AUCKLAND WEEKLY NEWS
11 APRIL 1918
These are extracts from the Auckland Weekly News magazines and have been extracted with permission.
McRAE, L/Cpl M McL, son of Mrs F F McRae, Waitui, Inglewood, Taranaki, was killed at the Front on 28 December last, along with two mates L/Cpl F McCLYMONT and L/Cpl J WILSON.
An interesting case of father and son being in the NZ Forces at Home is reported from Trentham. Private J CRONE of the Musketry Staff, late of the Royal Horse Artillery, is the eldest soldier in camp and his son Private T CRONE, aged 19, of the 39th Reinforcements, is the youngest. Another son, Private C CRONE, aged 18, after being specially mentioned in despatches by General Sir Ian Hamilton, was killed in action at Gallipoli.
News of NZ prisoners in Turkey was contained in a letter from the High Commission received by the mother of 2nd Lieut Frank ALLSOPP in England and forwarded to relatives in Auckland. Sir Thomas McKENZIE stated that though he had no news of 2nd Lieut Allsopp, he had received a letter from the wife of one of his fellow officers to the effect that the prisoners at Afion Kara Hissar were, on the whole, well treated and cheerful. Several of them wrote and produced plays. The men played various games and had other means of amusement. The Swiss delegates who visited the prisonersí camps throughout Asia Minor had reported that the prisoners of war interred at Afion Kara Hissar were far more cheerful than those at other camps.
An interesting war trophy has been received by the Mayor of Wanganui from Major A H WILKIE, formerly of the town. The Wellington Mounted Rifles were the first troops to enter Jaffa. They took possession of the Town Hall and found there a mace, or staff of office, which they seized as a war prize. Major Wilkie has forwarded it to the Mayor with a request that it should be given to the Queen Alexandra Band to be used as a drum majorís staff for which it is admirably adapted. The staff is of silver, curiously chased.
40th REINFORCEMENTS — Waikato Group
BUCHANAN, R L, Huntly; BURGESS, J, Otorohanga; BUTLER, J R, Cambridge; CARTER, F N, Te Kauwhata; CHARLESTON, H J, Karamu; CLOSEY, A K, Otorohanga; DELL, C G, Te Kuiti; GOULD, H, Te Kuiti; HALL, S M, Cambridge; HARMAN, W B, Koromatua; HODDINOTT, F J, Franklin; JONES, W, Awamarino; LAWRENCE, A G H D, Te Kuiti; LAWRIE, W E, Huntly; LEWIS, G A, Te Kuiti; MARTIN, W P, Otorohanga; McCANN, A K, Cambridge; McLEOD, W A, Rototuna; MOISLEY, R J, returned soldier, Roto-o-rangi; MOORE, G A, Kinehaku; MUNCE, G E, Gordonton; OíCONNOR, M D, Mangapiko; PEACH, F A, Gordonton; PRIOR, F J, Cambridge; PULHAM, R G P, Te Kauwhata; REILLY, J, Frankton; RICHARDSON, J E, Te Awamutu; RICHMOND, J, Otorohanga; ROYD, A, Te Kauwhata; SMITH, H M, Poro-o-tarao; SNODGRASS, J P, Te Akau; TAYLOR, T F, Te Kowhai; WALKER, E, Korokonui.
Military Crosses have been awarded to the following members of the NZ forces:
ABBOTT, W N, Capt — Medical Corps; AITKEN, W F, Lieut — Infantry; BEASLEY, S C, Lieut — Machine-gun Corps; BENNETT, R E, Lieut — Artillery; BROOKER, S W, Capt — Infantry; CHAYTOR, L C, Capt — Machine-gun Corps; CORNWALL, F C, Lieut — Infantry; DEVEREUX, C D, Capt — Infantry; DIXON, L M, Lieut — Infantry; DUIGAN, D F, Lieut- Infantry; FAWCETT, E J, Capt — Infantry; FLANAGAN, J, Lieut — Machine-gun Corps; GILLIES, T S, Lieut- Infantry; HALLIWELL, R S, Lieut- Infantry; HOLMES, C H, Lieut- Infantry; HUME, G L, Capt — Infantry; KEIR, J, Capt — Infantry; KELLEWAY, C T, Lieut — Engineers; KEMP, F W, Capt — Medical Corps; KING, T L, Lieut- Infantry; LANG, W R, Lieut- Infantry; MARDONE, E L, Lieut- Infantry; McADAM, H O, Lieut- Infantry; McLINE, C B, Lieut- Infantry; METCALFE, L W, Lieut- Infantry; NELSON, R, Lieut — Artillery; PAISLEY, A D, Capt — Infantry; PORRITT, E A, Lieut- Infantry; RAWLINGS, E R, Lieut- Infantry; RICKLETON, J G, Lieut — Artillery; ROGERS, S D, Capt — Rifle Brigade; ROHOFF, A F, Capt — Infantry; RUSSELL, G V, Lieut — Engineers; RUSSETT, L W, Lieut — Infantry; SCOTT, L M, Capt — Infantry; SEAWARD, C F, Lieut- Infantry; SHARP, E H, Capt — Infantry; SIM, T M, Lieut- Infantry; VARNHAM, F S, Capt — Infantry; WALKER, D J, Lieut- Infantry; WILSON, F W, Lieut- Infantry.
CAMPBELL, Brigadier General C L K of the Lancers, formerly of the NZ Defence Force, has died of wounds.
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