37507 - Sapper

Fred John

BARRETT

3rd Reinforcements

Timeline


1916

1916

30 September

Enlistment

Wellington Military District

1916

4 October

Initial training

Narrow Neck, Auckland

1916

15 November

Transfer to England

HMNZT 69 - Tahiti

1917

1917

29 January

Marched in to NZ Depot, Boscombe

1917

2 March

Embarked for France

1917

4 March

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, 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

13 April

Joined the Company

1917

1 May

Admitted to hospital with mumps

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

29 May

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

29 January

Granted leave

1918

14 February

Rejoined the Company

1918

19 February

Admitted to hospital with hammer toe

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

26 March

Embarked for England

Admitted to hospital

1918

11 May

Granted leave

1918

27 May

Marched in to NZ Depot, Codford

1918

4 June

Marched in to NZ Depot, Boscombe

1918

8 August

100 Days Offensive

Allied Attacks

1918

14 September

Admitted to hospital with venereal disease

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

20 November

Marched in to NZ Depot, Boscombe

1919

1919

15 February

Marched in to NZ Depot, Codford

1919

22 February

Forfeited 4 days pay for absence without leave

1919

5 March

Marched in to NZ Expeditionary Force Headquarters, London, for discharge

1919

8 April

Final discharge

End of Service Overseas

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 W5520 54/0011899, Military Personnel File: Fred John BARRETT - 37507.
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Online Cenotaph He Toa Taumata Rau: Fred John BARRETT.
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Wellington, Government Printer, 1914-1919, Volume II, Roll N°45, p. 35.

How to cite this page

Anthony BYLEDBAL, “Fred John BARRETT (37507)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2021 (2009). Accessed: 25 September 2021. URL: https://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=33