37660 - Corporal

Francis

COCKERELL

6th Reinforcements

Timeline


1917

1917

9 March

Enlistment

Otago Military District

1917

14 June

Initial training

Narrow Neck, Auckland

1917

26 July

Transfer to England

HMNZT 90 - Ulimaroa

1917

25 September

Marched in to NZ Depot, Christchurch

Reverted to Lance Corporal

1917

23 October

Reverted to Sapper at own request

Embarked for France

1917

27 October

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

1917

10 November

Joined the Company

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

16 January

Forfeited 2 days pay for failing to parade for rifle and box respirator inspection

1918

16 March

Admitted to hospital with measles

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

29 March

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

1918

21 April

Embarked for England

Admitted to hospital with debility

1918

27 July

Granted leave

1918

8 August

100 Days Offensive

Allied Attacks

1918

12 August

Marched in to NZ Depot, Christchurch

1918

15 September

Awarded 10 days confinement to barracks for absence without leave and breaking into camp

1918

27 September

From the Front

The Company experienced its newly reconversion in bridge construction

In front of the Havrincourt Bridge

1918

9 November

Embarked for France

1918

11 November

Armistice

Cessation of Hostilities


From the Front

The Company continued to build bridges to reconnect a fragmented territory

Over the Sambre River, Maubeuge

1918

16 November

Rejoined the Company

1919

1919

22 January

Discharged

1919

29 January

Embarked for England

1919

30 January

Marched in to NZ Depot, Larkhill

1919

15 February

Marched in to NZ Depot, Codford

1919

14 March

Transfer to New Zealand

R.M.S. Ionic

1919

24 May

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 188805 W5530 79/0026385, Military Personnel File: Francis COCKERELL - 37660.
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Online Cenotaph He Toa Taumata Rau: Francis COCKERELL.
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Wellington, Government Printer, 1914-1919, Volume III, Roll N°69, p. 39.

How to cite this page

Anthony BYLEDBAL, “Francis COCKERELL (37660)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2021 (2009). Accessed: 17 June 2021. URL: https://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=132