37485 - Sapper

James

Bolger

3rd Reinforcements

Timeline


1916

1916

4 October

Enlistment

Auckland Military District

Initial training

Narrow Neck, Auckland

1916

15 November

Transfer to England

HMNZT 69 - Tahiti

1917

1917

29 January

Marched in to NZ Depot, Boscombe

1917

2 March

Embarked for France

1917

4 March

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

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

Admitted to hospital with mumps

1917

28 April

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

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

6 May

Joined the Company

1917

13 December

Admitted to hospital

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

3 January

Rejoined the Company

1918

14 January

Granted leave to France

1918

31 January

Rejoined the Company

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

13 May

Promoted Lance Corporal

1918

8 August

100 Days Offensive

Allied Attacks

1918

27 September

From the Front

The Tunnellers experienced their newly reconversion as bridge builders

Over the Sambre River, Maubeuge

1918

5 October

Promoted 2nd Corporal

1918

15 October

Detached to Rest Camp

1918

31 October

Rejoined the Company

1918

11 November

Armistice

Cessation of Hostilities

1919

1919

22 January

Discharged

1919

29 January

Embarked for England

1919

30 January

Marched in to NZ Depot, Larkhill

1919

15 February

Marched in to NZ Depot, Codford

1919

14 March

Transfer to New Zealand

R.M.S. Ionic

1919

22 May

Final discharge

End of Service

Decoration

Military Medal
Military Medal

For bravery in the field

British War Medal
British War Medal

Victory Medal
Victory Medal

Sources and bibliography

  • London Gazette, 20 August 1919, p. 10586.
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Wellington, Government Printer, 1914-1919, Volume II, Roll N°45, p. 35.
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Online Cenotaph He Toa Taumata Rau: James Bolger.

Photography

  • Auckland Libraries Ngā Pātaka Kōrero o Tāmaki Makaurau, Sir George Grey Special Collections: 31-B2392.

How to cite this page

Anthony BYLEDBAL, “James Bolger (37485)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2020 (2009). Accessed: 6 June 2020. URL: http://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=53