4/1561 - 2nd Corporal

Walter James

Austin

1st Reinforcements

Timeline


1915

1915

13 October

Enlistment

Auckland Military District

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

4 October

Granted leave to France

1916

13 October

Rejoined the Company

1916

16 November

From the Front

The Tunnellers began the operations to connect old underground quarries in Arras for an upcoming battle

1917

1917

1 March

Promoted Corporal

1917

9 April

Battle of Arras

British Offensive


From the Front

The Tunnellers were employed to re-build a major road leading to the Front during the battle

Arras-Cambrai Road

1917

5 May

From the Front

The Tunnellers joined the trenches at Monchy to work on the fortification of the new front line

The Billets in Monchy

1917

4 October

Admitted to hospital

1917

6 October

Rejoined the Company

1917

7 October

Promoted Sergent

1918

From the Front

The Tunnellers were still carrying out the digging of underground defences, which they had begun in May 1917

The Workshop in Arras

1918

24 February

Embarked for England

1918

27 February

Marched in to NZ Depot, Torquay

1918

21 March

Spring Offensive

German Attacks


From the Front

The Tunnellers defended Arras by digging new trenches and dug-outs under constant heavy fire

1918

1 April

Transfer to New Zealand

S.S. Athenic

1918

15 June

Final discharge

End of Service

Decoration

British War Medal
British War Medal

Victory Medal
Victory Medal

Sources and bibliography

  • Nominal Roll of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 1915. New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company, Wellington, Government Printer, 1916, p. 7.
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Online Cenotaph He Toa Taumata Rau: Walter James Austin.

How to cite this page

Anthony BYLEDBAL, “Walter James Austin (4/1561)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2020 (2009). Accessed: 6 June 2020. URL: http://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=17