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

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

September 1918

ABEL, Lieutenant Howard, second son of Mr & Mrs Robert S Abel of Avondale South, has been killed in action. He was educated at the Grammar School, went on active service with the 16th Reinforcements and was wounded in the shoulder in April last. [AWN 12.09.1918] P.45

ALEXANDER, Lieutenant T M, who was managing clerk for Messrs Parr & Blomfield for 25 years prior to his enlistment with the motor patrol service, arrived in Auckland on Friday, having been invalided home after two years on duty in the North Sea. [AWN 05.09.1918] P.22

ALLEN, Lieutenant Colonel Stephen S, DSO, who has been wounded, is a solicitor by profession and was in practice at Morrinsville. He left NZ with the 6th Reinforcements as major but was promoted to his present rank early in 1917 and took command of the 2nd, Auckland, Battalion. He was awarded the DSO for his work leading up to and during the Messines battle and recently won a bar to his decoration. His brother, Lieutenant Colonel R C ALLEN, DSO, had command of the 1st, Auckland, Battalion. He was wounded at the battle of Messines, was invalided to NZ and has returned again to the front. [AWN 05.09.1918] P.19

ATKINSON, Lieutenant Swainson, who has been wounded in the right shoulder, is the second son of Mrs Atkinson, St Stephens Ave, Parnell. He left NZ with the 25th Reinforcements and is a South African veteran. His sister, Miss Maud ATKINSON, is a nurse at one of the clearing stations in France. [AWN 12.09.1918] P.21

ATTWOOD, Mr James, of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, who has been awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal in connection with operations at Zeebrugge, was a resident of Auckland practically all his life. He learnt his trade of plumber here and gained all his yachting and motor-boat experience on the Waitemata, sailing for several seasons on the Niobe and later in charge of one of the hire launches. He left with the first Naval volunteer draft, enlisting in Wellington. [AWN 19.09.1918] P.23

AVERILL, 2nd Lieutenant Leslie C L, reported wounded, is the second son of Dr A W Averill, Anglican Bishop of Auckland. He obtained his commission in NZ and left with the 34th Reinforcements, being later attached to B Company, Rifle Brigade. Bishop Averill’s eldest son Captain W W AVERILL, embarked with the 7th Mounted Rifles and has been continuously on active service ever since. [AWN 12.09.1918] P.45

BAGNALL, Bombardier Eric, son of Mrs Bagnall, Hamilton Road and the late Mr A E Bagnall, has died of wounds inflicted on 26 August 1918. He was about 23 years of age and was on the staff of the Auckland Lands Office up to the time of enlistment. [AWN 12.09.1918] P.21

BAGNALL - A striking record of sacrifice in the service of the Empire is that of the family of Mrs A E Bagnall of Sarsfield St, Ponsonby. Gunner A E R BAGNALL, of the 9th Battery, NZ Field Artillery, who died of wounds in France on 26 August, was the youngest son. He enlisted on attaining the age of 20, leaving NZ with the 27th Reinforcements as a corporal in the infantry but in England was transferred to the artillery. He was wounded in the right thigh in February last but rejoined his unit in April. He was educated at the Turua school, matriculated in 1914 and passed the senior Civil Service examination in 1916. Upon leaving the Grammar School, Gunner Bagnall joined the staff of the Auckland Lands & Survey Office and received his appointment to the field survey branch about the time of his enlistment. He took a keen interest in all outdoor sports and in 1914 won the swimming championship of the Grammar School and was a member of the Grammar Old Boy’s senior fifteen. Another brother, Sergeant George S BAGNALL, left with the Main Body, serving in Egypt, Gallipoli and France and as the result of wounds received in France in June 1916 is now totally incapacitated. A third brother, Sergeant Alan BAGNALL, who left with the 10th Reinforcements, has served continuously in the 9th Battery for two and a half years. [AWN 19.09.1918] P.23

BEESON - A fine record of service in the Empire is that of the sons of Mrs A Beeson of Clonbern Road, Remuera, four of them having enlisted. Lance Corporal Charles Basil BEESON who has just been reported killed in action in France, was the fifth son. He was born and educated at Waiorongomai. Prior to enlisting in the 17th Reinforcements he was engaged in the teaching profession and was well known in the Matamata district where he took a keen interest in local, public and social affairs and church matters. Three brothers have enlisted – Sergeant Major A V BEESON, recently returned invalided; Private E S BEESON, in the United States Aviation Corps; and Corporal G I BEESON, NZFA, who is in Featherston Camp. [AWN 26.09.1918] P.47

BROOK, Lieutenant J C, died of wounds, was the eldest son of Mr J C Brook, headmaster of Birkdale school. He was practicing as a solicitor in the North at the outbreak of war and enlisted with the Main Body, leaving NZ with the rank of corporal in the 15th, North Auckland, Company. He was twice wounded on Gallipoli, the first time on the day of the landing. Returning after recovering from his second injury, a gunshot wound in the face, he was among the last of the Auckland Battalion to leave the Peninsula upon the evacuation of Anzac. After considerable service in France he was nominated for a commission in the NZ Forces and returned to NZ for his appointment. He left with a reinforcement draft last year and was employed for some time in instructional duty in England. [AWN 19.09.1918] P.22

BULLOCH, Corporal W W, was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for great bravery in the face of danger. His mother, Mrs S Bulloch, 33 Norfolk St, Ponsonby, received the decoration from the Governor General. [AWN 26.09.1918, p.21]

BURTON, Sergeant Ormond E, Military Medal, who has been wounded for the third time, is the eldest son of Mr Robert Burton of Papatoetoe. He was previously wounded at Passchendaele and again on 21 March at the commencement of the German offensive. He left with the 3rd Reinforcements, fought at Gallipoli and was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in the field in February 1917. He was educated at the Auckland Grammar School, kept terms at the Auckland University College and prior to enlistment was teaching at Ahuroa, North Auckland. [AWN 12.09.1918] P.21

CLARK, 2nd Lieutenant Paul G, who was killed in action on 26 August, was the son of Dr Clark, now on active service with the NZMC and of Mrs A Clark of Victoria Ave, Remuera. He was educated at Christ’s College, Christchurch, and in addition to being most successful in his studies, he took a prominent part in college sports, playing in the college representative Rugby fifteen for three years. Before enlisting he was a temporary assistant master at King’s College. He gained his commission in camp and left with the 34th Reinforcements being afterwards attached to the Rifle Brigade. He was only about 21 years of age at the time of his death. [AWN 12.09.1918] P.45

CLARK, 2nd Lieutenant Paul G – An unusually close friendship and association between two young Aucklanders has been broken by the death in action of 2nd Lieut Clark, son of Mrs A Clark of Victoria Avenue, Remuera. He was killed in France on 26 August and his friend, 2nd Lieutenant L C L AVERILL, second son of Bishop Averill was wounded in the same battle area ten days earlier. The two young men were close school chums and they later attended the University College together both playing in the same football team. When they came of military age they entered camp together and received their commissions on the same day. They left NZ with the 34th Reinforcements early this year, traveling on the same transport and on arrival in England were attached to the Rifle Brigade. They were closely associated on the battlefield. [AWN 12.09.1918] P.48

CLARK – A service very impressive in its quiet solemnity was held in St Aidan’s Church, Remuera, on Thursday, in memory of the late Lieutenant Paul Clark who fell in action on 26th August. The deceased soldier was a regular attendee at the church and a teacher in the Sunday School. [AWN 19.09.1918] P.22

CLARK, Corporal H G, MM, who died of wounds on 23 August, was the second son of Mrs G Clark, 20 Herbert Rd, Mt Eden. He was educated at the Whakaharu and Aratapu schools and at the Auckland Grammar school, afterwards entering the Railway Dept in the traffic manager’s office at Auckland. He proceeded with the advance body to Samoa and re-enlisted in the 10th Reinforcements with his brother, the late Sergeant E M CLARK, who died of wounds on 4 October, 1917. Corporal Clark gained the Military Medal on 12 October last for gallantry in the field. [AWN 05.09.1918] P.19

CLARKE, Corporal Leonard H, who has been killed in action was the eldest son of Mr & Mrs F A Clarke, Richmond Road. He was 23 years of age and left NZ with the 27th Reinforcements. He was educated at the Richmond Road school and Auckland Grammar School and for many years was in St Matthew’s choir. He was a keen yachtsman and was secretary of the Richmond Cruising Club. [AWN 12.09.1918] P.45

COLBECK, Captain R W, 11th, North Auckland, Mounted Rifles, who for two years has been on active service in Palestine where he was wounded, is returning to Auckland on furlough. He is staying with his parents at Stonehurst. [AWN 26.09.1918] P.21

CRAIG, Bombardier Douglas, Howitzer battery, reported to have died at sea of influenza, was 39 years of age and a member of the 40th Reinforcements. He was in the employ of his uncles Messrs D & A Brown up to the time when he left for camp. His sisters, Mesdames G C Codlin and A H Reeves, reside in Ponsonby and his brother, Private A CRAIG, has been on active service for two years. [AWN 19.09.1918] P.22

FARRELLY - An instance of a father and three sons – all the male members of the family – having enlisted, is afforded by a household of Waitekauri. Private R L (Dick) FARRELLY, killed in France, was the second son of Sergeant R G FARRELLY of the quartermaster’s store, Trentham, and late of Wait3ekauri. He was educated at the Havelock school, Marlborough and Waitekauri school. He was well known in Waikino and Paeroa as a footballer. He enlisted at Methven, Canterbury, in the 8th Reinforcements, Mounted Rifles, but was transferred in Egypt to the Otago Infantry with which he went to France. Later he was put in the Lewis gun section. A younger brother, Trooper Oliver FARRELLY, was killed in Gallipoli on 8 August 1915. Another brother, C G FARRELLY, entered camp with the 45th Reinforcement. [AWN 26.09.1918] P.21

GIBBONS, Gunner Huon, one of the victims of the influenza epidemic amongst the 40th Reinforcements, was the eldest son of Mr J R Gibbons, chief reporter of the Wellington Evening Post and scion of a family of early colonists which bulks large in various parts of the Auckland Provincial district. His grandfather, the late Mr John Gibbons, was a pioneer battery-owner of the Thames goldfields. [AWN 26.09.1918] P.21

GILES, Gunner Edward Harle, reported to have died at sea of influenza, was the second son of Mr T Harle Giles, conciliation commissioner for the Auckland district. He was 20 years of age and a member of the 40th Reinforcements. [AWN 19.09.1918] P.22

GOODWIN, Lieutenant Erdington, died of wounds, enlisted in July 1915, and left NZ with the 3rd Maori Reinforcements. He served in Egypt and later returned to NZ, leaving again with the 18th Reinforcements in command of the Specialists. He fought at Ypres, Messines, Passchendaele Ridge and Hebuterne. He also served in the South African war and held the Queen’s Medal with four clasps. He was educated at the Devonport school, Auckland Grammar School and the Lincoln College, Canterbury. Subsequent to the South African war he spent seven years in Rhodesia where he won some renown as a big game hunter. [AWN 19.09.1918] P.47

GORDON, Lieutenant A L, a Methodist minister, has died of wounds. He left NZ as a private with the 7th Reinforcements and who recently received his commission. At the time of enlisting he was second minister in the Dundas Street circuit in Dunedin. [AWN 05.09.1918] P.19

GORDON, Lieutenant A R, died of wounds, was formerly minister to the Glenavon and Ravensbourne Methodist Churches, Otago. He left NZ as a private with the 7th Reinforcements and obtained his commission recently. He was educated at the Otago University and Auckland University College, graduating M.A., with second-class honours, at Auckland. He later entered the Methodist Theological College at Auckland. His brother, Sergeant L G GORDON, who has gained the Military Medal, is at present at the Officers’ Training College at Oxford studying for a commission. [AWN 19.09.1918] P.22

GREEN, Private G T W, NZMC, son of George A Green, has been awarded the Military Medal. He was educated at the Mt Eden State School and Technical College. After school he joined the Northern Steamship Co. He enlisted at the beginning of last year and was wounded in France last December. Since the incident for which he was awarded the Military Medal, he has been seriously ill with pleurisy and is being invalided home. [AWN 12.09.1918] P.22

HALL, 2nd Lieutenant Gerald S, killed in action on 30 August, was the son of Mr H J Hall of Otahuhu and was educated at the local school and the Auckland Grammar School. At the time of enlistment in the 8th Reinforcements he was a farming cadet at Tamahere, Waikato. After the battle of the Somme in 1916, when he held the rank of sergeant-major, he returned to England and gained his commission. Returning to NZ on duty, he left again as an officer of the 35th Reinforcements. When he was killed he had just rejoined the regiment in France after a period spent in an English refresher camp. [AWN 26.09.1918] p.20

HALLY, 2nd Lieutenant C, was posthumously awarded the Military Cross for gallant conduct while under fire. His mother, Mrs J Hally, Valmai, Cambridge, received the medal from the Governor General. [AWN 26.09.1918, p.21]

HANLON, Sapper Sylvester H, who died at Auckland Hospital on Friday, was buried at Birkenhead Cemetery on Sunday with military honours. Rev Father Patterson performed the last rites. The gun carriage was provided by the Auckland Detachment of the Field Artillery and the cortege was accompanied by the Ponsonby Boy Scouts Trumpet Band which sounded the Last Post. The fire party squad was from Narrow Neck Camp. The deceased, who was in his 25th year, was the son of the late William Hanlon and Mrs Margaret Blundell, Northcote. He left NZ on active service with the 2nd Reinforcements, attached to the Mounted Signal Troop. He was engaged in operations on Gallipoli and later saw service in France. He returned invalided last May and was an inmate of the hospital from that time until his death. [AWN 19.09.1918] P.16

HART, 2nd Lieutenant Athol, killed in action in France, was the eldest son of Mr E Hart, formerly headmaster of the Beresford Street school. He left NZ with the 31st Reinforcements for the Rifle Brigade, had been a member of the legal staff successively of Messrs Reyburn & McArthur, Messrs Parr & Blomfield, and Messrs Brookfield and Schnauer. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1916. Lieutenant Bryce HART, Mr Hart’s second son, is still on active service. [AWN 05.09.1918] P.19

HENNING, 2nd Lieutenant William, Military Cross, has died of wounds in France. He left NZ with the 12th Reinforcements and received his commission early this year, being then posted to the Rifle Brigade. His Military Cross was awarded for gallantry shown in the July fighting. Mrs Henning left NZ the same month as her husband and has been on active service ever since – for some time past as a driver in charge of the NZ Motor Transport at Hornchurch. [AWN 26.09.1918] P.21

HILL, Lieutenant W J R, son of Mr S Hill of Auckland and formerly a member of the Weekly News reporting staff, is dangerously ill in hospital in France. He is suffering from a gunshot wound in the back, the missile having penetrated his spine. He was a member of the advance guard which occupied Samoa and sailing later with the 5th Reinforcements, took part in the fighting on Gallipoli. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in France and returned to NZ last year with the rank of Second Lieutenant. He left again for France towards the end of last year. [AWN 12.09.1918] P.21

HILL, 2nd Lieutenant W J R, eldest son of Mr S Hill of Auckland, formerly a member of the Weekly News reporting staff, has died of wounds. He was 36 years of age and educated at New Plymouth after which he entered the Post & Telegraph Dept at Wellington. He then joined the Government Valuation Dept which he left to become a member of the reporting staff of the Evening Post and in 1912 joined the Weekly News reporting staff. At the outbreak of war he went to Samoa with the advance guard and returning, sailed with the 5th Reinforcements. He was wounded at Gallipoli but rejoined the division and was with it at the Somme where he gained sergeant’s stripes. Last year he returned to NZ for a commission and left, subsequently with the 33rd Reinforcements as a second lieutenant. A brother, Lieutenant Leslie HILL, who left NZ as a private with the Main Body, was wounded at Gallipoli, served in France and was returned to NZ for his commission. He left again for the front with the 28th Reinforcements. [AWN 19.09.1918] P.47

HUDSON, 2nd Lieutenant Evan Gibb, killed in action was the younger son of Mr Harold W Hudson, secretary and a director of L D Nathan & Co. Ltd. He was a civil engineer by profession and was educated at King’s College and the Auckland University College, enlisting on the completion of his course. He was a sergeant of cadets at King’s College under the late Major Stuckey and was subsequently a lieutenant in the No.3 Field Company, NZ Engineers. He left in March last as second lieutenant in the 35th Reinforcements and on arriving in England was posted to the Rifle Brigade, going to France about 16 August. His older brother, who met with an accident ten years ago which incapacitated him from military service, is an instructor in agriculture in the Waikato in the employment of the Auckland Education Board. [AWN 26.09.1918] P.45

JACKA - Another good record of service is that of the sons of Mr Thomas Jacka, late of Prospect Tce, Mt Eden, and now of St Heliers Bay. 2nd Lieutenant Frederick Clifton JACKA, killed in action on 30 August, left NZ three years ago with the 8th Reinforcements as a private. He rose from the ranks one step at a time until being selected to sit for his commission at the close of last year. Obtaining his commission, he was immediately drafted back to his old regiment and served with it up to the time of his death. Prior to his enlistment, Lieut Jacka was for 11 years in the service of the Kauri Timber Co. He was the second son of the family. A younger brother, Sergeant Major T S JACKA, was killed in action on 28 September 1917, while a third, Corporal H W JACKA, is on service. [AWN 19.09.1918] P.23

JOHNSTONE - A fine record of service to the Empire has been established by the family of Mr & Mrs A Johnstone of Pateranga. All five sons enlisted, four being accepted. One has been killed in action. Lieutenant Keith C JOHNSTONE, the youngest son, who was killed recently, was 23 years of age. He left NZ with the 5th Reinforcements and was wounded on Gallipoli but after recovering proceeded to France. He was later in Base Records in Rouen and afterwards gained a commission in the Imperial Forces. He was born in Masterton and was a farmer before enlisting. He was always a lover of sport and was for three years captain of the Pateranga Hockey Club and at one time a member of the Waipa representatives. Driver Norman B JOHNSTONE is in France, Driver Ray N JOHNSTONE is at home invalided after three and a half years’ service, and Private A K JOHNSTONE is in camp. [AWN 26.09.1918] P.21

LE CREN, Lieutenant Hubert, reported to have been killed in action in France on 26 August, was the eldest son of Mrs Le Cren of Kensington St, Wellington. He was educated at the Auckland Grammar School, Wellington College and Otago Boys’ High School. He went to Samoa with the NZ expedition but was invalided home. He was employed on home service in NZ but on gaining his commission he went on active service with the 31st Reinforcements. He was 26 years of age at the time of his death. His father, Mr Ernest Le Cren, was killed in action in France 12 months ago and his only brother, recently dangerously wounded in France, is now in hospital in England. [AWN 19.09.1918] P.22

LURY, 2nd Lieutenant George H, killed in action in France on 29 August, was a member of the Auckland Harbour Board’s clerical staff. He enlisted in December 1914 when only 17 yrs 8 mths of age. He quickly rose to be sergeant and last year, although only 20 years of age, was promoted to a 2nd Lieutenant. After receiving his commission he returned to NZ on duty and was attached to a recent reinforcement draft. He had returned to France only four days when he met his death. The Harbour Board yesterday passed a vote of sympathy to the relatives of the deceased soldier. [AWN 12.09.1918] P.45

MASSEY, Acting Major F G, MC, NZ Rifle Brigade, son of the Prime Minister of NZ, has been awarded the Distinguished Service Order for gallantry in action. He is at present in hospital at Brockenhurst making a good recovery from a severe wound received in the early days of the German offensive at the end of March. He was serving with the British Army and was at the time second in command of a battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers. According to the army rule, the officer commanding and the second in command take turn about leading the battalion into action. It was Major Massey’s turn to go in on this occasion and the Lancashire Fusiliers were making a stubborn fight against overwhelming hordes of Germans. Battalions on both sides of them were pressed back and at an early stage Major Massey was shot through both lungs and fell. Word being sent back to headquarters, the colonel came up to take command and was captured by the advancing Germans a very short time afterwards. Meanwhile Major Massey was carried off the field by two stretcher-bearers, who have since been decorated for their conduct. Two other officers took over the command in turn after the loss of the colonel and they were both speedily put out of action. The Lancashire Fusiliers made a very stubborn fight but were slowly pressed back, it being quite impossible to hold up the weight of the enemy. Major Massey won the MC at Messines and has been twice mentioned in despatches. Although he is making a good recovery it is very unlikely he will be permitted to return to the western front, as the wound has rendered the lungs very susceptible to climatic conditions in Europe. [AWN 12.09.1918] P.18

MATTHEWS, Corporal Edward N, who was killed in action on 28 August, was the eldest son of Mr Newton Matthews of the Auckland post office. He was educated at the Remuera district school and Auckland Grammar School. He joined the staff of the National Bank of NZ on leaving school but later took up farming with his uncle at Paengaroa, Bay of Plenty, from which place he enlisted at the age of 19, leaving with the 11th draft. He served with the ?6th Waikatos all through the first Somme offensive. He was wounded in February 1917. After serving for some time as an instructor at Sling he returned to France, first serving in the Entrenching Battalion and afterwards joining the first battalion of his old regiment. His brother, Trooper Victor G W MATTHEWS, is at present serving in Palestine with the 3rd , Auckland, Mounted Rifles. [AWN 26.09.1918] P.21

McCULLOCH, Private Gordon W M, who was killed in action on 26 August, was the eldest son of Mr & Mrs G McCulloch of Monmouth St, Archhill. He was educated at the Newton West and Auckland Grammar Schools and afterwards joined the Auckland staff of Messrs Ross & Glendining. On attaining the age of 20 years he enlisted, leaving NZ with the 27th infantry. He was afterwards attached to the Rifle Brigade and proceeded to France where he took part in several of the major engagements and had escaped injury up to the time of his death. [AWN 19.09.1918] P.22

McENTEER, Private Claude, who died of acute bronchitis at the NZ General Hospital at Codford on 13 September, aged 29 (?or 20) was the eldest son of Mr James McEnteer of Waihi. He was a member of the 40th Reinforcements which left NZ early in July. Prior to enlisting he was on the electrical engineering staff at the Waihi Grand Junction Gold Co’s works and obtained his first-class certificate for electrical work during his course as a student at the Waihi School of Mines shortly before joining the forces. [AWN 26.09.1918] P.21

McGREGOR, Captain Malcolm, second son of Mr & Mrs Ewan McGregor, Hamilton, has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He holds a position of Flight Commander, one of the early pupils passed by the Kohimarama Flying School and entered the fighting zone early in 1917. [AWN 26.09.1918] P.17

McKENZIE, Captain Kenneth of Auckland, who has been in the NZ Medical Corps for about 18 months, is expected back in the Dominion in October. [AWN 19.09.1918] P.22

McLEAN, 2nd Lieutenant Neil, received injuries in a football match between College Rifles and the Hamilton reps at Hamilton on Saturday. His eye was injured during a tackle and necessitated an operation. He also received a severe body blow. He is the son of the late Donald McLean. He has been on active service but recently returned on furlough. He is due to re-enter camp next month. [AWN 19.09.1918] P.18

McQUARRIE, Rifleman Dugald, killed in action in France on 22 August 1918, was a son of the late Captain Hector McQUARRIE, shipbuilder, Parnell. He went with the 34th Reinforcements. He had been farming in the Waikato prior to his departure. Kenneth McQUARRIE, twin brother of the deceased, is at present in France with the Machine-gun Corps. [AWN 19.09.1918] P.22

PALLISER, Lance Corporal Francis, who was reported to have been killed in action, is in hospital in England, having received gunshot wounds in thigh and forearm. He is a son of Mr F Palliser of Timaru and a brother of Mrs S Smith, Grafton Road. [AWN 19.09.1918] P.22

PATTON, 2nd Lieutenant Hugh L, Military Medal, killed in action on 27 August, was the youngest son of Mrs Patton and the late Mr W Patton of Te Awamutu. He was a member of the advance corps to Samoa and served at the island for nine months. On his return to NZ he re-enlisted and sailed with the 17th Reinforcements to Egypt and then to France where he served continuously for three years. During the Messines offensive he was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in the field and almost simultaneously received his commission. For a time he was a member of the instructional staff at Sling Camp. He was recalled to France last July and was in action for six weeks prior to his death. He was 26 years of age. [AWN 26.09.1918] P.45

PRIESTLEY, Lieutenant A J, NZFA, killed in action on 1 September, was the eldest son of Mr J H Priestley of Gillies Ave, Epsom. He was born in NSW 25 years ago and was educated at Pt Chevalier school and the Onehunga High School. When 16 he joined the Garrison Artillery and subsequently the A Battery of the Field Artillery. He left NZ with the Main Body and served through the Gallipoli campaign. He also took part in all the important battles in France in which the NZ forces were engaged. Prior to enlisting he was on the staff of the Auckland Farmers Freezing Co. [AWN 26.09.1918] P.21

RIELLY, Sergeant Thomas, killed in action on 24 August, had been on active service for nearly three years. He was the only brother of Private William Rielly of the 20th Reinforcements, now in France. Prior to enlisting he was engaged in fruit farming at Paremoremo near Hobsonville. [AWN 26.09.1918] P.21

ROCHE – News has been received by Mr H Roche of Cambridge, that his son Captain E H ROCHE of the Royal Artillery, has been wounded in action on the western front. [AWN 12.09.1918] P.45

ROHAN, Captain Martin D, who was killed in action in France on 22 August, left NZ as second lieutenant in command of G Company, 19th Reinforcements, in November 1916. He gained promotion in the field and served with the Fourth Brigade from its formation until it was absorbed into the divisional establishment, when he was transferred to the Rifle Brigade. Captain Rohan took part in the operations at Messines, Passchendaele Ridge and Bellevue Spur last year and in the heavy fighting on the Hobuterne sector during March and April this year. He received his early education at the Morrinsville school and from 1903 to 1907 was a student at the Auckland Grammar School where he was a member of the First Fifteen in 1906 and 1907. During the next four years he attended lectures at the Auckland University College, graduating BA in 1911 and MA in 1912, with second class honours in English and French and was in the service of the Auckland Education Board and afterwards took a course at the Training College. He was appointed to the teaching staff of the Auckland Grammar School in February 1912 and from this position volunteered for active service. He married Miss Hazel Lane, daughter of the late Mr William Lane, editor of the NZ Herald, and leaves one daughter. [AWN 05.09.1918] P.19

ROSS, Mr W J R, Royal Navy, son of Captain Ross of Auckland, after two years service with the rank of Engineer Sub-Lieutenant and then Engineer Lieutenant of the Royal Naval Reserve, has now been granted, after passing examinations, a commission as Engineer Lieutenant in the Navy. [AWN 26.09.1918] P.21

SCOTLAND, Lieutenant J W, who was the first New Zealander to enter the Royal Flying Corps, has returned to Wellington accompanied by his wife. He is the son of the late ??? Henry Scotland, MLC. [AWN 12.09.1918] P.47

SHANNON, Private A F M, killed in action, was the eldest son of Mr F Shannon of Tirau and late of Warkworth. He was born I Rodney County, was educated at the Warkworth School and was farming with his uncles, the Ryan Bros. at Hakaru. When he came of age he enlisted and was posted to the 12th Reinforcements. He was prominent in tennis and hockey and took part in many tournaments. [AWN 19.09.1918] Last season he was grading and packing for the Auckland Provincial Fruitgrowers’ Assn and at the end of the season went into camp. He was just 21 years old when he embarked on 11 July. [AWN 26.09.1918] P.22

SENIOR, Lieutenant Staton E of Onehunga, returned wounded. He gained the Military Cross at Passchendaele Ridge in October 1917. He left NZ with the 9th Reinforcements as a non-commissioned officer and gained his commission at the beginning of 1916. He was wounded in the right shoulder in July last. [AWN 26.09.1918, p.16]

SHEPHERD, Private Karl, 40th Reinfocements, who died of influenza and was buried at sea, enlisted on his 20th birthday. Born at Port Albert, grandson of the late Mr John Shepherd, one of the original Albertland settlers. After leaving school he took up fruit farming and to gain further experience went to Nelson last season. He was grading and packing for the Auckland Provincial Fruitgrowers’ Assn and at the end of the season went into camp. He was just 21 years old when he embarked on 11 July. [AWN 26.09.1918, p.21]

SIMS, Rifleman Eric Lane, killed in action, was the only son of Mr Jos. A Sims of Disraeli St, Mt Eden. He was born in Paraguay, South America, 22 years ago and came to Auckland with his parents at an early age. After attending the Mt Eden and Auckland Grammar Schools he went to the Ruakura Farm of Instruction and was then farming until he enlisted at Gisborne at the age of 20. He sailed with the 24th Reinforcements. [AWN 19.09.1918] P.22

SKEEN, Gunner R W (Reg), has been killed in action in France on 5 September. He was a signaller attached to the 12th Battery, NZFA, 9th Reinforcements, and left NZ in January 1916. On 28 March, 1918, he was wounded during the battle of Amiens and rejoined his battery six weeks later, with his brother Gunner H C SKEEN who was also wounded. Gunner Reg Skeen was born at Thames and was educated at the Kauaranga Boys’ School. He was the fifth son of Mrs M and the late Mr Benjamin Skeen. Prior to enlistment he was on the Auckland staff of the Bank of NZ and later was at Fiji and Hawkes Bay. [AWN 26.09.1918] P.21

SPRINGALL, Sapper Alfred, NZ Engineers, aged 23, who died of wounds on 20 August, was a son of Mr S S Springall of Birkenhead. At the time of his enlistment with the 9th Reinforcements, he was an engineer-fitter at Westport where his father was formerly Government surveyor. A younger brother is now on his way to the front. [AWN 12.09.1918] P.21

STANLEY, Private Thomas J of the 40th Reinforcements, who died from influenza at sea, was the eldest son of Mr T Stanley, Mayor of Te Aroha. After going to the front with an early reinforcements draft, he was invalided home on account of the loss of several toes through wounds in battle and after a stay at Te Aroha re-enlisted this year. Pte Stanley who was 45 years of age leaves a widow and five children by his first marriage. [AWN 26.09.1918] P.21

STRAW, Lieutenant J H, who died of wounds in France on 24 August, was the only son of Mrs M A Straw of Upper Queen St, Onehunga. He enlisted as a private in the Main Body and served through the whole of the Gallipoli campaign when he was promoted to the rank of sergeant. He went to France with the NZ force and served until the beginning of the present year, when he was sent to England and gained his commission, being attached to the Otago Infantry. He returned to France in July. He was an hon. Member of the Akarana Rifle Club. He was a past chief ranger of Court Pride of Onehunga, A.O.F. and a vestryman at St Peter’s Anglican Church, Onehunga. [AWN 26.09.1918] P.21

TAYLOR, Sergeant Alban, killed in action, was the third son of Mrs Eliza Taylor, of Rawene Road, Birkenhead. He was 32 years of age at the time of his enlisting at Tauranga, in the first reinforcements of the Auckland Infantry. He went to Egypt and left for Gallipoli in August 1915 but was soon invalided to England as the result of enteric fever. In September 1916 he went to France and was slightly wounded in the head. He was educated at the Nelson Street and Northcote schools. In the days of volunteering he was a member of the Auckland Engineers, later being a member of the Garrison Artillery, in which he was quartermaster-sergeant. [AWN 19.09.1918] P.47

TAYLOR, Lieutenant Ralph E, has been wounded in France and is now in Brockenhurst Hospital, London. He commenced his education at the Mangere Bridge school, gaining a scholarship, which admitted him to the Auckland Grammar School. On leaving school he was articled to Messrs Walker and Peak, solicitors, and started practice on his own account as a solicitor in Auckland a few years before the war. Enlisting early in 1916, he was attached to the 19th Reinforcements as a non-commissioned officer and gained his commission at Trentham, eventually sailing with the 24th Reinforcements. He is a prominent member of the Onehunga Tennis Club and the Maungakiekie Golf Club. [AWN 05.09.1918] P.19

TEBBUTT, Bombardier W F, who was wounded on 2 September, left NZ in February 1917 with the 22nd Reinforcements. He was a member of the Royal NZ Artillery for four years. He was awarded his stripe on the field. He is the eldest son of Mr F Tebbutt of Towai and a son in law of Mr F A F Burnett of the Auckland telegraph staff and local official meteorological observer. [AWN 26.09.1918] P.21

THOMPSON, Commander W J, Royal Navy, brother of Mr T Thompson, C.E. of Westport, has been awarded the Distinguished Service Order and awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French Government for “exceptional services in submarine warfare” [AWN 26.09.1918] .P.21

TUBMAN – The Minister for Defence stated on Friday that he regretted to announce the death of Staff Nurse E M TUBMAN, one of the nurses who were on the transport conveying the 40th Reinforcements to the United Kingdom when the influenza epidemic occurred. [AWN 26.09.1918] p.16

VICKERMAN, Corporal Francis A, 40th Reinforcements, son of Mr E R Vickerman of Station Tce, Remuera, is reported to have died of influenza at sea. He was educated at Hawkes Bay and at the Waitaki High School. Subsequently he entered the employ of the Loan & Mercantile Agency Co. After a visit to South Africa he returned to Auckland and joined the staff of Messrs Dalgety & Co. Subsequently he took an important position with the NZ Portland Cement Co., leaving that firm to enter camp. He was attached to the machine-gun section. [AWN 19.09.1918] P.22

WARD, Lance Corporal Sidney Lancelot, killed in action in France, was the second son of Colonel G Arnold Ward of Tauranga and was born at that place in 1896. He was educated at the Pah College, Auckland, under the Rev P S Smallfield and King’s College. He was on the staff of the Bank of NZ at Tauranga when he enlisted in the 32nd Reinforcements. Owing to illness in camp, he was transferred to and sailed with the 33rd Reinforcements on 1 January 1918. He played fullback in his regimental football team in camp in England. He was accidentally wounded in the head by a bomb in France, having volunteered for the bombing section of his unit, early in June, but was sufficiently recovered to rejoin to take part in the great Allied advance in August. Prior to joining the Expeditionary Force he held the rank of sergeant in the 6th Hauraki Regiment. [AWN 19.09.1918] P.47

WILSON, 2nd Lieutenant J V, Canterbury Regt, reported wounded, was assistant lecturer in classics at the Auckland University Collegte prior to enlistment. He is regarded as one of the most brilliant recent graduates at the college. He enlisted in November 1916 and was wounded at the battle of Messines. AWN 05.09.1918, p.49]

WOOD, Corporal William Harold of the Rifle Brigade, who died of wounds on 4 September in France, was the elder son of the Rev W C Wood of Papakura. He enlisted in January 1917 and left NZ with the 24th Reinforcements and served in France for 13 months, gaining both his stripes on the field. [AWN 19.09.1918] P.22


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