4/1229 - Lieutenant

Arthur James

WIGLEY

Main Body - Section No.2

Timeline


1915

1915

12 October

Enlistment

Auckland Military District

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

21 June

Marched in to NZ Sling Camp, Bulford

1916

22 June

Embarked for France

1916

29 June

Rejoined the Company

1916

18 October

Granted leave

1916

29 October

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

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

20 August

Embarked for England

1917

19 September

Selected for a commission in Imperial Army

1917

8 October

Transferred

Appointed to Imperial Commission in Indian Army

Decoration

Military Cross
Military Cross

For conspicious gallantry and devotion to duty when in command of a mining party close to the enemy. At a most critical moment, when the discovery of our mines seemed certain owing to their being exposed by shell fire, he personally superintended the apparently impossible task of reconstruction and disguising our work, thus veiling our plans from the enemy when secrecy was of supreme importance.

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: Arthur James WIGLEY.
  • Nominal Roll of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 1915. New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company, Wellington, Government Printer, 1916, p. 3.

How to cite this page

Anthony BYLEDBAL, “Arthur James WIGLEY (4/1229)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2020 (2009). Accessed: 31 October 2020. URL: http://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=906