4/1349 - Sapper

John Marat

FOX

Main Body - Section No.2

Timeline


1915

1915

6 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

14 April

Embarked for France

1916

29 April

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

1916

14 June

Rejoined the Company

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

7 December

Granted leave to Paris

1917

14 December

Rejoined 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

3 January

Gassed

Admitted to hospital

1918

10 January

Promoted Lance Corporal

1918

11 January

Rejoined the Company

1918

22 January

Granted leave

1918

6 February

Rejoined the Company

1918

17 February

Promoted 2nd Corporal

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

13 July

Admitted to hospital with influenza

1918

18 July

Rejoined the Company

1918

24 July

Granted special leave

1918

4 August

Rejoined the Company

1918

8 August

100 Days Offensive

Allied Attacks

1918

18 August

Admitted to hospital

1918

20 August

Rejoined the Company

1918

4 September

Embarked for England on duty

1918

7 September

Marched in to NZ Depot, Christchurch

1918

27 September

From the Front

The Company experienced its newly reconversion in bridge construction

In front of the Havrincourt Bridge

Detached on command to NZ Expeditionary Force Headquarters, London

1918

1 November

Marched in to NZ Depot, Boscombe

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

9 January

Marched in to NZ Depot, Torquay

1919

19 May

Transfer to New Zealand

S.S. Ruahine

1919

5 August

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 W5922 25/0041830, Military Personnel File: John Marat FOX - 4/1349.
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Online Cenotaph He Toa Taumata Rau: John Marat FOX.
  • Nominal Roll of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 1915. New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company, Wellington, Government Printer, 1916, p. 2.

How to cite this page

Anthony BYLEDBAL, “John Marat FOX (4/1349)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2022 (2009). Accessed: 27 September 2022. URL: https://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=288