior to his departure for the front. He came from Birmingham, England, and took up a position in Auckland with a firm of jewellers. He was about 33 yrs of age and had a wife and child. For some time he was stationed at Port Said and word was received recently that the hospital was about to shift quarters. [AWN 11.11.1915] p.18

RHODES, Private Charles Victor, member of No.1 NZ Stationary Hospital, missing and believed to be drowned on the transport Marquette was a resident of Auckland. [AWN 11.11.1915] P.18

ROBINSON, Privates William Balmer, No.1 NZ Stationary Hospital, who is missing and believed to be drowned on the transport Marquette was a resident of Auckland. He was the eldest son of Mr & Mrs J Robinson of St Mary’s Rd, Ponsonby and was 29 yrs of age. After serving his apprenticeship, he served with several chemists in Auckland, Wellington & Wanganui. [AWN 11.11.1915] P.18

ROBSON, Trooper Hugh, 4th , Waikatos; SHEWRING, Cpl A G, 3rd, Auckland, Regt; SMITH, Pte W, Maori Contingent; STEWART, Pte D, Taupiri; HUGHES, L/Cpl T J, 16th, Waikatos; SWAYNE, Tpr A J, 4th, Waikatos - returned on Tofua – see “BATTLE OF SARI BAIR” page 18 [AWN 04.11.1915, p.18]

ROGERS, Nurse Margaret [sinking of the Marquette] was a prominent member of St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Christchurch. Shed was a student volunteer for Foreign Missions and had offered her services as a trained nurse for work at the New Hebrides to assist Dr Bowie, when the eruption there brought the work to a close and changed her plans. She then took up district work under Nurse Maude. In a recent letter Nurse ROGERS said “There is no romance about war; it spells suffering, hunger, filth. How thankful I am every day that I came to do what I could to help and relieve our brave boys.” [AWN 11.11.1915] p.18

ROGERS, Trooper O, of Reefton, returned on the Tofua, was not among the cheering crowd on deck as the vessel came alongside. A reporter found him in his bunk resting quietly and ready to smile at a little joke, notwithstanding that he has a bullet wound through the chest. It went through one lung and tore a blood vessel rather badly. Fortunately the stretcher bearers were close to the ridge and he was taken to the nearest dressing hospital. He was there within three hours of being wounded and on the following day was placed on the hospital ship and taken to Egypt. He is still weak from loss of blood, though he is regaining his strength every day. He was in the big attack on Hill 971 and with his comrades was running forward to attack the last two trenches when he was laid low. In answer to a question he said, regretfully “No I cannot go back, this injury will compel me to remain here. Lucky for me, too, the summer weather is on though I may have to go to Queensland in the NZ winter.” As the reporter left him the wounded soldier commenced to fill his pipe. [AWN 04.11.1915, p.18

RUSSELL, Brigadier General Sir Andrew, who has been mentioned in despatches and created K.C.M.G., left with the Main Expeditionary Force in command of the NZ Brigade of Mounted Rifles. Before he enlisted for active service he was officer commanding the Wellington Mounted Rifles Brigade. [AWN 11.11.1915] p.28

SALLEN, Private Francis Charles, who died of wounds on the hospital ship Franconis, was 22 yrs of age. He was born in Sussex, England, and came to Auckland when young. He was employed by Vines Utting & Co. of Tonga. His mother resides in Auckland. [AWN 18.11.1915] P.20

SENN, Sapper F V, Divisional Signal Service, wounded August 6 then invalided to England. Wring to his mother, Mrs Arthur HOSSACK of Tauranga, he states that he travelled from Malta to Southampton by the hospital ship Dover Castle and nine hours later was admitted to hospital in Manchester. Having benefited greatly by the sea voyage, he remained two days only in hospital and was then transferred to a convalescent home. [AWN 18.11.1915] P.20

SHEWRING, Cpl A G, 3rd, Auckland, Regt, returned on the Tofua, comments on the advance on Sari Bair on 6,7,8 August. [AWN 04.11.1915, p.18]

SOMMERVILLE, Stanley Wharton, who first was reported missing and later reported killed on August 27, was 23 yrs of age. His father was the late Colonel J R Sommerville, V.D., of Wanganui and his mother Mrs Sommerville, is now resident in Glen Road, Stanley Bay. At the time that the mounted men in Egypt volunteered to go to the Dardanelles without their horses, Tpr Sommerville was ill but he was able to go with the second mounted party, entering the trenches in the latter part of July. Nothing is known as to the circumstances of his death. The late Col Sommerville fought in the South African campaign and his son, Captain Charles Leslie SOMMERVILLE, in the same war was mentioned in the despatches. [AWN 04.11.1915] P.20

STANDISH, Major, Third Battery, has been awarded the Distinguished Service Order for conspicuous gallantry in controlling the fire of an exposed section of the guns on 27 August under heavy fire when one of the guns had been put out of action. A fire broke out around the ammunition pit and Major Standish immediately ran and assisted in the extinguishing of the flames. [AWN 04.11.1915, p.28]

STANDISH, Major Ivan Tatham, - awarded the Distinguished Service Order - lived for some years in Auckland. He is the son of the late Captain Standish of New Plymouth. He went to South Africa with the Tenth Contingent. When he returned he joined the NZ Permanent Artillery. He was promoted to commissioned rank and was stationed for some years at Fort Cautley. [AWN 04.11.1915] P.19

There appears to be little doubt that Major Frank STATHAM and Corporal Clive STATHAM of Dunedin were killed in action. Writing from the trenches to Mr C H Statham, Lieut L G WILSON, Adjutant of the Otago Battalion, 10th, North Otago, Regiment, to which both Mr Statham’s sons were attached, says ‘…The Battalion was almost decimated and the only information we could get was one man’s statement that he had seen the Major wounded and in an unconscious state early in the afternoon. After that he had not seen him. Now, however, three men who were wounded state that the Major and Clive were standing together and were killed by the explosion of one shell which landed very close to them. Beyond that I regret that I have been unable to gain any more details. It has been a terrible business and a loss that will never be fully realised. The Major, as an officer among officers, was placed on the highest pedestal of respect and admiration, by the men was loved, and was a born leader. In every operation in which our Battalion was engaged it was the Major and his Company which led the offensive…’ [AWN 04.11.1915] P.21

TEBBUTT, Private Arthur R, reported killed in action on August 27, was the fourth son of Mrs A Tebbutt , Kensington Avenue, Mt Eden. He joined the 11th, North Auckland, Mounted Rifles and left with the third reinforcements. He was born at Brookby in 1887 and was educated at the Papakura Valley school and later at Matapu school, Taranaki. At the time of enlisting he was in the Government survey. [AWN 04.11.1915] P.20

THOMSON, Private John, killed in action at Gallipoli on August 7, enlisted in the fourth reinforcement with the Otago Battalion. According top letters received, he was in the trenches from the time of arrival there until his death. He was a native of Timaru, well known in that town as a footballer and in Dunedin, where he was employed as an upholsterer prior to enlistment. His mother, Mrs Neil Thomson, resides in Hobb St, Timaru. [AWN 18.11.1915] P.20

WALLINGFORD, Captain is the finest man on the peninsula” said Cpl A G SHEWRING, of the 3rd, Auckland, Regt. - Further comments p.18, AWN 04.11.1915]

WILKINSON, Capt Roger William, 4th Otago Infantry: First NZ officer to die in this country (England), was buried at Wandsworth Cemetery on Saturday. RAMC, small church in cemetery grounds. Wounded by shrapnel in the face towards the end of August on Gallipoli and taken first to Malta then brought to the Wandsworth Military Hospital. Unfortunately meningitis supervened and death resulted on Thursday 23 Sept 1915. [AWN 18.11.1915] p.18

WIMMS, L/Cpl Joseph, DCM, 23 yrs, ASC, returned in the hospital ship Tofua ‘…a tall, good-looking, well educated youth…..’ He won his decoration immediately after landing on April 25. Worked with an Indian mule train, taking ammunition to the 4th Australian Brigade, the only white man with this troop. In his 17 weeks on Gallipoli, he was in Shrapnel Valley and had been through the famous four days battle in August. On 18th August he was attacked by fever, sent to Egypt and invalided home. He hopes to return to the front as soon as his two months leave expires. [AWN 11.11.1915] P.21 Article fills a whole column.

WHYTE, Captain J H, D.S.O., left NZ with the Wellington Mounted Rifles in the Main Expeditionary Force. He is a member of the NZ Staff Corps and was formerly stationed at Palmerston North. [AWN 11.11.1915] P.28

YOUNG, Major R, D.S.O., went to the front with the Wellington Mounted Rifles. He was formerly associated with the Wellington West Coast Regt, which has its headquarters at Palmerston North. [AWN 11.11.1915] P.28


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