4/1507 - Sapper

Arnold Heinrich

GRAFF

Main Body - Section No.4

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

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

12 May

Sick with gastritis

1916

20 May

Admitted to hospital with appendicitis

1916

16 June

Diagnosed with debility

1916

19 June

Embarked for England

1916

22 June

Admitted to hospital

1916

8 August

Marched in to NZ Depot, Codford

1916

12 October

Marched in to NZ Depot, Hornchurch

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

19 January

Marched in to NZ Depot, Codford

1917

9 February

Marched in to NZ Depot, Boscombe

1917

10 February

Admitted to hospital with furunculosis

1917

2 March

Marched in to NZ Depot, Boscombe

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

3 July

Embarked for France

1917

5 July

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

1917

11 July

Rejoined the Company

1917

22 August

Admitted to hospital with a gunshot wound to the forearm

1917

27 August

Rejoined the Company

1917

12 October

Forfeited 2 days pay for committing a nuisance in a trench

1917

11 November

Admitted to hospital

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

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

Admitted to hospital

1918

18 January

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

1918

2 February

Rejoined the Company

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

31 March

Admitted to hospital with multiple gunshot wounds

1918

5 April

Embarked for England

Admitted to hospital

1918

5 July

Granted leave

1918

30 July

Marched in to NZ Depot, Codford

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

1 October

Embarked for France

1918

4 October

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

1918

7 October

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

14 November

Admitted to hospital

1918

19 December

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

1918

30 December

Embarked for England

Marched in to NZ Depot, Codford

1919

1919

25 January

Transfer to New Zealand

S.S. Port Melbourne

1919

27 January

Fined 9/10 for deficient kit

1919

15 May

Final discharge

End of Service

Decoration

British War Medal
British War Medal

Victory Medal
Victory Medal

Sources and bibliography

  • Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Online Cenotaph He Toa Taumata Rau: Arnold Heinrich GRAFF.
  • Nominal Roll of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 1915. New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company, Wellington, Government Printer, 1916, p. 6.

How to cite this page

Anthony BYLEDBAL, “Arnold Heinrich GRAFF (4/1507)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2021 (2009). Accessed: 14 May 2021. URL: https://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=323