4/1385 - Sapper

Gerald Bede

Punch

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

6 April

Admitted to hospital with measles

1916

14 June

Rejoined the Company

1916

16 June

Awarded 2 days Field Punishment No.1 for leaving the train without order when rejoining the Company

1916

7 July

Admitted to hospital with lipoma

1916

5 August

Rejoined the Company

1916

26 September

Forfeited 7 days pay for absence without leave

1916

6 November

Forfeited 14 days pay for being absent from parade

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

1916

29 November

Awarded 21 days Field Punishment No.1 for being absent from fatigue party

1917

1917

22 February

Awarded 3 months Field Punishment No.1 and forfeited 1 day pay by Royal Warrant for absence without leave

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

30 July

Granted leave

1917

13 August

Rejoined the Company

1917

28 November

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples, and transferred to 1st Battalion Auckland Regiment

1917

30 December

Transferred to NZ Engineers

1918

From the Front

The Company was still carrying out the digging of underground premises and defences on the Front near Arras

The Workshop in Arras

1918

17 January

Joined No.4 NZ Engineers Field Company

1918

8 February

Admitted to hospital with myalgia

1918

21 March

Spring Offensive

German Attacks


From the Front

The Company was engaged in the defence of Arras by digging new trenches and dug-outs under constant enemy shellfire

1918

26 March

Embarked for England

1918

27 March

Admitted to hospital

1918

17 June

Granted leave to United Kingdom

1918

2 July

Marched in to NZ Depot, Codford

1918

8 August

100 Days Offensive

Allied Attacks

1918

27 September

From the Front

The Company experienced its newly reconversion in bridge construction

Over the Sambre River, Maubeuge

1918

28 October

Admitted to hospital with septic mouth

1918

5 November

Marched in to NZ Depot, Boscombe

1918

11 November

Armistice

Cessation of Hostilities

1918

30 December

Promoted Lance Corporal

1919

1919

1 February

Transfer to New Zealand

S.S. Hororata

1919

14 April

Final discharge

End of Service

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 W5550 46/0095088, Military Personnel File: Gerald Bede PUNCH - 4/1385.
  • 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: Gerald Bede PUNCH.

How to cite this page

Anthony BYLEDBAL, “Gerald Bede PUNCH (4/1385)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2020 (2009). Accessed: 19 September 2020. URL: http://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=703