21465 - Sapper

John

BECKETT

2nd Reinforcements

Timeline


1916

1916

13 May

Enlistment

Auckland Military District

Initial training

Narrow Neck, Auckland

1916

26 June

Transfer to England

HMNZT 56 - Maunganui

1916

23 July

Awarded 3 days confinement to barracks for absence without leave

1916

30 July

Awarded 5 days confinement to barracks for breaking out of camp

1916

2 August

Awarded 10 days confinement to barracks for absence without leave

1916

22 August

Marched in to NZ Sling Camp, Bulford

1916

14 October

Forfeited 15 days pay for absence without leave

1916

11 November

Awarded 7 days confinement to barracks and forfeited 1 day pay for absence without leave

1916

12 November

Awarded 7 days confinement to barracks and forfeited 1 day pay for absence without leave

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

20 November

Awarded 120 days detention and forfeited 2 days pay for absence without leave when warned for overseas

1917

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

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
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

4 February

Granted leave

1918

21 February

Rejoined the Company

1918

22 February

Awarded 3 days Field Punishment No.1 and forfeited 2 days pay for overstaying leave

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

12 July

Transferred

3rd NZ Entrenching Battalion

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 67/0013171, Military Personnel File: John BECKETT - 21465.
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Online Cenotaph He Toa Taumata Rau: John BECKETT.
  • 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, “John BECKETT (21465)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2021 (2009). Accessed: 24 September 2021. URL: https://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=42