4/1677 - Sapper

Thomas

GEACH

1st Reinforcements

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

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

10 November

Admitted to hospital

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

1916

28 November

Rejoined the Company

1917

1917

2 February

Admitted to hospital with bronchitis

1917

12 February

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

1917

1 April

Detached to Segregation Camp, Etaples

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

27 April

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

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

6 May

Rejoined the Company

1917

26 June

Granted leave

1917

9 July

Rejoined the Company

1917

9 November

Admitted to hospital

1917

21 November

Embarked for England

1917

22 November

Admitted to hospital with bronchitis

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

9 January

Granted leave to United Kingdom

1918

29 January

Marched in to NZ Depot, Boscombe

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

27 May

Classified unfit for active service on account of overage and debility following influenza

1918

14 June

Appointed Cook

1918

8 August

100 Days Offensive

Allied Attacks

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

1918

18 November

Relinquished appointment of Cook

Marched in to NZ Depot, Torquay

1918

23 December

Transfer to New Zealand

S.S. Briton

1919

1919

2 May

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 W5539 13/0043789, Military Personnel File: Thomas GEACH - 4/1677.
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Online Cenotaph He Toa Taumata Rau: Thomas GEACH.
  • Nominal Roll of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 1915. New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company, Wellington, Government Printer, 1916, p. 8.

How to cite this page

Anthony BYLEDBAL, “Thomas GEACH (4/1677)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2023 (2009). Accessed: 31 January 2023. URL: https://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=302