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NEW ZEALAND AND WORLD WAR ONE
AUCKLAND WEEKLY NEWS
PERSONNEL PARAGRAPHS
SEPTEMBER 1916

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

SEPTEMBER 1916

APPLETON, Private Lewis, fifth son of the late Mr John Appleton - who was one of Opotiki's earliest settlers and himself fought in the Maori war - and Mrs Appleton of Marlborough St, Mt Eden, has been wounded. His brother Charles was killed at Cape Helles last year and two of his brothers served in the Boer War. [AWN 14.09.1916] P.21

BAGNALL, Sergeant G S, son of Mrs A E Bagnall of Herne Bay, who was dangerously wounded in June last, is returning home by a steamer now on voyage. The latest advices indicate that he is still seriously ill, suffering from severe injuries to the spine and that it is hoped the voyage may prove beneficial. [AWN 21.09.1916] P.21

BELL, Lieutenant Kenneth A, son of R A Bell, well known in shipping circles, killed in action, France. [AWN 07.09.1916] P.24

BENNETT, Private Ernest S, who is reported wounded, is a son of Mr James Bennett, formerly inspector of permanent ways at Newmarket. At the time of his enlistment, Private Bennett was engaged on the staff of the Bank of NSW at Suva, Fiji. [AWN 14.09.1916] P.21

BOATE, Sergeant Major P C of Manurewa, will be presented with the Medaille Militaire on Saturday 23 September. The decoration is from the President of the French Republic in recognition of distinguished service during the Gallipoli campaign. [AWN 14.09.1916] p.19

BONGARD, 2nd Lieutenant James Rossiter, who has been reported wounded, is the fourth son of Mrs Bongard of Vauxhall Rd, Devonport, and the late Captain J Bongard. He was born at Devonport 22 years ago and was educated at the Devonport school and the Auckland Technical College. At the outbreak of war he was employed in Messrs A & T Burt's electrical department. [AWN 28.09.1916] P.33

BREWIN, Trooper Percy, son of Mr J Brewin, Khyber Pass Road, who returned wounded some months ago, has had his arm amputated in the Post Hospital, NSW, owing to injuries received while in Gallipoli. Corporal Peter BREWIN, his elder brother, is now in the London Hospital suffering from injuries received in France. [AWN 14.09.1916] P.21

BROWN, Lieutenant (temp. Captain) Rainsford Balcombe, R.F.A., Special Reserve and Royal Flying Corps, has been awarded the Military Cross "for conspicuous gallantry and skill". He is the son of Mr & Mrs Balcombe Brown of Wellington. "He attacked an enemy kite balloon and brought it down in flames. He was flying in a type of machine unfamiliar to him owing to the absence through wounds of the regular pilot. At dawn he commenced to learn the machine and the same evening brought down the kite." [AWN 14.09.1916] [AWN 14.09.1916, p.49]

BUTTERWORTH, Lieutenant Harold - On 16 July news was received from the War Office announcing that he was missing. Last week his mother received the announcement that he was 'now reported killed'. He was the son of Mrs Butterworth and grandson of Mr Wm Winstone, Mt Albert. On the outbreak of war he enlisted here but, being unable to get away with the first contingent, he went to England and joined the Royal Flying Corps. In a short while he qualified for his pilot's certificate and later received a commission. He went through the aviation workshops and assisted at the various training schools in England. At the time of his death, only three days before his 21st birthday, he had been engaged for six months flying at the front. [AWN 14.09.1916] P.21

CAFFERY, Private Robert A, of Auckland, prisoner of war Giessen camp, Germany. Letter to his mother Mrs J Caffery, Melford St, Ponsonby. He states he was taken prisoner with four others after a heavy enemy bombardment at Armentieres on 2 July. They were engaged at the time at a “listening post” about 80 yds in front of the British trenches. “I really don’t know how I escaped the shells. It was a very bad night and the bombardment was awful. The Germans must have surrounded us before any of us were aware of their presence.” He states that much to his surprise he is being well treated by the Germans and that two of his companions who were captured with him are now in hospital. Pvt Caffery was a member of the Harbour Board’s engineering staff before he enlisted. [AWN 28.09.1915, p.19]

CARDNO, Private J F, NZ Medical Corps, awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, for conspicuous gallantry and good work when attached to an infantry battalion. [AWN 28.09.1916] P.24

COAD, Private Harry Percival, 20th Mounted Rifles, died from cerebro-spinal meningitis at Featherston Military Hospital. NOK is his mother, Mrs M Z Coad of Te Roti, Hawera. [AWN 07.09.1916, p.53]

COOKE, Private Thomas, V.C., native of New Zealand, aged 35, many years resident in Wellington, builder. Served with Australian Forces. Believed killed on 28th July. He stuck to his post under fire and when relief arrived he was found dead beside his gun. He leaves a widow and young children. [AWN 14.09.1916] p.20

COWLES, Captain John, whose name appears in the cabled list of NZ recipients of the Military Cross, is the youngest son of Mr Cowles, who was formerly headmaster of the Richmond school, Nelson, and one of his brothers is Mr E P Cowles, a telegraph engineer of Hamilton. He is unmarried and 32 years of age. Formerly he was a member of the Wellington College Rifles. On the outbreak of war he volunteered and spent eight months at Samoa. On his return to NZ he joined the Rifle Brigade. He took part in three engagements against the Senussi in Egypt and later on was sent to France. Four of his brothers are also serving with the forces, while another brother is now on the way to the front and yet another will leave NZ with the twenty-fourth reinforcements. [AWN 28.09.1916] P.21

COWLES, Captain John, NZ Rifle Brigade, awarded the Military Cross for gallantly leading a raid in which 33 of the enemy were killed and only seven New Zealanders were wounded. [AWN 28.09.1916] P.24

CRIGHTON, Trooper J W, whose name appeared in a recent list of the wounded, is the youngest son of Mr A Crighton of Waiuku and was for two years in the Auckland Mounted Rifles before his enlistment in the Expeditionary Force. He left NZ 15 months ago and served on the Gallipoli Peninsula and also in Egypt where he was last heard from. Another of Mr Crighton's sons is on active service and bears the scars of a wound received at Gallipoli. [AWN 21.09.1916] P.21

DELANEY, Sergeant Arthur, who died on 17 August, from wounds received on 9 August, was the youngest son of Mr Hugh Delaney of Matamata, late of Buckland. He received his education at the Tauranga district school and afterwards at Buckland school. Afterwards he was engaged in farming and station work but previous to enlisting he had studied engineering. He was a member of the territorial force and when war was declared enlisted and went to Gallipoli as a trooper. For gallantry he soon gained promotion to the rank of corporal and on 27 August 1915 he led a bayonet charge in one of the desperate fights on Gallipoli so successfully that he gained the rank of sergeant. [AWN 07.09.1916] P.20

ELLIS, Lieutenant Philip, Field Artillery, awarded the Military Cross for assisting in removing a large amount of ammunition and high explosives, when his gun epaulments became ignited. He also removed a gun and prevented the spread of the fire. He was under shell fire all the time and his own ammunition was exploding. [AWN 28.09.1916] P.24

ELLIS, Lance Corporal Wm H, who some time ago was reported missing and believed to be killed, and has since been reported killed in action, was the eldest son of Mr Adam Ellis of Rangataua and was 24 years of age. He was for eight years in the Wellington and Auckland offices of the Lands & Survey Dept and was a qualified associate accountant. He enlisted in February 1915, leaving NZ in the following June. In April 1915 he married a daughter of the late Mr J G Elsmly. [AWN 07.09.1916] P.20

ESAM, 2nd Lieutenant Stanley Owen, reported killed in action, was 24 yrs of age and was born at Owens Rd, Epsom, where his father Mr B J Esam, Government district valuer for Auckland, resides. Lt Esam received his primary education at the Newmarket Public School and afterwards attended the Grammar School for four years. [AWN 28.09.1916] P.33

FENNER, Captain H R, of Fiji, son of Mr Fenner, general manager in Fiji for the Colonial Sugar Refining Company, has been wounded while serving in his regiment in the Somme offensive. Mr Fenner has three sons at the front. [AWN 14.09.1916] P.49

FRANCIS, Sergeant J H, 1st, Auckland, Battalion, NZ Force, awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, for conspicuous good work in throwing bombs and training bomb-throwers. [AWN 28.09.1916] P.24

FREDERIC, Captain James, who was killed in Mesopotamia, was born in Invercargill 38 yrs ago. He was educated in the local high school and went from the Otago University to the London University. He afterwards pursued his studies in France. Captain Frederic returned to NZ and for some years he resided in Auckland. Later he went to Madras and was fighting under General Townshend when he met his death. Captain Frederick's mother resides in Auckland. [AWN 28.09.1916] P.33

FROST, Private, Wellington Infantry Regiment, awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, for assisting an officer to cover during the withdrawal of a raiding party. He twice passed the enemy's wire and rescued two wounded men. [AWN 28.09.1816] P.24

FROST, Sergeant Major William E, who died of wounds received in action, was born at Dargaville and was the eldest son of Mr & Mrs T Frost of Te Kuiti. He took an active part in football and was a keen boxing enthusiast. Prior to enlisting for active service he followed the occupation of a plumber. He left NZ as a private in the early stages of the war and served at Gallipoli. That he proved his worth as a soldier is evident by his rapid promotion to the rank of sergeant major. [AWN 07.09.1916] P.20

GRAHAM, Lieutenant Cedric, who was killed in action on 16 September, was the son of the late Mr W A Graham of Hamilton. He was educated at the primary school and later at the High School there. He subsequently took up engineering, being apprenticed to Messrs Massey Brothers of Auckland. Six years ago he went to sea and 18 months ago he obtained his chief engineer's certificate. [AWN 28.09.1916] P.33

GRANTLEY, Sergeant G R C, who is reported to have been wounded, is the third son of Mr & Mrs George Grantley, of Newton Road, Auckland. He is 20 years of age. [AWN 28.09.1916] P.33

GRESSON, Mr M J – Appeared in the Christchurch Supreme Court for one of the parties in a case at issue and wore khaki uniform, having obtained leave from camp to attend the Court. This was the first instance in Christchurch of a solicitor appearing in other than the orthodox garments and in applying to His Honour for leave to appear in uniform, Mr Gresson said that the King’s regulations prevented him from appearing otherwise than in khaki. [AWN 14.07.1916, p.20]

HAMMOND, Major Herbert Harold, wounded and missing since 9 August, was a single man about 35 years of age and a son of Mr & Mrs J W Hammond of Leeston, Canterbury. He was a member of the Ellesmere Mounted Rifles and a holder of the Tairoa Belt for rifle shooting. At the outbreak of war Major Hammond enlisted immediately and left as captain in the Mounted Rifles. After being thrice wounded at Gallipoli he was invalided for a time to England. For his services he was promoted major and since then he has been through the fighting in Egypt. Major Hammond was an enthusiastic cricketer and a splendid all round athlete. [AWN 07.09.1916] P.20

HENDERSON, Sergeant (now 2nd Lieutenant) A G, 1st Otago Battalion, NZ Force, awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, for conspicuous and consistent good work in charge of the machine-gun section of his battalion. [AWN 28.09.1916] P.24

HIGGINSON, Lieutenant Thomas Cecil, Grenadier Guards, a New Zealander, has been killed in action in France on 14 September. The late officer was the youngest son of the late Mr H P Higginson, C.E., chief engineer to the Wellington-Manawatu Railway Co. during the construction of the Wellington- Longburn line. [AWN 28.09.1916] P.33

HOGAN, Sergeant G R, who is reported to have died of wounds on 15 September - the day of the New Zealanders' great assault - is a son of Mr E B Hogan of Browning St, Grey Lynn. In the message sent to the parents the regimental number given does not correspond with that of the soldier in question but there seems to be little reason for doubt as to the identity of the deceased. Sgt Hogan, who was a native of Auckland, was 22 yrs of age. He was a wire-worker by occupation and was in the employ of Messrs Eastway Bros of Queen Street. [AWN 28.09.1916] P.33

HOLLAND, Lance Corporal William, reported killed in action, was a son of Mr Daniel Holland of Farnham Street, Parnell. He was born in this city and received his education at the Marist Bros. school. L/Cpl Holland served his country during the South African war. He was an active swimming enthusiast and won several trophies in that branch of sport. [AWN 14.09.1916] P.21

HUDSON, Lieutenant Athol - The manner in which the late Lieut Hudson of Nelson, the Rhodes Scholar for the present year, met his death in France is related in a letter received by his mother from Lieut Cyril M Rout. The writer says: "We were both in the same battalion and as old Nelson boys and Waitaki schoolfellows, had a great deal in common. I saw a fair amount of him in and out of the trenches. His loss is felt by us all, as he was carrying out the important work of sniping and intelligence officer. His keenness and energy in making a success of his 'job' as we call it, was recognised and appreciated by his commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Austin. We who knew him best at times feared for his safety, so great was his coolness and contempt of danger. His death was instantaneous, so he therefore suffered no pain. He was endeavouring to obtain all-important information for a raid we were making. To obtain this he made his way with two of his own men through the long grass into the German wire entanglements. He lay at full length gazing at the German parapet so near at hand. With a whisper and a slight movement he handed the glasses to his corporal alongside him, saying: "I can see three Germans there." A few seconds later he was hit, no doubt by a sniper, death being, as I stated, instantaneous. His two men endeavoured to bring in his body, but had to abandon until night- fall the attempt, on account of the fire opened on the small party. We mourn the loss of a brave man, and only hope that if death should come to us we would be able to leave behind such a record of duty and fearlessness as Athol did." [AWN 28.09.1916] p.18

JENKINS, Sergeant F, 2nd Co., NZ Divisional Train, awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, for a considerable period he performed the duties of an officer and by his ability, application and sound common sense was equal to all emergencies. [AWN 28.09.1916] P.24

JOHNSON, Captain O P, killed in action, was 24 years of age and the son of Mr J C Johnson of Kauri, North Auckland, who contested the Bay of Islands seat as a supporter of the Reform Party on one occasion. Deceased held the rank of lieutenant when he left NZ and was engaged at Gallipoli where he was wounded. A brother, Sergeant Major Johnson, was also wounded at Gallipoli. [AWN 07.09.1916] P.20

KELLEWAY, Lance Corporal Percy H, who is a member of the Australian Expeditionary Force, son of Mrs C Kelleway of Mt Albert, has been wounded in France. He enrolled in the Australian forces at the outset of the war, is 24 years of age, and prior to his enlistment was a ledger-keeper in the office of the Melbourne Gas Co. He is a cousin of Charles KELLEWAY, the celebrated cricketer, who is also in khaki. [AWN 14.09.1916] P.21

KIBBLEWHITE, Lieutenant Edward, Wellington Infantry Regiment, awarded the Military Cross, took command when his senior officer was injured, rallied his men and drove out the enemy from the British advanced positions. [AWN 28.09.1916] P.24

KNIGHT - A cable message received by Dr A Osborne Knight gives the information that his son received a bullet wound in the thigh during an engagement in France on 5 September. He is in hospital and his injury is not considered to be serious. [AWN 14.09.1916] P.49

KOHERE, Lieutenant H, Maori Contingent, aged 38, has died of wounds. Sons of Mrs Henarata Kohere of Te Araroa. He was educated at the Rangitukia native school and at Te Aute College. After leaving school he took up sheep farming at the East Cape. While employed on this farm he saved a sailor, the only survivor, from the scow Whakapai. For this act he received from the Royal Humane Society a medal and certificate. He went to England as the representative of his tribe to the Coronation of King Edward. Lieut Kohere and his men performed a Maori war dance before the Prince of Wales while they were in Egypt. Further info re family. [AWN 28.09.1916, p.31]

KUHTZ, Bombardier, whose name appeared in the list of New Zealanders to whom the Military Medal was awarded last week - though it was mutilated in telegraphing into Kulitz - is a son of Mr & Mrs Kuhtz of Ulster St, Hamilton. Before enlistment he was a member of the G Battery, Hamilton and he left NZ with the main body of the Expeditionary Force. [AWN 28.09.1916] P.21

LEARY, Lieutenant E R, York & Lancaster Regt, killed in action, France 23 August 1916. [AWN 07.09.1916] p.23

LEPPER, Rifleman, along with Riflemen McCORMICK and NIMMO, NZ Rifle Brigade, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, for bringing in wounded under heavy fire. [AWN 28.09.1916] P.24

LITTLE, Sergeant J, Otago Mounted Rifles Regt, NZ Force, awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, for conspicuous ability and good work. He made frequent night reconnaissances to ascertain the effect of his bombs and to discover targets. [AWN 28.09.1916] P.24

MAHONEY, Private F, was also to have been honoured but he has returned to the Front. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for conspicuous gallantry and resource on the night of 26/27 August 1915 during the Gallipoli operations. [AWN 14.09.1916] p.19

MARCHANT, Lieutenant Lawrence Allman, brother of Mrs J M Mowbray, Remuera, has been wounded in action on 6 September. He is the youngest son of Mr J W A Marchant, formerly surveyor-general of the Dominion. Mrs Mowbray has three brothers serving in the Imperial and NZ forces at the front. [AWN 14.09.1916] P.49

MARTIN, Dr Arthur A, of Palmerston North, NZ, has died of wounds in the NZ Stationary Hospital in France. He was wounded on the Somme front. [AWN 28.09.1916] P.27 Long article follows.

McCORMICK, Rifleman, along with Riflemen LEPPER and NIMMO, NZ Rifle Brigade, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, for bringing in wounded under heavy fire. [AWN 28.09.1916] P.24

McDERMOTT, Driver Hugh K, recently reported wounded, is a son of Mr M McDermott of Cambridge. He was born and received his primary education in that town where he won a scholarship. After finishing his education at the Auckland Grammar School, he returned to Cambridge and took up service on the staff of the Bank of NZ. Later on he was transferred to Kaponga and was located there at the time of his enlistment. [AWN 14.09.1916] p.21

McLEOD, Trooper Colin D, reported missing on 3 August, was born at Waipu 31 years ago and is the fifth son of Mrs B McLeod of that district. Prior to enlisting in the fourth reinforcements he had been engaged in the timber industry in various parts of North Auckland. He was interested in military matters for a number of years and, being an experienced horseman, was a member of the Marsden Mounted Rifles under the volunteer system. He was four months at Gallipoli prior to the evacuation in December last. His youngest brother Neil was killed in action in June of last year. [AWN 14.09.1916] P.21

McNABB, Private Vincent, who was reported killed in action, was one of six brothers on active service. Two were killed on Gallipoli where Private V McNabb was wounded with shrapnel but he recovered and returned to the peninsular. He was born at Motueka, Nelson, and came to Auckland over four years ago. He played as a forward for the City Football Club and gained a place in the B representative team in 1914. He took an interest in all kinds of sport and was very popular among sportsmen. He was working as a carpenter for Mr E Lye, building contractor, when he enlisted. [AWN 07.09.1916] P.20

MELVILLE, Private J, lately reported killed in action, was a Scotsman and held the rank of corporal in the Black Watch before he came to NZ. He left NZ as a private in the infantry. His relatives are resident in the Old Country. [AWN 21.09.1916] P.21

MOOR, Sergeant Major F W, No.1 Field Ambulance, NZ Medical Corps, awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, for consistent good work and devotion to duty. [AWN 28.09.1916] P.24

MOORE, Lieutenant Stanley, who died of wounds received while conducting a raid on the German trenches, was well known in Auckland, being chief inspector of physical education under the Education Dept at the time of his enlistment. His wife, who resides in College Road, Auckland, has received a letter in which the writer states: "Lieut Moore had been recommended for a Military Cross which he richly deserved. He was a very gallant officer and all who knew him admired his bravery and manly qualities.' The letter also stated that he was in charge of a trench mortar battery which had ably assisted the New Zealanders top enter the German trenches on three different occasions by cutting the wires guarding the trenches. [AWN 07.09.1916] P.20

NEELS, Lance Corporal Francis, recently reported killed, was a son of the late Mr J R Neels of Morrinsville. He was born at Waitoa and was educated at the Morrinsville public school. As a territorial he held the rank of corporal. Prior to his enlistment Lance Corporal Neels was engaged on the staff of the Ohinemuri Gazette, Paeroa. [AWN 07.09.1916] P.20

NIMMO, Rifleman, along with Riflemen McCORMICK and LEPPER, NZ Rifle Brigade, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, for bringing in wounded under heavy fire. [AWN 28.09.1916] P.24

NOBLE, Private E E, killed in action, was a son of Mr E E Noble of Coromandel and prior to his enlistment was employed in country work in the Waipapakauri district. Three of his brothers have also enlisted - Sergeant John Noble, who received 14 wounds while in action and is now in an English hospital; Private S Noble also in hospital at present; while the third brother injured his knee while training at Trentham and was discharged unfit but is now recovering and expects to enlist again. [AWN 07.09.1916] P.20

PAIN, Private Comer Richard, of Onehunga, was recently wounded in the chest while working a gun in the machine-gun section. Pte Pain is a son of Mrs G Fellows of Princes St, Onehunga. Another son of Mrs Fellows is now at Onehunga recovering from wounds received at Gallipoli. A third son left for the front with the last company of engineers. [AWN 28.09.1916] P.33

POTTER, Private, Wellington Infantry Regiment, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallantry in leading the way in a raid on an enemy trench. [AWN 28.09.1916] P.24

POWLEY, Captain Alfred, NZ Rifle Brigade. Awarded the Military Cross. In a trench raid, though the party was heavily encumbered by 80 wounded, one dead man and nine prisoners, Captain Powley got all safely back to the British trenches. [AWN 28.09.1916] P.24

QUINTAL, Trooper D L, reported missing since August 3, was born at Norfolk Island and came to NZ when quite a lad. He spent most of his life in the North and was well known in sporting circles. [AWN 28.09.1916] P.33

REES, Sergeant Major Frank L, who was nominated for an Imperial commission in April, has since been transferred for appointment to a commission in a reinforcement draft, NZ Expeditionary Force. [AWN 28.09.1916, p.19]

RHIND, Corporal H, Canterbury Battalion, NZ Force, awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, for conspicuous gallantry and good work when in charge of scouts and snipers. He also frequently went out alone in risky enterprises and has accounted for several of the enemy. [AWN 28.09.1916] P.24

SCOTT, Captain R F C, who is reported to have been wounded, is the second son of the late Captain E J Scott, master mariner, and of Mrs J Scott of King's View Rd, Mt Eden. He is 25 yrs of age and unmarried. He was educated at the Auckland Grammar School, afterwards entering the civil service and joining the Postal Dept. After working in the Auckland post office he was transferred to New Plymouth where he was stationed at the outbreak of the war. [AWN 28.09.1916] P.33

SPEIGHT, Private Roy, who has been wounded in action, was born at Nowra, NSW, but came across to NZ at an early age and was educated at Otahuhu. After leaving school he served his apprenticeship as a jeweller with Buchanan & Co. of Auckland. He was an active member of the Parnell and City Football Clubs at different times and acted as captain of the Suva Imperial Football Club which won Governor Escott's challenge shield. [AWN 14.09.1916] P.21

STARKEY, Lieutenant J B, killed in France last week, was a younger brother of Lieutenant Starky (sic) of Morrinsville. Formerly on the staff of the Bank of NZ, he afterwards joined his brother on the Tahuroa estate and subsequently went to the Argentine. [AWN 07.09.1916] P.20

TUCK, Second Lieutenant George A, son of Mr Chas Tuck of Mt Eden, is reported wounded. He is a native of Cambridge and served in a NZ contingent in the South African war. When the present war broke out he was in business at Rotorua as a builder. [AWN 28.09.1916] P.33

WALKER, Lance Corporal C R, who was this week reported killed in action, was the son of Mr J J Walker of Richmond, Grey Lynn, and a native of Auckland. Prior to enlistment he was employed in the Auckland office of the AMP Society and was an enthusiastic hockey player. [AWN 21.09.1916] P.21

WATSON, Private James H, died at Masterton civil hospital from cerebro-spinal meningitis. NOK is his brother of Private A WATSON, of the 21st Reinforcements. Deceased was a member of the Trentham details. [AWN 07.09.1916, p.53]


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