21372 - Sergeant

Charles Spurgeon

BEILBY

2nd Reinforcements

Timeline


1916

1916

12 January

Enlistment

Canterbury Military District

1916

4 May

Initial training

Narrow Neck, Auckland

1916

26 June

Transfer to England

HMNZT 56 - Maunganui

1916

22 August

Marched in to NZ Sling Camp, Bulford

1916

24 August

Reverted to Sapper

Appointed temporary Sergeant

1916

22 September

Embarked for France

1916

23 September

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

1916

3 November

Joined the Company

Reverted to Sapper

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

27 November

Promoted 2nd Corporal

1917

1917

27 March

Promoted Corporal

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

21 July

Promoted Sergeant

1917

19 August

Nominated for training at Royal Engineers Officers Cadet Battalion

1917

26 August

Embarked for England

1917

16 September

Marched in to Royal Engineers Officers Cadet Battalion, Newark

1917

14 December

Promoted 2nd Lieutenant

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

17 January

Marched in to NZ Depot, Boscombe

1918

14 February

Embarked for France

1918

15 February

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

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 May

Transferred

No.2 NZ Engineers Field Company

Decoration

British War Medal
British War Medal

Victory Medal
Victory Medal

Sources and bibliography

  • 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 Spurgeon BEILBY (21372)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2021 (2009). Accessed: 24 September 2021. URL: https://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=44