4/1413 - Sapper

Ernest John

CHAMP

Main Body - Section No.3

Timeline


1915

1915

7 October

Enlistment

Wellington 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

19 June

Admitted to hospital with varicose veins

1916

7 September

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

1916

26 September

Awarded 3 months Field Punishment No.1 for disobeying a lawful order given by his superior officer

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

19 February

Admitted to hospital with mouth tumour

1917

26 February

Embarked for England

1917

27 February

Admitted to hospital

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

24 April

Marched in to NZ Depot, Boscombe

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

10 September

Classified unfit for active service

1917

18 September

Marched in to NZ Depot, Torquay

1917

1 November

Final discharge

End of Service Overseas

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 W5530 56/0024034, Military Personnel File: Ernest John CHAMP - 4/1413.
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Online Cenotaph He Toa Taumata Rau: Ernest John CHAMP.
  • 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, “Ernest John CHAMP (4/1413)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2021 (2009). Accessed: 16 June 2021. URL: https://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=120