5/893 - Driver

Roy Jocelyn

GRAINGER

Main Body (Army Service Corps)

Timeline


1915

1915

13 December

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

1 November

Promoted Lance Corporal

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 February

Appointed temporary Sergeant

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

24 May

Relinquished appointment of temporary Sergeant

Promoted Corporal

1917

26 May

Embarked for England

Marched in to NZ Expeditionary Force Headquarters, London

1917

7 August

Marched in to NZ Depot, Codford

1917

7 October

Marched in to Royal Engineers Officer Cadet Battalion, Newark

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

11 January

Regimental Number changed to 5/893A

Transferred

Appointed to temporary Imperial Commission in Royal Engineers

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: Roy Jocelyn GRAINGER.
  • 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, “Roy Jocelyn GRAINGER (5/893)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2021 (2009). Accessed: 28 July 2021. URL: https://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=326