4/1291 - Sapper

James John

LYTTLETON

Main Body - Section No.1

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

7 March

Stationed at Falmouth

1916

16 March

From the Front

The Company joined the underground warfare in the North of France

Chantecler, Sector of Arras

1916

23 March

Marched in to NZ Depot, Hornchurch

1916

22 May

Awarded 7 days confinement to barracks and forfeited 5 days pay by Royal Warrant

1916

30 May

Awarded 120 hours detention and forfeited 1 day pay for breaking out of camp and absence without leave

1916

3 June

Embarked for France

1916

6 June

Rejoined the Company

1916

14 July

Awarded 3 days Field Punishment No.1 for failing to appear on parade after being warned for duty in trenches

1916

30 October

Admitted to hospital with a gunshot wound to the left arm

1916

9 November

Embarked for England

1916

11 November

Admitted to hospital

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

15 January

Awarded 168 hours detention and fined 10/- for drunkenness and being absent from defaulters parade

1917

1 March

Granted leave

1917

12 March

Admitted to hospital

1917

5 April

Classified unfit for active service on account of neurasthenia

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

28 August

Marched in to NZ Depot, Hornchurch

1917

25 September

Admitted to hospital with insanity

1917

24 December

Transfer to New Zealand

H.S. Maheno

1918

1918

1 February

Admitted to hospital

1918

12 February

Forfeited 4 days pay by Royal Warrant for absence without leave

1918

2 April

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: James John LYTTLETON.
  • Nominal Roll of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 1915. New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company, Wellington, Government Printer, 1916, p. 2.

How to cite this page

Anthony BYLEDBAL, “James John LYTTLETON (4/1291)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2021 (2009). Accessed: 18 January 2021. URL: https://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=503