56414 - Sapper

William Thomas

COX

7th Reinforcements

Timeline


1917

1917

9 February

Enlistment

Auckland Military District

1917

11 October

Initial training

Narrow Neck, Auckland

1917

21 November

Transfer to England

HMNZT 96 - Maunganui

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

8 January

Marched in to NZ Sling Camp, Bulford

1918

12 January

Marched in to NZ Depot, Boscombe

1918

6 March

Embarked for France

1918

8 March

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

1918

17 March

Joined the Company

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

15 May

Admitted to hospital with Inflammation of the Connective Tissue of the left thigh

1918

12 June

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

1918

25 June

Detached to No.4 Veterinary Hospital

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

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

13 December

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

1919

1919

10 March

Transfer to New Zealand

S.S. Bhamo

1919

23 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 18805 W5530 109/0029380, Military Personnel File: William Thomas COX - 56414.
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Online Cenotaph He Toa Taumata Rau: William Thomas COX.
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Wellington, Government Printer, 1914-1919, Volume III, Roll N°75, p. 49.

How to cite this page

Anthony BYLEDBAL, “William Thomas COX (56414)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2021 (2009). Accessed: 17 June 2021. URL: https://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=167