4/1323 - Sapper

William

Ainslie

Main Body - Section No.2

Timeline


1915

1915

6 October

Enlistment

Auckland 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

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

23 February

Detached to Mine School

1917

7 March

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 joined the trenches at Monchy, ten kilometres east of Arras, to work on the fortification of the new front line

The Billets in Monchy

1917

15 August

Admitted to hospital with a gunshot wound

1917

24 August

Embarked for England

1917

25 August

Admitted to hospital

1917

22 September

Died of wounds

No.1 NZ General Hospital, Brockenhurst

Resting place

Brockenhurst Saint Nicholas Churchyard, United Kingdom

Grave reference

A. 1. 2

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 W5520 6/0007113, Military Personnel File: William AINSLIE - 4/1323.
  • Nominal Roll of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 1915. New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company, Wellington, Government Printer, 1916, p. 3.
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Online Cenotaph He Toa Taumata Rau: William AINSLIE.

How to cite this page

Anthony BYLEDBAL, “William AINSLIE (4/1323)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2020 (2009). Accessed: 7 August 2020. URL: http://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=5