4/1372 - Sapper

Joseph Francis

McGUINN

Main Body - Section No.2

Timeline


1915

1915

23 September

Enlistment

Auckland Military District

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

30 August

Granted leave

1916

26 September

Rejoined the Company

1916

10 November

Forfeited 2 days pay for drunkenness

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

23 February

Detached to Mine School

1917

7 March

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

18 April

Admitted to hospital with haemorrhoids while on leave to United Kingdom

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

5 June

Marched in to NZ Depot, Hornchurch

1917

17 August

Marched in to NZ Depot, Christchurch

1917

19 December

Admitted to hospital with bronchitis

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

8 January

Granted leave

1918

18 January

Classified unfit for active service on account of chronic bronchitis

1918

22 January

Marched in to NZ Depot, Torquay

1918

1 February

Transfer to New Zealand

S.S. Willochra

1918

17 March

Granted sick leave

1918

23 March

Reported to local Defence Office

1918

24 March

Granted leave

1918

13 April

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: Joseph Francis McGUINN.
  • Nominal Roll of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 1915. New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company, Wellington, Government Printer, 1916, p. 3.

How to cite this page

Anthony BYLEDBAL, “Joseph Francis McGUINN (4/1372)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2021 (2009). Accessed: 17 June 2021. URL: https://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=543