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Six men from Remuera who died on October 12th 1917 at Passchendaele are William Henry Williams, Hugh Forrest,Edgar Boucher and John Irving. Harold Buddle survived but was badly injured in the head and shoulders. He was operated on by Harold Gillies who a pioneer in modern plastic surgery in England and New Zealand. Click Here to Read More
Frederick Bowell was born on 7 September 1888 and was the son of Arthur Henry and Jean Abernathy Bowell, of 60, Brighton Rd., Parnell, Auckland. His enlistment sheet noted that his heart was ‘not normal’ but that he was fit for duty in Trentham as a medical orderly.He nevertheless went to France as a member of the No 1 Field Ambulance Corps, where he became dangerously ill. He died on the hospital ship Marama of septic endocarditis on 13 February 1917 Click Here to Read More
Four Remuera men were killed on this day 4th October 1917 at the Third Battle of Ypres at Gravenstafel Spur off the Passchedaele Ridge in Belgium - Erni Bond, Kenneth Ivan Munce, John Shirtcliffe and Rowland Ward. Click Here to Read More
Gladys Sandford (nee Coates, Henning) was the first New Zealand woman to obtain a pilot's licence in 1925. Although she couldn't fly subsequently, she was an ambulance driver in WW1 and then drove 11,000 miles across Australia. Click Here to Read More
Lieutenant Bullock-Webster of Remuera joined the Canadian Forces as an officer in the Machine Gun Corps, and became an expert in machine gunnery. He fought in France with the Canadian Force up to the battle of the Somme, and was then transferred to the Royal Flying Corps as instructor in aerial gunnery. On the 20th September 1917 he took off from La Lovie aerodrome in a SPAD 7 B3493 biplane, which was hit and forced to land in a shell hole, completely wrecked. Although rushed to hospital, he died later in the day and is buried at Ypres. Click Here to Read More
James (Jimmy) Dinneen was born 16 July 1883, the fourth of six children of Michael Dalton and Mary Victoria Dinneen (nee Given) of Unchinagh, Mountain Rd (16 Upland Rd), Remuera. Having been rejected by the Royal Flying School due to defective eyesight, he became a Captain in the 1st Auckland Regiment, known for his bravery and leadership. He was killed at the Battle of the Somme in 1916. Click Here to Read More
John William Wright was the second son of James and Hannah Wright, of Arch Hill, an employee of the City Council. He was born in Leicestershire, England, on 27 March 1889 and with his elder brother came to Auckland in 1912, and was employed by the firm of Stonex and White, engineers. He was a member of the College Rifles Rugby Football Club in Remuera. In October, 1915, he enlisted in the New Zealand Tunnelling Corps, as a sapper / engineer, having been a miner in England. Click Here to Read More
Edgar Harvey (Hervey) Robertson was born 20 August 1896 and attended King's College in Remuera. He was a clerk with L D Nathan & Son on enlistment. Edgar was killed in action on 24 October 1917 at Ypres, Belgium, aged 21. Click Here to Read More
Leslie Upton Clifford Crowhurst was born on 29 June 1896, to Samuel George Crowhurst and Catherine Elizabeth Crowhurst (Breen). He was one of five sons who served in WW1, three of whom died. They were Arthur Frederick Livingstone (24/99) died; Francis Ernest (60080) killed in action, and Samuel Alfred (12/1933) killed in action Before he enlisted on 11 June 1917, he was a biograph or motion picture operator with Amalgamated Theatres Limited, employed by B.W. Davy in Auckland. Click Here to Read More
Victor Roy Crowhurst was born on 22 July 1893, to Samuel George Crowhurst and Catherine Elizabeth Crowhurst (Breen) of Newmarket, who had eleven sons and three daughters. He was one of five sons who served in WW1, three of whom died - Arthur Frederick Livingstone (24/99) died; Francis Ernest (60080) killed in action, and Samuel Alfred (12/1933) killed in action. Click Here to Read More