21433 - Sapper

Richard

COMERFORD

2nd Reinforcements

Timeline


1916

1916

4 May

Enlistment

Auckland Military District

Initial training

Narrow Neck, Auckland

1916

26 June

Transfer to England

HMNZT 56 - Maunganui

1916

22 August

Marched in to NZ Sling Camp, Bulford

1916

10 September

Awarded 1 day confinement to barracks and forfeited 1 day pay by Royal Warrant for absence without leave

1916

22 September

Embarked for France

1916

23 September

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

1916

15 November

Joined 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

9 June

Admitted to hospital with mumps

1917

6 July

Rejoined the Company

1917

5 December

Granted leave

1917

22 December

Rejoined 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 absence from rifle and box respirator inspection

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

30 April

Gassed

Admitted to hospital

1918

17 May

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

1918

8 August

100 Days Offensive

Allied Attacks

1918

27 September

From the Front

The Company experienced its newly reconversion in bridge construction

In front of the Havrincourt Bridge

1918

1 October

Classified unfit for service in the field

Embarked for England

1918

3 October

Marched in to NZ Depot, Torquay

1918

7 November

Transfer to New Zealand

S.S. Ulimaroa

1918

11 November

Armistice

Cessation of Hostilities

1919

1919

15 April

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 W5530 89/0027318, Military Personnel File: Richard COMERFORD - 21433.
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Online Cenotaph He Toa Taumata Rau: Richard COMERFORD.
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Wellington, Government Printer, 1914-1919, Volume II, Roll N°34, p. 41.

How to cite this page

Anthony BYLEDBAL, “Richard COMERFORD (21433)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2021 (2009). Accessed: 17 June 2021. URL: https://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=146