4/1303 - Sapper

Arthur

NEILSON

Main Body - Section No.1

Timeline


1915

1915

9 October

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

14 April

Admitted to hospital with conjunctivitis

1916

26 April

Rejoined the Company

1916

25 August

Forfeited 6 days pay and 1 day pay by Royal Warrant for absence without leave

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

23 December

Forfeited 28 days pay and 2 days pay by Royal Warrant for overstaying leave

1916

28 December

Admitted to hospital with pyrexia of unknown origin

1917

1917

12 January

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

1917

1 April

Detached to Segregation Camp, 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

27 April

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

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

6 May

Rejoined the Company

1917

8 October

Promoted Lance Corporal

1917

22 December

Appointed temporary 2nd Corporal

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

17 February

Promoted Corporal

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

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 October

Detached to IVth Corps School

1918

3 November

Rejoined the Company

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

8 December

Granted leave to United Kingdom

1919

1919

27 January

Marched in to NZ Sling Camp, Bulford

1919

1 February

Transfer to New Zealand

S.S. Hororata

1919

12 April

Final discharge

End of Service

Decoration

Distinguished Conduct Medal
Distinguished Conduct Medal

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. His coolness and good judgement under heavy shell and machine-gun fire have been marked, and have had a fine effect on the men associated with him.

British War Medal
British War Medal

Victory Medal
Victory Medal

Sources and bibliography

  • Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga, AABK 18805 W5549 71/0085558, Military Personnel File: Arthur NEILSON - 4/1303.
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Online Cenotaph He Toa Taumata Rau: Arthur NEILSON.
  • London Gazette, 21 October 1918, p. 12392.
  • Nominal Roll of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 1915. New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company, Wellington, Government Printer, 1916, p. 1.

How to cite this page

Anthony BYLEDBAL, “Arthur NEILSON (4/1303)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2021 (2009). Accessed: 5 December 2021. URL: https://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=623