4/1658 - Sapper

Joseph

FARNWORTH

1st Reinforcements

Timeline


1915

1915

20 October

Enlistment

Auckland Military District

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

9 March

Embarked for France

1916

16 March

From the Front

The Company joined the underground warfare in the North of France

Chantecler, Sector of Arras

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

12 July

Admitted to hospital with dental problems

1917

21 July

Rejoined the Company

1917

2 August

Detached to 278th Field Company

1917

3 August

Rejoined the Company

Appointed temporary Lance Corporal

1917

21 August

Relinquished appointment of temporary Lance Corporal

1917

22 August

Accidentally injured his head in the performance of his duty

Admitted to hospital

1917

1 September

Rejoined the Company

1917

9 September

Promoted Lance Corporal

1917

4 November

Relinquished appointment of Lance Corporal

1917

30 December

Promoted Lance Corporal

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

6 January

Granted leave to United Kingdom

Admitted to hospital with defective vision

1918

28 January

Classified unfit for active service

1918

14 March

Transfer to New Zealand

S.S. Remuera

1918

6 June

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 86/0039017, Military Personnel File: Joseph FARNWORTH - 4/1658.
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Online Cenotaph He Toa Taumata Rau: Joseph FARNWORTH.
  • Nominal Roll of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 1915. New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company, Wellington, Government Printer, 1916, p. 7.

How to cite this page

Anthony BYLEDBAL, “Joseph FARNWORTH (4/1658)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2021 (2009). Accessed: 17 June 2021. URL: https://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=257