4/1466 - Sapper

Roy McIntyre

RUSSELL

Main Body - Section No.3

Timeline


1915

1915

15 July

Enlistment

Wellington Military District

1915

11 October

Initial training

Avondale, Auckland

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

14 April

Admitted to hospital with bronchitis

1916

19 April

Rejoined the Company

1916

4 October

Granted leave

1916

13 October

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

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

25 July

Appointed temporary 2nd Corporal

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

17 February

Promoted Corporal

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

14 June

Granted leave

1918

3 July

Rejoined the Company

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

6 November

Granted leave to Paris

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

21 November

Rejoined the Company

1918

27 December

Detached to United Kingdom

1919

1919

10 January

Rejoined the Company

1919

18 January

Embarked for England

Marched in to Sling Camp, Bulford

1919

15 February

Marched in to NZ Depot, Codford

1919

23 February

Admitted to hospital with scabies

1919

26 March

Marched in to NZ Depot, Codford

1919

5 April

Transfer to New Zealand

S.S. Remutaka

1919

25 June

Final discharge

End of Service

Decoration

British War Medal
British War Medal

Victory Medal
Victory Medal

Sources and bibliography

  • Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Online Cenotaph He Toa Taumata Rau: Roy McIntyre RUSSELL.
  • Nominal Roll of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 1915. New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company, Wellington, Government Printer, 1916, p. 4.

How to cite this page

Anthony BYLEDBAL, “Roy McIntyre RUSSELL (4/1466)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2024 (2009). Accessed: 23 June 2024. URL: https://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=747