37654 - Sapper

William Francis

HYNES

6th Reinforcements

Timeline


1917

1917

16 February

Enlistment

Canterbury Military District

1917

14 June

Initial training

Narrow Neck, Auckland

1917

26 July

Transfer to England

HMNZT 90 - Ulimaroa

1917

25 September

Marched in to NZ Depot, Christchurch

1917

23 October

Embarked for France

1917

27 October

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

1917

30 October

Forfeited 4 days pay and 1 day pay under Royal Warrant for absence without leave

1917

10 November

Joined 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

5 January

Promoted Lance Corporal

1919

22 January

Discharged

1919

29 January

Missing

1919

28 March

Died of accident

Drowning in the Boulogne harbour

Resting place

Terlincthun British Cemetery, France

Grave reference

XV B 37

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: William Francis HYNES.
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Wellington, Government Printer, 1914-1919, Volume III, Roll N°69, p. 39.

How to cite this page

Anthony BYLEDBAL, “William Francis HYNES (37654)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2024 (2009). Accessed: 30 May 2024. URL: https://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=405