NEW ZEALAND AND WORLD WAR ONE
MISCELLANEOUS BIOGRAPHICAL ENTRIES
The following are taken from newspapers on Papers Past. I have added the full names for search purposes.
OAMARU MAIL, VOLUME XL, ISSUE 12567, 14 JUNE 1915
Mrs McLardy yesterday received a telegram from the Minister of Defence informing her that her husband, Sergeant-Major Henry McLARDY had been killed at the Dardanelles. Sergeant-Major McLardy was born in Scotland, and was every inch a Scotchman. Before coming to New Zealand he was in the Imperial Army, being enrolled in the Gordon Highlanders. With that gallant regiment he served in the Chitral campaign in India, and fought at the memorable battle on the heights of Dargai. He also served in South Africa, and was with Sir Geo. White in Ladysmith when it was besieged by the Boers. When the New Zealand Territorial system was inaugurated he joined the permanent staff, and was posted at Oamaru as area sergeant major. On the outbreak of war he was keen for active service, and he was posted to the 14th (Southland) Company as sergeant-major under his former group officer Captain Turnbull. Sergeant-Major McLardy was an excellent drill instructor and highly popular with the men and he was noted for the keen interest he took in all old soldiers. He married in Oamaru, Miss Fraser, and leaves a widow and two little children, one of whom a son, was born after he left for the front.
Mr C. W. Kent yesterday morning received from the Minister of Defence a notification that his son Lance-Sergeant Forrester Charles KENT had been killed in battle at the Dardanelles on May 2nd. Sergeant Kent, who was only 18 years and 5 months old, was born in Melbourne, but a large part of his younger days were passed in Dunedin, where his education was commenced. Coming to Oamaru he completed his primary course at the South School, where he gained a proficiency certificate, and proceeded to the Waitaki High School. On leaving school he entered the service of the local branch of the Nationnl Mortgage and Agency Co. Sergeant Kent was an ardent adherent to military service, and was a sergeant in the Senior Cadets when the call for men to do battle for King and Empire was made, and promptly responded to the call. Though below the age he was a well-built sturdy type of budding manhood, and was accepted. He left with the Main Expeditionary Force as a private, and gained his three stripes in Egypt, being probably the youngest non-commissioned officer in the New Zealand Force at the front. The quality of his mettle is well exemplified by the following extract from a letter he wrote to his parents on Easter Monday: "We are all on edge just now - expect to leave on Wednesdav certain for the Dardanelles. It is no false alarm this time, and by the time you get this I hope we will have done something to help make a name for ourselves. At last we are going to get something to do. I had a good job offered to me - company storeman at the base (most likely Alexandria) but I didn't consider it. I didn't come away to stay at the base. I want to be with the crowd and take my chance." Sergeant Kent was a splendid type of a young man and highly popular with all who knew him.
Advice was yesterday received by Mr William Smyth, of Arun street, that his son Sergeant Samuel Baldwin SMYTH was killed at the Dardanelles between the 26th and 30th April. Sergeant Smyth was born in Oamaru and was 22 years of age. He received his primary education at the North and South Schools gaining a proficiency certificate at the latter, and passing on to the Waitaki High School. On the conclusion of his education he entered the services of the local branch of the New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Company, but relinquished his position in order to assist his father in his business. Sergeant Smyth took an active part in sports, being prominent in both cricket and football. He was also member of all the societies connected with the Baptist Church, and held the position of secretary to the Bible Class. He was an enthusiast in military service and had reached the rank of sergeant in the Territorials before he heard and answered the call for service on behalf of the Empire. He left with the Main Expeditionary Force as a sergeant in the 10th (North Otago) Company. Sergeant Smyth was a good type of young man, who gained friendship and commanded confidence because of a straightforward character. A tribute to the deceased was read at the Baptist Church yesterday when the sad news was announced.
Private William Charles BOTTLE, whose name appears in the list of killed to-day was a son of Mr Henry Bottle, of Arun street, and was born and educated in Oamaru. He served his apprenticeship as a saddler, and was employed by Mr Howard Grave when he responded to the call for men for active service, and joined the Main Expeditionary Force. Private Bottle was a genuine young men of 23 years of age and was a verv active member of the local Lodge of Druids. Mr Bottle has another son at the front.
Private Walter RAE, son of Mr Robert Rae of Trent street, was 21 years of age. He was born at Roslyn,Dunedin. He was a painter by trade, having served his apprenticeship with Messrs Familton Bros., Oamaru. He was in the Territorials, and left for the front with the first reinforcements, joining the main body in Egypt, and proceeded with the New Zealand Forces to the Dardanelles. Mr Rae has a second son who has volunteered for service, and is now in the Trentham training camp.
Private Percy CUNNINGHAM was a son of Mr James Cunningham. formerly of the Swan Stables, and now of Christchurch. Private Cunningham who was 21 years of age was born at Otiake, where he received his primary education, proceeding from there to the Waitaki High School. On leaving there he entered the service of the Bank of New Zealand. He was a member of the Old Boys Football Club, the Oamaru Boating Club, and the Oamaru Swimming Club and was a bright and popular young man. He was in the Territorial Force and was amongst the first to enlist for active service, leaving with the 10th (North Otago) Company of the Otago Battalion. A private message says that Private Cunningham was killed on May 2nd.
Corporal Edward John WELLER was a son of Mrs Weller, of Eden street, his father having died some years ago from an accident at the building of the Basilica. He was 2l years of age having attained that age in Egypt in December last, and was born at Ardgowan, and received his education at the Ardgowan and Oamaru North Schools successively. At the time of his enlistment he was employed by Mr Walter Gibb, coachbuilder. Private Weller was a member of the Excelsior Football Club, of which he was at one time captain and represented North Otago He was also a member of the St. Paul's Bible Class and Harrier Club.
Private Ambrose Alphonsus FALCONER, included amongst the missing, a son of Mr Thomas Falconer, cabinetmaker, was an Oamaru boy, 27 years of ago. He received his primary education at St. Joseph's School, and then went to the Waitaki High School. He afterwards went to Dunedin where he was prominent in football, playing for the Pirates Club and representing Otago on several occasions. On his return to Oamaru he joined his father in business and became a member of the Old Boys Football Club, playing for North Otago in representative matches. He was one of the early volunteers for service and left with the Main Expeditionary Force in the 10th (North Otago) Company of the Otago Battalion.
Sergeant Alexander John ROSS, son of Mr H. Ross, corporation foreman, is now reported as missing from the 1st to the 23rd May. He was previously reported as wounded in the shoulder, and on Tuesday last his parents received word that he was progressing favorably. There has evidently been an error of identification which can be readily conceived in in light of the information received recently that a Turk was found in possession of six British identification labels, evidently taken from killed or wounded. Sergeant Ross was born in Oamaru, aged 21 years of age. After completing his primary education, he went to the Waitaki High School and on leaving entered the employ of Dalgety and Company. He was a member of the Old Boys Football Club, and prior to joining the Main Expeditionary Force, was a lieutenant in the Senior Cadets.
Private John Alexander Stewart MALCOLM who is also treported as missing from the 1st to the 23rd May, was a son of Mr J. P. Malcolm, headmaster of the Oamaru North School. He was born in Naseby, where he received his education at the District High School. He elected to pursue rural course and for some time was farming in Ida Valley but more recently in Canterbury and North Otago.
Private Joseph Wendell BOREHAM ("Winty" Boreham) reported killed in action was the son of Mr Stephen Boreham, late of Oamaru. He was well known in Dunedin as an ardent footballer. He was a keen boxer, and won fights in Dunedin. He had been abroad from New Zealand a good deal in America and elsewhere.
Private Patrick CALLAGHAN was living in Hampden, and worked for Mr A. McMillan, Herbert, when as an old reservist the call came to him to go to the front to rejoin his old regiment. He leaves a brother, Mr Edward Callaghan at Hampden. His death was reported privately to his family this morning. [Surname CALLAGHAN Given Name Patrick Category Regimental Number 8/740 Rank Private Body or Draft Main Body Unit or Regiment Otago Infantry Batln Marital Status S Last NZ Address Windsor Next of Kin Title Edward Next of Kin Surname CALLAGHAN Next of Kin Relationship Brother Next of Kin Address Hampden Died 08/05/1915 Commemorated at TWELVE TREE COPSE (NEW ZEALAND) MEMORIAL Location: Turkey (including Gallipoli)
Private Henry Beal DAWSON was born in Hampden and educated there. He was a recent Territorial, and at the time of his death, would be about 21 years of age. He was employed on the Moeraki Estate as a ploughman. He belonged to the Druids Lodge. He leaves a widowed mother (Mrs A. Dawson, Hampden), four brothers and several sisters.
Private Charles Lyall CORNELIUS, though his people lived at Timaru, had been working in the Enfield district for some time, and was employed at Mr Reid's (Burnside). He was a member of the Territorial force, about 20 years of age.
Very general and sincere regret was felt throughout the Alma and Totara district when word came that Private Joseph John GORMAN, son of Mr T. Gorman, had been killed at the Dardanelles. Joe Gorman was a native of the district, having been born 21 years ago in Oamaru. He received his primary education at the Totara School, where he was a great favorite among the scholars. He was a strenuous battler in the school games, and in any enterprise of a particularly daring character Joe was easily leader. He was possessed of all the qualities that go to make a brave soldier, and although no particulars of the manner of his death have come to hand it goes without saying that he'd be where the danger was thickest. Much sympathy is felt for the parents and sisters of the fallen soldier> He was very straightforward and widely popular. As an ardent Territorial he was among the first to volunteer. Prior to enlisting he was employed at McDonald's lime kiln at Totara.
Private William John CALDER, killed in action, was a son of Mr John Calder, farmer, Maheno. He belonged to the Hope of Maheno Oddfellows Lodge, but had latterlv been away a good deal for the district, and at the time he enlisted was working at Blue-cliff's.
Private Nicholas James MULDREW, included in the missing, is a son of Mrs Campbell, of France street, and 38 years of age. He was engaged as a miner at Maerewhenua.
Private Claude Wandless THOMPSON, returned amongst the missing is a son of Mr R W Thompson, of the Civic Billiard Room, Oamaru.
Private Daniel Shaw SMITH who is included in the list of the sick and wounded at the Pont de Koubleh Hospital at Cairo, is the son of Mrs W Smith of Great Street. He was born in Oamaru, is 20 years of age, and was a pupil of the South School. At the time of his enlistment he was in the employ of Mr Simpson, cabinet maker. He was a member of the 10th Regiment Band. Mrs Smith has received a cable stating that he is in hospital, but making no mention of the cause.
ASHBURTON GUARDIAN, VOLUME XXXV, ISSUE 9165, 15 JUNE 1915
LANCE-CORPORAL John Layton WILDERMOTH.Lance-Corporal Wildermoth (Otago Battalion), reported as killed in action in the lists published yesterday, was the eldest son of Mr M. J. Wildermoth, of 9 Braddon Street, Christchurch. He was 26 years of age last November, was born at Timaru, and educated on the West Coast and at the Kaiapoi District High School. After leaving school he entered the service of the Bank of New Zealand at Rakaia 11 years ago, was afterwards transferred to Methven, and later to Invercargill, where he enlisted with the main body of the Expeditionary Force. He took a prominent part in all sports, and was very popular in Rakaia.
PRIVATE John Denis Hargreaves OWENS [OWEN], who was mentioned among the casualties yesterday,was employed on the railway at Springburn, where he was very popular. He had not been long out from England, where his father was a sergeant-major in the Imperial Army. He was one of the first to join the Expeditionary Force from here. Private Owen was 21 years of age at the time of his death.
NEW ZEALAND HERALD, VOLUME LII, ISSUE 15945, 16 JUNE 1915
CORPORAL Donald Bennett LANE. Corporal Donald B. Lane, killed in action on April 25, the day of the landing at Gaba Tepe, was the elder son of Mr. W. Lane, editor of the New Zealand Herald. He was 22 years of age, was educated at the Auckland Grammar School and at Lincoln College, Canterbury, and was articled with Messrs. Thomson and Farrer, surveyors, Hamilton. At the outbreak of the war he at once enlisted in the 16th, Waikato Company of the Auckland Infantry Battalion. While at the Epsom camp he was made corporal and in Egypt senior corporal. Corporal Lane was a fine all-round athlete, a footballer, a long-distance runner, a swimmer, and a boxer; he held the Grammar School swimming cup, won the Grammar School steeplechase, and was in representative teams at school and college. When 16 he was a member of the Avondale troop of the old volunteer Mounted Rifles as well as a member of the Grammar School cadet corps, and was always actively interested in the various territorial units to which he was attached. He was a corporal in the territorial forces.
PRIVATE Richard HOPKINS. Private Richard Hopkins, of the Field Engineers, enlisted with the Auckland Infantry Battalion, and was later transferred to the engineers. He was a son of Captain C. Hopkins, of the Northern Steamship Company's steamer Waiotahi, and was a chief officer in the employ of the Northern Company when he enlisted. He was 32 years of age and held a master's certificate. The deceased trooper was well-known as an officer on the Maraia, Ngapuhi and other vessels of the Northern Company's fleet. He served his apprenticeship to the sea with the New Zealand Shipping Company, the Shaw, Savill and Albion Company and the Blackball Coal Company and made a number of trips between New Zealand and Home ports. He had frequently been the means of saving life. A brother, John Hopkins, left with the second reinforcement draft, and,another brother, Samuel, is now in camp at Trentham. The deceased and his brother Jack met in Egypt. R. Hopkins was a member of the Waitemata troop of the Legion of Frontiersmen and hon. secretary of the troop. His comrades of the Waitemata troop are with the howitzer battery at the Dardanelles and three have been reported wounded, and one wounded and missing.
CORPORAL Leonard Richard GRIMWADE. Corporal Leonard Richard Grimwade, who was killed in action on May 8, was the second son of Mr. E. R. Grimwade, a member of the Takapuna Borough Council. He was a native of West Maitland, New South Wales, and was 23 years of age. He received the earlier part of his education at Newcastle-under-Lyme, England, and completed his studies at the Pah College, Auckland, under the Rev. P.S. Smallfield. When he left school Corporal Grimwade had a short business training in the office of the Loan and Mercantile Company and then went to Lincoln College, Canterbury, where he studied farming, and won a scholarship. Later he gained farming experience at Kiwitea, near Feilding, and Mangaweka, and started sheep-farming with his brother, Mr. E. N. Grimwade, at Waipuna Valley, Waerenga, Lower Waikato. He was an enthusiastic soldier, and at the age of 21 he obtained the rank of sergeant in the territorial force. He left Auckland with the rank of corporal in the Waikato company of the Auckland Infantry Battalion.
PRIVATE Frank John O'NEILL. Private Frank J. O'Neill, who was reported wounded and in the Government Hospital, Alexandria, is the only son of Mr. James O'Neill, of Grey Lynn, and is 22 years of age. He was employed for some years in Messrs. Sargood,Son, and Ewen's Warehouse, and latterly with Messrs Kempthorne, Prosser, and Co. Mr. J. O'Neill has received a cable message from his son stating that he is returning home.
SERGEANT Kenneth Humphreys BEGG. Sergeant of the Auckland Infantry Battalion, who is reported to have been killed in action on April 25, was 21 years.old. He was the eldest son of Mrs. Begg of Hokianga. His father, who was an engineer, died about two years ago. At that time the son was studying dentistry under Sir Charles Burdett, of Eltham, but he broke off his studies to look after his mother's interests. Sergeant Begg had always taken a keen interest in military matters, and was a member of the territorials when the war broke out. He was amongst the first to enlist, and as a member of the 15th North Auckland Regiment he left with the main Expeditionary Force. His younger brother James, 20 years of age, recently enlisted for the front. Mrs. Begg has been a resident of Hokianga for the past 25 years.
SERGEANT David Gordon BURBUSH. Sergeant Burbush, who was reported yesterday to have been killed in action at the Dardanelles, was the third son of Mr Frank Burbush, builder, of Victoria Street, Hamilton. He was an enthusiastic member of the Hamilton territorials, and prior to enlisting in the main Expeditionary Force held the rank of sergeant. He appointed a corporal in the 16th Waikato Infantry Regiment, and evidently after leaving the Dominion was promoted to the rank of sergeant. His people were well known in the Nelson Province, where they settled in the early forties. A brother of Sergeant Burbush was fatally injured in the special constables camp at the Auckland Domain during the 1913 strike.
PRIVATE Edward ANGOVE. Private Angove, of the 3rd Auckland, Regiment (killed in action), was a, son of Mrs M. Angove, Crummer Road, Grey Lynn, and had nearly completed his 28th year. He was a native of Auckland, and received his education at the Newton East school. He was employed as a driver for Messrs. Winstone Ltd. and he went away with the main body of the Expeditionary Force. Two of his brothers also went to the front with the main body, and one of these, Private Charles Angove was wounded at the Dardanelles on May 19, he being now in the hospital at Alexandria. The other brother at the war is Colin Angove, of the Ambulance Brigade. Yet another brother has offered his services, and will go into camp at Trentham shortly. It is worthy of note that about 30 cousins of the late Private Angove and his brothers are now serving their country either in the navy, the Imperial army, or the new Expeditionary Force, and that the majority of them are New Zealanders.
PRIVATE Sydney Haldane HEALD. Private Heald, reported killed in action at the Dardanelles, was the eldest son of Mr. S. Heald, who was in business in Victoria Street for many years, but is now residing in England. Private "Syd" Heald was well known in Auckland athletic circles. He was a champion schoolboy runner, and later as an amateur proved one of the most successful of the local handicap runners. He acted as time-keeper for most of the local sports gatherings, and his genial presence will be greatly missed. He was in the employ of Kirkman and Denison, jewellers, for about 12 years, and had left their, employ just before he enlisted with the main Expeditionary Force. He went to Egypt as a member of the Auckland Infantry Battalion. A brother of his, S. Heald, is also fighting at the Dardanelles.
SERGEANT Henry Thomas SMALE. Sergeant H. T. Smale, who was reported missing on May 8, was born in Napier 21 years ago and was educated at the Napier district school and at the High School. He was employed consecutively at Napier, Waipawa, and Dannevirke.
TROOPER John Harold GALE. Trooper Gale of the Auckland Mounted Rifles, who has been killed in action at the Dardanelles, was 22 years of age. He was in the employment of the Kaipara Steamship Company.
PRIVATE Stephen Alexander BELL. Private Bell of the 3rd Auckland Infantry Battalion, who has been killed in action, was the second son of Mr. Alexander Bell, of Pakuranga, clerk of the Manakau County Council. He was 24 years of age. After leaving the Pakuranga school he worked on his father's farm at Pakuranga, was a prominent footballer and an enthusiastic volunteer.
PRIVATE Hereward Philps HOPKINS. Private Hopkins, of the Otago Infantry Battalion, who was killed in action on May 2, was the fifth son of Mr. A. P. Hopkins the superintendent of the Canterbury Frozen Meat Company, Ltd., Christchurch and a brother of W. P. Hopkins, solicitor, of Pukekohe. Private Hopkins was one of four sons in the service of the King. At the time of his enlistment he was working as an electrical engineer at the powerhouse, Christchurch, and was in his 25th year.
CORPORAL Robert PASSMORE. Corporal Passmore of the 16th Waikato Regiment who is reported to have been killed in action on May 5, had no near relatives in New Zealand. He was a native of Bristol, England where his widowed mother now resides. He was a single man, about 33 years of age, and had been in New Zealand about six years, the whole of this time having been spent in Auckland, he being a resident of Ponsonby. He went from the Old Country to South Africa at the close of the Boer war as a member of the Inniskilling Dragoons, but saw no fighting on that occasion, as peace was declared shortly after his arrival at the scene of hostilities. During the latter portion of his residence in Auckland he was employed as a tally clerk on the wharf. He was a prominent member of the Star of Eden Lodge of the American Order of Oddfellows, and had been an office-bearer for several years. He went to the front with the main body of the Expeditionary Force.
PRIVATE Albert Clifford BOREHAM. Private Boreham, of Kohukohu, Hokianga, killed in action on April 25, went away with the main Expeditionary Force as a member of the 15th North Auckland Regiment. He was 21 years of age. A sad fact is that his mother was accidentally killed on the Sunday before the troops left for the front; in spite of which Private Boreham and his brother Howard answered the call of duty. The latter has been wounded. Their father has been dead for some years, but their brothers and sisters still reside in the Hokianga district.
TROOPER Gordon Hart WHYTE. A cablegram has been received by Mrs. J. G. Whyte, Castlebar, Symonds Street, stating that her third son, Trooper Gordon H. Whyte, of the Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment, has been killed in action. The message was sent by another son, Trooper Blair Whyte, who is now in Cairo recovering from an operation for appendicitis, and it is presumed that he was advised, by his brother, Major J. H. Whyte, N.Z.S.C., second in command of the regiment. Trooper Gordon Whyte was born in Auckland, and was about 34 years of age. Prior to the war he was engaged as a traveller for the firm of T. and S. Morrin, Limited.
PRIVATE Geoffrey McPherson BROWN. Private Brown, of the Auckland Infantry Battalion, who has been killed in action, was a son of Mr. T. H. Brown, headmaster of the Takapuna public school.
PRIVATE George GUNDRY. Private Gundry, who was yesterday reported to have died of wounds, was well known in Pukekohe, having worked for five years on Mr. David Hamilton's estate, near that township.
CORPORAL John O'DONNELL. Corporal O'Donnell, killed in action, left in the main Expeditionary Force, with the 3rd Auckland Infantry Battalion. He was in his 21st year, and was a son of Mr. William O'Donnell and Mrs. (Nurse) O'Donnell, of 50, Grange Road, Mount Eden. Corporal O'Donnell was born at Kaeo, and lived for many years at Kaihu, near Dargaville, where he was employed by Mr. E. Trounson, a farmer of that district. He was a good footballer and a keen volunteer, being a sergeant in the territorials before he volunteered for active service. A brother, Gunner William O'Donnell, is in Egypt with the New Zealand Field Artillery.
PRIVATE David James THOMAS. Private Thomas, killed in action, was the fourth son of Mr. Robert Thomas, builder, of Mewburn Avenue, Mount Eden. A Taranaki boy born near Waitara and educated at Waitara public school, he came to Auckland some two years ago, and was in business with his father. Private Thomas, who gained his stripes when in the Senior Cadets, was only 19 years of age when he volunteered for active service with the 3rd Auckland Infantry.
LANCE-CORPORAL Frederick Arthur FOTHERGILL. Lance-Corporal Fothergill, who was killed in action at the Dardanelles on May 8, was the second son of Mr. J. A. Fothergill, of a well-known Dunedin firm of indent agents, of which firm he was a junior partner. He was born in Wanganui in 1885, and was educated at the Forbury school in Dunedin, and afterwards at the Waitaki High School. For seven years he was an active member of the Dunedin Naval Artillery Corps. Lance-Corporal Fothergill was keenly interested in military and sporting matters.
SAPPER Robert William BARRY. Sapper Barry, second son of Mrs. E. Barry, of Dilworth Terrace, Parnell, news of whose death in action at the Dardanelles was received by private advice last evening, was well known in Auckland and Canterbury athletic circles as "Bob" Barry. He was born at Akaroa and educated at the Akaroa Boys High School. He went to the South African war as a member of one of the New Zealand contingents, and on return joined the clerical staff of the New Zealand Express Company. He was with the company for about 13 years, and left its employ to enlist. He represented the Canterbury Province in both hockey and cricket, and on coming to Auckland helped to inaugurate the game of hockey here. He was a member of the United and College Rifles Hockey Clubs, and represented Auckland for many years. He played for the Parnell senior cricket team, and was considered one of the best fields in Auckland. He went to the front as a member of the Divisional Signalling Corps with the main body of the Expeditionary Force. In a letter written just before leaving Egypt Sapper Barry remarked "We are on the eve of hard knocks."
NORTH OTAGO TIMES, VOLUME CI, ISSUE 13300, 22 JUNE 1915
Private Alfred Robert Francis HARDING (Wellington Battalion, killed) was very well known in the Taranaki district. Upon leaving school, he entered Mr R. C. Hughes's office, and was afterwards with Mr Harold Thomson, solicitor, at Inglewood. Having developed a liking for journalistic work, he joined the literary staff of the Taranaki Daily News, and was with that paper for a year or two before the outbreak of war, his work as a reporter showing conspicuous ability. With his younger brother, Private Noel Harding, he was one of the first to volunteer for the front,and no keener soldier left with the main force. His widowed mother resides at Fitzroy.
Private Martin Wattie MULLOY (Wellington Battalion, killed in action) was educated at the New Plymouth High School, and subsequently entered the local branch of the Bank of New South Wales. After a year or two there, he was transferred to South Taranaki, from which place he enlisted on the outbreak of war and sailed with the main force. He was about 21 years of age. His people live at Korito.
Private David Alexander WELSH, who was wounded while serving with the Otago Infantry, was born and educated at Oamaru, and prior to enlisting he was in the boot making trade. He is the fourth son of Mr John Welsh, Hull Street, Oamaru, and has two brothers serving with the colours.
Private Arthur Burward SIZER (Canterbury Battalion, wounded) is very well known in Wellington, more particularly in shipping circles having been one of the Union Company's most popular officers, He is the only son of Mrs M. T. Sizer, 170 Coromandel Street, Wellington South, and left Wellington with the Third Reinforcements. Letters received from [him] recently stated that he did not proceed to the Dardanelles from Egypt with the main body. Educated at the Terrace School, Private Sizer was afterwards in the employ of J. Lysaght Ltd, iron merchants. He subsequently went to sea, and was chief officer with Captain Holm, of the ship Helen Denny. Later on he joined the Union Company's service, and, with the exception of a period spent on vessels sailing out of London, he continued with that company until joining the forces,at which time he was second officer of the Maori.[Private information has been received that Private Sizer, who was previously incorrectly reported killed, is now progressing favourably.WEST COAST TIMES, 29 JUNE 1915]
Private POTTER, Wellington Battalion, wounded was at one time resident in Feilding where he represented the Rangitikei Advocate. In a letter received last week, he describes how he was wounded. He was moving along the line with others to reinforce one of the trenches, when he got a bullet in the left arm and a dose of shrapnel in the forearm and hand.
Sergeant George McLachlan HOGBEN (Canterbury Infantry, wounded) is a son of Mr George Hogben (late Director of Education, New Zealand). He is a grandson of the late Mr Edward DOBSON, M.T.C.E. (formerly provincial engineer Canterbury, New Zealand) and nephew of Mr Arthur Dudley DOBSON (now city engineer, Christchurch). He was born on September 21st 1886 at Christchurch, and was educated at the Waimataitui School, the Timaru High School, Wellington College and at Victoria University College. He passed the engineering preliminary and entrance examinations for the degree of Bachelor of Civil Engineering and entered the Railway Department as civil engineering cadet, afterwards becoming second on the staff of the District Engineer's Office, Greymouth, and later mining engineer to the Consolidated Goldfields of New Zealand, Reefton. He was formerly a sergeant in the Greymouth Rifles and 13th Regiment Company, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, and enlisted in August 1914.
Private Theodore Stanley COUCH (Canterbury Infantry, wounded) is a son of Mr Peter Couch, of the Railway Department, Dunedin; and was born in Lyttelton 25 years ago. He was educated at the North School, and the Waitaki High School, and also at the Marlborough High School. He has passed the Civil Service examination, and prior to the ,war was serving as a draughtsman in the« Lands and Survey Department, Blenheim.
Private William John HALKETT (Canterbury Infantry, wounded), is 21 years of age and is of a quiet disposition,. He has spent most of life on his father's farms, and when he left school held the rank of lieutenant. On the inauguration of the Territorial scheme he quickly rose to the rank of sergeant, but enlisted for active service as a private.
Private Charles Lyall CORNELIUS. Concerning the death of Private C. Cornelius, son of Mrs C. Cornelius, Timaru, who was killed in action, Lieutenant Nesbitt writes home to the effect that his men held a very difficult position for many hours, and though not supported, fought, like veterans and never gave an inch. Many of his best men were dead, including Cornelius, who was shot beside him.
Private Robert Francis GUDGEON, Canterbury Infantry (missing), is aged 20 and the youngest grandson of the late Major Cooke, H.E.I.C.S, and nephew of Colonel Gudgeon, late of the Cook Islands. He resigned his position in the. Bank of Australasia to enlist. He was well known in the Canterbury Rowing Club, and was a member of the junior football team and holder of the M'Cully Cup, of the Red and Black Association, in addition being a great swimmer. He is the youngest of four brothers to see active service - the oldest, Basil R. Gudgeon, is in German South-West Africa, Walter W. Gudgeon is now at the Dardanelles in the Australian Third Brigade, and John E. Gudgeon, at, present on the staff of the Bank of New Zealand, returned from New Guinea with the Sydney forces after they had occupied the islands.
Sergeant Alfred John Douglas HOWIE. Sergeant "Dug" Howie (Auckland Battalion, missing) belongs to Motumaoho, and only recently his parents said goodbye to another son (Alick), who left for training at Trentham. The Howie family are widely known and highly esteemed in the Morrinsville district. Sergeant Howie always look a keen interest in military matters, and was only a short time in the service before he had passed his examination as lieutenant.
Corporal Charles Adam BELL. Corporal Charles A. Bell (Otago Infantry, missing) is an Englishman by birth, and was educated at Westminster College, afterwards gaining second-class honours at Cambridge. He joined the Imperial Army and was on the frontier of India for six years. He settled in Dunedin two years ago, and joined the Permanent Force, but was engaged in private business in Port Chalmers when he enlisted. Though having held the rank of drill instructor and sergeant-major on the permanent staff, he enlisted as a private, and news of his first step towards promotion was received recently. His wife is a sister of Mr E. G. Lane, of Oamaru.
Sergeant Frederick William Ellesmere OVERTON. Sergeant Overton (Wellington Mounted Rifles, killed), born at Lakeside, Canterbury, was in his 22nd year, and the younger son of Mr and Mrs Fred. Overton, of Taihape, late of Wanganui. He was educated at the High School, Wanganui, and prior to his departure for the front was engaged in sheep-farming pursuits, in the Taihape district. At the Takapau Camp last year he had the honour to act in the capacity of flag-bearer to General Sir Ian Hamilton, and, by a strange, coincidence, the two, twelve months later, were probably not far apart in the distant Dardanelles. Sergeant Overton was a bright, strong, healthy young man, full of life and vigour, and was greatly respected and beloved by a wide circle of friends in the Taihape district.
Sergeant Sydney Wilfred JENKINS and Private Cecil William JENKINS. Among the Southland men reported as killed in last week's casualty lists were two sons of Mr David Jenkins, Gap Road, Winton. The eldest son, Sergeant Sidney [sic] W. S. Jenkins, was born at Gap Road, in 1892, and was educated at the Winton school, where he was one time dux. After leaving school he became an employee of Mr W. Young, of Winton, and continued in that employ until his enlistment in the Main Body of the Expeditionary Force. He was always keen on military matters, and passed from the School Cadets into the Winton Volunteers. He joined the Territorials when the volunteer system was superseded. He was a crack shot, and besides winning his marksman's badge, he was in 1913, a runner-up for the Southland Territorial championship. He was also an enthusiastic Oddfellow. The second son was Private Cecil William Jenkins. He was born at the Gap Road in 1894. Like his brother, he was educated at the Winton School. After leaving school he followed the occupation of cheesemaker, filling the position of assistant at Drummond, and for two seasons at the Winton factory. He was well-known as a cycle-racer, and was seen in many track and road events.
Private John Stewart JAMES. Private James, 23 years of age, who is reported missing, is a son of Mr Joseph James, and was born at Herbert, where the family resided until four years ago. He joined the Otago Battalion of the Main Expeditionary Force as a piper. Formerly he was a member of the North Otago Highland Pipe Band, and until leaving with the forces was an active member of the Dunedin Highland Pipe Band.
OTAGO WITNESS, ISSUE 3203, 4 AUGUST 1915
SERGEANT Thomas Hillier DENNISTON. We regret to report that Mr G. L. Denniston received advice on Friday by cable from Dr Barnett, at Malta, of the death, from enteric fever, of his youngest son, Thomas Hillier Denniston, sergeant in the New Zealand Medical Corps. Sergeant Denniston was educated in Dunedin, and upon leaving the Otago Boys High School entered the service of the New Zealand Insurance Company. This employment, however, he left in order to take up medical studies at tho Otago University. He was a four-year student when the war broke out and he was one of many University students who unhesitatingly answered the call of their Empire. Enlisting with the Field Ambulance attached to the main body of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, he proceeded with the force to Egypt, and thence on to the Dardanelles. It had been anticipated that in pursuance of the desire of tho authorities to secure the return of the medical students to New Zealand, Sergeant Denniston would shortly have been on his way back to the dominion, but the receipt several days ago of a cablegram from Dr Barnett stating that he had been admitted to a military hospital at Malta as an enteric patient indicated that this anticipation was not to he realised. Progress reports from Dr Barnett earlier in the week showed that Sergeant Denniston’s condition was serious. Tom Denniston, as he was generally known, was a very popular young fellow, of a most engaging disposition. He was a prominent member, first of the Pirates Football Club and subsequently of the University Club, being a particularly useful forward of the dashing type. lie was also a capable exponent of boxing, a clever draughtsman, and a skillful amateur musician. Sergeant Denniston’s letters from the front were always full of interest. In the last that was received from him from Gallipoli Peninsula he gave the following account of an armistice that was arranged on May 24 for the burial of the dead. "This was the most interesting day of my life. We all went up to the trenches, and were mingling with the Turks quite freely, and saw some German officers. Major O’Neill was talking to a Turkish medical officer, who considered this war was "hell." The armistice started at 7.30 a.m. and lasted till 4.30 p.m. The incessant din in the valley where we are makes hearing difficult at ordinary times, and I cannot tell you how delightfully still everything was from 7.30 onwards - just like a holiday to Turk and colonials alike! The day crept on - a beautifully sunny day. 4.30 came, and the fun started. They were at it hammer and tongs again, machine guns and all. It seems strange that it could not be kept up indefinitely. The Turks are fine big men, swarthy and lithe for the most part, while the German officers are uniformed splendidly, wearing medals for the armistice day. I suppose we shall have another armistice soon, as the Turks dead is piling up again. The colonial aim is good."
KILLED IN ACTION. QUARTER-MASTER SERGEANT HARVEY. WELLINGTON, July 27. News has been received in Wellington that Quartermaster-sergeant Frederick HARVEY [AIF 188], of the Australian Expeditionary Force, who was at one time on the staff of the New Zealand Insurance Company in this city, was killed at the Dardanelles on June 28. He was born in England. From Wellington he was transferred to Rangoon, where he severed his connection with the New Zealand Insurance Company, and went to Australia. While in Wellington he was married to a daughter of Mr D. T. Stuart, and she predeceased him. Mr George Harvey, the accountant in the New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Company’s branch in Blenheim, is his brother.
LANCE-CORPORAL Clarence Brownlie GRAY. Our Lawrence correspondent writes - "On Tuesday 27th ult., Mrs Frank Gray, of Lawrence, received official information that her son Lance-corporal Clarence Gray, who is with the Queenslanders [AIF 512], had been killed in action at the Dardanelles. Lance-corporal Gray was a native of Bald Hill Flat, but the family has been resident in Lawrence for a good many years, and the deceased was an ex-pupil of the Lawrence District High School. He was an enthusiastic cadet, and was a crack shot. On leaving school he joined the Railway Department, being stationed in the Auckland district. Giving up the railway service, he went to Queensland, where he was engaged on a station. On the outbreak of war he promptly volunteered, and went to the front with the Australian main body. He was a fine type of young follow - generous and bright in and fearless in spirit. Much sympathy is felt in the Tuapeka district for his family."
PRIVATE Alfred DICKINSON [1NZEF 11/417]. WANGANUI, Julv 29. Mr T. H. Dickinson (of Fordell) has received the following letter from W. Grant, recording the heroic death of his brother (Private Dickinson), who had many friends in this district: - "The Trenches, 3/6/15. - Dear Mr Dickinson, You have my sympathy in the loss of your gallant brother. He was one of a little band of heroes who held an outpost in the face of overwhelming odds for 28 hours. He and others perished in the attempt before the post was relieved, the marvel being that any returned. The affair will be an obscure incident in a great war, but nevertheless it might have been another "Rorkes Drift." Our wounded were brought out with incredible difficulty, and your brother died on the journey to the dressing station. We buried him there - a spur of Walker’s Ridge, rising steeply from the sea and commanding an exquisite view of sea and land with islands in the near distance, the place being known as "Fishermen’s Hut" - towards midnight on Sunday, May 30, after repulsing an attack of the enemy in which four more were wounded. You may well be proud, in your sorrow that your brother died at the post of duty like a good soldier, giving his life with so many more for the liberties of the world."
SERGEANT Eric Oliver ALLAN. Sergeant Allan, whose death is reported as having taken place on July 13, enrolled from Mosgiel, where his home was at the time. He was a son of Mr James Allan (of the well-known Allan family of the Taieri), now of Palmerston North, and a nephew of Dr Allan, of Mosgiel. He was a popular young man in Mosgiel.
PRIVATE John Thomas MILBURN. Official news has been received of the death of Private John T. Milburn, who was killed in action at the Dardanelles. Private Milburn was the son of Mr J. Milburn, Baker street, Caversham. He attended the Macandrew Road School, and afterwards was employed in the Otago Daily Times photo engraving department. Subsequently he took up the jewellery manufacturing business, and after serving with various firms, was engaged by Mr R. R. Randle, jeweller, of Timaru, whose business as manufacturing jeweller he ultimately purchased. When the call for volunteers came, he felt impelled to go, and at the earliest possible moment joined the 2nd South Canterbury Regiment, Main Body. He took part in the landing at the Dardanelles on April 25, but fell on April 27. In the fighting the regiment suffered heavily, only 11 out of his platoon answering the roll call a few days later. Private Milburn was a splendid rifleman, and together with an Australian, was doing great work at the moment of his death. Private (Rev.) J. R. Sullivan, who marched alongside of him and who returned with the wounded soldiers on the Willochra, writes: "His courage, and ability won the admiration of us all."
PRIVATE Alfred Ernest JONES. Private Jones (killed in action at the Dardanelles on July 1) was 24 years of age, and was the second son of Mr J. C. Jones, Tokoiti, Milton. He was born at Roxburgh, and received his education at the Tokoiti School. About six years ago he joined the service of the Railway Department as porter at Dunedin, and afterwards served at Port Chalmers, Allanton, and Seacliff, being employed at the last named station as porter and post and telegraph clerk, when he joined the Fourth Reinforcements. He was a quiet, unassuming young man, and was highly esteemed.
PRIVATE Francis Alexander LAWRIE. Private Francis A. Lawrie (killed in action) was born at Mount Pleasant, Sawyers Bay, on January 1, 1880, and was educated at the Albany Street School. He served an apprenticeship with Mr Robertson, painter, Great King street, Dunedin. He was in the North Dunedin Rifles until they were disbanded. He was also a keen Druid, and was Past Arch Druid in the Lily of the Valley Lodge, when he joined the Third Reinforcements.
TROOPER Frederick John COATES. The Rev. R. G. Coates, Anderson Bay, has received the following letter (sent to his mother) in regard to the death of his brother, Trooper Frederick John Coates, from Major Elmslie, the officer commanding the Second Squadron, Wellington Mounted Rifles. "June 3. 1915. Gallipoli. Dear Mrs Coates. As officer commanding the Second Squadron of the Mounted Rifles, which your son Fred joined, I feel it is my duty to him to write to you concerning the manner of his death, of which you will have been ere this. I had formed a very high opinion of him, and had selected him as my right hand man ("observer.") He had also endeared himself to all by his cheery manner and never-failing smile, no matter how dark the outlook. The day on which Fred was killed was the occasion of our so far most serious engagement (May 30). That day he did invaluable work for me, and came unhurt out of some dangerous missions, to be killed after the worst was over by a hidden sniper's bullet. It was a case of sudden death, and poor Fred never knew that he was hit. We buried him at the foot of a low hill 200 yards from the seashore in Suvla Bay, and have painted his name and particulars on a large stone which is placed at the head of his last resting place." Chaplain-major Grant has also written to Mrs Coates giving particulars of the circumstances under which her son died. He says "Less than 100 men of the Ninth Squadron held an isolated post, surrounded by the enemy, for 28 hours. But for the wholesome fear with which our boys have inspired the enemy, they might easily have been overwhelmed, as they were fighting against tremendous odds the whole time, and those who wore extricated quite thought it was to be a fight to a finish."
Lieutenant Godfrey Clapham WELLS, who is reported wounded, is a son of Mr J. M. Wells, of Wanganui, and was a student of the Wanganui Collegiate School for the past four years. Lieutenant Wells has been a settler at Taringamutu Valley, near Taumarunui. He left New Zealand with tho Main Expeditionary Force last year, attached to the C Company, 11th Taranaki Rifles Regiment, Wellington Infantry Battalion.
Mrs Ravenwood, 22 Bradshaw street, South Dunedin, has received the following letter from Lieutenant Smith, at the Dardanelles, with reference to the death of her son Trooper Archibald RAVENWOOD. "It is with deepest sympathy that I have to report the death of your son, Archie. He was killed in action on the morning of May 30 - shot through the top of the head. He and his troop were ordered to clear the enemy out of a trench, which they did. He had climbed the hill and was actually at the trench when he received the fatal shot. He did his work nobly, and while we all regret his loss, we admire the manner in which he died for his King and country. He is buried in a pretty little gully under an olive tree. The boys have done up the grave and erected a cross with his name inscribed."
Sergeant Charles Gordon NICOL, Auckland Mounted Rifles who has been wounded, was born and educated in Oamaru, and his relatives are engaged, in farming near the town. He was for some time employed on the commercial staff of the Otago Daily Times, and later was engaged as a reporter on the Patea Press and the Timaru Post newspapers. Sergeant Nicol joined the reporting staff of the New Zealand Herald in November 1913, and six months later was appointed to the sub-editorial staff. From that position he enlisted in the First Contingent of the Third Auckland Mounted Rifles as a trooper. Advice that he had been promoted to the rank of sergeant was received by a recent mail, the same letter mentioning that he had received a slight wound in the head, but had not retired from the firing line. Sergeant Nicol is 23 years of age.
Bombardier John Nathaniel MARCH, who some time ago was invalided home from Egypt, died at his parents’ residence at Waterloo on Monday (states the Ashburton Guardian). He was buried on Tuesday afternoon with military honours.
A Dunedin officer of the Medical Corps in Gallipoli, in the course of an interesting letter to his parents, has the following to say in regard to the hospital base on the beach: - "Things are a bit warm here sometimes, especially on the beach, which gets a good deal of shrapnel. Two of our men were very badly hit the other day at the door of the hospital. One (James William BENNETT (3/208)) was killed, he is a son of the Bennett’s, of Miller’s Flat, an old schoolmate of mine, and a law student at Otago University. The other (SLOAN) was assistant dispenser at Dunedin Hospital. I knew them both very well. I saw the shell burst as I was sitting in the mouth of my dug-out, just above the hospital. They shelled the hospital again this morning, and one of the missiles burst on the ground about a yard from the door and injured one man slightly. We are pretty safe inside the hospital, as we have a sandbag roof, which will stop shrapnel. I have a good safe dug-out. The shrapnel cannot get into it from any direction."
MANAWATU STANDARD, VOLUME XLI, ISSUE 10157, 24 AUGUST 1915
Mrs Luxford, wife of Chaplain-Major John Alfred LUXFORD, who was recently wounded during the fighting on Gallipoli, received the following cable yesterday: - "Life saved; leg amputated; out of danger."
OTAGO WITNESS, ISSUE 3244, 17 MAY 1916
PRIVATE J. W. FISHER. Private John William FISHER, who died when returning to New Zealand by the Willochra, the son of the Rev. D. K. Fisher, of Lumsden, and was 21 years of age. Born at Port Chalmers, he attended primary schools at Riverton, Arrowtown and Brighton, and then the Boys' High School. He was awarded a scholarship of £25 for three years from the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand and entered Otago University with a view to preparing for the church mission field. He passed the first section of the B.Sc. degree and passed his first year's medical examination, whereupon he joined the Second Reinforcement Field Ambulance. Between terms of the university classes he worked in the harvest fields and in the Nightcaps coal mine. He reached Egypt before the first Turkish attack on the Canal. He landed at Gallipoli on the afternoon of the famous 25th of April and at once saw action with the Australian Medical Corps, carrying a wounded Australian on his back from the firing-line to the beach for shelter. A shrapnel shell burst near them on the way down, but the Australian escaped unhurt, while Private Fisher was wounded in the ankle by a shrapnel bullet although unaware of the fact until after he had conveyed his burden to safety. A few days rest enabled him to resume duty, and, although suffering from septic poisoning in the knee, he kept at his work, stretcher-bearers being scarce. In May, with some other New Zealanders, he went to Cape Helles to assist the British and French troops, and after a lively time they returned to Anzac. He continued on duty, having several narrow escapes, until after the big attack early in August. About the middle of August he was sent back to Egypt suffering from dysentery. He soon regained strength, and on arrival of the first New Zealand stationary hospital staff, he was induced to join that unit and was on the ill-fated Marquette when that transport was torpedoed. With others he was in the water in the Gulf of Salonika for eight or nine hours. He gave his place in hanging on to a raft to a New Zealander who could not swim, and bravely struck out for himself, being fortunately able before, being exhausted to get hold of a hatch from the sunken transport, and with this floated until picked up by a mine-sweeper. He landed with the other survivors at Salonika, and the hospital tent was pitched. The situation was unhealthy and insanitary, and this, with the extra night duties, must have undermined young Fisher's health and strength. It was with relief that the men left Salonika. Private Fisher hoped to get a position as orderly on a hospital ship returning to New Zealand, but the Willochra comming along he at once took advantage of the opportunity. In some mysterious way disease broke out on board, and Private Fisher was attacked. He was put ashore at Albany with a view to having a better chance of recovery; but the disease developed quickly, and his system, being somewhat exhausted after 18 months of strenuous campaigning, he sank rapidly and died on May 6. Much sympathy is felt for the young man's parents. Although his death was a grievous blow to his father and mother and brothers and sisters, they recognise that he had "done his bit" for God and the right. He died, and is numbered with the heroes of the battlefield. A brother, Lance-corporal T. K. Fisher, is now in training at Trentham, and expects to leave shortly with the Thirteenth Reinforcements.
MANAWATU TIMES, VOLUME XL, ISSUE 13409, 26 MAY 1916
The Canadian Record Office has advised Mr A.E.Lowe, of Tia Tapu, Canterbury, that his son Private Ernest George Strong LOWE was killed in action in France. Private Lowe went to Canada ten years ago, and at the outbreak of the war enlisted in the Winnipeg Grenadiers, 5th Canadian Battalion. His brother, Private George LOWE, enlisted in Taranaki and was wounded at Gallipoli.
OTAGO WITNESS, ISSUE 3254, 26 JULY 1916
Lieutenant Kenneth MUNRO, only son of Mr and Mrs J. Munro, Bank of New South Wales, Hastings (killed in action) was born at Patea 21 years ago, and educated at Hurworth School, Wanganui, and Nelson College, where his native qualities gained him the position of head prefect. He chose the law as profession, pursued his studies at Victoria College, and had all but completed his qualification for admission to practice. From boyhood he had taken a keen interest in military matters, his first training as a soldier being in the Nelson College Cadet corps, in which he gained a commission, and this being followed by an enthusiastic membership of the Victoria College Corps. Entering the office of a born soldier, Colonel Malone, of Stratford, he then became attached to the Eleventh Territorial Regiment (Taranaki Rifles). He volunteered for service, ultimately going lo Egypt and Gallipoli as a member of the Fourth Reinforcements, and he took part in the Gallipoli campaign, including the main attack in August. Invalided to England from the Peninsula, he made good recovery, and rejoined tho colours in France last April.
Trooper Allan Fleming JAMIESON, who left with the Main Body, New Zealand Expeditionary Force, is the fourth son of Mrs Janet Jamieson, of Layard street, North Invercargill. He was born in 1881 at Herbert street, Gladstone, Invercargill, and educated at Waihopai, Wild Bush, and Southland Boys High Schools. Trooper Jamieson was reported wounded at Gallipoli in September, 1915, but this was a mistake. He was, however, invalided to England on August 27, and there speedily recovered. Returning to Egypt in January, 1916, he met his youngest brother, Rifleman Hugh B. Jamieson, and the two were drafted to Flanders in the same platoon, where Trooper Jamieson was mortally wounded on June 20, and died on June 22. For some years he had been engaged in farming pursuits, but latterly was employed with Messrs Bath and Sons, coachbuilders, Invercargill.
Private Francis Ernest CINQUEGRANA, of the Australian Infantry [1AIF 2130A], a grandson of Mrs Martinelli, of Dunedin, is now reported to have been killed at Gallipoli on August 7, 1915. He was first reported wounded and missing, and only now has definite intimation been received of his death. He was born in Melbourne, and was 21 years of age. He lived for some years in Dunedin, where as a youth he was well known. He was for some years a member of All Saints Choir. Returning to Melbourne, he enlisted in the Sixth Australian Reinforcements, and must have gone to the front within a very short time after arrival in Egypt.
Captain Thomas Errol GUTHRIE, R.A.M.C., only son of Dr T. O. Guthrie, formerly of Lyttelton, was killed in action in France on the 2nd inst. Captain Guthrie was born in Christchurch, and was for a time at the Boys High School, where he received the groundwork of an education which was afterwards completed on the Continent. Having decided on the profession of medicine, he entered Edinburgh University, where he qualified, taking the degrees of M.B., and C.M. He still further perfected his studies by special post graduate courses at Dublin, and on the Continent. After thus completing and amplifying his professional education, he underwent special training at Aldershot, where he obtained his commission in the Royal Army Medical Corps. Coming eventually to New Zealand, Captain Guthrie entered on the practice of his profession, some three years ago, in Feilding, in the North island. Some months ago, impressed by a sense of duty to his King and country he decided to abandon his practice, and joined the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, Field Ambulance. His death will be keenly felt by a large number of friends, to whom he had endeared himself by his sterling character and generous and affectionate disposition. In addition to those qualities his clients at Feilding will deplore the irreparable loss of a skilful, conscientious, and sympathetic medical attendant.
Amongst those reported as killed during the past few days was Private Joseph Jenkins RANKIN, fourth son of the late Mr John Rankin, formerly engineer at the Mosgiel Woollen Mills, and a native of Mosgiel. He left New Zealand with the 8th Reinforcements from Morrinsville, Hamilton, where he was manager of the local cheese factory. While in Mosgiel he played for Taieri Rovers, and later on for Stirling. He received a medal from the latter club as the best back of the season. He was a member of the Druids' Lodge. On receipt of the sad news the flags on business places in Mosgiel were hoisted as a tribute to his memory.
Private Andrew CHAPMAN, who died of wounds on July 10, youngest son of Mr J. H. Chapman, of Ashburton, was born in Ashburton. He was for several years with Mr A. T. H. Williams, stationer, and afterwards was in the service of Messrs Simpson and Williams, and Messrs Whitcombe and Tombs, of Christchurch. Subsequently he engaged in a seafaring career, and was serving on the s.s. Iris when she repaired the cable at Fanning Island and dodged the German raiders. He left with the 5th Reinforcements, and landed on Gallipoli in August, 1915. He was seriously ill at Birmingham hospital with dysentery. On recovery he rejoined his company in France, where he was mortally wounded. Private Chapman was 32 years of age.
Private Charles Skelton CORSAR, 32 years of age, was born in Forfarshire, Scotland, and was a guard in the Sunnyside Asylum in the town of Montrose, Scotland. He emigrated to New Zealand in 1912, and was employed as an attendant in the Seacliff Mental Hospital, and was afterwards in the employ of Messrs Greig, Mitchell, and Co., of Dunedin, as carter. He joined the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, and was accidentally shot in France.
Trooper Charles Edward STREET (died of enteric) was the fourth son of the late Mr R. Street, a well known Taranaki Holstein breeder. Trooper Street left with the 11th Reinforcements. Prior to enlisting, he was head buyer in the New Plymouth district for Messrs Dimock and Co. He was well known in hunting and farming circles. He leaves a widow and four young children.
Lieutenant Harold John Drummond SHELDON (wounded) is the eldest son of Mr J. C. Sheldon, of Mount Somers. He left New Zealand with the Eighth Reinforcements, and proceeded to Egypt, where he finished his training. While there he was successful in obtaining his machine gun officers certificate, afterwards leaving for France, where he remained till wounded on July 1. From private advice it is learnt that Lieutenant Sheldon is in Gasforth Hospital, Northumberland; also that no bones were broken, and that he was doing well.
Lieutenant Tom HETET (wounded) was born 21 years ago at Te Kuiti. He attended the Te Kuiti District School, and was sergeant of the School Cadets for two years. He attended the Seddon Memorial Technical College, Auckland, for three years and was sergeant of the cadets at the college... (unreadable) ... Gallipoli campaign, and had only lately been transferred to the fighting line in France. The marked ability he showed speedily raised him from the ranks to sergeant, and afterwards to the rank of lieutenant.
Sergeant Frederick William WILSON [1NZEF 6/2365], eldest son of Mr George Wilson, Dublin street, Lyttelton left with the First Expeditionary Force for Samoa. Returned after eight months, and joined the Fourth Reinforcements; was in the trenches on Gallipoli, where he contracted enteric fever, and was sent to hospitals in Malta, and England. He rejoined his company after the evacuation of the Peninsula, and then went to France, where he was wounded.
Private Arthur COULTER [1NZEF 9/1029](wounded) joined the Mounted Rifles, and left with the Fifth Reinforcements; but while in Egypt joined the infantry. Before enlisting he was engaged in mining.
Private Martin McFADYEN [1NZEF 8/2982] (reported wounded) is a Southland boy. He is a cheesemaker by trade, and was in the Wright's Bush Factory at the time of enlisting. He left New Zealand with the Seventh Reinforcements. He is 21 years of age.
Private Harold William SPRINGER, who was wounded on June 18, is 22 years of age, and was born in Nelson. He was a keen footballer, having been a member of the Pirates Football Club in Wanganui, and he also took a keen interest in rowing, having been a member of the Union Boating Club, also of Wanganui. He left with the Ninth Reinforcements, and has two brothers at the front.
OTAGO WITNESS, ISSUE 3257, 16 AUGUST 1916
WELCOME HOME. On Friday the residents Of Highcliff, Tomahawk, and Sandymount [Otago], gathered from far and near to the Pukehiki Hall to welcome home Trooper William Eric Baxter ROBERTSON [9/873], who was seriously wounded at Gallipoli, where he remained for a fortnight. He was then transferred to a hospital in England, remaining there for 12 months. From the great number who have left this district he is the first wounded man to return, and the attendance manifested the loyalty of the district and the esteem in which the hero is held. Mr James Garr (chairman of the Patriotic Committee) presided. Prolonged cheering greeted the wounded soldier as he limped, with the aid of a walking stick, to his seat on the stage. The hearty singing of "For He's A Jolly Good Fellow" followed. Trooper Robertson, however, was deeply moved at the feeling shown, and the chairman returned thanks, on his behalf, commenting upon the guest's usual modesty and irreproachable character. Amidst the rejoicing there was also the mingling of sadness, for while this was our first hero to return, there were several who could not return, having paid the supreme sacrifice. The absence of Mr James Fairbairn, who had lost two sons, was conspicuous. It was also worthy of note that the trooper's mother had sent four sons. One (Hector) died at Trentham, another (Stanley) has not been heard of for many months, while the fourth (Carl) was down on final leave from Trentham. Many soldiers on final leave from Trentham were present to enjoy the welcome which their war-worn comrade-in-arms had undeniably deserved.
OTAGO WITNESS, ISSUE 3259, 30 AUGUST 1916
Mr D. Morgan (Te Houka, Balclutha) has received a cablegram from his son, Rifleman James Edward MORGAN, who recently had his leg amputated as the result of a shell wound, and is now an inmate of Birkenhead Hospital, stating that he is progressing splendidly.
Information was received on Thursday (says the Mataura Ensign) that Private Andrew Thomas DAY of Waikaka, had succumbed to wounds received in action in France some weeks ago. Private Day, who was a nephew of Mrs L. Day, East Gore, was one of three others who left Waikaka in November last as one of the Tenth Reinforcements, and left the dominion for the front on March 4. The injury which caused his death was a bayonet wound in the head. Private Day was the second son of Mrs and the late Mr John Day, Waikaka. He was educated at the Waikaka School, and worked in his brother-in-law's store. He was a fine type of young fellow, and was widely respected>
OTAGO WITNESS, ISSUE 3374, 13 NOVEMBER 1918
A cable has been received stating that Sergeant-major Frank William JOHNSON, Military Medal, youngest surviving son of Mrs C. Johnson, late of Shag Point, now of Hikurangi, has been admitted to a hospital in England, suffering from gunshot wounds in the thigh. He had just returned to the trenches after an attack of trench fever when he was wounded. He is progressing favourably.
The relatives of the late Private Alexander MEE, who was reported missing (believed killed) on October 12 of last year, have at last received, from an eye-witness, definite news of his death on Passchendaele Ridge. He had been wounded, and while being carried off the field was shot by a German sniper, the stretcher-bearers also being killed. Private Mee, who was the younger son of Mrs and the late Samuel Mee, of Kuri Bush, leaves a widow and one son. He was a member of the Brighton Presbyterian Church, where he generally occupied a seat in the choir; and prior to his enlistment with the 24th Reinforcements, was president of the Brighton Patriotic Society. Always fond of sport, he was, in pre-war days, an active member of the Caledonian Society, and for years had been captain of the local cricket club. Until the time of his leaving for camp he was farming at Kuri Bush, where most of his life had been spent.
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