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

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

OCTOBER 1918

ALLEN, Lieutenant Colonel Robert C, DSO, of Annandale, Piako, was wounded on 8 October but no indication is given of the nature of the wound. He has had a distinguished career. He left NZ in September 1915, then holding the rank of major. In February 1917 he was appointed to the command of an Auckland battalion. He was awarded the DSO for his work in the battle of Messines in which he was wounded in the chest. He returned to NZ early this year, leaving again in charge of a draft a few months ago. He reached France on 28 September and it is understood was serving with the Rifle Brigade when he was wounded. He is a brother of Lieut Colonel S S ALLEN who commands a battalion at the front. [AWN 31.10.1918] P.22

ARNST, ‘Jack’, well known NZ cyclist and a member of the Australian Forces, has been killed in action. His brother Dick won the world sculling championship and another brother Walter, was a prominent athlete. Jack first came into prominence in NZ road events, Timaru-Christchurch road race. In 1903 he represented NZ in the Warrnambool-Melbourne road race. From scratch he covered the distance of 165 miles in 7 hrs 43 mins. He is the only rider to win the event from scratch. The Christchurch-Dunedin road record of 247 miles in 12 hrs 21 mins and the Timaru-Christchurch record of 112 miles in 4 hrs 50 mins. He also recorded two fine rides in the Goulburn-Sydney race, 131 miles, in which he twice established the fastest time. [AWN 10.10.1918] P.19

BARTLETT, Private Carl F, who died of wounds on 26 September, was the eldest son of Mr F Bartlett, Inkerman St, Onehunga. He enlisted on becoming of military age and left with the 37th Reinforcements. He was educated at the Onehunga High School and passed the junior and senior Civil Service examinations and at the time of enlisting was on the staff of the Lands & Deeds Office, Auckland. He took a keen interest in athletics and was an enthusiastic tennis and hockey player. [AWN 24.10.1918] P.19

BEALE, Lance Corporal Geoffrey Hilton, who died of wounds on 10 October, was the only son of Mr E C Beale of Auckland. He was educated at the Mt Eden Collegiate School, St John’s Collegiate School, the Epsom and Mt Eden schools and the Auckland Grammar School. Upon leaving the Auckland Grammar School he went through a three year’ course at the Canterbury Agricultural College at Lincoln and took his diploma in 1914. At the time of volunteering he was managing his father’s farm at Waimauku. He left NZ as a sergeant in the 28th Reinforcements in July 1917, but before going to France he handed in his stripes, considering that promotion should be won on the field of battle. L/Cpl Beale was slightly wounded on 25 March during the first week of the German offensive, while acting as observer and sniper. He was continuously fighting with the Rifle Brigade from 21 August until he was mortally wounded on 8 October. He was a good athlete. As a small boy he ran a sensational mile race at St John’s Collegiate school sports and his record still stands for the Grammar School two mile bicycle race. He was a member of the Auckland Grammar School first eleven, the Eden Cricket Club and also of the Lincoln College first eleven, of which he was vice-captain and of the Rugby first fifteen. While at Lincoln College he belonged to the 13th, North Canterbury and Westland, Regiment and was one of the college squad of ten who won the championship at the annual camp of the regiment. He was not quite 25 years of age. [AWN 31.10.1918] P.19

BERWICK, Sister Mary, RRC, of Oamaru; Sister Beatrice GUBBINS of Auckland; Sister Christina SMITH of Wellington; each of whom have been on service for three years in France and Britain, have returned to join Colonel Wylie’s orthopaedic unit. These Sisters have undergone three months training in this work at the military hospital at Hammersmith, the leading orthopaedic hospital in the world. [AWN 10.10.1918, p.16]

BRAME, Private Albert V, who is believed to have been killed in France on 21 August, was born at Thames and enlisted at Te Aroha. He left NZ with the ?27th Reinforcements. For some time he was in the tunnelling corps and then was with a Lewis machine-gun section. He was 30 years of age. His father Mr ?? Brame recently retired from the position of postmaster at Bluff. [AWN 24.10.1918] [This page has a black mark across it, making parts of it hard to read] P.20

BROADGATE, Lieutenant F K, killed in action 1 October, left NZ in June 1916 with the Engineers, 14th Reinforcements. He was a son of Mrs E Kelso of Edendale. He obtained his early education in Coromandel and gained a mining scholarship from the local School of Mines. He studied at the Auckland University College and Victoria College, Wellington, and graduated M.Sc. with first-class honours in geology. Before volunteering for active service Lieut Broadgate was attached to the staff of the NZ Geological Survey. [AWN 31.10.1918] P.47

BROWN - A splendid yet sad record of war service has been established by the five sons of Mrs G Brown of 193 Dominion Road, Mt Eden. News has just been received of the death of the third son to give his life in the Empire’s cause. The soldier just killed in Private Harcourt Martin BROWN, who died as the result of wounds received in France. He was Mrs Brown’s third son and left NZ with the 26th Reinforcements. The brothers, who previously lost their lives, were Corporal James BROWN, who was killed in Palestine, and Lance Corporal William BROWN, killed in action in France. The former was a member of the Samoan advance guard and afterwards served on Gallipoli, whither he went with the 6th Reinforcements. William, who was a member of the 5th Reinforcements, was wounded at the evacuation and on recovering went to France. Another son, Private Edward BROWN, who was a member of the 2nd Reinforcements, served through the Gallipoli campaign and after the evacuation went to France whence he was invalided to NZ, suffering from pleurisy. George, the youngest son, is on his way to the front. Mrs Brown’s only daughter is married to Staff Sergeant S J HUGILL of the Army Pay Corps at the Featherston Camp. [AWN 03.10.1918] P.16

BURROWS, Rifleman Jack, second son of Mr W Burrows of Ohaupo, was wounded on 28 August in the right arm, this being the third time he has been wounded. He has been since transferred to the Convalescent Hospital, Hornchurch. He sailed with the 23rd Reinforcements in April 1917. [AWN 24.10.1918] p.20

CALDWELL, Flight Major Keith L, has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He is the only son of Mr D R Caldwell, a member of the firm of Macky, Logan, Caldwell Ltd, and since he has been attached to the Royal Flying Corps he has had a brilliant career, having met with a very great success in this difficult branch of the service. Up to last March it was reported that he had personally destroyed five enemy machines on the western front and had been in over fifty serial battles. He has displayed unusual skill and great bravery and last year was awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On one occasion he led a patrol of five machines against 12 hostile aircraft, all of which were driven down out of control. He was formerly on the staff of the Auckland branch of the Bank of NZ, was one of the first pupils to qualify at the NZ Flying School at Kohimarama. He is at present commanding a squadron in France. [AWN 17.10.1918] P.20

CAMERON, Private John Sharp, who has been killed in action, was the twin son of Mr Alexander Cameron of Roto-o-rangi. He was a member of the Auckland Battalion and left NZ with the 26th Reinforcements. His youngest brother, Colin, was killed in the battle of Messines a little over a year ago. A twin brother, Charles, was wounded some time ago but is still at the front. [AWN 31.10.1918] P.19

CARROLL, Private Terence, who died at sea, was the third son of Mr John Carroll of Kuaotunu. Prior to enlisting in the 40th Reinforcements he was employed on the staff of the Public Trust Office, Auckland. He was educated at the Kuaotunu school and at the Sacred Heart College, Auckland, where he passed the public service and matriculation examinations in 1916. One of his brothers, Charles CARROLL, returned a few months ago invalided from the front. Another, John CARROLL, of the Survey Dept., Auckland, is at present in England suffering from the effects of wounds received at the battle of Passchendaele last year. [AWN 03.10.1918] P.16

CARTER, Private Norman Herbert, who was killed in action in France on 30 September, was the second son of Mr A M Carter of Norana Ave, Remuera. He was educated at the Bayfield School, Ponsonby, Hamilton High School and Auckland Grammar School and was subsequently in the employ of the Auckland Farmers’ Freezing Co. He volunteered when only 17 years of age but was rejected on account of his age. He entered camp in February last and left with the 37th Reinforcements in May. At the time of his death he was 20 ½ years of age. [AWN 31.10.1918] P.19

CAWS, Captain R C, MC, of the NZ Machine-gun Corps, belongs to Timaru. He left with the 6th Reinforcements. [AWN 10.10.1918] P.16

CHITTY, Sergeant Henry L, who died of wounds on 30 September at the age of 33, left NZ with the 9th Reinforcements and gained promotion in Egypt. He was wounded four times in France. Before enlisting he was in the employ of the Murray Shoe Co. He was a keen athlete and was well known on the running track. He leaves a wife and two children who reside at Remuera. [AWN 17.10.1918] P.47

COOMBE, Lance Corporal R T, killed in action, was the eldest son of Mrs Louise Coombe and the late Henry Coombe and was born in 1893 at Palmerston North where he received his education. He was captain of the Levin Hockey Club B team from 1913 to the time of his going to camp with the 14th Reinforcement. He endeavoured to get away with the 3rd Reinforcements and every reinforcement, but was unsuccessful until the 14th. He went through the battles of the Somme, Marne and Flanders and Messines where he received several slight wounds but in the great push at Passchendaele he was wounded in both legs and thighs. In May last he was made a lance corporal on the field. The only remaining son, George, is now with the 40th Reinforcements. [AWN 10.10.1918] P.18

CURHAM, Lieutenant D, MC, of Wanganui, ROACH, 2nd Lieutenant G H, MM, of Hastings, WILLIS, 2nd Lieutenant A L M, MM, of Christchurch – who have returned on furlough, were rankers in the Main Body. [AWN 10.10.1918] P.16

CURRY, 2nd Lieutenant Matthew Goodwin of the 40th Reinforcements, who died at sea on 5 September from influenza, was the eldest son of the late Mr Curry of Waitotara. He was educated at St John’s College, Auckland, and at the time of his enlistment was head teacher of the Rangiwahia School. He assisted for some months as instructor at different camps. He leaves a wife and two children. He was 29 years of age. [AWN 31.10.1918] P.19

DAVIS, Private Hallyburton (Bert), who was killed in action in France on 29 September, was the youngest son of the late Mr Mark Davis of Gisborne. He was formerly resident in the Waikato, Avondale and Warkworth districts. He enlisted in the 13th Reinforcements but owing to ill health was discharged. He, however, re-entered camp and sailed with the 24th Reinforcements and at the time of his death was attached to the 6th Hauraki Co., 2nd Auckland Battalion. He was 29 years of age. [AWN 31.10.1918] P.19

DENT, Gunner Claud, son of Mrs E W Dent, Brighton Rd, Parnell, has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for valuable services rendered in connection with the war. He left NZ with the 12th Reinforcements in May 1916 and has been on active service ever since. Before enlistment he was on the staff of the NZ Railways. [AWN 10.10.1918] P.20

DEVEREUX, Major Geoffrey de B, MC, who was killed in action on 30 September, was a son of the Hon. Mrs Devereux of One-tree Hill. He left NZ with the 2nd Reinforcements and served throughout the Gallipoli campaign and subsequently in France. He was promoted to major while on active service and at the same time was awarded the Military Cross. He had been invalided home to NZ and returned to the front. He was 28 years old. Prior to enlisting Major Devereaux was on the staff of the Farmers’ Union Trading Assn. A brother died for the Empire in the South African war and another brother is serving at the front. [AWN 17.10.1918] P.47

DEW, Private Alfred George, who was killed in action on 1 October, was a son of Mr James Dew of Glenmore, and formerly of Dannevirke. His three brothers have also served with the colours, one W L DEW, having been invalided home. The two still on service are Sergeant A W DEW who left with the 8th Reinforcements, and Private R E DEW. [AWN 31.10.1918] P.19

DRAY, Private William A, killed in action, was a member of the 33rd Reinforcements. He was 30 years of age. He was a plumber by trade. His wife and two children live in Leamington, Cambridge. [AWN 10.10.1918] P.18

DRAY, Private William A M (Alf), killed in action, was the only son of Mr W F Dray of 85 Summer Street, Ponsonby, and husband of Mrs Elsie Dray, of Leamington, Cambridge. He was 29 years old, having been born in Waverley NSW in September 1888. He came with his parents to Auckland in 1900 and was apprenticed to the plumbing trade, afterwards working for many years with Mr A Wilkinson of Cambridge. He left with the 33rd Reinforcements. He went into action on 30 May, his mother’s birthday, and was killed on August 26th, his father’s birthday. [AWN 17.10.1918] P.18

DUMPER, Sergeant A J, second son of Mrs Dumper of Cheltenham Tce, Devonport, has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. He left NZ with the Main Body and has been wounded. He has two brothers on active service. [AWN 10.10.1918] Left for Vancouver as a passenger on the Makura. [AWN 17.10.1918] P.20

FERGUSON, Captain J, formerly navigating Lieutenant on HMS Avenger and captain of the steamer Waitemata when she was torpedoed, is in Auckland. [AWN 10.10.1918] P.20

FITZWILLIAM - Good service in the cause of the Empire has been performed by the sons of Mr & Mrs A Fitzwilliam of Eden Terrace. Sergeant Alfred H FITZWILLIAM, who was killed in action at the age of 31, was born and educated in Auckland, afterwards following farming pursuits at East Tamaki. He enlisted in the Main Body and was wounded once on Gallipoli and again in France. Private Robert FITZWILLIAM also fought with the Main Body on Gallipoli and was later invalided home. Corporal Fred A FITZWILLIAM is at present in France, with the 31st Reinforcements, and Trooper William BELLINGHAM, Mrs Fitzwilliam’s eldest son by a former marriage, will return home shortly after service with the 19th Reinforcements. Two of Mrs Fitzwilliam’s sons in law, Private John MILLEN, of the Main Body, and Quartermaster Sergeant Steve PERRIN, are at home invalided. Two sons have been rejected for service. [AWN 10.10.1918] p.19

A young soldier returned from Palestine recently in the person of Trooper J H FORD, aged 19 years, has seen two years service abroad. He was wounded in Palestine and invalided home. He is the son of Robert Ford of Piopio, late of Hamilton. [AWN 10.10.1918] P.19

FORSYTH, Sergeant Samuel, NZ Engineers, has been awarded the Victoria Cross for conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in attack. When nearing its objective his company came under heave machine-gun fire and through his dashing leadership and total disregard of danger three machine-gun positions were rushed and the crews taken prisoner before they could inflict many casualties. During the subsequent advance Sgt Forsyth’s company came under heavy fire from several machine-guns, of which he located two by daring reconnaissance. In an endeavour to gain support from a tank, Forsyth was wounded but in the face of very heavy fire he endeavoured to lead the tank to a favourable position. However, the tank was put out of action. He then organised the tank crew and several of his men into sections, led them to a position where the machine-gunners could be outflanked, always under fire, brought about the retirement of the machine-guns and enabled the British advance to continue. At this moment a sniper killed Forsyth. Throughout his courage, coolness and great power of initiative proved to be an invaluable incentive to all and saved many casualties. [AWN 31.10.1918, p.27

Two Taranaki soldiers who, on the authority of casualty lists, had been accounted killed in action, are now known to be alive. One of them, Private W FOSTER of Eltham, a Main Body man, agreeably surprised his friends last week by appearing among them. Further, he brought news that Private THOMAS, OF Ngaere, also reported killed, is now in England and will probably return to NZ shortly. [AWN 10.10.1918] P.48

GARDNER, Sergeant Charles (Pat), killed in action in Palestine, was the third son of the late Mr Charles Gardner of Glorit, Kaipara. He was 25 years of age and, going into camp with the 14th Reinforcements, left for Egypt with the 21sts. In Egypt he won the heavyweight boxing championship of his regiment. His brother, Private Robert GARDNER, is with the Rifle Brigade in France. [AWN 17.10.1918] P.18

GARROWAY, 2nd Lieutenant R, who has been awarded the Military Cross, is the son of Robert Garroway formerly of Waitoa, Thames Valley and now of Auckland. He is an old boy of King’s College. He entered camp as a private, left NZ as a corporal with the 6th Reinforcements and gained his commission in the field. He took part in the evacuation of Gallipoli, was three times wounded in France and is at present in hospital in England. [AWN 10.10.1918] P.19

GEDDIS, Captain Clifton S, NZ Machine-gun Corps, son of the Hon. W J Geddis, MLC and who formerly lived in Auckland, has been wounded. His injuries consist of contusions on the shoulder and he has been admitted to hospital. Until his enlistment he commanded the Napier senior cadets and left NZ as a lieutenant in the Mounted Rifles. While in Egypt he was transferred to the Machine-gun Corps. He was wounded previously in France some two years ago. [AWN 10.10.1918] P.18

GREY, Private F R, 28th Reinforcements, has been killed in action. He was the youngest son of Mrs G L Grey of Balmoral Road, Mt Eden. Before joining the forces he was an engineer in the employ of Messrs Warran & Co, Auckland. Three other sons of Mrs Grey joined the colours. Gunner C W R GREY, who left with the Main Body as an artilleryman, was invalided home after the evacuation of Gallipoli. Lieutenant G L GREY is still on active service with the Imperial Flying Corps. Private R GREY, another son, was gassed in France and is now in a hospital at Hornchurch, England. [AWN 17.10.1918] P.19

GUTHRIE, Lieutenant S G, MC, of Wellington, who has returned on furlough, was a sergeant in the Main Body. He has been wounded three times. [AWN 10.10.1918] P.16

HARDIE NEIL, Dr J, Auckland, who has been awarded the Distinguished Service Order, was previously decorated for service in the present war, receiving the French Croix de Guerre in February last. He left for Egypt with the No.1 Field Ambulance towards the close of the Gallipoli campaign, having previously acted for a time as Commandant of the Awapuni Camp. After serving in Egypt he was transferred to France. [AWN 31.10.1918] P.21

A recent arrival from Palestine is Lieutenant H K HATRICK of Northcote, who has been on service for four years. He left NZ as a corporal in the Signal Section of the Auckland Mounted Rifles and served with distinction on Gallipoli, being one of the few men who reached the crest of Chunuk Bair in the August advance. Soon afterwards he was invalided to England. After recovering his health he rejoined the regiment in Egypt and served with it through the whole of the Palestine campaign. He gained his commission some time ago. He is home on furlough. Two of his brothers have been killed in the war. [AWN 03.10.1918] P.20

HAWKES, Lieutenant E G, who has returned with draft No.191, is a son of the Rev J H Hawkes of Shelly Beach Road, Ponsonby. This soldier left NZ with the 9th Reinforcements as a corporal and has served continuously in France, except for a period spent in England studying for his commission. He was wounded in April last when the NZ Division was sent forth to help withstand the German advance. [AWN 31.10.1918] P.22

HENRY, Corporal Edward S, died of wounds, was the second son of Mr G F Henry of Symonds St. He was educated at Christ’s College, Christchurch, and afterwards was on the staffs of the NZ Farmers Assn and Christchurch Meat Co. After coming to Auckland with his parents he was employed in the Auckland Tramways Co’s office. In 1911 he was admitted a member of the NZ Society of Accountants and entered the employ of Mr G W Hutchison, of Wyndham St, with whom he remained until he went into camp. He left NZ with the 34th Reinforcements on 8 February last and attained his 29th birthday four days later. His elder brother, who obtained his DCM at Gallipoli, is still on active service. [AWN 31.10.1918] P.19

HEWETT, Captain J D, of the Royal Air Force, son of Mr Basil Hewett, cable censor, Auckland, has been awarded the French Croix de Guerre with palm. He left NZ in November 1915, soon afterwards joining the air service and, in due course, proceeding to France. He is 26 years old and was born in NZ and educated at Wanganui Collegiate School. On leaving school he entered the engineering trade in Auckland. [AWN 17.10.1918] P.20

HINMAN, Major C, a young Aucklander who has earned rapid promotion in the war, is the second son of Mr C H Hinman of Mt Eden. He enlisted at the age of 23 when war broke out, entered camp as a private and was promoted to corporal. He left with the Main Body as Acting Sergeant, Auckland Mounted Rifles. He served on Gallipoli until shot through the face and was four months in hospital. He was then engaged as Machine-gun Instructor and subsequently gained a commission. Since then he has been through the campaign in the vicinity of the Suez Canal on the Sinai Peninsula and in Palestine. From the present of the beginning year he has been in command of the NZ Mounted Machine-gun Squadron and has been promoted to the rank of Major and placed in command of all the Machine-gun squadrons operating in the area. He is an old Auckland Grammar School boy. [AWN 10.10.1918] P.20

HORNE, Lieutenant W J, Australian Forces, who was killed in action in France on 18 September, was an old Wellington College boy and served in the South African war as a member of the 6th Contingent of the NZ Forces. He left Australia with the 45th Battalion of the Australian Forces and was wounded in May last and had only recently returned to the front. Lieut Horne was a brother in law of Mr W R Fee of Auckland. [AWN 10.10.1918] P.47

HOWARD, Corporal George Stanley, NZFA, who died at sea from influenza, was the eldest son of Mr & Mrs S P Howard of Wanganui Ave, Ponsonby. The deceased soldier was born at Gisborne and at the time of his death was in his 22nd year. He received his education at the Parnell public school. After leaving school he entered the employ of Messrs Stewart & Johnson and afterwards joined the staff of the Bank of NSW in Auckland. Prior to leaving for camp he was attached to the Third, Auckland, Regiment, holding the rank of sergeant and subsequently joined the artillery, leaving Wellington as corporal on 10 July with the 40th Reinforcements. He was a member of the Ponsonby Cricket Club and one of the third grade champions of 1916-17. He took a keen interest in all sorts of athletics and was a great favourite amongst all his companions. [AWN 10.10.1918] P.18

HUGGET, Private C, who was reported wounded on 13 September, has been admitted to a hospital in England suffering from a gunshot wound in the left thigh. He is the only surviving son of Captain M Hugget, Customs Dept, Auckland, and left NZ with the 24th Reinforcements. He was educated at the Auckland Grammar School and before joining the forces was in the employ of Messrs Macky Logan Caldwell Ltd. His only brother, Lance Corporal Maurice HUGGET, left NZ with the Main Body and was killed three days after the landing on Gallipoli. His mother did not recover from the shock of hearing of her son’s death and died a few weeks after the news reached Auckland. [AWN 31.10.1918] P.19

HUTCHISON, Captain G R of Auckland, is mentioned in a Gazette list as having embarked overseas and relinquished the command of No.4 Company, Australian & NZ Divisional Train and the appointment of Officer Commanding, NZASC in Egypt, as from 23 May. [AWN 10.10.1918] P.20

IRVIN, Sergeant V C, who was reported missing after the battle of Passchendaele, is now declared to have been killed in action on 12 October 1917. He was the youngest son of Mrs M A Irvin of Richardson Rd, Mt Albert and was educated at Ponsonby School and the Auckland Grammar School. Before leaving with the 25th Reinforcements he represented Messrs Hall Skelton & Skelton at Paparoa. [AWN 17.10.1918] P.18

IRWIN, Private Foster, who was killed in action on the western front on 9 September, was the sixth son of Mr Foster Irwin, Morrinsville. He went to the front with the 22nd Reinforcements. He was 30 years of age and was a well known footballer and hockey player. Four brother are on active service. [AWN 10.10.1918] P.19

JOHNSON, Major W H, MC, of Wellington, left with the artillery section of the 4th Reinforcements. He saw service at Gallipoli and in France and received his decoration last year. [AWN 10.10.1918] And previous to enlisting was employed by John Court Ltd. [AWN 10.10.1918] P.16

KERSEY, Gunner William M, NZFA, who died of wounds on 26 September, left with the 7th Reinforcements, being then 19 years of age. He was a brother of Mr J C Kersey, Cambridge. Two other brothers are still serving in France, the eldest having gone to France with Sir John French’s ‘contemptibles’ and the other with the first of Kitchener’s army. [AWN 24.10.1918] P.20

MARTIN, Pte A H, B Coy, aged 20, single, 45th Reinforcements, died Trentham Military Hospital, cerebro-spinal meningitis. NOK: Mrs W L Martin, Motiu, Taumarunui (mother). P.19

MAGUIRE, Surgeon Captain J E C who died in England recently, was the last of four sons of the late Mr Allan Maguire, at one time a well known Auckland contractor, and was born in Auckland 30 years ago. He served under General Allenby for a considerable time. [AWN 10.10.1918] P.20

MAHONEY - One of the many inspiring, but tragic, records of sacrifice for the Empire is that of the family of Mr C Mahoney of Taneatua, three of whose four sons have laid down their lives while on service. Second Lieutenant Brian G MAHONEY was killed on 3 September in an aeroplane accident. At the outbreak of war he was in Tonga, where he was engaged in copra planting. He came to NZ in time to join the 5th Reinforcements and went to Egypt as a private in the 4th, Waikato, Mounted Rifles. He served on Gallipoli and later was transferred to the 16th, Waikato, Infantry. He saw some heavy fighting on the Somme, received his sergeant’s stripes and was recommended for a commission in the Imperial Army. He joined the Royal Munster Fusiliers and was attached to the Royal Air Force in February last. He was almost through his training as a pilot when he met his death. His youngest brother, Ulie, who left with the 3rd Reinforcements, was killed at Quinn’s Post in June 1914. Another brother, Lance, who also left with the 5th Reinforcements, lost his life at Bir-el-Abd, in Sinai Peninsula, on 9 August 1916. The eldest brother, Ernest, joined the Queen’s Bays in England in August 1914, saw much service in France and is now a lieutenant in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. [AWN 10.10.1918] p.19

MANNING, Trooper Fred, who died of malaria fever at the 26th Casualty Clearing Station, Palestine, was the second son of Mrs A A Manning and the late Mr H D Manning of Hamilton East. He left NZ with the 7th Reinforcements for the 6th Wellington Mounted Rifles. He was in his 32nd year. His brother Langley left with the Main Body in the 6th Hauraki Co. and was killed at the landing of Gallipoli. Langley was 21 years of age at the time of his death. [AWN 31.10.1918] P.19

MARTIN, Private A H, B Company, 45th Reinforcements, died in Trentham military hospital on Sunday from cerebro-spinal meningitis. He was 20 years of age, single, and his next of kin was his mother, Mrs W L Martin, Motiu, Taumarunui. [AWN 17.10.1918] P.19

MASSEY, Major F G, DSO, MC, youngest son of the Prime Minister, returned to Auckland on Saturday by the Niagara. He is regarded as one of the most brilliant officers in the NZEF and has been invalided home. Although he is still suffering from a severe wound in the lungs received in the early days of the German offensive last March, he expects to completely recover in the course of a few weeks. When he was wounded he was serving with the British Army in command of a battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers. The regiment was making a stubborn fight against overwhelming hordes of Germans. Battalions on both sides of the men under his command were pressed back and at an early stage Major Massey was shot through both lungs and fell. Word being sent to headquarters, the colonel came up to take command and was captured by the Germans shortly afterwards. The official notice in reference to the deed that won Major Massey his DSO, appeared in the London Gazette on 16 September. It reads: “On 22 and 23 March, although severely wounded, this officer commanded the battalion in a most efficient manner. It was largely due to his resource and good grip of the situation that his battalion in its retirement inflicted such heavy loss on the enemy at a small cost to itself in the vicinity of Beaumetz-les-Cambrai. By his contempt of danger and cheerfulness he set a good example to all ranks.” Major Massey won the Military Cross at Messines in June 1917. He has been twice mentioned in despatches. He was born in the Auckland Province and educated at the Mangere school, the Auckland Grammar School, and the Auckland University College. He entered the legal profession and served his articles with Messrs Hesketh and Richmond. He passed his solicitor’s exam when 19 years of age and was subsequently in the office of Messrs Earl and Kent. Later he commenced practice on his own account. He left NZ as second lieutenant in the Rifle Brigade. He went to Egypt and to France with the first of the NZ forces. After serving for a time as adjutant to his battalion he was appointed to the divisional head-quarters staff, with promotion to the rank of captain, attached to the Lancashire Fusiliers and subsequently appointed temporary major. [AWN 17.10.1918] P.19

MATTOCKS, Private George, son of Mrs Mattocks, George St, Newmarket, who is in Brockenhurst Hospital, has had his left leg amputated as the outcome of a fracture caused by gunshot. He is reported to be progressing favourably. He left NZ with the machine-gun section of the 26th Reinforcements and previous to enlisting was employed by John Court Ltd. [AWN 10.10.1918] P.18

McGOVERN, 2nd Lieutenant Joseph, killed in action, was the fourth son of Mrs McGovern and the late Mr P I McGovern, of Pukekohe. He went to Samoa with the Third Auckland Regiment and upon his return joined the 8th Reinforcements, going away as Quartermaster-Sergeant. After much service in Egypt and France, he was recommended for a commission and after training in England, returned to NZ in January last as 2nd Lieutenant. He was posted to the 37th Reinforcements and left NZ in May last in charge of B Company. He was 2? Years of age and at the time of his enlistment was employed in the Public Trust Office, Auckland. He was educated at the Pukekohe Convent School, Pukekohe District High School and the Auckland Grammar School. A brother has been on service with the Australian Imperial Forces for the last three years. [AWN 24.10.1918] P.20

McKINSTRY, Lance Corporal E E, who was killed in action in France on 12 September, was the second son of Mr E L McKinstry, mill manager for the Kauri Timber Co. and was educated at the Epsom school. Prior to his enlistment he was engaged in the joinery business in Queen’s Parade, Devonport, with his brother, who is now severely wounded in France. He left with the 28th Reinforcements and had been about 12 months in France at the time of his death. [AWN 10.10.1918] P.18

McLEOD, Lieutenant John, who holds the Military Cross with a bar, went away with the 18th Reinforcements and was attached to the Second Canterbury Battalion. He was gassed in February last but returned to the front and received his decorations for work in the April offensive. [AWN 10.10.1918] P.16

McPHEE, Private Charles, who was discharged from the NZEF last March, died at Te Waikato Sanatorium on Saturday. The deceased soldier’s father resided at Newstead, Victoria, and as far as is known, he has no relatives in NZ. He enlisted in Christchurch in June 1916 and left with the 14th Reinforcements. He was invalided to NZ and reached here in a hospital ship on 28 December 1917. [AWN 10.10.1918] P.19

MEENAN - A fine record of service to the Empire has been established by the family of Mr & Mrs J D Meenan of Rangiputa, Awanui Heads. All four sons enlisted and were accepted. H C MEENAN, the second eldest son was killed in action on the Somme in 1916. The eldest son H I MEENAN was seriously wounded in a bayonet charge on the Marne in 1916. After three months in hospital in England he returned to France and is still with his Unit. A D MEENAN was slightly wounded last month but his still with his Unit. Driver P T MEENAN is in training at Sling Camp, England. [AWN 24.10.1918] P.21

MILLS - A splendid record of service in the present war stands to the credit of the family of Mrs C POPE and the late Mr G MILLS of Cheltenham near Feilding. Eight sons are either on service or are due to enter camp shortly. Sergeant W J MILLS and Private Frederick H MILLS left NZ in 1915 and are now in France. Trooper C A MILLS, 14th Reinforcements and Driver Arthur MILLS, 16th Reinforcements, are both in Egypt. Gunner Frank MILLS, 28th Reinforcements and Private H J MILLS, 13th Reinforcements are in France. Private L J MILLS has just reached military age and goes into camp on 6 February. The eighth brother, and the only one of the family who was drawn in the ballot, is Isaac MILLS who is married. He has not yet gone to camp on account of an accident. Of all those now on active service, only one, Private H J MILLS, has been wounded. [AWN 31.10.1918] P.19

MUIR, Sergeant Alex. of Brookby, who has been killed in action, was a son of the late Mr James Muir. He was born and educated at Brookby and left with the 5th Artillery Reinforcements. Prior to enlisting he took a keen interest in sports, being the leading tennis player in the district. He also played in the Manukau Representative football team. His twin brother, Bertie, is now at the front. [AWN 24.10.1918] P.19

NEWMAN, Gunner William E, who is reported to have died as the result of wounds received in France on 31 August, was the eldest son of Mrs E McKenzie of Wanganui and formerly of Ponsonby. Gunner Newman served at Fort Cautley from the outbreak of war until he was released to enlist in the 20th Artillery Reinforcement. He was 22 years of age and had served 2 ½ years abroad at the time of his death. A younger brother left with the 35th Reinforcements and is now in France. [AWN 10.10.1918] P.18

PEGLER, Company Quartermaster Sergeant J A, has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. He left NZ in 1915 and is still with his unit. He was mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig’s despatches in June last year. He is the son of the late Mr J N Pegler of Raglan and Mrs Pegler of Brookleigh, Mt Albert. [AWN 24.10.1918] P.22

PEGLER, Lance Corporal Martin D, of the Auckland Infantry Regt, who was killed in action on 30 September last year, was the son of Mr C Pegler of Waiheke Island. The next of kin of Rifleman Charles H REYNOLDS, who was killed on the same day, is his mother, Mrs M Reynolds, Pirongia. [AWN 24.10.1918] P.20

PIERCE, Corporal A P Hector, who died on active service, was a son of the late Mr G P Pierce of Auckland. He was educated at St John’s Collegiate School and King’s College. After serving an apprenticeship in the office of Mr A P Wilson, architect, Auckland, he went to England, where he qualified as an architect. On returning to Auckland he entered into a partnership with Mr Noel Bamford. His widow and three children live at Rotorua. His youngest brother, Edward H PIERCE, died of wounds last year and the remaining brother, Corporal Guy S PIERCE, is at present in hospital suffering from wounds. [AWN 31.10.1918] P.19

QUIN, Private Arthur H, who as killed in action on 30 August, was the only son of Mr R Quin of Vermont St, Ponsonby. He was born in Melbourne but came to NZ with his father. As a boy he joined the staff of John Chambers and Son Ltd and when he volunteered for the front was accountant in that firm’s Wellington house. When in Auckland he was a member of the West End Rowing Club and was a very successful oarsman, stroking the winning regatta crews in 1903-4 and 1905-6. He also was one of the club’s most successful trial four strokes. He was hon. Secretary in 1905 and was on the committee for several years. Leaving NZ with the 21st Reinforcements, he was severely wounded at Passchendaele and after four months in Tooting Military Hospital he returned to France early this year. He was 33 years of age. [AWN 10.10.1918] P.18

QUIN, Private C, who has returned with a contingent of sick and wounded, left with the 14th Reinforcements, was on active service for 19 months in France and was awarded the Military Medal and bar for gallantry at Messines and La Basse. [AWN 17.10.1918] P.19

REES, Lieutenant, MM, of Thames, who has returned with a contingent of sick and wounded, is returning on duty. He left with the 10th Reinforcements and has seen three years service in Egypt and France. He was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry at Warneton. He also took part in the Somme battle and the raid at Fleurbair. [AWN 17.10.1918] P.19

REYNOLDS – see PEGLER

ROACHE, Lieutenant Colonel J G, who holds the DSO and the Croix de Guerre, was in command of the 5th Wellington Regiment prior to the war and he holds the 15 years’ service medal. He left originally with the Samoan contingent and on his return to NZ was posted to the first battalion of the Rifle Brigade. On the promotion of Colonel Melville to the rank of brigadier-general in July 1917, he assumed command of the fourth battalion of the Rifle Brigade. He was awarded the DSO in June of last year and the Croix de Guerre the following month. [AWN 10.10.1918] P.16

ROSSITER, Captain C B, Medical Corps, of Mt Eden, who has returned with a contingent of sick and wounded, has returned for duty. He left on service about 18 months ago and most of that period he has been engaged in hospital work at No. 2 NZ General Hospital at Walton. [AWN 17.10.1918] P.19

RULE, 2nd Lieutenant Clarence W, reported killed in action, was 25 years of age and was the eldest son of Mrs Rule of Otahuhu. He was educated at Ponsonby School and was for some time a member of All Saints choir and relieving organist at St Peter’s Church, Onehunga. He entered camp in October 1915 as a private and left NZ in February 1916 as sergeant in the 4th Battalion of the Rifle Brigade. After being at the front nearly 12 months he was recommended for a commission and studied at Cambridge where he gained his promotion. Whilst there he was a member of the champion boat crew. He returned to the Dominion on duty in October 1917 and left again about May last as adjutant of the 37th details. Prior to enlistment he was assistant in the Auckland Sunday School Union book depot. He is the fourth of former assistants of the Union who have made the supreme sacrifice. His younger brother was killed in action two years ago. [AWN 24.10.1918] P.19

SALT, Corporal John J, who was killed in action in France on 12 September, was the younger son of Mrs J Salt of Paeroa, late of Tauranga and Te Aroha. He was 19 ½ years of age and had seen two years service in France. He enlisted on his 17th birthday, with the 14th Reinforcements and was attached to the Rifle Brigade, except for a period when he was with the 6th, Hauraki, Company. He received his corporal’s stripes for work in the Messines battle. He was wounded twice in the head but only on the latter occasion was he away from his unit and then only for a few days. Educated at the Paeroa High School, he afterwards became a clerk in the railway office there. His grandfather, Sergeant James Salt of the Inniskillen Dragoons, saw service in the Crimea and later in NZ. [AWN 24.10.1918] P.19

SAUNDERS, Sergeant Norman G, of the 40th Reinforcements, who died at sea on 6 September, was prior to enlistment engaged in the flaxmilling industry at Shannon. He acted for a year as instructor at the C1 camp. He was married at Onehunga last year to Miss Austin. [AWN 10.10.1918] P.18

SHERSON, Major Edward, T.D., who has been killed in action, was a well-known Auckland officer. He joined ‘A’ Battery nearly thirty years ago and passed through every rank in turn from gunner to lieutenant-colonel, commanding the Auckland Field Artillery Brigade, being a commissioned officer for over twenty years. He held the Colonial Auxiliary Forces Officers’ Decoration and the Long Service Medal. At the outbreak of the war, although over military age, he offered to serve in the capacity the authorities desired. He was offered an appointment in the infantry with the rank of major, which he accepted and left NZ in command of the twentieth reinforcements in December 1916. Major Sherson took up his new duties so thoroughly that he quickly qualified for and was appointed to the position of chief musketry instructor in Sling camp, England, where he was kept till April last, when he crossed to France. There he joined the Second Battalion, Auckland Infantry, with which he was serving at the time of his death. Major Sherson leaves a widow and had four sons and one daughter, the youngest son being 14 years of age and the daughter 10. The two eldest sons are serving with the artillery in France, while the third was on the Antarctic ship Aurora when that vessel disappeared in the Pacific last year. [AWN 17.10.1918] P.26

Lieutenant D G SLADE, killed in action in France on 30 September, was the second son of Mr & Mrs Slade of George Street, Rocky Nook. He left NZ as a private in the 6th, Hauraki, Company, with the Main Body and was in the Suez Canal battle. He was at the landing at Gallipoli and took part in the Peninsula campaign until he was wounded and contracted enteric fever. He was invalided to England and was for some time at Hornchurch as sergeant of the Military Police. After gaining his commission last year he took part of the 28th Reinforcements to France and afterwards returned to NZ on duty furlough, arriving in Auckland in January last. He left again as officer commanding C Company of the 36th Reinforcements. Lieut Slade was educated at the Marist Brothers’ School and the Sacred Heart College, Ponsonby, and was a well known footballer. Prior to enlisting, Lieut Slade was employed on the office staff of Messrs Jagger & Harvey. He was in his 25th year. His elder brother, Private H A SLADE, was killed in action at Messines. A younger brother, Private R E SLADE, volunteered for active service at the age of 19 and left with the 37th Reinforcements, joining his brother’s company at Sling Camp. He was accidentally wounded while training and is now in Codford Hospital, England. The husband of Lieut Slade’s only sister is also with the forces. He has been wounded and is now in hospital in England. [AWN 17.10.1918] p.26

SPENCER, Lieutenant F T, Royal Engineers, has returned invalided. He is a son of the Rev F K Spencer of Wanganui and left NZ as a private with the Main Body in the Auckland Battalion. He was on service in Egypt, at Suez Canal and at Gallipoli from the landing to the evacuation. Proceeding to France, he obtained his commission on the field and was transferred to the Imperial Forces and attached to the Royal Engineers. He was wounded on two occasions – on Gallipoli and at Ypres. [AWN 10.10.1918] P.16

STAYTE, Private J W, who was killed in action on 1 October, was the eldest son of Mrs E Stayte of Pukekohe and is the second son to give his life in the war. He leaves a wife and family of six. Pte Stayte, who was 43 years of age, left NZ in November 1916 with the 19th Reinforcements. A younger brother, Sydney, returned invalided in June last and the last remaining son is to go into camp with the next draft. [AWN 24.10.1918] P.19

STITCHBURY, Lieutenant W S, DCM, who has returned with a contingent of sick and wounded, left as a private with the Main Body and was on Gallipoli from the landing to the evacuation. He proceeded to France and gained his decoration for work at Passchendaele. [AWN 17.10.1918] P.19

STILWELL, Lieutenant W, MC, who has returned with a contingent of sick and wounded, went away with the Main Body as a sergeant in the Divisional Signal Co. and was at the landing on Gallipoli. He gained his commission in the field. He is an old College Rifles boy and before leaving for the front was with Messrs Jackson, Russell, s & Ostler, solicitor. [AWN 17.10.1918] P.19

STRUTHERS, Rifleman S H, killed in action on 9 September, left Morrinsville with the 28th Reinforcements. He was born at Westport, where his mother resides and was 38 years of age. At the time of enlisting he was in the employ of Messrs Watts & Brayshaw. Five members of the staff of this firm have now been killed at the front. [AWN 10.10.1918] P.18

The Victoria Cross has been awarded to Sergeant R C TRAVIS, late of the Otago Regiment. [London 27 Sept] He volunteered to destroy an impassable entanglement, crawled out at daylight in close proximity to the enemy posts and successfully destroyed the block with bombs, enabling the attacking parties to pass. A few minutes later two enemy machine-guns held up one of our bombing parties, endangering the success of the whole operation. Travis, utterly disregarding the danger, rushed the position, killed the crew and captured the guns. An enemy officer and three men attempted to retake the guns but Travis killed them single-handedly. He himself was killed 24 hours later when going from post to post encouraging the men under a most intense enemy bombardment. [AWN 03.10.1918] P.22

THOMAS, Private Harold S, who was killed in action in France on 24 August, was the youngest son of Mr & Mrs H Thomas of Tararua St, Masterton. He enlisted upon attaining the age of 20 and left with the 23rd Reinforcements. Prior to enlisting the young soldier was engaged on the staff of Mr J Bradbury, jeweller, and was for the last six months of his residence in the Dominion, employed at farming on Mr Laing’s Riversdale property. He was an enthusiastic hockey player and took a keen interest in sport generally. His elder brother, Private Cyril THOMAS, who was wounded in action about 12 months ago, is still at the front, as well as his brother in law Private Stuart CAMPBELL. Apart from their gallant sons, Mr & Mrs Thomas have quite a number of relatives fighting to uphold the honour of the Empire. [AWN 10.10.1918] P.18

THOMPSON, Private Leonard W, C Company, 48th Reinforcements, died in Featherston hospital on Sunday from cerebro-spinal meningitis. . He was 32 years of age and his wife lives in Wellington. [AWN 17.10.1918] P.19

TILSLEY, Lieutenant Robert, MC, DCM, who has returned with a contingent of sick and wounded, left as a private with the Main Body. He served on Gallipoli from the landing to the evacuation and it was here he was awarded the DCM. He received his commission in Egypt after the evacuation and proceeded with the NZ Forces to France, where he took part in the Somme and Messines battles and received the Military Cross. He had the distinction of leading the 16th, Waikato’s, First Battalion into action at Messines where he held the rank of temporary captain. He was wounded three times - once in Gallipoli and twice in France. His brother, Lance Corporal W A TILSLEY was killed in action in France in March last. Prior to the war he was engaged in business in Rotorua with his brother in electrical engineering. Lieut TILSLEY is returned on duty furlough. [AWN 17.10.1918] P.19

TRESIDDER, Sergeant A L, son of Dr Harry Tresidder of Onehunga, has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. [AWN 10.10.1918] P.20

A tragic occurrence happened at Awapuni Ambulance Camp on Sunday. A man named BONNER, an officer’s orderly, was handling a returned officer’s automatic pistol in the YMCA premises. The weapon discharged, severing one or two fingers and struck Mr VANCE in the right temple. Mr Vance was taken to the hospital where he died on Sunday. Bonner, who had been instructed to clean up the officer’s gear, was conversing with Vance when the tragedy occurred. [AWN 31.10.1918] P.21

VERCOE, Captain H R, DSO, DCM, of Rotorua, left NZ as a private in the first Maori contingent. He was awarded the DCM for gallantry on Gallipoli and promoted to commissioned rank. In France he received the DSO. He has returned on special duty. [AWN 10.10.1918] P.16

VERCOE, Captain H R, DSO, of the NZ Forces, who returned for special service by the troopship that arrived in Auckland on Sunday, was entertained on Tuesday by the Mayor. At Mr J H Gunson’s invitation a party of the relatives of officers and soldiers with whom the captain was associated on the western front assembled at the Mayor’s room at the Town Hall. The company partook of afternoon tea and a pleasant hour was spent in conversation over the experiences of the still absent soldiers. He modestly disclaimed any special credit for the rescues of buried soldiers which were included in the gallant deeds that won him his decoration, stating that they merely fell into the ordinary line of his duty. In any case, he said that in the unearthing of Lance Corporal WESTON of Takapuna, and Private FITCHETT of Wellington, at least an equal part of the rescue work was done by Sgt Major TWINAME, formerly of the staff of Briscoe & Co., Auckland. [AWN 10.10.1918] P.47

The residents of Rotorua gave an enthusiastic welcome home to Captain H R VERCOE, DSO, DCM, on his arrival there on Wednesday last week. A large crowd, including many returned soldiers and Maoris assembled at the railway station, where the Rotorua Town Band was also in attendance. Captain Vercoe, who was heartily cheered, was greeted by Mr A E Wilson, deputy resident officer, the resident officer, Mr W Hill being absent from the town on business. He was driven in a motor car to the post office, in front of which short addresses of welcome were given by Mr A E Wilson, Captain Hayes of the Salvation Army (representing the returned soldiers) and Mr H T Mitchell, on behalf of the Maoris. Captain Vercoe made a brief reply and was then driven to his home at Ohinemutu. At night he was given a ceremonial reception by the Maoris. [AWN 17.10.1918] P.20

WESTON, Lieutenant Colonel C H, DSO, of New Plymouth, left with the 10th Reinforcements and served on Gallipoli. In France he commanded the Taranaki Co. at the Somme, where he was slightly wounded and he had command of the 2nd, Wellington, Battalion at Messines and La Basseville. At Passchendaele, when in command of the 3rd, Wellingtons, he was severely wounded. He has written a book which is to be published in London, describing his experiences at the war. His DSO was awarded for work at Le Basseville and he received the decoration from the King at Buckingham Palace. Mrs Weston, who accompanies her husband, worked for 18 months with the NZ War Contingent Assn in Southampton Row and afterwards was engaged in visiting hospitals and later was a VAD at Walton. [AWN 10.10.1918] P.16

WILKINSON, Lieutenant Harold C, MC, and holder of the Belgium Croix de Guerre, son of Mr C A Wilkinson, MP for Egmont, has died of pneumonia in England. He was studying for the medical profession in England when war broke out. He immediately enlisted and was attached to an Imperial regiment. He was wounded in France and returned to NZ, leaving again early this year to rejoin his regiment. He contracted pneumonia shortly after landing. [AWN 24.10.1918] P.20


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