4/1417 - Sapper

William

DUNSHEA

Main Body - Section No.3

Timeline


1915

1915

9 October

Enlistment

Auckland 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

7 March

Stationed at Falmouth

1916

16 March

From the Front

The Company joined the underground warfare in the North of France

Chantecler, Sector of Arras

1916

23 March

Marched in to NZ Depot, Hornchurch

1916

3 June

Embarked for France

1916

6 June

Rejoined the Company

1916

26 August

Appointed Cook

1916

26 September

Relinquished appointment of Cook

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

20 March

Admitted to hospital while on leave to United Kingdom with pain in Achilles tendon

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

28 April

Forfeited 7 days pay for gambling

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

25 May

Detached to Assistant Provost Marshal, London

1917

8 June

Rejoined the Company

Detached to Assistant Provost Marshal, Abbeville

1917

11 June

Rejoined the Company

1917

21 July

Admitted to hospital

1917

27 July

Rejoined the Company

1917

10 August

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

1917

12 August

Transferred

No.1 NZ Divisional Employment Company

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 W5537 59/0036355, Military Personnel File: William DUNSHEA - 4/1417.
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Online Cenotaph He Toa Taumata Rau: William DUNSHEA.
  • Nominal Roll of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 1915. New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company, Wellington, Government Printer, 1916, p. 4.

How to cite this page

Anthony BYLEDBAL, “William DUNSHEA (4/1417)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2021 (2009). Accessed: 17 June 2021. URL: https://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=230