4/1512 - Sapper

Bartholemew A.

KROESEN

Main Body - Section No.4

Timeline


1915

1915

9 October

Posted to Tunnelling Corps

From NZ Engineers

1915

11 October

Initial training

Avondale, Auckland

1915

18 December

Transfer to England

S.S. Ruapehu

1916

1916

3 February

Marched in to the Company Training Camp, Falmouth

1916

9 March

Embarked for France

1916

16 March

From the Front

The Company joined the underground warfare in the North of France

Chantecler, Sector of Arras

1916

3 May

Awarded 10 days Field Punishment No.1 and forfeited 2 days pay for refusing to obey a lawful command and failing to attend parade

1916

7 May

Awarded 3 days Field Punishment No.1 for refusing duty

1916

8 October

Forfeited 4 days pay for absence from parade

1916

3 November

Awarded 5 days Field Punishment No.1 and forfeited 5 days pay for creating a disturbance in Winter Billets on 25 October 1916

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

1917

1917

6 February

Awarded 14 days Field Punishment No.1 for disobeying the lawful command of his superior officer

1917

26 March

Admitted to hospital with scabies

1917

3 April

Rejoined the Company

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

26 April

Admitted to hospital with scabies

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

30 June

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

1917

8 August

Rejoined the Company

1917

10 November

Admitted to hospital with synovitis of the right knee

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

6 January

Granted leave

1918

23 January

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

30 March

Admitted to hospital with pyrexia of unknown origin

1918

5 May

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

1918

17 May

Detached to Assistant Provost Marshal, Etaples

1918

20 June

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

1918

29 June

Rejoined the Company

1918

5 August

Awarded 14 days Field Punishment No.1 and forfeited 1 day pay by Royal Warrant for absence without leave

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

1918

13 November

Granted leave to United Kingdom

1918

21 December

Rejoined the Company

1918

27 December

Discharged

1919

1919

1 January

Embarked for England

1919

2 January

Marched in to NZ Sling Camp, Bulford

1919

4 April

Granted leave without pay

1919

5 April

Final discharge

End of Service Overseas

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: Bartholemew A. KROESEN.
  • Nominal Roll of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 1915. New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company, Wellington, Government Printer, 1916, p. 6.

How to cite this page

Anthony BYLEDBAL, “Bartholemew A. KROESEN (4/1512)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2023 (2009). Accessed: 31 January 2023. URL: https://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=462