37681 - Sapper

Harold

McNEIL

5th Reinforcements

Timeline


1917

1917

16 March

Enlistment

Auckland Military District

1917

22 March

Initial training

Narrow Neck, Auckland

1917

26 April

Transfer to England

HMNZT 84 - Turakina

1917

4 June

Admitted to hospital at sea

1917

8 June

Returned to duty

1917

12 May

Appointed temporary Lance Corporal

1917

20 July

Marched in to NZ Depot, Christchurch

1917

11 August

Embarked for France

1917

14 August

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

Detached to Segregation Camp

1917

5 September

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

1917

20 September

Joined the Company

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

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

11 May

Forfeited 7 days pay for drunkenness

1918

26 June

Forfeited 14 days pay for absence without leave

1918

8 August

100 Days Offensive

Allied Attacks

1918

31 August

Granted leave to United Kingdom

1918

17 September

Rejoined the Company

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
1919

1919

22 January

Discharged

1919

29 January

Embarked for England

1919

30 January

Marched in to NZ Depot, Larkhill

1919

15 February

Marched in to NZ Depot, Codford

1919

26 February

Awarded 1 day confinement to barracks and forfeited 2 days pay by Royal Warrant for absence without leave

1919

14 March

Transfer to New Zealand

R.M.S. Ionic

1919

22 May

Final discharge

End of Service

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 W5544 97/0076108, Military Personnel File: Harold McNEIL - 37681.
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Online Cenotaph He Toa Taumata Rau: Harold McNEIL.
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Wellington, Government Printer, 1914-1919, Volume III, Roll N°62, p. 40.

How to cite this page

Anthony BYLEDBAL, “Harold McNEIL (37681)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2024 (2009). Accessed: 12 June 2024. URL: https://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=563