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

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

November 1918

ALDERTON, Corporal G, brother of Miss V Alderton, has been admitted to hospital suffering from a gunshot wound resulting in the amputation of his right leg. He is the only son of Mr E Alderton of Parnell and was employed by Winstone & Co. He is 22 years of age. [AWN 28.11.1918] P.22

ALLAN, Sgt Major J C, who died of pneumonia in England, was the younger son of Mr & Mrs Robert Allan of St Albans, Christchurch. As a member of the Canterbury Yeomanry Corps he went to England for the coronation of King George. On his return to NZ he purchased a farm in the Northern Wairoa, where he remained until he enlisted. He leaves a widow and a son. [AWN 21.11.1918] P.21

ALLEN, Colonel Robert Candish, formerly of Annandale, Piako, was wounded – for the third time – in France on 7 November. Colonel Allen has had a distinguished career at the front. He left NZ in charge of a reinforcement draft, with the rank of major, in September 1915 and later was promoted to the rank of lieutenant-colonel in the field and was appointed to the command of a battalion of the Auckland Regt in February 1917. On 10 July the same year, he was awarded the DSO for gallantry at Messines in which battle he was wounded. A brother Lieut J C ALLEN was killed in action in October 1917 and another brother, Lt Col S S ALLEN was awarded the DSO and Bar. Colonel Allen was invalided to the Dominion in the latter part of 1917 but returned to the front in July of this year. [AWN 28.11.1918] P.22

ANDREW, Private J J, who was wounded for the third time on 8 October, has been admitted to hospital in England. He left with the 16th Reinforcements. His mother, Mrs Henry Andrew, lives at Howick. [AWN 14.11.1918] p.19

APPLEGARTH, Captain R G, who is now working with the American Red Cross in Paris has, regrettably, lately been ill and confined to hospital for nearly two months. He previously had considerable service as assistant in X-ray work at one of the French hospitals. [AWN 07.11.1918] p.45

ARMITAGE, Private Henry Robert, 35th Reinforcements, son of Mr Robert Armitage of Eden Terrace, who was wounded in action on 1 October, died of wounds in hospital in France on 24 October. The deceased soldier was educated at Newton East school and served his apprenticeship with Messrs D & J Miller, plumbers, with whom he remained until about a year previous to his entry into camp. [AWN 28.11.1918] P.22

BAGNALL, Sergeant George Stevenson, Main Body, died on Monday from complications following influenza, at the age of 30 years. The late Sgt Bagnall was the third son of Mrs A E Bagnall of 33 Sarsfield St, Ponsonby and formerly of Turua. He finished his education at the Auckland Grammar School and afterwards joined the office staff of John Burns & Co. Ltd. When war was declared he volunteered immediately and left NZ as a trooper in the 3rd, Auckland, Mounted Rifles. He served on Gallipoli until August 1915, when he was wounded during the great advance made by the New Zealanders. He was invalided to England and after recovering from his wound returned to Egypt where he was posted to a new artillery unit and with it proceeded to France. In June 1916 he sustained a wound in the spine which caused complete paralysis of the body below the shoulders. In October of last year he married Miss F C Francis of Kent, England. In September of this year the youngest brother of the deceased, Gunner A E R BAGNALL, died of wounds and recently Gunner Alan BAGNALL, another brother who has been serving for about three years, was wounded. [AWN 21.11.1918] P.55

BUTLER, Major the Hon. T R P R, DSO, MC, Tanks, recently wounded, was a civil engineer in Vancouver at the beginning of the war. He joined the Royal Engineers and went to Malta, afterwards becoming attached to the NZ Engineers. He won his MC at Gallipoli in November 1915. [AWN 07.11.1918] P.45

CAMERON, Lieutenant Hector, York & Lancaster Regt, reported as having been killed in action on 21 March, is a prisoner in Germany. He was sergeant major in the NZEF, leaving NZ with the Main Body as corporal. He received his commission in March 1917. Formerly he was in the Prisons Dept in Auckland. [AWN 07.11.1918] P.45

CARDEN, Gunner F C, who has died of wounds, left NZ with the 8th Reinforcements, attached to the 3rd Battery, Field Artillery, and had served for three years. He was wounded at Messines in June 1917 and on recovering joined his old battery. His parents live at 16 Ranfurly Rd, Epsom. [AWN 07.11.1918] P.19

CARRUTHERS, 2nd Lieutenant Walter, MM, son of Mr W G Carruthers of Bulls, sailed with a company of field ambulance of the main body. He was at the fight on the Suez Canal before leaving Gallipoli where he landed on May 10th. He remained until the evacuation. He was next in the fighting at Armentieres, and then went down to the Somme and was in charge of some of the stretcher-bearers at Flers, where he won the Military Medal. He then managed to exchange into the infantry and was slightly wounded at Messines. His next big battle was at Passchendaele where he won a bar to the Military Medal. In March he was recommended for a commission and passed on 29 June. He was killed in action on 29 September. He was an old Wellington College boy and at the time of his enlistment was in the Bank of Australasia at Hawera. He was born in New Plymouth and was ?? years old. [AWN 07.11.1918] P.19

Colonel D’Arcy CHAYTOR and Colonel J FINDLAY, NZ Forces, have been awarded the Order of the Nile, Third Class. [AWN 14.11.1918] P.44

COBELDICK, Corporal F T, who recently died in camp from pneumonia following upon influenza, was a son of Mr W Cobeldick, Government ranger in the Rotorua district. He was before enlistment, engaged in the teaching profession and obtained his D certificate in January last. He went into camp with the Rotorua draft of the 40th Reinforcements and was promoted corporal and appointed instructor in physical training and bayonet fighting, in which capacity he was engaged when attacked by the illness to which he succumbed. His brother, Private Eric W COBELDICK, was killed in action in France in July 1917. [AWN 28.11.1918] P.24

COOPER, Major R E, son of Mr Henry Cooper of Hepburn St, Ponsonby, Auckland, has been awarded the Croix de Guerre. He has been serving with the reporting staff of the Auckland Weekly News. His wife resides at 12 Seccombe St, Newmarket. [AWN 28.11.1918] P.20

CRICHTON, Pte J, Auckland, has been awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery in face of the enemy notwithstanding having been wounded. [AWN 21.11.1918] P.25

CRICHTON, Private J, of Auckland, has been awarded the Victoria Cross. Though wounded in the foot he continued with the advancing troops, despite the difficulty of canal and river obstacles. When the counter-attack forced back his platoon, he succeeded in carrying a message, which involved the swimming of the river, crossing an area swept by machine-gun fire and returning to the platoon. He then undertook on his own initiative to save a mined bridge under close fire from machine-guns and snipers. He succeeded in removing the charges and returned with the detonators and time fuses. [AWN 21.11.1918, p.25]

DAVIS, Corporal Frank L, aged 21, who has died in camp from pneumonia, was the only son of Mr Mark Davis of Auckland. He was born in Sydney and educated at Auckland Grammar School, gaining a junior university scholarship. He passed the examination of Bachelor of Laws before entering camp and was admitted to the bar. He was in the office of Mr W Thorne. [AWN 14.11.1918] P.48

DOVE, Private John C, younger son of Mr & Mrs J C Dove, Seaview Rd, Remuera, has died from wounds. He was 20 years of age and educated at King’s College as was his brother Captain W W DOVE, MC. He matriculated there and for some time was at the Auckland University College as an undergraduate. He was a keen sportsman and was prominent in athletic and other circles at college and university. [AWN 14.11.1918] P.19

DOYLE, Lieutenant Henry Thomas, who lost his life through the sinking of the mail packet Leinster in the Irish Channel, was the eldest son of Mr & Mrs M Doyle of Halston Rd, Mt Eden. He was born at Otahuhu and left for the front with the 9th Reinforcements. He qualified for his commission at Cambridge. In private life he was a commercial traveller. [AWN 14.11.1918] P.19

EARLE, Trooper Robert – Mrs R C Earle Snr of Wanganui, has received a cable from her grandson (Lieut GILL-CAREY, who is one of the doctors at Hornchurch Hospital) to the effect that he had received information from a prisoner returned from Germany that Trooper Robert EARLE was a prisoner in Germany, recovering from his wounds. Tpr Earle, who was a member of King Edward’s Light Horse, was reported wounded and missing on 9 April during the German push and was believed to have been killed. No word has been received from him since. The news has caused great gratification to the members of the family and the Trooper’s many friends, who are anxiously awaiting official confirmation. [AWN 07.11.1918] P.19

GRACE, Private David P, who died of influenza on Friday was buried at Waikumete cemetery on Sunday with military honours. The gun carriage was provided by the Auckland detachment of the Field Artillery. The firing party consisted of returned soldiers. Pte Grace, whose mother Mrs C Grace, resides in Upper Vincent Street, left NZ with the 9th Reinforcements. He was wounded at the Somme battle in 1916 and returned to NZ about 18 months ago. [AWN 28.11.1918] P.24

In consequence of ill health, contracted on active service, Captain J R GRAY, son of Captain W J Gray, Wellington, has been invalided from the service. He has been under treatment at Guy’s Hospital for the past three months. He has seen a considerable amount of war service and has successive command of several patrol boats. [AWN 07.11.1918] p.45

HANCOCK, Sergeant Reginald John, who was killed in action on 22 September, was the third son of the late John Hancock of Bombay, who served five years in the Maori wars and grandson of the late Thomas Hancock of Hancock & Co., Newmarket. Sgt Hancock, who was 33 years of age, enlisted in November 1914 and left with the 3rd Reinforcements. He served with the artillery on Gallipoli and in France. During the whole time he was not a day absent from his battery. One of his brothers who enlisted in England and sailed with the ‘Contemptibles’, was also killed in March 1915 Another brother, who left NZ with the Main Body, is still serving. Sgt Hancock leaves a wife and three young children. [AWN 07.11.1918] P.19

HART - The three sons of Mr G H C Hart of Haunui, all went on service. Private Alfred H HART enlisted in the 18th Reinforcements and is now a cot case in an overseas hospital. Private G H C HART, MM, (twice recommended) enlisted with the 15th Reinforcements and took part in most of the big fights, was shot in the leg on 8 March 1918 and is still an inmate of a convalescent hospital in England. Private G W HART, the youngest of the trio, enlisted and sailed with the 11th Reinforcements. After being in the thick of the fight, he was wounded four times. He made the supreme sacrifice on 1st October, having been discharged as fit for duty on 15 September. [AWN 07.11.1918] p.19

HICKS, Gunner J A, second son of Mrs M Hicks, Cambridge, has been killed in action in France. He was a member of the Main Body and was wounded on 30 September but shortly afterwards rejoined his regiment. Prior to enlistment he was a farmer. A younger brother, Private Frank HICKS, a member of the 13th Reinforcements is at home invalided. [AWN 14.11.1918] P.19

Advice has been received that Lieutenant Francis A HINTON, eldest son of Mr & Mrs Thos. Hinton of Eureka, Waikato, was killed in an aeroplane accident in England on 9 November. The late Lieut Hinton, who was 30 years of age, left with the 15th Reinforcements, holding the rank of sergeant. While in England he injured his leg and was under orders to return to NZ but obtained permission to join the Royal Air Force. He had been nearly two years in the aviation service and some time ago obtained the rank of flight lieutenant. Three other sons of Mr & Mrs Hinton have seen active service – Lieutenant J G HINTON, a Main Body man; Private C H HINTON, Samoan contingent and 5th Reinforcements; and Private Ross HINTON, 29th Reinforcements – each having been wounded. [AWN 21.11.1918] p.51

HUGHES, Private Lewis, 41st Reinforcements, who died of pneumonia on 28 October at Fargo Military Hospital, England, was the second son of the late Detective Hughes, formerly on the staff of the NZ Armed Constabulary and Mrs E T Hughes of Great North Road, Archhill. He was educated at the Mt Albert Public School and afterwards entered the employment of Hutchinson Bros. With whom he remained for 14 years. [AWN 28.11.1918] P.22

Splendid service to the Empire has been rendered by the family of Mr Herbert Innes-Jones of Kihikihi whose five sons have been on active service. Lieutenant Evan S INNES-JONES, who died on active service recently, left NZ with the Main Body in the Auckland Mounted Rifles. He served in Egypt and was wounded during the great advance on Gallipoli on 8 August 1915. He returned to NZ invalided and after recovery went to France. [AWN 21.11.1918] P.49

The next of kin of C JEAYES, Canterbury Infantry (wounded), is Mrs E Oliver, Karangahape Road, aunt, not McIVOR as given in yesterday’s list. [AWN 07.11.1918] P.19

JONES, Private V A, of Remuera, reported missing on 30 September, is the elder son of Mr G Jones of 8 Railway Street, Newmarket. He was some years with the Huddart-Parker Co. His wife resides at Wellington. His only brother, Private B A JONES, was killed in action on 4 October 1917. [AWN 07.11.1918] P.19

The next of kin of Sergeant Reg. Stanley JUDSON of the Auckland Regiment who, according to recent cablegrams, has been awarded the Victoria Cross, is his wife, Mrs M E Judson, 20 Dedwood Tce, Ponsonby. Sgt Judson who, at the time of his enlistment, was employed by Messrs Clare & Warner, engineers, Auckland. He has previously been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and the Military Medal. [AWN 07.11.1918] P.19

JUDSON, Sergeant R S of the Auckland Infantry, has been awarded the Victoria Cross. He led a small bombing party under heavy fire, captured a machine-gun and proceeded along a sap alone, bombing three machine-gun crews. He ordered a party of two officers and ten men to surrender. They fired their weapons but he threw bombs at them, killing two and putting the rest to flight, and captured two machine-guns, thus saving many lives and enabling our advance to continue unopposed. [AWN 07.11.1918] P.24

LAURENT, Sergeant H J, of the Rifle Brigade, has been awarded the Victoria Cross. With a party of 12 men he charged the enemy’s support line which was very strongly held. His sudden onslaught completely disorganised the enemy. He showed great resourcefulness in controlling and encouraging his men in subsequent hand to hand fighting. After 30 of the enemy had been killed the remainder, totalling one officer and 111 men, surrendered. The New Zealanders sustained only four casualties. [AWN 21.11.1918] P.25

LEANING, Lance Corporal G, son of Mr E E Leaning, Remuera, who was reported has having been killed in action on 1 September, is a prisoner of war in Germany. He left NZ with the 28th Reinforcements, being previously in the employ of Messrs Green & Colebrook. [AWN 28.11.1918] P.29

LUBLOW, Private G F, son of Mr & Mrs Lublow of Baton, Hampstead St, West Nelson, has died of wounds on 12 October. He left Nelson with the 21st Reinforcements and prior to going away was in business in Takaka. [AWN 21.11.1918] P.21

LYE, Private E V, who died at Auckland at the Hospital Annexe of pneumonia, was a member of the 18th Reinforcements. He was severely wounded in the thigh at the battle of Messines in June 1917 and he returned to NZ last December. Prior to enlisting he was a linotype operator at the Weekly News office. His parents reside in Dunedin. [AWN 28.11.1918] P.24

MAHONEY, 2nd Lieutenant B J, who was killed in an aeroplane accident on 3 September, was one of the four sons of Mr & Mrs C Mahoney of Taneatua. At the outbreak of the war he was in Tonga and came to NZ in time to join the 5th Reinforcements. He left as a trooper in the 4th, Waikato, Mounted Rifles and after serving for some time in Egypt proceeded to Gallipoli. He served through the closing months of the Peninsula campaign and later transferred to the 16th, Waikato, Infantry. He saw some heavy fighting at the Somme, where he received his sergeant’s stripes and was recommended for a commission in the Imperial forces. He joined the Royal Munster Fusiliers and became attached to the Royal Air Force in February last. He was just completing his training as a pilot when he met his death. His youngest brother, Ulic, who left with the 3rd Reinforcements, was killed at Quin’s Post, Gallipoli. Another brother, Lance, who left with the 5th Reinforcements, was killed at Bir-el-Abd, Sinai Peninsula, on 9 August 1916. The eldest brother, Ernest, joined the Queen’s Boys in England in August 1916 and saw much service in France. He is now a lieutenant in the Royal Inniskillen Fusiliers. [AWN 21.11.1918] p.51

McCARTHY, Captain (Acting Major) J C, who was killed in action on 4 November, left NZ in command of the 23rd Reinforcements. He had taken part in 16 battles. Previous to enlistment he was in the Railway Dept and for three years was a stationmaster at Mt Eden. He was 35 years of age and leaves two children. [AWN 28.11.1918] P.22

Dr Peter McNAB, a well known Auckland medical practitioner, died early on Friday at his residence at the corner of Dominion and New North Roads, from pneumonia supervening on influenza. He was 34 years of age. Dr McNab contracted the disease about three weeks ago and although suffering greatly he continued to attend his patients until he reached the point of collapse and had to go to bed. He was born in Auckland, his father being the late Mr Peter McNab, monumental mason. When the call came for doctors for war service, Dr McNab enlisted and left NZ with the 7th Reinforcements with the rank of captain in the NZMC. He served in Egypt and France and subsequently at the NZ base depot at Sling and the NZ Military Hospital at Codford. He returned invalided in March 1917 and resumed his practice in Auckland shortly afterwards. Dr McNab leaves a widow and two children. One of his brothers, Mr W McNab, who is at present farming at Matamata, is a returned soldier. [AWN 21.11.1918] P.55

MELVILLE, Lieutenant James, formerly of Rotorua, has died in the Trentham camp from influenza. He left NZ with the Main Body and rose from the ranks. He saw service at Gallipoli and in France, was twice wounded and then invalided home. He was engaged in instructional work at Trentham. Before enlisting he was in the Postal Dept and was afterwards engaged in an auctioneering business. [AWN 21.11.1918] P.55

MOORE, 2nd Lieutenant Rupert Cyril, who was killed in action in France on 12 September, was the second son of Mr & Mrs F Moore of Boyle Crescent, Newmarket, and the husband of Mrs M R Moore of Kings View Rd, Mt Eden. He was 32 years of age and enlisted in October 1916, sailing with the 33rd Draft. Prior to enlisting he was first assistant at the Newmarket school. He was educated at the Newton East public school and at the Auckland University College. He was a well known athlete. His two brothers, Sapper P E MOORE and Gunner H J MOORE, are on active service. [AWN 14.11.1918] P.19

MORGAN, Corporal L O, son of Mr E Morgan of the Government Valuation Dept, has been awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in the field. He was a teacher in the Auckland Technical College before he left NZ with the 16th Reinforcements and served in France with a Lewis-gun detachment. [AWN 14.11.1918] P.48

MORTON, Cadet R R (Wanganui), more recently of the Waikato, is at a RFA Cadet school at Bristol. He was previously for some years with Messrs Dalgety & Co and took his ticket at Kohimarama. [AWN 07.11.1918, p.45]

NICCOL, Captain George McL (Tally), son of Mr George Niccol of Auckland, died of pneumonia in France on 30 October. Born in Auckland, he received his education at King’s College. War broke out while he was on a visit to England. He enlisted as a trooper in King Edward’s contingent of Kitchener’s Army. Later he was transferred to the Royal Field Artillery with the rank of lieutenant. He was subsequently promoted to the rank of captain and was awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous bravery on the field. He was gassed twice but returned to the firing line. About nine months ago he came to NZ on furlough and while here he married Miss E M REED, the youngest daughter of Mr J R Reed, K.C. On his return to England he completed a special course in gunnery and returned to the firing line. [AWN 07.11.1918] P.19

A New Zealand V.C., Sergeant Henry James NICHOLAS of the First Canterbury Infantry, was shot through the head while demanding the surrender of some enemy soldiers whom he saw vaguely in the darkness during the fighting that gained the Escaillon bridgeheads. The incident that won him the Victoria Cross occurred last year in very difficult fighting at Polderhoek Chateau. He was then a private with the Lewis Gun Section. The New Zealanders met with a very severe machine gun fire and NICHOLAS, rushing forward, shot the officer in command of a strong point and overcame the remainder of the garrison by means of bombs and bayonet. Four prisoners and a machine-gun were captured. Subsequently, when the advance had reached its limit and the men were still hard pressed, he collected ammunition under heavy rifle fire and machine gun fire. [AWN 14.11.1918] P.23

O’CONNOR, Private Graham W, son of Mrs C O’Connor, Omahu Rd, Remuera, has died of bronchitis on 9 November at the NZ General Hospital, Codford. The deceased was severely wounded in France on 14 April. He was educated at the Auckland Grammar School. He studied engineering and after securing a third marine engineer’s certificate he proceeded to camp and left NZ with the 30th Reinforcements. He was the only great-grandson of Mr Edward Gibbon Wakefield. [AWN 21.11.1918] P.49

PARRISH, 2nd Lieutenant A, RAF (Auckland) is in Egypt. He was formerly sergeant in the Auckland Mounted Rifles and was nominated in May 1917 for an Imperial commission. [AWN 07.11.1918] P.45

PRIMROSE, Sergeant J M of Herbertville (H.B.) is now in hospital in England suffering from gunshot wounds in the thigh and leg. [AWN 07.11.1918] P.19

RAYMOND, Lieutenant Wynne, an officer in the Indian cavalry and formerly of Southland, New Zealand, has been killed in action. [AWN 07.11.1918, p.45

RICHMOND, Major J M, DSO, MC, Royal NZ Artillery, has been killed in action by a shell, death being instantaneous. He was buried in a French cemetery at Solesmes this afternoon. The Bishop of Nelson read the service, and General Russell and many of the deceased’s officers and comrades in the artillery attended. His loss is greatly deplored throughout the whole division. He joined the NZ Artillery in 1910 and left for the war with the Main Body. He landed at Gallipoli in the first boat conveying NZ troops ashore and remained there continuously until the evacuation, leaving in the last boat. On the expansion of the NZEF to a Division in October 1915, Major Richmond was appointed brigade major of the Divisional Artillery, which appointment he held until August of this year. Wishing to obtain further experience in the field, he relinquished this position at his own request, to command a battery and on the day of his death he had just taken over temporary command of a brigade of Field Artillery. He served continuously in Egypt, Gallipoli and France from the end of 1914 till his death. He was engaged to be married to a second cousin in England after the war and had decided to resume the profession of law. His commanding officer states: “I considered Major Richmond one of the most brilliant young officers I have ever known. As a Brigade Major his orders were never misunderstood, they were so clear and concise. He was tactful and had a charming manner, was articulate, musical and extremely well read. He himself had considerable literary ability. He hated war and bloodshed and yet during all this war he never left the Front except on brief leave. No thought of danger ever deterred him from doing his duty and his standard of duty was a high one.” [AWN 14.11.1918] P.24

Major General Sir A H RUSSELL is general officer commanding the NZ Division in France. He was born in Napier in 1868, son of the late Captain Hamilton Russell of the 58th Regiment. He was educated at Harrow and Sandhurst. In 1887 he joined a Border regiment and was on foreign service for five years. In 1892 he came to NZ to join his father who was then farming at Flaxmere in partnership with his brother, Sir William Russell. Later he managed his father’s property when it was divided. In 1900 the Hawkes Bay Mounted Rifle Regt was formed and he was elected to command, a position he held until promoted Brigade Major of the Wellington Brigade. He later became Lieutenant Colonel, which position he held at the outbreak of the war. On his services being accepted he was appointed Colonel in Charge of the Mounted Rifles Brigade of the Main Body. Shortly after landing at Gallipoli he was given a knighthood and created C.B. when the 1917 NZ Honours List was announced. [AWN 14.11.1918] France, 29 October - On the nomination of the Commander in Chief, the NZ Divisional Commander, Major General Sir Andrew Russell, has been awarded the Legion d’Honneur, Croix d’Officer. [AWN 14.11.1918] P.25

RUTHERFURD, Captain T Wyville, MC, of the 1st, Canterbury, Infantry, who died from pneumonia on 19 October, left NZ with the Main Body in the ranks. He was in the Gallipoli landing and gained his commission in the field. He was wounded and invalided to England, later going to France, where he saw much fighting and won the Military Cross and promotion. When the British Government called for volunteers for a specially hazardous expedition he offered his services and was sent under sealed orders to Persia, where he was serving at the time of his death. As a boy he won a scholarship, with which he first entered Wellington College, where he became a prominent athlete and later became a student at both Victoria College and Otago University, where he gained his diploma as a mining engineer. The deceased soldier, who was 27 years of age, was the youngest son of the late Mr John Rutherfurd of Wairere, Masterton. Two other brothers volunteered in the early days of the war, one of whom gave his life at Messines last year. The other, Lieutenant A RUTHERFURD, is still serving with the Royal Engineers. [AWN 14.11.1918] P.19

SHANAHAN, Corporal Robert, who died in Palestine on 20 October of malaria after three and a half years service at Gallipoli and in Palestine, was the youngest son of the late Mr Edward Shanahan of Bombay. He was educated at the Bombay school and Pukekohe District High School and subsequently was engaged in farming at Bombay. He enlisted in January 1915 and joined the Auckland Mounted Rifles. He was a keen footballer, being captain of the Bombay Junior Football Club and took a great interest in sport of all kinds. An elder brother, Rifleman W E SHANAHAN, was invalided home in June. [AWN 07.11.1918] P.19

SHAW, 2nd Lieutenant L J, who was killed in action on 29 September, was born at Maungatapere, Whangarei. At an early age he entered the employ of the Waihi Gold Mining Co. and studied chemistry, assaying and metallurgy at the Waihi School of Mines. Later he was on the staff at the Government Laboratory at Wellington. He continued his studies at Victoria College and was preparing for the final examination for his B.Sc. when he enlisted with the 7th Reinforcements. He left NZ as a corporal, being promoted sergeant on active service. He took part in the Gallipoli campaign and was in the last detachment but one to leave the peninsula. He saw considerable active service in France and was wounded just prior to the battle of the Somme. After his convalescence he was recommended for a commission and returned to NZ being posted to the 37th Reinforcements with which he again left for the front. He was a keen footballer, winning representative honours at Waihi and Victoria College. He was a member of the NZ inter-collegiate team which played with great success in Sydney in 19?? As a middle distance runner he put up some creditable performances. Two other members of the family are on active service, namely Rifleman J L SHAW, 14th Reinforcements, and Sister J I SHAW, NZANS, now at Brockenhurst Hospital, England. [AWN 07.11.1918] P.19

SIM, Private A J, who was reported killed in action on 12 October, was the fifth son of Mr & Mrs James Sim, Johnsonville. He was born in Tikokino, Hawkes Bay district, 38 years ago and lived there for five years, after which he removed with his parents to Johnsonville where he resided until his enlistment for military service. He left with the 12th Reinforcements. His youngest brother enlisted in the 4th Reinforcements and was killed on Gallipoli on 8 August 1915. Pte Sim was an exceptionally good shot and took great interest in sports generally. Much sympathy is felt for his parents in their sad loss. [AWN 28.11.1918] P.22

SMITH, Lance Corporal John C, MM, Machine-gun Corps, who was killed in action on 13 September, was the third son of Mr G Smith of Helensville. He was 20 years of age and enlisted in the 13th Reinforcements with his two brothers who are still on active service. He was awarded the Military Medal after he was wounded at Messines. [AWN 14.11.1918] P.19

SPEIGHT, Lieutenant Harold Ellison, MC, who died at Whakatane last week, was the only son of Mrs Marion Speight, widow of the late Mr William C Speight of St Georges Bay Road, Parnell. Deceased left NZ with the 4th Reinforcements as a gunner. He saw practically the whole of the Gallipoli campaign and remained with his unit until the evacuation. Before leaving the peninsula he was promoted to sergeant. He was promoted to Lieutenant in France and was awarded the Military Cross for saving the whole of his battery in the face of great odds. He was wounded in the head and lost his left eye. This necessitated his being invalided to NZ. On recovering from the effects of his wounds, the late Lt Speight resumed his position in the Bank of NZ and was transferred to Whakatane. [AWN 28.11.1918] P.24

A returned soldier, ex Gunner J D STEWART, died at his residence, Wairiki Rd, Mt Eden, on Sunday. He left NZ with the Main Body and took part in the landing at Gallipoli. He was wounded in the neck but made a rapid recovery. Returning to his unit, he was later shot in the lungs. This wound had a lasting effect and he was invalided to NZ about two years ago. A week ago he contracted influenza and this brought about complications from which he did not recover. [AWN 07.11.1918] P.22

TREMBATH, Private G H, who was killed in action on 1 October, was the seventh son of Mr F Trembath of Claude Rd, One Tree Hill and at one time Mayor of Thames. He was born at Thames and completed his education at Epsom and Technical schools. Before joining the forces he was on the staff of the General Post Office. He volunteered for active service at the age of 20 and left NZ with the 22nd Reinforcements. His other brothers – Private R C TREMBATH and Private W F TREMBATH are at the front. [AWN 07.11.1918] P.19

TROWERN, Gunner Harold C S, who has succumbed to pneumonia, supervening on influenza, was the eldest son of Mr & Mrs T Trowern of Wellington. He left NZ with the 20th Reinforcements. He was a naval architect by profession but just prior to enlisting was farming in the Whangamomona district. He was wounded in action on two occasions, at Messines in June 1917 and at Passchendaele in October 1917. He returned invalided to NZ last January and was discharged from the forces in July. [AWN 14.11.1918] P.47

WALLIS, Private Charles M, who died of wounds on 11 October, in his 22nd year, spent his early life at Papakura and later entered the railway service. He left NZ with the 34th Reinforcements. On arrival in England he joined the Lewis gun section of the Third????? Auckland Reserve Battalion. His parents reside at Ingram Road, Remuera. [AWN 07.11.1918] P.19

WATSON - Five sons of Mr & Mrs J Watson, 29 Graham St, Auckland, have served with the forces during the present war. Two have made the supreme sacrifice. One, Walter WATSON, who left NZ with the 3rd Reinforcements, died of wounds on 25 March 1917. Private advice has been received of the death of the second son, Corporal John E WATSON, who succumbed to influenza in France on 5 November, the disease having been contracted during convalescence after wounds received on 15 September. His wife, Mrs G C Watson, resides at 103 Franklin Rd, Ponsonby. Several years ago he was attached to the staff of the Auckland district headquarters of the Defence Dept. He entered camp as a non-commissioned officer and left NZ with the 33rd Reinforcements. Of the other three brothers, one, QMS Fred. WATSON, left the Dominion with the 6th Reinforcements and is now at Sling Camp. Private A C WATSON belonged to the 17th Reinforcements and returned invalided last January. Private Earle C. WATSON was discharged from camp some time ago. [AWN 28.11.1918] P.21

WEISERT, Private Egbert Carlson, died of wounds received in France on 2? September, was the only child of Mrs Hilda Carlson of Otuaruamia, Waipawa, Hawkes Bay, and left NZ in December last with the 33rd Reinforcements. He was born in Dannevirke 22 years ago, educated at the Wanganui Collegiate School, subsequently attending Lincoln Agricultural College and before proceeding to the front was engaged in farming in Hawkes Bay, in conjunction with his mother. [AWN 28.11.1918] P.22

Sergeant W E WILLIAMS, son of Mrs D Williams of Weymouth, has been awarded the Military Medal for Gallantry in the field. [AWN 28.11.1918] P.21


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