4/1378 - Sapper

Harry

NEEDHAM

Main Body - Section No.2

Timeline


1915

1915

23 September

Enlistment

Auckland Military District

1915

11 October

Initial training

Avondale, Auckland

1915

27 November

Promoted 2nd Corporal

1915

18 December

Transfer to England

S.S. Ruapehu

1916

1916

3 February

Marched in to the Company Training Camp, Falmouth

1916

9 March

Embarked for France

1916

16 March

From the Front

The Company joined the underground warfare in the North of France

Chantecler, Sector of Arras

1916

24 July

Appointed Acting Sergeant

1916

27 July

Promoted Sergeant

1916

30 August

Granted leave

1916

26 September

Rejoined the Company

1916

16 November

From the Front

The Company began the operations to connect old underground quarries in Arras in order to accommodate thousands of soldiers for an upcoming battle

1917

1917

19 January

Admitted to hospital with pyrexia of unknown origin

1917

26 January

Rejoined the Company

1917

9 April

Battle of Arras

British Offensive


From the Front

The Company was employed to rebuild a major road leading to the Front during the battle

Arras-Cambrai Road

1917

5 May

From the Front

The Company moved to Monchy, ten kilometres east of Arras, to work on the fortification of the new front line

The Billets in Monchy

1917

16 November

Reverted to Sapper at own request

1917

28 November

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

Transferred

1st Battalion Auckland Regiment

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 W5549 70/0085437, Military Personnel File: Harry NEEDHAM - 4/1378.
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Online Cenotaph He Toa Taumata Rau: Harry NEEDHAM.
  • Nominal Roll of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 1915. New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company, Wellington, Government Printer, 1916, p. 3.

How to cite this page

Anthony BYLEDBAL, “Harry NEEDHAM (4/1378)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2024 (2009). Accessed: 22 June 2024. URL: https://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=621