4/1534 - Sapper

Denis Quinlan

O'BRIEN

Main Body - Section No.4

Timeline


1915

1915

22 September

Enlistment

Canterbury Military District

1915

11 October

Initial training

Avondale, Auckland

1915

11 November

Promoted Sergeant

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

21 June

Granted leave to France

1916

29 September

Rejoined the Company

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

28 February

Selected for an Imperial Commission

Embarked for England

1917

10 March

Detached to No.5 Officers Cadet Battalion, Cambridge

1917

17 March

Marched in to NZ Depot, Boscombe

1917

8 April

Detached to Royal Engineers Officers Cadet Company, Chatham

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

7 June

Detached to No.4 Officers Cadet Battalion, Oxford

1917

25 September

Promoted 2nd Lieutenant

Transferred

Wellington Regiment

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: Denis Quinlan O'BRIEN.
  • Nominal Roll of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 1915. New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company, Wellington, Government Printer, 1916, p. 5.

How to cite this page

Anthony BYLEDBAL, “Denis Quinlan O'BRIEN (4/1534)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2022 (2009). Accessed: 30 June 2022. URL: https://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=637