55371 - Sapper

Christopher

DOWNS

6th Reinforcements

Timeline


1917

1917

29 March

Enlistment

Auckland Military District

1917

14 June

Initial training

Narrow Neck, Auckland

1917

26 July

Transfer to England

HMNZT 90 - Ulimaroa

1917

4 August

Admitted to hospital at sea with influenza

1917

16 August

Diagnosed with pneumonia

1917

23 August

Admitted to hospital in South Africa

1917

22 October

Marched in to NZ Depot, Cape Town

1917

29 November

Embarked for England

1917

31 December

Marched in to NZ Sling Camp, Bulford

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

12 January

Marched in to NZ Depot, Boscombe

1918

6 March

Embarked for France

1918

8 March

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

1918

17 March

Joined the Company

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

8 August

100 Days Offensive

Allied Attacks

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

1918

17 December

Granted leave to United Kingdom

1919

1919

8 January

Rejoined the Company

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

14 March

Transfer to New Zealand

R.M.S. Ionic

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 188805 W5537 48/0035267, Military Personnel File: Christopher DOWNS - 55371.
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Online Cenotaph He Toa Taumata Rau: Christopher DOWNS.
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Wellington, Government Printer, 1914-1919, Volume III, Roll N°69, p. 39.

How to cite this page

Anthony BYLEDBAL, “Christopher DOWNS (55371)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2021 (2009). Accessed: 21 September 2021. URL: https://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=215