37645 - Sapper

Erskine

FARMES

5th Reinforcements

Timeline


1917

1917

17 March

Enlistment

Canterbury Military District

1917

22 March

Initial training

Narrow Neck, Auckland

1917

26 April

Transfer to England

HMNZT 84 - Turakina

1917

20 July

Marched in to NZ Depot, Christchurch

1917

28 July

Awarded 96 hours detention and forfeited 4 days pay for refusing to obey an order

1917

11 August

Embarked for France

1917

14 August

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

1917

3 September

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

8 August

100 Days Offensive

Allied Attacks

1918

14 September

Granted leave to United Kingdom

1918

27 September

From the Front

The Company experienced its newly reconversion in bridge construction

In front of the Havrincourt Bridge

1918

30 September

Rejoined the Company

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

Admitted to hospital

1918

26 November

Diagnosed with influenza

1918

29 November

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

1918

23 December

Embarked for England

Marched in to Sling Camp, Bulford

1919

1919

20 January

Marched in to NZ Depot, Codford

1919

22 January

Admitted to hospital

1919

9 June

Transfer to New Zealand

H.S. Marama

1919

28 October

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 W5537 86/0039005, Military Personnel File: Erskine FARMES - 37645.
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Online Cenotaph He Toa Taumata Rau: Erskine FARMES.
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Wellington, Government Printer, 1914-1919, Volume III, Roll N°62, p. 39.

How to cite this page

Anthony BYLEDBAL, “Erskine FARMES (37645)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2021 (2009). Accessed: 15 June 2021. URL: https://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=256