37469 - Sapper

Arthur William

KELLY

3rd Reinforcements

Timeline


1916

1916

29 September

Enlistment

Otago Military District

1916

4 October

Initial training

Narrow Neck, Auckland

1916

15 November

Transfer to England

HMNZT 69 - Tahiti

1916

29 November

Admitted to hospital at sea for vaccination

1916

1 December

Returned to duty

1917

1917

25 January

Admitted to hospital at sea with enteritis

1917

26 January

Returned to duty

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

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

15 December

Forfeited 1 day pay for appearing on parade with dirty rifle

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

15 February

Rejoined the Company

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

1 August

Admitted to hospital with a gunshot wound to the left arm

1918

2 August

Placed on dangerously ill list

1918

8 August

100 Days Offensive

Allied Attacks

Removed from dangerously ill list

1918

9 August

Embarked for England

Admitted to hospital

1918

27 September

From the Front

The Company experienced its newly reconversion in bridge construction

In front of the Havrincourt Bridge

1918

21 October

Granted leave

1918

31 October

Classified unfit for active service

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

Marched in to NZ Depot, Torquay

1918

3 December

Transfer to New Zealand

S.S. Tahiti

1919

1919

2 May

Final discharge

End of Service

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: Arthur William KELLY.
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Wellington, Government Printer, 1914-1919, Volume II, Roll N°45, p. 36.

How to cite this page

Anthony BYLEDBAL, “Arthur William KELLY (37469)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2021 (2009). Accessed: 5 December 2021. URL: https://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=440