40307 - Sapper

Walter George

DEAN

4th Reinforcements

Timeline


1917

1917

13 January

Enlistment

Wellington Military District

Initial training

Narrow Neck, Auckland

1917

16 February

Transfer to England

HMNZT 76 - Aparima

1917

2 May

Marched in to NZ Depot, Christchurch

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

4 June

Embarked for France

1917

7 June

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

1917

10 June

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

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

22 March

Granted leave

1918

25 March

Cancelled leave

Rejoined the Company

1918

21 June

Granted leave

1918

8 July

Rejoined the Company

1918

7 August

Detached to No.1 NZ Engineers Field Company

1918

8 August

100 Days Offensive

Allied Attacks

1918

17 August

Rejoined the Company

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
1919

1919

5 January

Promoted Lance Corporal

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

22 May

Final discharge

End of Service

Decoration

Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal

In recognition of valuable services rendered with the Armies in France and Flanders.

British War Medal
British War Medal

Victory Medal
Victory Medal

Sources and bibliography

  • Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga, AABK 18805 W5537 25/0032938, Military Personnel File: Walter George DEAN - 40307.
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Online Cenotaph He Toa Taumata Rau: Walter George DEAN.
  • London Gazette, 3 June 1919, p. 6919.
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Wellington, Government Printer, 1914-1919, Volume III, Roll N°55, p. 39.

How to cite this page

Anthony BYLEDBAL, “Walter George DEAN (40307)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2021 (2009). Accessed: 14 May 2021. URL: https://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=200