4/1600 - Sapper

Tom

WILKINSON

1st Reinforcements

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

16 July

Awarded 7 days Field Punishment No.1 and forfeited 4 days pay for absence from duty

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

16 January

Admitted to hospital with dermatitis

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 July

Embarked for England and admitted to hospital

1917

20 September

Forfeited 2 days pay by Royal Warrant for absence without leave

1917

9 October

Classified unfit for active service

1917

29 October

Marched in to NZ Depot, Torquay

1917

27 November

Awarded 10 days confinement to barracks and forfeited 3 days pay for absence without leave, resisting his arrest, refusing to obey and using obscene language

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

10 January

Transfer to New Zealand

R.M.S. Arawa

1918

27 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 W5562 200/0134714, Military Personnel File: Tom WILKINSON - 4/1600.
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Online Cenotaph He Toa Taumata Rau: Tom WILKINSON.
  • Nominal Roll of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 1915. New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company, Wellington, Government Printer, 1916, p. 7.

How to cite this page

Anthony BYLEDBAL, “Tom WILKINSON (4/1600)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2020 (2009). Accessed: 31 October 2020. URL: http://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=907