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SERGEANT ALBERT JENNINGS

Photograph courtesy of Cheryl Carnahan. Computer colourised NZMRA 2013

4246 Sergeant Jennings served in both the South African Boer War and the Great War of 1914 -18.
On Gallipoli Bert was wounded twice during the attacks of August 1915 and later was killed in Action in Belgium at Messines 7th June 1917.
This article and a more detailed description available HERE at the Prow.org.nz

Bert (as he was known to his friends) was born 09 September 1879 in Nelson.  Albert attended the Bridge Street School from  May 1, 1888 to November 1889, reaching standard 3. According to "The Nelson Mail" he also attended Boys Central School.
At the time of enlisting for the Boer War, Bert's military history sheet records him as a bushman working for Brownlee and Co of Havelock, Marlborough.

He joined the Nelson and West Coast divisions of the Nelson Volunteer District section of the Seventh Contingent in 19011 and left Nelson for Wellington, in March of that year, with members of the 7th New Zealand Contingent, No 23 Unit on the SS Wainui
Bert was 21 when he volunteered. He was drafted from the Nelson Rifles (Canterbury), as a private, and had been in the service for one year. With the knowledge that his older brother Aubrey had been killed fighting in the Boer War on 29th November, 1900 it is surprising that he still enlisted.

The contingent went into camp at Newtown Park in Wellington at the end of February, from where they left for Capetown on 6 April 1901. They fought in the Transvaal,  at Reitfontein on 14 June 1901, and Meyerton near Vereeniging on 2 September 1901.

The 7th  Contingent travelled by train to Paardekop in pursuit of Botha. By 6 November 1901 they were at Vryheid. They crossed the Drakensberg Range back into Orange Free State on 11 December 1901 and covered the construction of a line of blockhouses between Frankfort and Vrede.  Bert took part in the arduous pursuit of de Wet and had several narrow escapes.
The contingent completed its period of service and sailed from Durban on 22 May 1902 aboard the S.S.Manila, and were disbanded in New Zealand on 30 June 1902. Albert Jennings stayed on in South Africa after the Boer War ended and worked at the Kimberley Mine in South Africa, where his brother James Henry Jennings joined him.  Bert served in the Police force as a constable, living in Pretoria, and spent five years in the Transvaal Town Police force. He arrived back in Nelson in 1908.

 above; abbreviated article from the Prow.

Full Name: Albert Charles Jennings
Rank Last Held: Sergeant
War:
  • South African War, 1899-1902
  • World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.:
  • 4246
  • 6/1887
Gender: Male
First Known Rank: Sergeant
Next of Kin: James Jennings (father), Weka Street, Nelson, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Address: Weka Street, Nelson, New Zealand
Military District: Canterbury
Body on Embarkation:
  • 7th Contingent
  • 4th Reinforcements
Embarkation Unit: Canterbury Infantry Battalion
Embarkation Date: 17 April 1915
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Vessel: Willochra or Knight Templar or Waitomo
Destination: Suez, Egypt
Campaigns:
  • South Africa
  • Messines
  • Gallipoli
Last Unit Served: Canterbury Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion
Place of Death: Belgium
Date of Death: 7 June 1917
Age at Death: 37
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Memorial Name: Messines Ridge (New Zealand) Memorial, Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Belgium
Biographical Notes: Albert Jennings was the son of James and Susan Jennings, of Weka St., Nelson, New Zealand.


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"HERB" AND THE BOYS REUNITE

Photograph: Rosemary Wyllie Collection circa 1960
The first of four photos sent in by Rosemary Wyllie, daughter of 13/2632 Trooper Herbert Wyllie.
Left to right:- 17494 Trooper Ben Gainfort (19th Reinforcements NZMR), 13/76 Captain Hubert Hatrick (Main Body NZMR 1914), 17509 Trooper H. Irwin (19th Reinforcements NZMR), 17524 Trooper H.A. Morley (19th Reinforcements NZMR), 13/2632 Trooper Herb Wyllie (8th Reinforcements NZMR).


Photograph: Rosemary Wyllie Collection circa 1915

The only name recorded on this pre-departure studio image is that of Herb Wyllie, standing right rear. Most probably these are men from Herb's 8th Reinforcement detail.
The subtle insight on display here is that these men are friends, and the Sergeant in the photo is considered an equal off the parade ground.
This New Zealand trait served the men well on the battlefields of Europe and the Middle East. Each man in a troop, each man in a Squadron knew the plans of the day. If a man fell, another could readily take his place to finish the objective.

In posting this photo we like to think we can progress in identifying the other men. Most of Herb's photos and letters relate to men from his farming area of Papatoetoe - Waiuku.
I would like to suggest that this photo (right) posted recently from Kingston Hull's album, is the same man standing left rear in the above photo - perhaps? - as always more information is welcomed.

Right: Trooper Leo Flavell of Waiuku - Killed in Action
Ayun Kara, November 14th 1917


more to follow...

BLOODY AUGUST 1915
Thanks to Gordon Sylvester our on-line archives of transcribed WAR DIARIES got off to a great start. With Gordon's special interest in Brigadier "Bill" Meldrum and his beloved Wellington Mounteds, we have now posted all of the WAR Diaries of the Wellington Mounted Rifles. I have yet to post all of Gordon' s other transcriptions, as he has also done a lot of work on the Machine Gunners.
These transcribed diaries are an important resource, as they have now become searchable text. Enter a name, a service number, or an event in any of the "Search" boxes to access the information on this site.
These are the hard bare bones of facts recorded by our men each day of the month.
I have personally transcribed a number of the War Diaries of the Auckland Mounteds. However, because of the time involved I had always been hesitant to transcribe the "Big one", that is, the blood bath that were the actions of the Auckland Mounted Rifles during August 1915. The attacks on Chunuk Bair beginning the night of the 6th August, and the further assault on Hill 60 later in the month were undertakings that cost our nation dearly.
The WAR DIARY for August is pages and pages of cramped pencil script written hurriedly and under great duress by Lieutenant Walter Haeata of the 11th NAMR.
Here posted below for the first time is the account in action of the AMR during that fateful August. It is well to remember that as you read the casualty lists that this is only one of the four regiments of the NZMR in action on Gallipoli. Just as dramatic are the accounts of the Wellington, Canterbury and Otago Regiments, and also alongside these horrendous figures are those thousands of Australian and British brothers in arms. And as we remember these men, we must not forget the ultimate sacrifice paid by our foe, the gallant Turkish enemy, who asked for no quarter nor gave one.
As I copied and deciphered the hastily written pages I referenced the names and service numbers back to Government and Military Archives, each man's name took me on a separate journey into his past. Many if not most of the men listed here as "Missing" were later confirmed dead during body counts or by "Courts of Enquiry" that ruled a soldier was K.I.A. (C.of E.) as many could not be identified or found.
A large number of men listed here as wounded also became D.O.W. (Died of Wounds) before the month was out. Survivors were hospitalised in either England, Malta or Egypt. Those "lucky enough" to recover going on later to fight in the Western Front or the Sinai and Palestine Campaigns.
It is with sadness that you realise that men of the Reinforcement details, arriving from New Zealand, appear in the Diary on the 16th August, but a number appear again in the casualty list within mere days of arrival.
Sadness also to consider the trials of 13/687 Trooper Ronald Gowland, who is listed in the diary as missing, but who subsequently "Died of sickness while a prisoner of war" just a few short days later on the 25th August and is buried at the Haidar Pasha Cemetery, Haidar Pasha, Turkey.

Right: 13/119 William Titely Palmer of Waiuku wounded during the attack on Hill 60,27th August 1915. Photo: Auckland Weekly News 1915.

Item number: 35/2/5
Auckland Mounted Rifles Regiment
August 1915
Page 1

Auckland Mounted Rifles WAR DIARY

 [Date stamp: A.G.’s Office at the Base, 3rd Echelon.M.E.F. 13th Sep 1915 – Gallipoli Peninsular No M.F.C./ ]

August 1st     Sphinx Gully, Sunday, Divine Service. Very hot day.  Regiment acts as Duty Regiment.

August 2nd      Sphinx Gully.  Very hot day.  Regiment acts as inlying piquet.  No. 13/248 Sgt. W.H. Callaghan receives a broken nose as a result of splinter from shell fire (wounded).  Father P. Dore proceeds to Hospital Ships.

August 3rd       Sphinx Gully.  Very hot day.  Regiment draw 100 each picks and shovels from Ordnance.

August 4th       Sphinx Gully.  Extreme heat. No. 13/439 Trooper A J Riddell 4th Squadron M.G. is seriously wounded on Walkers Ridge.

August 5th       Sphinx Gully.  Hot day.  Guns on both sides are active.  The Regiment moves to position of “Assembly” No.2 Outpost at 2100.

August 6th       Bivouacked Old N0.2 Outpost.  Hot day.  Troops concentrating during day in anticipation of night attack; our objective being the capture of Old No.3 Outpost.  At 1700 No. 13/108 Trp Neil McMillan was killed by shrapnel and No. 13/89 Sergt G. Leighton wounded and No 13/113 Tr T O’Neil wounded in head by spent bullet.
                        Moved to attack position at 1745.  3rd and 11th Squadrons in advance with 4th in support.  During the advance one of H.M. Destroyers shelled position until 2100 when we charged and captured all trenches.  During the action the following were killed or wounded.

KILLED

Number

WOUNDED

number

2nd Lt. HE Mackesy

13/254

Sgt. WS Kearney

13/85

Sgt. GS Thompson

13/144

Trp. G. Bagnall

13/271

Trp. SM Clark

13/29

Trp. KA Finn

13/56

L.cpl. F Gillard

13/60

Sgt. D Wilson

13/154

[signed]  W Haeata Lieut

[end of page one]

[Page 2 August AMR]

Auckland Mounted Rifles
1915               WAR DIARY                                                  Gallipoli Peninsular
August 6th (continued)

KILLED

number

WOUNDED

number

Trp. J McKessack

13/409

Cpl. P Fulton

13/204

Trp. GW Crosley

13/317

Trp. BA Scanlan

13/132

Trp. ML Weatley

13/617A

Trp. TE Catchpole

13/673

 

 

Trp. CWK Gilbert

13/340

WOUNDED

 

Trp. JS Fox

13/336

Tpr. J Tomasi

13/902

Trp. AF Thomas

13/465

Trp. RE McClure

13/212

Lt. DP Johnson

13/152

Tpr. GD Cargill

13/543

Trp. C McNaughton

13/582

August 7th       Left Old No.3 Outpost at 1330 and bivouacked in Overton Gully in support of troops on LITTLE TABLE TOP during which time the following casualties occurred.

Tpr. PA Willis

13/478

Seriously wounded

Trp. J Culleton

13/316

wounded

Trp. W Bradley

13/669

Slightly wounded

Trp. R McNaul

13/1046A

 

Trp. AJ Swayne

13/459

 

Trp. NE Hunter

13/695

 

Cpl. JA Ross

13/194

 

Trp. HA Milden

13/97

 

Lieu. ACM Finlayson

13/150

 

 
Aug 8th            Left OVERTON GULLY at 0130 and proceeded to RHODDENDRUM SPUR arrived there at 0800.  Proceeded under fire to cross ridge into safety.  Remained in gully until 1200 during which time several shrapnel shells struck and did damage.  11th and half the 3rd Squadrons then rushed over the crest line of the hill and reinforced firing line on CHUNUK BAIR and remainder of the 3rd and 4th Squadrons joining us at 1400.  Kept enemy back with greatest difficulty (from 1800 t0 2000 had only 85 men) Relieved by OTAGO infantry at 2015.  Fought all night.

[signed:]  W Haeata Lieut.  Acting Adjutant AMR

[page 2 ends]

[page 3 August 1915 begins]

Auckland Mounted Rifles
1915 WAR DIARY Gallipoli Peninsular
Aug 8th (continued)

KILLED  3 + 45

Number

WOUNDED  5 + 116

Number

Sgt. LG Munroe

13/559

Tpr. RW Hollis

13/497

Trp. JH Bird

13/664

L/cp. A Bremner

13/386

Cpl. CF Bull

13/564

Tpr. AH Bowie

13/393

Trp. C Prichard

13/729

Trp. EF Burrows

13/719

Trp TL Clark

13/33

Trp IS Dalziel

13/267

Cpl I Grant

13/688

Trp EW Dickey

13/563

Trp G Lloyd

13/707

Trp HJP Evans

13/681

Trp W Fletcher

13/799

Trp J Fraser

13/993A

Cpl J Swinton

13/571

Trp HC Jones

13/557

Trp F Lucas

13/708

Trp CF Jones

13/83

Trp SW Nicholas

13/111

Tpr HR Lister

13/654

Sgt FM Dimick

13/157

Tpr SO McMahon

13/834

Tpr JS Paton

13/561

Tpr G Snell

13/134

Lieu GL Brookfield

13/657

Tpr W Trimbel *

13/147

Lieu HE Winder

13/758

Tpr AH Wilson

13/868

Sgt GA Hill

13/354

Trp H Warder

13/149

Cpl FW Terry

13/464

Trp LG Bishop

13/777

Lcpl O Farrely

13/334

Trp F Knight

13/86

Trp GC Musk

13/712

Trp WE Lloyd

13/488

Tpr DH Cory

13/318

Tpr W Nowland

13/506

Tpr J Jones

13/700

Tpr A Fryers

13/800

Tpr FG Marsh

13/389

Trp EJ Laud [Lord]

13/827

Tpr C Dobson

13/320

Tpr WH Potter

13/449

Tpr AW Kent

13/376

Major SC Schofield

13/636

Sgt TH Wellington

13/244

Tpr AS Grey

13/62

Sgt O Beaumont

13/166

Tpr GE Ellis

13/253

Sgt AP McKay

13/250

Tpr SA Martin

13/199

Sgt GF McNeish

13/210

Tpr WW Read

13/127

Cpl D Durham

13/179

Capt. R Wyman

13/158

Cpl J Barnes

13/532

Cpl H Milne

13/100

Tpr TC Catchpole

13/549

Tpr F Inder

13/78

 

 

Tpr JJ Jackson

13/99

[signed:] W Haeata Lieut. Acting Adjutant

[page 3 ends]

[Page 4 begins]

Auckland Mounted Rifles
1915                                       WAR DIARY                                      Gallipoli Peninsular
Aug 8th (continued)

KILLED

Number

WOUNDED

Number

Tpr GA Douglas

13/480

Tpr A Mason

13/273

Tpr AJ Farr

13/185

Tpr RH Haycock

13/811

Tpr JH Hayward

13/190

Tpr GV Keith

13/825

Tpr A McKay

13/205

Tpr J Furniss

13/873

Tpr J McNaughton

13/574

Tpr A Travis

13/511

Tpr DL Nolan

13/93

Tpr G Maidens

13/498

Tpr N Olsen

13/579

Tpr RA Ashley 4th

13/282

Tpr V Olen

13/537

Tpr LF Biggwither

13/775

Tpr JP Price

13/730

Sgt T Bond

13/288

Tpr FS Redfern

13/130

Sgt WR Carter

13/310

Tpr RC Wynter

13/219

Lcpl EW Chater

13/305

Tpr GA Whitcombe

13/750

Cpl G Garland

13/338

Tpr GG McKenzie

13/715

Sgt FB Gibbison

13/349

Tpr AH Bailey

13/970a

Trp J Gill

13/351

Maj. F Chapman

13/634

Tpr VF Gillanders

13/345

Sgt JE Moloney

13/555

Tpr ES Innes-Jones

13/374

Tpr LG Forest

13/50

Lcpl WH Johns

13/368

 

 

Cpl J Troup

13/467

 

 

Cpl WC Riddle

13/434

 

 

Cpl C Norman

13/719

MISSING  2+24

 

Tpr CW Neaber

13/717

Tpr RJ Baillie

13/159

Tpr FJ Nesbit

13/413

Tpr S Fletcher

13/556

Lcpl L Wilson

13/475

Tpr CW Francis

13/172

Tpr WF Fisher

13/32

Tpr F Hayden

13/812

Tpr CM Rope

13/432

Cpl FK Best

13/13

Tpr L Melhose

13/397

Tpr BB Harrison

13/66

Tpr G Lauer

13/379

Trp P Palmer

13/117

Tpr RH Fuller

13/331

Trp RA Richmond

13/509

Tpr LC Turton

13/466

Trp JH Metcalf

13/95

Tpr CJ Spurr

13/447

Tpr R Gowland

13/687

Tpr TW Stringer

13/42

Sgt E McCathy

13/502

Tpr JL Hair

13/355

[signed] W Haeata, Lieut, (Acting Adjutant) AMR

[page 4 ends]

[Page 5 begins]

Auckland Mounted Rifles
1915                                       WAR DIARY                                      Gallipoli Peninsular
Aug 8th (continued)

MISSING

 

WOUNDED

 

Lieu JH Henderson

13/277

Tpr CH Robinson

13/435

Sgt JJ Douglas

13/323

Tpr HC Middleton

13/401

Tpr LM Bartrop

13/294

Tpr JH McNaul

13/1045a

Tpr A Fryer

13/330

Tpr WJ Holmes

13/1007a

Tpr HG Garratt

13/350

Tpr Jagt Singh

13/1011a

Trp J McKinnon

13/1042a

Trp W Armstrong

13/965a

Trp ET Connolly

13/983a

Trp TW Phillips

13/728

Tpr WP Paulsen

11/1050a *(13/)

Tpr N Blennerhassett

13/666

Lieu EG Jurd

13/369

Lieu UJ Milliken

13/279

Tpr GS Cooke

13/175

Capt FA Wood

13/633

Tpr A McCloud

13/209

Tpr F Keeley

13/511

Tpr HV Speight

13/135

Lieu HG Williams

13/754

Tpr F Watters

13/521

SSM JG Milne

13/54

Tpr J Wild

13/243

2l  AJ Redfern

13/227

Tpr RS Wilson

13/587

Sgt L Wallace

13/1

 

 

Cpl CJ Jenkins

13/196

WOUNDED

 

Lcpl JH Morrison

13/527

Tpr H Little

13/523

Lcpl OA Sutton

13/84

Tpr C McLannan

13/394

Lcpl RJ Hayes (Heays)

13/266

Tpr  Muldrock

13/218

Lcpl E Cheetham

13/31

Tpr B Matai (Mitai)

13/710

Lcpl A McKenzie

13/517

Tpr AC Noble

13/572

Tpr JT Balle

13/542

Tpr AC Orr

13/609

Tpr AC Booth

13/168

Tpr GR Paxman

13/88

Tpr JS Cameron

13/567

Tpr J Patterson

13/123

Tpr N Champney

13/535

Tpr WR Pattison

13/722

Tpr JW Connors

13/536

Tpr WJ Price

13/731

Tpr LM Coldstream

13/675

Tpr S Reid

13/129

Trp J Dawson

13/41

Tpr TV Roberts

13/337

TprT Donaldson

13/178

Tpr PC Roberts

13/226

Tpr ER Drake

13/330

Tpr Saunders

13/229

Tpr AG De Lautour

13/791

Tpr JP St. Clair

13/235

Tpr W haylock

13/166

Tpr K Stevens

13/737

Tpr J Foulkes

13/684

Tpr CR Tibbett

13/199

Tpr JW Lochead

13/539

[signed] Haeata

[end of page 5]

[Page 6 begins]

Auckland Mounted Rifles
1915                                       WAR DIARY                                      Gallipoli Peninsular
Aug 8th (continued)
                       

WOUNDED

 

WOUNDED

 

Tpr CW Thomas

13/554

Tpr J Wilde

13/243

Tpr F Waters

13/521

Tpr KS Wilson

13/587

Aug 9th            Left CHUNUK BAIR at 0600 with remnants of the regiment and proceeded to No.2 Outpost and bivouacked in hollow at N side of Post.  Collected odd men from different parts and had a much needed rest.  Everyone quite knocked up.
Tpr H Bonnington 13/303 wounded.

Aug 10th         Rested all day at EDEN GULLY
Tpr B. Blennerhasset 13/665 wounded stray bullet.
Tpr E. O’Riely Nugent 13/215 wounded stray bullet.

Aug 11th         Sent fatigue party of 30 men under Lt Cob**ine to collect rifles and ammunition.  Took over duties on OLD No# OUTPOST with 50 men at 2000.
Tpr RA Anderson 13/284 wounded stray bullet.
Major GA King appointed 2nd in command of regiment.

Aug 12th         Left EDEN GULLY at 1030 with remnants of regiment for OLD No3 OUTPOST, and proceeded to dig bivovacs  and deepen trenches.
                        Major GA King took over command of regiment.

[singed] (Note:signature appears to start JH Hew***)

[page 6 ends]

[Page 7 begins]

Auckland Mounted Rifles
1915                                       WAR DIARY                                      Gallipoli Peninsular

Aug 13th         Continued making bivovacs and deepening trenches.  Water rather scarce, but hope to get a well for ourselves by tomorrow.  Position shelled by shrapnel and high explosive this afternoon.
No 13/27 Tpr S Colbine wounded by bullet.

Aug 14th         Continued to improve trenches, shelled by high explosive shells which knocked trenches and bivovacs about.  Started digging well.

Aug 15th          Very hot day.  After dark put wire entanglements out at EASTERN corner of post, also deepening communication trench to EDEN GULLY.
Capt Jury relieved Capt McCormick as medical officer.

Aug 16th         Reinfrcements arrived today. (+35)

 

3rd

 

4th

 

11th

13/988

Capt Wilkinson AE

13/879

Tpr Richmond HS

13/1039

McGee JA

13/57

Tpr Grey A E

/886

Tpr Black L

13/1021a

Lennard B

13/881

Tpr Hooper F J

13/892

Tpr Clark F

13/773

Baxter W

13/882

Tpr Acklom R N

13/896

Tpr Corner H E

13/780

Boyd A C

13/885

Tpr Beattie N J

13/916

Tpr Clark E A W

13/796

Farrelly L B

13/980

Tpr Freeman G P

13/898

Tpr Day A C

13/803

Girven R W

13/906

Tpr Turner J E

13/903

Tpr Falkner V

13/766

Calder R

13/275

Tpr Harris H J

13/904

Tpr Foote E

13/630

Downs A O

13/921

Tpr Jamson S J

13/947

Tpr Robertson RH

13/265

Doull W

13/911

Tpr King J

 

 

13/1029a

Martin J A

13/925

Tpr Llewell A G

 

 

13/867**

Martin W U

13/854

Tpr Smith A

 

 

13/1044a

McNamara

13/856

Tpr Snelling W

 

 

13/1069a

Tebbutt A

 

 

 

 

13/1079

Oakden

[NOTE: page 7 ends the signature of the officer unreadable]
[Note:** 13/867 not number for Martin WU.]

[Page 8 begins]

Auckland Mounted Rifles
1915                                       WAR DIARY                                      Gallipoli Peninsular

Aug 17th             Very quiet day.  Enemy shelled our position for about 10 minutes doing no harm.  The men getting very war weary and much in need of a weeks rest.

Aug 18th         Quiet day, men far from well, diarrhoea being very prevalent.

Aug 19th         Fairly heavy shower during the night – early morning.  Everything very quiet.

Aug 20th         Decided change in the weather.  Very cold last night.  Half the men attending sick parade with diarrhoea.

Aug 21st 
         General assault on the enemy’s position at “W” Hills.  Our regiment is not taking any part in it.  Weather today was very hot.  At 2100 Capt. J.Jory N.Z.M.C. and 4 stretcher bearers were sent over to the C.M.R. and O.M.R., to look after the wounded at KAIAJIK – DERE.  13/879 Tpr H.S. Richmond was wounded by a stray bullet.

Aug 22nd         OLD No3 POST.  Capt C.R.E. Mackesy arrives for duty from Alexandria, and is appointed Major.  At 2000 Major C.R.E. Mackesy and 50 men move out to relieve O.M.R. at the trenches at KAIAJIK – AGHALA.  Capt P. D*** [name unreadable]  is wounded at AGHYL –DERE.

Aug 23rd         OLD No3 POST.  At 0300 Lieut. D.G. Moore, 2nd Lieut W.J. Palmer and W.F. Kettle, and 50 men arrive from Alexandria as Reinforcements.  At 0900 we receive orders to prepare to move out in the direction of KAIAJIK – DERE, and rejoin the N.Z.M.R. Brigade.  Capt. A.E. Wilkenson and 75 men relieve Major C.R.E. Mackesy in the trenches. 13/881 Tpr I.J. Hooper is wounded at KAIAJIK – AGHALA while carrying a wounded man to the rear.  About 15 men away to hospital with Diarrhoea today.

Aug 24th         Very quiet day.  The day is windy and a shower of rain fell.  Men are still suffering with Diarrhoea.  Another 10 men left at EDEN GULLY, they are all sick.
                        13/977 Tpr W.J. Wright is killed by shrapnel.
                        13/496 Corpl. H. Heath, 13/220 Tpr H. Foster, 13/34 Tpr Cutfield, 13/37 Tpr H. Collins
are wounded by bombs.

Aug 25th         KAIAJIK – AGHALA.  Very quiet day.  13/461 Tpr F. Sperry is wounded by shrapnel.  13 men went to hospital with Diarrhoea and other complaints.

Aug 26th         KAIAJIK _ AGHALA.  Very quiet day.  The sky is cloudy and overcast.  Gen.  Sir A.J. Godly came to speak to the Mtd Brigade and congratulated them on the work they have done.

[signed] Lieut. W. Haeata   acting adjutant.

[page 8 ends]

[Page 9 begins]

Auckland Mounted Rifles
1915                                       WAR DIARY                                      Gallipoli Peninsular

Aug 27th         Today we prepare for the attck on HILL 60.  KAIAJIK – AGHALA.  We send up 50 men with Capt. A.S. Wilkinson to hold trenches, and 65 men under Major C.R.E. Mackesy, as our portion of the Mounted Brigades quota for the attack.  At 1700, after an hours bombardment by the artillery, the attack was launched, which was fairly successful.  During the attack our regiment a Turkish machine gun and ammunition, which we used with great success when the enemy counter-attacked in the evening.  At night the Turkish counter-attack several times, using a great quantity of bombs.  We repulsed these attacks easily, good work being done by our machine guns.  The following were casualties:-

 

KILLED (1+9)

 

MISSING (20)

 

WOUNDED (5+53)

 

Lieut. Kittle W J

13/79

Trp Jones R.R.

 

Major King G.A.

13/431

Sgt. Rollett C.R.

13/630

Trp Downs A.O.

 

Major Mackesy C.R.E.

13/1069a

Tpr Tebbutt A.R.

13/937

Trp Patterson A

 

Capt. Wilkinson A.E.

13/801

Tpr Lamb E.

13/907

Trp Godfrey S.A.

 

Lieut. Moore D.G.

13/437

Cpl. Rose J.W.

13/909

Trp Harman W.J.R.

 

Lieut. Palmer W.J.

13/694

Tpr Hunter R.

13/913

Trp Faulkner

13/1039a

Tpr McGee J.A.

13/981

Tpr King J.

13/892

Tpr Clarke F.

13/17

Tpr Brimsley G.F.

13/780

Tpr Boyd A.W.

13/886

Tpr Black L.

13/300

Tpr Brigman P.C.

13/754

Tpr Wright A.

13/805

Tpr Gleeson R.L.

13/973

Tpr Coates G.P.

13/922

Tpr Jolly J.W.

13/691

Tpr Hewitt  E

13/524

Tpr Dawson J.W.

 

 

13/288

Tpr Milling C.C.

13/57

Tpr Grey  A.E.

 

 

13/352

Tpr Harrison R.

13/365

Tpr Hercus A.F.

 

 

13/335

Tpr Fotheringham J.

13/358

Tpr Herbert H.S.

 

 

13/341

L/cpl Gibson A.B.

13/925

Tpr Llewell A.S.

 

 

13/1072

Tpr Wheatley S.

13/1025a

Tpr Lyes  H.S.

 

 

13/897

Tpr Dawes C.L.

13/104

Tpr Lennard G.B.

 

 

13/911

Tpr Harney   J.A.

13/396

L/cpl Morison M.

 

 

13/914

Tpr Hickman

13/939

Tpr Pearson H

 

 

13/720

Sergt Otter  G.W.W.

13/121

Tpr Page R.H.

 

 

 

 

13/1079

Tpr Oakden P.V.

 

 

 

 

13/420

Tpr Picot E.H.

 

 

 

 

13/946

Tpr Risk T.T.

 

 

 

 

13/887

Tpr Blackburn S.

[signed] W. Haeata Lieut.  Acting adjutant.

[page 9 ends]

[Page 10 begins]

Auckland Mounted Rifles
1915                                       WAR DIARY                                      Gallipoli Peninsular
27-8-15 (continues)

 

WOUNDED

 

WOUNDED

 

WOUNDED

13/878

Tpr Blackie A.S.

13/688

Tpr Glass E.

13/986

Tpr Appleton S.

13/776

Tpr Farreley L.B.

13/504

Tpr Neilson P.

13/363

Tpr Hall E.S.

13/968

Tpr Warren A

13/918

Tpr Hunter B

13/945

Tpr Richards N

13/960

Tpr Thomas

13/87

Tpr Lewis A.W.

13/596

Tpr Cormen A.E.

13/882

Tpr Acklom H.R.N.

13/455

Sgt. Seaward C

13/1056

Tpr Scott J

13/184

Tpr Finlayson M.

13/153

Tpr Wilson J

13/869

Tpr Martin W.

13/131

Tpr Stichbury T

13/983

Tpr Mooney J.K.

 

 

13/964

Tpr Vanstone A.

13/937

Tpr Partridge A.E.

 

 

13/889

Tpr Blaza E.W.

13/1022a

Tpr Le Noch

 

 

13/956

Tpr Stichbury C.G.

13/22

Tpr Bayliffe R.F.

 

 

13/235

Tpr St Clair J.P.

13/347

Tpr Goodwin W.P.

 

 

13/955

Tpr Sigvertson C

13/931

Tpr McNamara

 

 

13/936

Tpr O’Sullivan J.W.

13/954

Tpr Simpkins

 

 

13/975

Tpr White A.

13/221

Tpr Muldrock W.H.

 

 

13/868

Tpr Walker B.H.

13/839

Tpr Pearce A.

 

 

Aug 28th         A portion of our men still hold part of the trenches at KAIAJIK – AGHALA.  They are very tired and are badly in need of a spell.  We send 8 men to hospital today with Diarrhoea and other complaints.  Sergt. T McCarroll is appointed temporary 2nd lieutenant.

Aug 29th         We are, still, with some of our men in the trenches.  At 2100 they are relieved by the 19th Batt. Australian Infantry.

Aug 30th         13/885 Tpr N.J. Beattie is killed and 13/926 Trp J.C. Lowe is wounded by shrapnel.  A very quiet day.

Aug 31st          Very quiet day.  2nd Lieutenant C.T. Cobourne is sent to hospital.

[signed] Walter Haeata Lieut. Acting adjutant A.M.R.

[page and War Diary document for August 1915 ends.]
Transcribed by Steve Butler NZMRA 3rd July 2013

 

NELSON MEN TRUE

From all walks of life came forward men of the Nelson District to volunteer to serve Queen Victoria and the British colours in the South African Boer War of 1899 - 1902.
At right a sector of six men from the Nelson Squadron of the 7th Contingent in a photograph taken before their departure to South Africa.
Unfortunately the names of the men were not recorded on the photo and it is not possible to name this Maori warrior shown here. There is perhaps a slight possibility that this man is John Walter Callaway (Wāta te Wahahuia) who departed on his second tour to South Africa with the 7th Contingent as Regimental Sergeant-Major.

The British Command officially excluded Maori from fighting in the Boer War, stating "Native troops should not be deployed in a white mans war".
The NZ government still proposed that at least 100 Maori should be part of the 1st Contingent - this was declined.

Many Maori did serve, enlisting using European names.

Click HERE (1.3megs) to view this magnificent picture showing the full compliment of the Nelson Squadron of the 7th Contingent NZMR
Hi Steve
The attached photo comes from the archives of the Tasman District Council in Nelson
It shows the Nelson Squadron of the 7th Contingent NZMR to the Boer War
2nd from left, front row is Trooper Albert Jennings, who was later KIA in WW1 he is the only identified person unfortunately
Note some are wearing plumes in their hats

Regards John Winter

A further update from John Winter:
Hi Steve

Just a brief update on the photo I submitted of the Nelson men of the 7th NZMR to South Africa. I have now created more questions than answers!
I was contacted by Cheryl Carnahan whose great uncle was Sgt Albert Jennings. She advised that his brother Trooper Aubrey Jennings had served with the 2nd Contingent in South Africa and had been killed in action.

She was also able to identify 4298 Trooper Percy Hall of Hope, Nelson as the man 4th from left in the back row.
She has created a story with photos at the following site:

www.theprow.org.nz  ' click on people  and I have put a small history of Albert Charles Jennings on it. Also on ANZAC-Boer War I have put a story about William Aubrey Jennings, both brothers and my gt uncles.'

I have also managed to identify the man 5th from left sitting as Surgeon Major Walter Relf Pearless, who served with the 8th Contingent to South Africa. He later served as the RMO to the Canterbury Infantry Battalion at Gallipoli. His son served in the Canterbury Mounted Rifles during WW1.

The numbers of men in the photo does not tally with the names listed in the nominal roll of Nelson men

I therefore think this photo is senior officers and NCO's from the Nelson military District having their photo taken with local men who were about to leave for Wellington to join the Contingent. Online news media reports (Papers past) reveal that some men were sent home for failing to meet the required standard.
It would be nice to identify the fierce looking Maori warrior in the centre row. He wears the same plumed hat as Trooper Hall, so it is likely he was from the Wakatu Mounted Rifles. More work required, but I don't think he will be Sergeant Major Callaway that you have mentioned, who came from up north.

The nominal roll for the 7th can be found here:
http://atojs.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/atojs?a=d&d=AJHR1901-I.2.4.2.7&e=-------10--1------0--

FROM GALLIPOLI TO KINLEITH
Hi Steve,
I am a trustee for  the Timber Museum of New Zealand. We have in our possession a compass which was given to the museum a year or so ago. It was taken from the former offices of Ellis and Burnand (the timber company) by a retiring manager in the 70’s for safekeeping along with some other items, as he knew they would eventually be lost.
The compass in question (photo attached) was reportedly used in timber cruising (surveying) in the heyday of Ellis and Burnand in the King Country.
The compass was the property of Lt HE Winder of the Auckland Mounted Rifles (engraved)-how it got from Gallipoli after his death to be used in the timber industry is a mystery.
However the Trustees feel that it’s association with the Mounted Rifles is more important than it’s later uses.
We have approached the Auckland Museum (Rose Young) and offered it to them after they checked that no Winder descendants had any interest or objections.
I have had no reply despite follow up emails and wonder whether your organisation could help find a suitable home where this object and the story behind it could be appreciated.
Regards Ed.


Photograph: Auckland Weekly News, 1915


Auckland War Memorial Cenotaph Database
Full Name: Holloway Elliott Winder
Surname: Winder
Serial No.: 13/758
First Known Rank: Lieutenant
Next of Kin: G. Winder (father), 58 Pirie Street, Wellington, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Address: Stratford, Taranaki, New Zealand
Military District: Wellington
Body on Embarkation: 3rd Reinforcements
Embarkation Unit: Auckland Mounted Rifles
Embarkation Date: 14 February 1915
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Last Unit Served: Auckland Mounted Rifles
Place of Death: Gallipoli, Turkey
Date of Death: 8 August 1915
Age at Death: 28
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Memorial Name: Chunuk Bair (New Zealand) Memorial, Chunuk Bair Cemetery, Gallipoli,
Members will be pleased to know that I have forwarded this information to our President Greg Bradley, and replied to Edwin Mercer thanking him for his contact and accepting his offer on behalf of the Association.

FINDERS KEEPERS
Dear Mr Butler,

I write to thank you for your work on the NZMR website. In particular the page on the Mackesy family has been informative and inspiring as I will relate.

I recently purchase a night vision scope for my son's 10th birthday - a long awaited desire! When the scope arrived with no case I purchase a battered, old leather binocular case from our local antique/collectables store (in Sydney, Australia) as I thought this would make a fun and authentic way of protecting the scope. Inside the case is scratched the inscription  "MAJ MACKESY 11th (NA)MR." A very brief internet search lead to the Mackesy family's amazing story. More authentic than I could have planned!

I printed your page in a little booklet and gave it to my son with the case. His birthday was only a couple of weeks after ANZAC day and this timely gift turned out to be treasured as much as the scope. The information you provided has inspired him to research and read about WWI and related topics. 

I have attached images of the case for your interest. Thanks again for keeping the history alive.

Kind regards,

Natasha Jackson

Thank you Natasha, a lovely tale and one that stimulates us all to carry on and preserve our history. Congratulations on having an eagle eye and also the wit to follow up your find for your son. What a good mum you are, and something your son will remember all his life.
What your discovery has reminded all of us, is that NZMR records are still out there to be found and cherished.
In 2006 I recorded a film interview with Major Charles Mackesy's son Richard,(and Colonel Charles Mackesy's grandson). He himself had been a serving soldier during WW2. He told me that his Uncle, (Captain) William had an only child, a son who died of disease in the 1920's. His Uncle Harry (Lieutenant) who was Killed in Action on Gallipoli had two daughters, born prior to the Great War and whom he had never met. He was unaware of what happened to them as his family had lost track of Harry's wife and girls from the 1920's. He himself was the only child of Charles and Lilly, and although he had married and had a son, that boy died in a gas explosion in a hotel while he was on holiday in Spain in the 1970's - so he was saddened to realise that there was no known family members left to carry on the Mackesy name after he dies.
The Mackesy page and the Colonel's diary may be read HERE and diary HERE.


FOLLW UP: Haley who supplied the story an images of the Egyptian horses with their WW1 saddles and bits has replied to our posted article here the other week. Haley may be contacted at :
Hayley Wilson's email address.
Hi Steve,

thanks for your reply. I think it's amazing that these saddles are still in use, despite a lack of regular saddle soap and TLC. As your website says, they were designed to be fixed with string and a screwdriver... and they certainly are in Egypt!

We were wondering if there is any market in Australian and New Zealand for these saddles, albeit in rough shape and need of restoration? The same with the bits. The reason we ask is that members fly over a few times a year, bringing supplies with them. They could bring back a saddle or two on their return trip to raise funds for the charity if it were viable. 

Cheers
Hayley

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