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NEW ZEALAND AND WORLD WAR ONE
AUCKLAND WEEKLY NEWS
PERSONNEL PARAGRAPHS
OCTOBER 1917

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

OCTOBER 1917

AIREY, Lieutenant F A, who died from wounds in France on September 30, was the sixth son of Mrs Airey of Morningside and of the late Mr W H Airey, inspector of schools. He was educated at the Auckland Grammar School and the Auckland University College from where he graduated M.A. with first class honours in English and French. He was a master at the Auckland Grammar School until his appointment to a commission in the 22nd Reinforcements. He was well known in cricket circles and for many years was a prominent member of the University senior team. He was selected as the Auckland candidate for the NZ Rhodes scholarship two years ago when the award was made in favour of the late Lieutenant Athol HUDSON. He was 26 years of age. [AWN 11.10.1917] P.19

AITKEN, Private Arthur H, youngest son of Mrs Alex Aitken of Kereone near Morrinsville, has been killed in France. He was a native of Auckland and was educated at St Johns College. He formerly was on the staff of the Union Bank of Australia but for some time prior to going to the war he was farming with his brother at Kereone. Pvt Aitken was about 32 years of age. [AWN 18.10.1917, p.45]

ALLAN, Colonel S S, officer commanding the First Auckland Battalion, was severely wounded on 3 October and admitted to Hospital. He left NZ as a Major in the 6th Reinforcements, first at Gallipoli and then in France. He took over the command previously held by Colonel PLUGGE. Prior to enlistment he was a solicitor in Morrinsville. Colonel R C ALLAN is a brother who was severely wounded several months ago and was in charge of the Second Auckland Battalion. [AWN 18.10.1917] p.20

BAKER, Lance Corporal, who is reported to have been accidentally wounded in the thigh in France, went to the front from Auckland with the main body. He was twice wounded at Gallipoli and also was attacked there by frost bite. After recovering, he went to France. He was employed in the NZ Herald office for some time and is a son of the late Rev F T Baker of Waitara. [AWN 11.10.1917] P.19

BATES, Private E J, who has died of wounds, was prior to the war employed in the Chief Post Office, Auckland. He enlisted with the Main Body and served at the Suez Canal, afterwards taking part in the landing on Gallipoli where he served without wounds or sickness till the evacuation. Afterwards he went to France with the NZ Division where he took part in every engagement fought by his division till the time of his death. He was born in Auckland in 1895 and was the third son of Mrs E Bates, Lichfield St, Newton. [AWN 25.10.1917, P.23]

BISHOP, Lieutenant J J, who has been killed in action, was the eldest of the three sons of Mr J J Bishop of Dunvegan, Titirangi, all of whom went on active service. Lt Bishop, who was a teacher in the employ of the Auckland Education Board, was educated at the Titirangi and Avondale schools and went through a two year course at the Auckland Training College. He was in charge of the Kaitaia school prior to his enlistment. He left as a sergeant in the Rifle Brigade in the 13th Reinforcements in 1916. He went to France from England as a private and obtained some of his first experiences of the firing line as a member of a Lewis machine-gun section. He subsequently was promoted on the field and on obtaining his commission was attached to the Otago Infantry Battalion. He was 24 years of age. [AWN 25.10.1917] P.47

BLUCHER - An excellent record in the service of their country is that of the family of Mr G E Blucher of 64 Beresford St, all of whose sons, six in number, have left on active service as volunteers. Cable advice has just been received that the third son, Sergeant C T BLUCHER has been killed in action in France. He was 32 years of age and left with the 7th Reinforcements. He had been in France for the past two years, during which he had only had 10 days leave. The other sons are Gunners A W & A J BLUCHER, who left with the Machine-gun Corps attached to the 21st Reinforcements and are now in France; Gunner C F E BLUCHER, attached to the Army Service Corps of the 18th Reinforcements, who is also in France; Private D F BLUCHER, who left with the 7th Reinforcements and was wounded in France over a year ago and is still in hospital in England; and Company Sergeant Major A M BLUCHER who, at the age of 19 enlisted in the second reinforcements and after seeing service on Gallipoli was invalided to England. He afterwards left with the NZ Division for France, where he was wounded in February last. After spending some time in hospital he was attached to the Headquarters Staff in England. [AWN 18.10.1917] p.21

BOLGER, Lance Corporal John Joseph, killed in action, was the eldest son of Mrs A Bolger, Vauxhall Road, Devonport. He was born at Manaia, Taranaki and prior to enlisting was on the staff of the Union Bank of Australia, Auckland. He left with the 22nd Reinforcements and was killed the day after his 19th birthday. [AWN 25.10.1917] P.23

BOOTH, Corporal C F of the 3rd, NZ, Rifle Brigade, 16th Reinforcements, who died of wounds in France on 10 September 1917, was the third and youngest son of the late J C Booth of Kent Farm, Port Albert. He was educated at Port Albert and was widely known in the Kaipara district as an athlete. For a number of years he was engaged in managing Kent Farm with his brother, W S Booth. In April 1916 he enlisted. He was popular for his genial disposition and generous nature. He was 29 years of age. His eldest brother, Private J C BOOTH, and brother in law, Private E RODERICK, are now fighting in the Expeditionary Force. [AWN 04.10.1917] P.19

BOSCAWEN, Captain H T, who is reported to have been killed in action, was the eldest son of Colonel Hugh BOSCAWEN, of Mt Eden. Captain Boscawen, who formerly was a Lieutenant and Acting-Captain in the Franklin Mounted Rifles, saw service in the Boer War. He left NZ as a private with the Main Body three years ago. He has served both in Gallipoli and in France and advanced to the rank of captain by various promotions in the field. He had just spent a holiday in England with his relatives. Captain Boscawen, who was 37 years of age, was well known in the Waikato and King Country, he having been the first manager of the Te Kuiti Co-operative Dairy Co’s factory. He leaves a wife and child, his widow being the eldest daughter of Mr R CROWE, secretary to the Auckland Education Board. Colonel Boscawen’s two other sons also are on active service. Lieut Spencer BOSCAWEN, who is in the artillery, likewise left as a private with the Main Body. The youngest son, Lieut Edward BOSCAWEN, is at present serving with the NZ Division of the Camel Corps in Egypt. Captain Boscawen and his brother Spencer were mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig’s despatches about two months ago. Colonel Boscawen’s only unmarried daughter, Sister Dorothy BOSCAWEN, is now on the nursing staff of one of the military hospitals in England. A son in law, Major SKIPP-MATTHEWS, and two of his sons, are serving in the Canadian Forces. Colonel Boscawen himself was previously an officer in the British Navy and he took an active part in the volunteer movement in its earlier days. [AWN 18.10.1917 p.21

BREWER, Lieutenant Thomas, died of wounds on 3 October, is the youngest son of Thomas Brewer, late chief engineer, Northern Steamship Co. Prior to enlistment in October 1915 he was employed in the Head Office of the Auckland Gas Co. He was a member of the Everton Football Club and had Second Lieutenant experience in the Camel Defence Infantry. His promotion to First Lieutenant was gained on the field. [AWN 18.10.1917] p.20

BROWN, Private Arthur N, killed in action on 4 October, was the second son of Mr Francis H Brown, Takapuna. He attended the Auckland Grammar School and, for a time, the Whangarei High School. For two years prior to his enlistment he was with Messrs E Morrison and Sons, orchadists, of Warkworth. He joined the 17th Reinforcements and took part in the Messines battle. His elder brother, G M Brown, was killed in action on the ‘Daisy Patch’, Gallipoli, on 8 May, 1915. [AWN 25.10.1917, P.23]

BROWNE, Private Frederick, of the Australian Force, who was killed in action, was well known in the Auckland district. He was a nephew of the late Hon. James McGOWAN and was born at Wells, Somerset, England. On coming to NZ about 17 years ago he took up farm work at Matamata. Subsequently and until the commencement of the war, he followed the occupation of a bush-felling contractor. Being disappointed in not getting away with the NZ Main Body, he went to Australia and joined the force there. He was 28 (sic) years of age. His next of kin is Mr E G Browne, farmer, of Hinuera, who served in the South African War. [AWN 11.10.1917] P.19

BUDDLE, Lieutenant H D, youngest son of Mr Thomas Buddle and a member of the legal firm Buddle Richmond & Buddle, has been slightly wounded in the skull. He left Auckland with the 22nd Reinforcements. [AWN 18.10.1917] p.45

BULLOCK WEBSTER, Lieutenant Frank, Royal Flying Corps, son of Mr H Bullock Webster of Auckland, has died while on active service in France. He was an old King’s College boy and very well known in hunting circles in the Waikato. He led a very adventurous life. Several years ago he left NZ to enter the service of the Hudson Bay Co. of Canada. He travelled extensively through that Dominion and Alaska and was known as a courageous game hunter. Immediately prior to the commencement of war he was ranching in Alberta. He joined the Canadian Forces as an officer in the Machine-gun Corps and became an expert in machine-gunnery. He fought in France with the Canadian Force up to the battle of the Somme and was then transferred to the Royal Flying Corps as instructor in aerial gunnery. He was engaged in that capacity for three months in England, subsequently leaving for France. The deceased soldier has two brothers on active service – Private R BULLOCK WEBSTER, of the Rifle Brigade, and Lieutenant A BULLOCK WEBSTER. The latter left NZ as a private in the Main Body. He was wounded on Gallipoli and after recovering went to England and obtained a commission in the Royal Horse Artillery. He was subsequently transferred to the Indian Cavalry. [AWN 04.10.1917] P.23

BURNETT, Private Percy, killed in action, was born at Ngaruawahia. He was educated at the local school and at Prince Albert College, Auckland. He entered the railway service in April 1903 and remained in the service as clerk until he went into camp last January. He left NZ with the 23rd Reinforcements and was killed in action in France on 4 October. He was 31 years of age. [AWN 25.10.1917] P.23

CHINNERY-BROWN, Trooper J E, 3rd, Auckland, Mounted Rifles, Main Body, younger son of Mr Chinnery-Brown of Auckland, was admitted to the Citadel Hospital, Cairo, early in July suffering from eye trouble and septic hands. A cablegram received recently states that he had not yet rejoined his unit. His elder brother, who left with the 19th Reinforcements, machine-gun section, and his brother in law, are both in France. His younger sister is a member of the Voluntary Aid Division at the Rusthall Red Cross Hospital, Tunbridge Wells. [AWN 11.10.1917] P.19

CLARK, Sergeant Edwin M, died of wounds 4 October, is the youngest son of the late George Clark of Whakahera, Northern Wairoa. He was born and educated at ?Okahe school and Auckland Technical College. Before enlistment he was a member of the Auckland Garrison Artillery. He left NZ as a Sergeant with the 10th Reinforcements. He undertook special training in Egypt and afterwards at Sling and Aldershot where he gained the highest marks for physical culture and bayonet examinations. He spent a short period as an instructor at Sling Camp and then went to France on active service from last June. [AWN 18.10.1917] p.20

COATES, Flight Lieutenant W H, who was previously reported missing, is now reported believed killed. He was brought down by anti aircraft gunfire on 22 July and his machine fell behind the enemy lines. He is a brother of Captain J G COATES, MP, and is a member of the firm of G & R Coates, Matakohe. He left NZ with the 5th Mounted Reinforcements and saw service on Gallipoli where he gained his commission. After going through the Egyptian campaign, he was in December last accepted for training in the Royal Flying Corps. He was later transferred to England where he was for some time engaged on coastal scout duty. For the past six months he had been in the aviation service in France. He was regarded as a highly capable aviator and a gallant pilot. [AWN 18.10.1917] p.45

COLLETT, Captain Clive F, who has been awarded the Military Medal, is a son of the late Captain Horace E Collett, for many years Inspector of Stock for the Bay of Plenty District. His mother now resides in Wellington. He joined the RFC, gaining his first commission early in 1915. Subsequently, as a result of service, he was awarded his third star and with the rank of Captain was also made Flight Commander and soon afterwards a pilot instructor. He was wounded for the second time on 9 September and is now in hospital at Calais. [AWN 18.10.1917] P.23

COOK, Lieut W W, RFC, has been awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry and skill in attacking a Zeppelin. He ascended in a strong wind with thick mist and low clouds but eventually gave up the attack when 60 miles out to sea. The return journey was hazardous but he landed safely after 5 ½ hrs in the air. He is the son of W Cook, Palmerston North. He attended the Kohimarama Aviation School where he had a brilliant career. He left NZ last January and was recently detailed for duty with the RFC on the east coast of Scotland where he was engaged in Zeppelin strafing. [AWN 18.10.1917] P.26

COOPER, Private Alexander C, a Gallipoli veteran, died at the Wellington Hospital last Friday. He was wounded in the face at the Gallipoli landing and again on 13 July, in the chest. He was then invalided to Malta and afterwards to Walton on Thames. In June 1916 he was sent back to NZ and had undergone 10 operations before that which resulted in his death. He was accorded a military funeral. [AWN 11.10.1917] P.45

COOPER, Lieutenant R, son of Henry Cooper, Hepburn Street, who has been with the Imperial Forces in France for some time, has been promoted Captain. He is an old boy of Auckland Grammar School. He left Auckland to go to England in order to join the Royal Flying Club. Having difficulty in gaining admission to that Branch of the service he joined the Royal Garrison Artillery with the rank of junior Lieutenant. In France he rapidly gained promotion and his wife, Mrs Cooper of Seccombe Rd, Newmarket, has just received word of his latest promotion. He was formerly on the reporting staff of the NZ Herald. [AWN 25.10.1917] P.45

CORKILL, Captain T F, RAMC, son of Mr T E Corkill, Bank of NZ, New Plymouth, has been awarded the Military Cross and has also been made a Chevalier of the Belgian Order of Leopold. [AWN 18.10.1917] P.23

CRAIG, Lieutenant Edward A, died of wounds on 5 October 1917, was the youngest son of the late David Craig, one time Chief Manager of the NZ Insurance Co. He attended Non-commissioned Officers’ Camp and was subsequently promoted to Sergeant Major. He gained his commission and joined the Auckland Infantry Battalion. He left NZ with the 24th Reinforcements in April last. Before enlistment he was in the Auckland Office of the NZ Insurance Co. where he was greatly esteemed by the company’s clients as well as by his superior officers and a large number of people in Auckland. He was regarded as having a very prominent future. He was a keen footballer, one time captain of the Grammar School 15. His mother resides in Gillies Avenue, Epsom. [AWN 18.10.1917] P.20

DAWSON, Lieutenant H W, Royal Flying Corps, killed in action, was a nephew of Lieutenant G F Cater, bandmaster of the Garrison Artillery Division. He left NZ as a private in the 11th Reinforcements, with the engineers. He did arduous work as a despatch rider at the Somme. Last March he gained his commission. Afterwards he went through a course of training as a scout pilot. [AWN 25.10.1917, P.23]

DOWDEN, Private W E, son of R R Dowden, Birkenhead, who was recently awarded the Military Medal, left NZ in February 1916 with the Mounted Rifles. After reaching Egypt he was transferred to the Infantry and went to France where he was again transferred to the Machine Gun Section. He has been wounded once and is now at the base, Codford. [AWN 04.10.1917] P.19

DUTHIE, Keith, Lieutenant, NZ Rifle Brigade, son of D W Duthie, general manager of the National Bank of NZ, was in a dugout with three other officers when a shell exploded, killing him instantly. The other officers escaped with slight injuries. His brother, Captain N A DUTHIE, who was in the neighbourhood, was informed and was present at the funeral. Lieut Duthie had taken part in the campaign in Egypt and in the battle of Messines without mishap. [AWN 04.10.1917] P.16

FITCHETT, Lieutenant W B, son of Dr F Fitchett, CMG, has been admitted to Walton on Thames Hospital suffering from heart trouble as the result of being gassed on June ?25th. [AWN 18.10.17] P.20

FOUBISTER, Lieutenant John L, son of Mrs S H Foubister, The Drive, Epsom, killed in an aeroplane accident at Croydon on 8 October, was born at Mangonui, North Auckland. He was educated at the Epsom school and subsequently at St John’s College. Upon leaving school he became a motor mechanic. In sport he was very successful and at the age of 18 was prominent as a cyclist. He was afterwards successful in motor-cycle racing. After passing through the NZ Flying School at Kohimarama he went to England to complete his training. He had passed all his theory examinations in England and was probably undergoing his final test when the accident happened which terminated a promising career. [AWN 25.10.1917, P.23]

FREYBERG, B C, Brigadier General, DSO, the hero of Beaucourt, is 27 years of age and probably the youngest General in the British Army. He has the distinction of having risen from Lieutenant to his present rank in 2 ½ years. When the war broke out he was in America where he had practised as a dentist and had served as a soldier in Mexico. He immediately went to England and went to Antwerp with the Naval Division. There he was injured through coming into contact with a wire. His next service was at the Dardanelles where he was awarded the DSO for his gallant action in swimming ashore in the Gulf of Xeros, towing lighted flares and reconnoitering the enemy’s positions. His next achievement, which gained for him the Victoria Cross, was at Beaucourt in France where he led the attack and though wounded rallied his men and consolidated positions. He was wounded four times before leaving the line. He rejoined his regiment last March when he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in command of the 173 Infantry Brigade. [AWN 11.10.1917] P.17

GALLAGHER, Mr Dave, a well known and popular athlete, died of wounds received in France. He was born in Belfast about 45 years ago and came to NZ as a child with the Vasey Stewart immigration. He first lived at Tauranga before coming to Auckland and was a foreman at the freezing works. He was prominent in rugby football and was for many years with the Auckland Rugby Union and was captain of the All Black team which toured England in 1905/06. He served in the Boer War and at the outbreak of the present war he was eager to join the forces but was detained for some time because of family ties. When his brother was killed in action he felt it was his turn to go and enlisted in the 22nd Reinforcements and left NZ about twelve months ago. His wife and child reside in Sydney. [AWN 18.10.1917] p.20

GALLIE, 2nd Lieut Oscar E T, son of John Gallie of Wellington, aged 26, born Dunedin. He was in Samoa for 8 months from August 1914 being the first to join from the Wairarapa. He went to England and gained a commission in the Royal Field Artillery. About two months ago the Military Cross was awarded. A younger brother Lieut Victor J GALLIE is in a different division of the RFA. Both young officers are nephews of Major A R HISLOP of Wellington. [AWN 11.10.1917] P.47

GIBSON, Lieutenant Mackenzie, who has been killed in action, was an old boy of Christ’s College, Christchurch. On leaving school he entered the service of the Bank of NZ. He sailed with the Main Body as a private and won promotion on Gallipoli for rescuing a wounded man under heavy fire. At the evacuation he was in charge of the Cheshire Ridge section. Later he was adjutant at Tel el Kobir, Sling and Etaples. He rejoined the division early in August last. His father also is on active service as a chaplain,. Mr Noel GIBSON, headmaster of the Dilworth Institute, is a brother of Lieut Gibson. [AWN 25.10.1917, P.23]

GILLETT, Captain Laurence Henry, aged 28, killed in action in France, was the son of R Gillett of The Drive, Epsom. He left NZ with the 2nd Reinforcements on 14 December 1914 as a Lieutenant in the Auckland Infantry Battalion. He was wounded at Gallipoli and invalided home. He returned to Egypt in May ?1916 with the 13th Reinforcements. He contracted enteric fever and spent two months in a Cairo Hospital. He later joined the staff at Sling Camp. He was promoted to Captain on 1 February 1917 and sent to France with the 4th Reinforcements. He was born at Hamilton and attended Hamilton East School. Prior to enlistment he farmed at Waikato. [AWN 18.10.1917] P.20

GILLON, Francis H, Trooper, 34th Mounted Rifles, died in Featherston Military Hospital on Thursday night, the certified cause of death being cerebro-spinal meningitis. [AWN 04.10.1917] P.19

GRAY, Lieutenant W A, reported prisoner of war in Germany, is a son of Mr S Gray, town clerk of Mt Eden. He left NZ in the 3rd Battalion of the Rifle Brigade and has been on active service for 18 months. He has been once wounded and received the Military Cross for gallantry at the battle of the Somme. [AWN 04.10.1917] P.23

HALPIN, Lance Corporal L J, of Invercargill, who was awarded the Military Medal for services at the battle of the Somme on 15 September 1916. The recipient who is 51 years of age, when interrogated said he did not know for what action he received the medal. He was one of a number who succeeded in holding one of the captured German trenches. He sustained four wounds, was removed to the Birmingham Hospital, and when convalescing was informed that he had been awarded the medal. Lance Corporal Halpin had a good word to say of the manner in which wounded men were treated, both in France and in England. He said the way in which men – many of them frightfully mutilated – were picked up and restored to health was marvellous. The attention at the dressing stations, hospitals and convalescent homes in both countries was such that it was impossible to find room for complaint. [AWN 25.10.1917, p.23]

HORSCROFT, Private C A, reported killed on 4 October, is the youngest son of Mr C Horscroft, Church St, Onehunga. He volunteered for service and left with the 20th Reinforcements. He was educated at the Mangere Bridge school. He was interested in cycling and won several races. He was a letter carrier at Onehunga. Two brothers are at the front, one in Egypt and one on the western front. [AWN 25.10.1917] P.47

HOUCHEN, Rev Clement, who has been wounded, left NZ in October 1915 as a chaplain to the Rifle Brigade. He had been in the Anglican ministry in the Auckland district for about ten years. When he left for the front he was vicar of Te Kuiti. He formerly resided at Takapuna. He was awarded the Military Cross about a year ago. [AWN 25.10.1917] P.47

HOWITT, Captain A Gordon, East Surrey Regt, killed in action, is a cousin of Mr W K Howitt of Stanley Bay. He was in South Africa at the outbreak of war and joined the Cape forces, serving through the West Africa campaign, in which he obtained his commission. He subsequently went to England and joined the East Surrey Regt as lieutenant. Shortly after reaching the front he obtained his captaincy and a few days before being killed he was decorated with the Military Cross for organising and conducting a raid. Capt Howitt, who was 33 years of age, had a distinguished career as a chemistry expert. He took his B.Sc. in agriculture in 1910 and was on a mission to South Africa to study the soils there when the war started. His eldest sister is the wife of Mr J MILNE, inspector of schools at Wanganui. [AWN 04.10.1917] P.19

HUBBARD, Captain A C, who has been reported as killed was one of the oldest residents of the Paeroa district, owning two farms at Komata. He was one of the first to start the Thames Valley Dairying Co., of which he was chairman of directors up to the time he enlisted. [AWN 25.10.1917] P.23

ISAACS, Lieutenant Cyril, aged ?29, killed in action in France on 4 October, left with the Advance Guard for Samoa in August 1914. He returned in April 1915 and joined the 4th Reinforcements for Gallipoli and France, obtaining his stripes in due course. Last April he was recommended for a commission which he obtained by examination two months later. He came to Auckland from Bath about four years ago. Before enlistment he was employed at Messrs Milne & Choyce Ltd. [AWN 18.10.1917] p.20

ISRAEL, Corporal L L C, died of wounds, was the eldest son of Mr E A F Israel, Gisborne. Enlisting early in the campaign, he went to Gallipoli as record sergeant, subsequently being sent to Aldershot, where he qualified as bayonet instructor. He returned to France in May. He was a nephew of Mr J W Israel, Auditor-General of the Commonwealth and the late Mr G C Israel, manager of the Bank of NZ, Dunedin. [AWN 25.10.1917, P.23]

JACKA, Sergeant Major T Selwyn, who has been killed in action, was one of three sons of Mr T S Jacka, manager of the Auckland branch of the Norwich Union Ins. Co., who have left on active service. Sgt Major Jacka left NZ with the Main Body exactly three years ago. Prior to leaving for the front he was engaged in farming pursuits. His two brothers with the forces are Sergeant F C JACKA, who left with the 8th Reinforcements, and Corporal H W JACKA, who left with the 28th Reinforcements. [AWN 18.10.1917] p.45

JACOBSON, Lance Corporal E R of the Wellington Infantry, was killed in action on 4 October. He was a representative hockey player in both Auckland and Wellington and had the reputation of being one of the cleverest and most resourceful players in the Dominion. [AWN 25.10.1917, P.23]

KING, Lieutenant Lionel Lytton, killed in action in France on 4 October, left NZ as 2nd Lieutenant and advice was subsequently received of his promotion on the field to the rank of 1st Lieutenant. Before going on active service he was manager of the Happy Valley Station, Wellington, but was previously farming in the Waikato district where he was widely known. He took an active interest in the affairs of the district and was appointed a justice of the peace. He joined the 16th, Waikato, Regt but on going to Wellington transferred to the 6th, Wellington, Mounted Rifles. He was the only son of Mr M A King of Happy Valley and was born and educated in NZ. [AWN 25.10.1917, P.23]

KNYVETT, Major F B, DSO, RFA, late of Auckland, who was reported wounded a few days ago, making the sixth time, is in hospital in France. Fortunately he has not been dangerously hurt. He has shrapnel wounds in the right knee and left foot and the sinews of the foot have been severed. Satisfactory progress is reported. [AWN 25.10.1917] P.22

MACKERSEY, Lieutenant Errol M, of the Machine-gun Corps, reported wounded, is the eldest son of the late Mr J J Mackersey of Hawkes Bay and of Mrs Mackersey of Masterton. He was educated at Wellington College, afterwards studying law at Victoria College. He was at the time of enlisting in the office of Reed, Bailey and Towle, of Auckland. He was admitted as a solicitor just before going into camp. He left with the 13th Reinforcements. [AWN 25.10.1917] P.23

MAHAN, Major Adam George, killed in action, was a native of Dublin and was about 39 years of age. He came to NZ at an early age and spent his earlier life in Timaru. He entered the drapery trade and was employed in various parts of NZ. He served through the South African war and on returning settled in Oamaru where he was for some years an officer in the volunteers. Later he came to Auckland and was for many years with Milne and Choyce. He was identified with various branches of sport and was also a prominent Freemason. When the war broke out he immediately offered his services and was at first placed on the reserve list of officers, subsequently being appointed captain in the Auckland Mounted Rifles, leaving with one of the earlier reinforcements. He received his majority some months ago. [AWN 25.10.1917, P.23]

MAHONEY - Several members of the family of the late Mr Patrick MAHONEY of Mercer have been on active service during the war. Private Frank MERCER, DCM, who was reported wounded and missing on 21 August, left NZ with the 5th, Wellington, Battalion took part in the Suvla Bay attack on Gallipoli. During the fighting on the peninsula he assisted Captain GRAINEY of the Wiltshire Regt in rescuing some soldiers who had been cut off from the main body. This task was accomplished under heavy Turkish machine-gun fire and at considerable risk. For this heroic action he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. He subsequently returned to NZ but left again with the 14th Reinforcements. He was born and educated at Mercer and was successively at Auckland and Raetihi in the employ of the Railway and Public Works Depts respectively. His elder brother, Private John MAHONEY, is a member of the 22nd Reinforcements. Another brother, Leonard MAHONEY, who had served in the South African War, was in hospital with an attack of fever when the last news was heard of him. Private A G WEBSTER, a half-brother, is with the 21st Reinforcements. [AWN 11.10.1917] P.18

MARK, Private N, of Terewai near Gisborne, a Maori member of the Pioneer Battn, who was suffering from trench feet, had to be put ashore for treatment. [NZEF sick & wounded men returned invalided] [AWN 25.10.1917, p.23

MASON, Private E E, youngest son of Mr E Mason of the firm of Arch, Clark & Sons Ltd, has died from wounds receiv ed in action in the recent fighting in France. He was born and educated in London, came to Auckland four years ago and with his brother Private H R MASON, carried on a fruit farm at Te Kauwhata until both enlisted and left together with the 24th Reinforcement draft. [AWN 18.10.1917, p.45]

MAY, D G, Lance Corporal, of the NZ Rifles, while awaiting discharge owing to ill health and shell shock, died through falling through a window at Torquay. It is supposed that he walked in his sleep. A verdict of accidental death was returned. [AWN 04.10.1917] P.24

McDOUGALL, Private Ronald F, killed in action, was the second son of Mr W McDougall of Pukekaua. He enlisted at the age of 19 and had been in France for some time. A younger brother, Private Malcolm McDOUGALL, who enlisted when only 18, was recently wounded in France and is now in hospital in England. [AWN 25.10.1917 P.23

McROBERTS, Lieutenant Evan O, killed in action on 4 October, leaves a wife and one child. He was born at Tauranga in 1883 and joined the Postal Dept in 1900, having served in that Dept in Wellington, Christchurch, and Auckland. In 1905 he received the Royal Humane Society’s medal and certificate for saving life in Tauranga Harbour. He went into camp early last year and gained his commission. He was wounded last July but went back to the front and was killed before his relatives knew he had left the hospital. He was a member of the Methodist Church in which he was a much esteemed lay preacher and for some years was superintendent of the Sunday school at Onehunga. A memorial service will be held tomorrow evening in the Onehunga Methodist Church. A younger brother of Lt McRoberts was wounded at Messines but has returned to active service. [AWN 25.10.1917, P.23]

MEDDINGS, Major W H, who has been killed, left NZ in command of a reinforcement draft about a year ago. He was prominently connected with volunteer and territorial work in Canterbury for many years and latterly was on the Christchurch defence staff. He was an excellent marksman and had competed successfully at NZ Rifle Assn meetings. [AWN 25.10.1917] P.23

MELHUISH, Rifleman W H, died on active service, was born at Kaikoura 39 years ago and was educated at Kaikoura suburban school. He lived at Kaikoura for 30 years and during that time was 11 years a volunteer in the Kaikoura Mounted Rifles. He was auctioneering there for a few years. He volunteered for the front while in the employ of Abraham & Williams, Masterton. He left with the 18th Reinforcements and was six months in the trenches and went through the battle of Messines safely. [AWN 04.10.1917] P.19

The cause of education in Auckland has suffered a very serious loss in the death of Lieutenant H A E MILNES, killed in action in France on 4 October 1917. He was the principal of the Auckland Training College for Teachers and in that position he exerted an influence over students that was regarded as remarkable. He had great strength of character and a charming personality. His death will be regretted by a very large number of people, both in and outside education circles, in Auckland. He was born in Yorkshire and in all his undertakings he showed that tenacity of purpose typical of men of that county. He spent much of his earlier life in London and passed through the Borough Road training college at Isled. He graduated B.Sc. from the London University. He left for NZ in company with Mrs Milnes in January 190? to take up his position at the training college [……………] Mrs Milnes died about four years ago. [AWN 18.10.1917] P.20

MORPETH, Lieutenant Allan, killed in action on 2 October, was the eldest son of Mr H D Morpeth, town clerk of Waihi. He was one of six brothers who joined the forces. [AWN 25.10.1917] P.23

MORPETH, Lieutenant Allan, eldest son of Mr H D Morpeth of Waihi, has been reported missing, believed killed in action on 2 October. [AWN 11.10.1917, p.45]

MORPETH, Lieutenant Allen, who is reported missing and believed killed, is the eldest son of H D Morpeth, Town Clerk, Waihi, one of six brothers who have joined the forces. He is an engineer and was engaged on various Government work schemes in the north and south islands. The second son, Moore MORPETH, was killed at the Gallipoli landing; Niccol, who was wounded in France, was awarded the Military Cross, lost a leg and was invalided back to NZ; Gerald MORPETH, was wounded at Gallipoli and shot through the knee in the Somme battle. He was sent to England where he found himself incapacitated for service with the Infantry, staying for a commission in the British Royal Artillery. Sgt Major George D MORPETH and Corporal Sloan MORPETH, are at present in Waihi on their final leave. [AWN 18.10.1917] P.18

MULGAN, Mr G W D, Auckland, who has been training with the Inns of Court at Berkhampstead, has been nominated for a commission in the RGA and is now taking a course at the RGA cadet school at Uckfield in Sussex. [AWN 25.10.1917] P.22

NICOLSON, Captain R H, killed in action, was the youngest son of Mr W Nicolson, secretary of the Mosgiel Woollen Co. He was in his 25th year. He served in Egypt, Gallipoli and France. He was wounded about eight months ago and subsequently served for some time on the staff at Sling Camp. [AWN 25.10.1917, P.23]

O’CALLAGHAN, Captain L G, who has been killed in action, was a member of the firm of Le Cren & O’Callaghan of Timaru. His wife is nursing in England. [AWN 25.10.1917, P.23]

ORNSTEIN, Captain S, 39th Brigade, Australian Forces, son of Mr Lewis Ornstein of Wanganui Ave, Ponsonby, has been recommended for the D.S.O. Capt Ornstein has been resident in Australia for the last few years and joined the forces at the beginning of the war. [AWN 04.10.1917] P.23

PRESTON, Lance Corporal F J, killed in action at Messines, was the second son of John Preston of Nelson Street. He was born in Auckland 24 years ago and educated at Nelson Street School and the Grammar school. He was keenly interested in sport and won many trophies and was also a good rifle shot. He left NZ with the Main Body and was wounded at Gallipoli. He also saw considerable service in France. His two brothers are now at the front. [AWN 18.10.1917] p.20

REID, Private Robert Alexander, who is reported to have died of wounds in a French hospital on 6 October, was the second son of Mr A S Reid of Herbert St, Mt Eden. He was an old Grammar School boy and prior to enlisting was engaged with his two brothers in farming at Karaka. The three brothers all went on active service. Lieutenant Alfred S REID went with the 22nd Reinforcements. He was wounded on 5 October and now is in hospital. Private L H REID went away with the 4th Reinforcements and was wounded at Gallipoli. He has since been twice wounded in France and has been invalided home. The late Private R A REID enlisted in the 17th Reinforcements. The three brothers were all with the same regiment in France at the battle of Messines. [AWN 18.10.1917] p.21

ROBERTSON, Flight Lieutenant Gordon, son of Mr P Robertson, Avondale, has been missing since 10 September and is probably a prisoner in Germany. He was born in Auckland and educated at Prince Albert College. After leaving school he entered Holland & Gillet’s engineering workshops. He went to England about 18 months ago and received a commission. Later he became an inspector of aeroplane engines, finally joining the Royal Flying Corps as a flight lieutenant, in which capacity he was sent to France. [AWN 04.10.1917] P.23

SANDERSON, Private William, of the 13th Reinforcements, who was killed in action on 4 October, was one of four brothers on active service and was the third son of Eliza and the late Benjamin Sanderson of Okupu, Great Barrier. Prior to his enlistment he was employed on the Stratford railway. [AWN 25.10.1917] P.23

SCOTT - The family represented by Lieut Victor R S SCOTT, who was killed in action on 4 October, has now lost three sons in the service of the Empire. Private R H C SCOTT who was farming at Ngarua with Lt Scott before the war, was killed in action on 15 September 1916 and another brother, Private R H G SCOTT, lost his life on the same day. One member of the family, Private C A S SCOTT, is still on active service. Lt Scott who was the son of Mr W S Scott of Hikutaia, himself a veteran of the Maori wars, was interested in military matters for some years prior to the war, as a member of the Piako Mounted Rifles. [AWN 25.10.1917] P.47

SHOVE, Bombardier Spencer, Military Medal, son of Ernest Shove, Vauxhall Road, Devonport, was born at Oeo, Taranaki and served his apprenticeship with Seagar Bros of Auckland. He left with the 5th Reinforcements and served in Egypt then France. He was well known in yachting circles in Auckland, being the owner of Onerahi which was wrecked in a gale last February. [AWN 18.10.1917] P.45

SMEETON, Lieutenant Warwick J, son of Mr H M Smeeton, has been wounded and admitted to hospital. Just 22 years of age, he was in England when the war broke out and immediately enlisted in the Imperial forces. He is at the present time attached to the Royal Field Artillery. He has been in the firing line for over 2 ½ years. On one previous occasion he was slightly wounded but after a short time in hospital in France he returned to duty. He was well known in Auckland, particularly in athletic circles. He was educated at the Auckland Grammar School where he was for some time captain of the cricket team. [AWN 04.10.1917] P.23

STATHAM, William W H, son of Mr W H Statham of Epsom, has been posted as 2nd Lieutenant, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. He left Fiji in June 1916 as sergeant in charge of the First Fiji Reinforcement. After service in the battle of the Somme, he was selected for a commission and was posted for training at Oxford, his University town. [AWN 25.10.1917] P.47

THOMPSON, Lieutenant Andrew Stevenson, youngest son of Mr A S Thompson of Pakuranga, who was killed in action on 4 August, joined the Main Body in 1914 as a sergeant. He took part in the landing at Anzac and subsequent fighting at Gallipoli, including the attack on Achi Baba. On the evacuation of the peninsula, he was one of the last men to leave. He went to France with the NZ Division and took part in the operations on the Somme where he was wounded on 28 September, 1916. He was promoted to the rank of regimental sergeant-major and received an award for meritorious conduct on New Year’s Day 1917. Promotion to the rank of 2nd lieutenant followed on 26 May last. [AWN 11.10.1917] P.19

One of the three New Zealanders injured in the railway accident at Beer Ferrars in Devonshire, W J TRUSSELL, died at Tavistock. To ascertain the identity of the dead has proved difficult owing to their mutilation. The other two injured, N J GATLEY and R J BARNES, who are suffering from fractures and severe shock, are progressing favourably. The New Zealanders killed in the Devon railway disaster were buried this afternoon in the corporation cemetery at Egg Buckland, outside Plymouth. Anglican, Catholic & Presbyterian services were read. The funeral was attended by a party of New Zealanders and garrison troops. The coffins were taken on gun carriages and motor ambulances. The graves are situated in various denominational sections but all are within a small radius. [AWN 04.10.1917] P.24

TURNER, Major W, who has been killed, was an Otago school teacher. He was headmaster of the Balclutha District High School when he enlisted in 1915. [AWN 25.10.1917] P.23

VON STURMER, Private Ernest, reported wounded last week, is the second son of Mr Ernest Von Sturmer of the NZ Telegraph Construction Dept. He is not yet 20 years old but volunteered nearly three years ago and was rejected on account of his youth. He then worked his passage to England on the Otaki and volunteered for service with the British Forces but was rejected. He joined a vessel con-veying ammunition to Russia and subsequently in the same vessel reached Australia where he Enlisted. He was fighting with the Australian forces when he was wounded and gassed. [AWN 4.10.1917, p.29]

WALLER, Rifleman Henry T, third son of Mrs J H Waller, Nurse, Te Kuiti, has been awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in the field. He left NZ with the 7th Reinforcements and was wounded on 10 September 1917. He took part in the Somme and Messines engagements. [AWN 04.10.1917] P.19

The tenth victim of the Beer Ferrers railway disaster has been named. He is S. E. WEST. Evidence showed that the men were told that the first stop would be Exeter where they would be supplied with food. When the train stopped at Beer Ferrers a number of men jumped out, believing food would be available. [AWN 11.10.1917] P.27

WILLIAMS, Lieut H D, RFC, Auckland, has been promoted flight-commander with the rank of captain. He has a commission in the AMR but has been attached to the RFC since last October. [AWN 25.10.1917] P.22

WILSON, Major R A, advice received by Sir James Wilson that the Major was slightly wounded in the last battle of Ypres. [AWN 11.10.1917, p.45]

YOUNG, 2nd Lieutenant E H, wounded, son of Mrs W S Young, Otakeho, Taranaki. Before he enlisted he was employed by Hesketh & Richmond, solicitors, Auckland. He has served with the NZ forces since they landed in France and went through the Somme battle unscathed. At the end of last April, then L/Cpl Young was sent to England and after five weeks study, passed and was granted a commission. He went back to Divisional Base on 12 July. Sergeant Major O M YOUNG, who died of wounds at Flers last October and Sergeant Vivian YOUNG, who is now probably in France, left with later reinforcements. A J & J E YOUNG have volunteered for service. [AWN 25.10.1917] P.18


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