21449 - Sapper

Charles

HORNCASTLE

2nd Reinforcements

Timeline


1915

1915

22 November

Enlistment

Canterbury Military District

1916

1916

4 May

Initial training

Narrow Neck, Auckland

1916

26 June

Transfer to England

HMNZT 56 - Maunganui

1916

2 August

Awarded 7 days extra fatigue, forfeited 1 day pay and fined 4-/ for breaking ranks on parade

1916

22 August

Admitted to hospital

1916

13 September

Marched in to NZ Depot, Codford

1916

20 October

Marched in to NZ Sling Camp, Bulford

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

24 November

Embarked for France

1916

26 November

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

1917

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

Joined the Company

1917

9 November

Granted leave to United Kingdom

1917

25 November

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

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

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
1919

1919

22 January

Discharged

1919

29 January

Embarked for England

1919

30 January

Marched in to NZ Depot, Larkhill

1919

15 February

Marched in to NZ Depot, Codford

1919

14 March

Transfer to New Zealand

R.M.S. Ionic

1919

24 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 W5541 22/0056690, Military Personnel File: Charles HORNCASTLE - 21449.
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Online Cenotaph He Toa Taumata Rau: Charles HORNCASTLE.
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Wellington, Government Printer, 1914-1919, Volume II, Roll N°34, p. 41.

How to cite this page

Anthony BYLEDBAL, “Charles HORNCASTLE (21449)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2024 (2009). Accessed: 24 July 2024. URL: https://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=393