37536 - Sapper

James Murray

Allan

3rd Reinforcements

Timeline


1916

1916

2 October

Enlistment

Canterbury Military District

1916

4 October

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

8 April

Detached to Segregation Camp, Etaples

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

4 May

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

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

10 June

Joined the Company

1917

15 December

Admitted to hospital with hernia

1917

19 December

Embarked for England

1917

20 December

Admitted to hospital

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

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

12 April

Marched in to NZ Depot, Boscombe

1918

15 April

Admitted to hospital with venereal disease

1918

17 July

Marched in to NZ Depot, Boscombe

1918

8 August

100 Days Offensive

Allied Attacks

1918

12 August

Embarked for France

1918

15 August

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

1918

19 August

Rejoined the Company

1918

27 September

From the Front

The Company experienced its newly reconversion in bridge construction

Over the Sambre River, Maubeuge

1918

11 November

Armistice

Cessation of Hostilities

1918

1 December

Discharged and embarked for England

1919

1919

8 January

Transfer to New Zealand

S.S. Matatua

1919

29 July

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 W5520 11/0007560, Military Personnel File: James Murray ALLAN - 37536.
  • 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 Murray ALLAN.

How to cite this page

Anthony BYLEDBAL, “James Murray ALLAN (37536)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2020 (2009). Accessed: 7 August 2020. URL: http://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=8