4/1532 - Sapper

Alfred Howard

NEWMAN

Main Body - Section No.4

Timeline


1915

1915

31 August

Enlistment

Canterbury Military District

1915

11 October

Initial training

Avondale, Auckland

1915

27 November

Promoted 2nd Corporal

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

15 August

Granted leave

1916

25 August

Rejoined the Company

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

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

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

17 August

Appointed temporary Corporal

1917

7 October

Promoted 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

17 February

Promoted Sergeant

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

31 March

Admitted to hospital with a gunshot wound to the left ankle

1918

5 April

Embarked for England

Admitted to hospital

1918

8 August

100 Days Offensive

Allied Attacks

1918

24 August

Transfer to New Zealand

R.M.S. Ionic

1918

10 October

Granted sick leave

1918

16 October

Reported to local Defence Office

1918

18 October

Admitted as outpatient to hospital

1918

11 November

Armistice

Cessation of Hostilities

1918

12 December

Discharged from hospital

1919

1919

4 February

Final discharge

End of Service

Decoration

Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal

In recognition of valuable services rendered with the Armies in France and Flanders.

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: Alfred Howard NEWMAN.
  • Nominal Roll of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 1915. New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company, Wellington, Government Printer, 1916, p. 5.

How to cite this page

Anthony BYLEDBAL, “Alfred Howard NEWMAN (4/1532)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2021 (2009). Accessed: 5 December 2021. URL: https://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=626