37674 - Sapper

Charles

CURTIS

5th Reinforcements

Timeline


1917

1917

4 March

Enlistment

Auckland Military District

1917

22 March

Initial training

Narrow Neck, Auckland

1917

26 April

Transfer to England

HMNZT 84 - Turakina

1917

20 July

Marched in to NZ Depot, Christchurch

1917

6 August

Awarded 14 days confinement to barracks and forfeited 1 day pay by Royal Warrant for breaking out of camp and absence without leave

1917

9 August

Awarded 168 hours detention and forfeited 1 day pay by Royal Warrant for breaking out of camp and absence without leave

1917

11 August

Embarked for France

1917

14 August

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

1917

3 September

Joined the Company

1917

23 October

Admitted to hospital

1917

1 November

Rejoined the Company

1918

From the Front

The Company was still carrying out the digging of underground premises and defences on the Front near Arras

The Workshop in Arras

1918

21 March

Spring Offensive

German Attacks


From the Front

The Company was engaged in the defence of Arras by digging new trenches and dug-outs under constant enemy shellfire

1918

1 April

Admitted to hospital with an injury to the right knee

1918

4 May

Awarded 7 days Field Punishment No.2 and forfeited 14 days pay for breaking out of hospital, creating a disturbance and drunkenness

1918

6 June

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

1918

30 July

Admitted to hospital with an injury to the right knee

1918

4 August

Forfeited 20 days pay and 2 days pay by Royal Warrant for absence without leave, drunkenness and being in town without a pass

1918

8 August

100 Days Offensive

Allied Attacks

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

1918

12 August

Awarded 7 days Field Punishment No.1 and forfeited 3 days pay and 2 days pay by Royal Warrant for absence without leave

1918

23 August

Rejoined the Company

1918

27 September

From the Front

The Company experienced its newly reconversion in bridge construction

In front of the Havrincourt Bridge

1918

11 November

Armistice

Cessation of Hostilities


From the Front

The Company continued to build bridges to reconnect a fragmented territory

Over the Sambre River, Maubeuge
1919

1919

22 January

Discharged

1919

29 January

Embarked for England

1919

30 January

Marched in to NZ Depot, Larkhill

1919

15 February

Marched in to NZ Depot, Codford

1919

8 March

Awarded 4 days confinement to barracks and forfeited 4 days pay under Royal Warrant for absence without leave

1919

12 March

Awarded 2 days detention and forfeited 28 days pay for being found in possession of stolen property

1919

14 March

Transfer to New Zealand

R.M.S. Ionic

1919

20 April

Admonished for failing to appear on parade

1919

22 May

Final discharge

End of Service

Decoration

British War Medal
British War Medal

Victory Medal
Victory Medal

Sources and bibliography

  • Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga, AABK 18805 W5922 17/0031232, Military Personnel File: Charles CURTIS - 37674.
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Online Cenotaph He Toa Taumata Rau: Charles CURTIS.
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Wellington, Government Printer, 1914-1919, Volume III, Roll N°62, p. 39.

How to cite this page

Anthony BYLEDBAL, “Charles CURTIS (37674)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2021 (2009). Accessed: 16 January 2021. URL: https://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=184