4/1633 - Sapper

James Leslie

PARSONS

1st Reinforcements

Timeline


1915

1915

4 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

27 July

Admitted to hospital with dental problems

1916

12 August

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

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

17 November

Rejoined the Company

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

8 June

Admitted to hospital with abscess

1917

9 June

Diagnosed with boil

1917

20 June

Rejoined 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

29 January

Granted leave

1918

15 February

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

23 June

Granted special leave

1918

10 July

Rejoined the Company

1918

8 August

100 Days Offensive

Allied Attacks

1918

7 September

Detached to Royal Engineers School, Rouen

1918

27 September

From the Front

The Company experienced its newly reconversion in bridge construction

In front of the Havrincourt Bridge

1918

9 October

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

28 December

Granted leave to United Kingdom

1919

1919

14 January

Marched in to NZ Depot, Torquay

1919

11 March

Admitted to hospital with venereal disease

1919

24 April

Marched in to NZ Depot, Larkhill

1919

17 June

Transfer to New Zealand

S.S. Briton

1918

20 August

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: James Leslie PARSONS.
  • 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, “James Leslie PARSONS (4/1633)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2024 (2009). Accessed: 29 February 2024. URL: https://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=660