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Wednesday, 31 October 2007
Auckland Mounted Rifles, Roll of Honour, William Henwood Johns
Topic: AIF - NZMRB - AMR

AMR, NZEF

Auckland Mounted Rifles Regiment

Roll of Honour

William Henwood Johns

 

William Henwood Johns

 

A brief biography of Alfred Thomas Bates extracted from the Cenotaph Database hosted by the Auckland Museum.

 

 
Full Name: Lieutenant William Henwood Johns
Rank Last Held: Lieutenant
Forename(s): William Henwood
Surname: Johns
War: World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.: 13/368
Date of Birth: 1891
Place of Birth: Te Awamutu, New Zealand
First Known Rank:
  • Trooper
  • Second Lieutenant
Occupation before Enlistment:
  • Unknown occupation
  • Teacher
Next of Kin:
  • J. Johns (father), Te Awamutu, New Zealand
  • Mrs W.H. Johns (wife), Te Awamutu, New Zealand
Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Unknown marital status
Enlistment Address:
  • Te Awamutu, New Zealand
  • Unknown address
Enlistment Date: 14 August 1914
Military District:
  • Auckland
  • Unknown military district
Body on Embarkation:
  • Main Body
  • New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Embarkation Unit:
Embarkation Date:
  • 16 October 1914
  • 5 December 1916
Place of Embarkation:
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Wellington, New Zealand
Transport:
Vessel:
  • Star of India or Waimana
  • Waihora
Destination:
  • Suez, Egypt
  • Suez, Egypt
Nominal Roll Footnotes: Ex Main Body.
Nominal Roll Number:
  • Vol1
  • 46
Page on Nominal Roll:
  • 370
  • 4
Campaigns:
  • Gallipoli
  • Egyptian
Military Awards: Mentioned in Despatches (MiD)
Wounds and Diseases: Wounded at Gallipoli in August 1915.
Last Unit Served: Auckland Mounted Rifles
Place of Death: Beersheba, Palestine
Date of Death: 31 October 1917
Age at Death: 26
Year of Death: 1917
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Cemetery Name: Beersheba War Cemetery, Israel
Grave Reference: D.9.
Obituary: "Lieutenant W. H. Johns, Auckland Mounted Rifles, killed in action at Beersheba, was a son of Mr. J. Johns, of Pukekohe. He was born and educated at Te Awamutu. He was a student at the Auckland Training College for some time, and at the time of his enlistment in the Main Body he was engaged in teaching at Te Awamutu. Lieutenant Johns went away as a trooper in the 4th Waikato Mounted Rifles. He was wounded at Gallipoli in August, 1915, and was mentioned in despatches for the excellence of his work on that occasion. He was invalided home, and before returning to the front gained his commission as a second-lieutenant. He left on this occasion as a machine-gun officer. He was prominent in hockey circles, and had represented the Auckland Province and Waipa. He was married shortly before leaving for the front on the second occasion. A younger brother was wounded in Flanders recently. Another brother is at present in camp with a reinforcement draft." (Auckland Weekly News, 15 November 1917, p. 21)
Biographical Notes:
  • Son of John and Martha Johns, 20 Pine Street, Dominion Road, Auckland.
  • Returned to the front as Second Lieutenant with the 20th reinforcements, New Zealand Mounted Rifles, on SS Waihora, 5 December 1916. Arrived at Suez, Egypt, on 13 January 1917.
  • Gained commission as Second Lieutenant on 31 May 1916. (Studholme 1928)
  • Promoted to Lieutenant on 23 April 1917. (Studholme 1928)
  • The Auckland Museum Library's manuscripts collection contains five letters written by Johns to his niece Iris, covering a period from 29 March 1915 to 27 September 1917. [Ref. MS 1392]
Description of Image: Portrait, Auckland Weekly News, 1917.
Further References:
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, Scars on the Heart WW I, 'Remember' display, contains a framed memorial plaque containing a photograph of William Henwood Johns.
  • Studholme, J., 1928, Record of personal services during the war of officers, nurses, and first-class warrant officers; and other facts relating to the N.Z.E.F., Government Printer, Wellington, 169.
  • Search http://www.archway.archives.govt.nz for information about this person's Military Personnel File. Use the Simple Search option.
Additional Information:
  • It was decided during World War I that all next-of-kin of service personnel who lost their lives as a result of the war would be presented with a memorial plaque and commemorative scroll from the King and country. The plaques were cast in bronze and were approximately five inches (125 mm) in diameter.
  • On the plaque itself no rank was recorded as the intention was to show equality in their sacrifice. The troops referred to them as 'The Dead Man's Penny'. A scroll was sent at the same time. (Source: http://www.diggerhistory.info/pages-medals/dead-penny.htm)
Sources Used:
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume I. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1914-1919
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1917

 Lest we forget

 

Further Reading:

Auckland Mounted Rifles Regiment

Auckland Mounted Rifles Regiment, Roll of Honour

The Battle of Beersheba, Palestine, 31 October 1917

Australian and New Zealand Roll of Honour

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: Auckland Mounted Rifles, Roll of Honour, William Henwood Johns


Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Tuesday, 6 October 2009 4:20 PM EADT
1st LHR, AIF, Roll of Honour, Karl Fletcher Hargrave
Topic: AIF - 1B - 1 LHR

1st LHR, AIF

1st Australian Light Horse Regiment

Roll of Honour

Karl Fletcher Hargrave

 

Karl Fletcher Hargrave's name on the Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial

 

Karl Fletcher Hargrave

Service number: 3063

Rank: Trooper [Tpr]

Unit: 1 Australian Light Horse

Service: Army

Conflict: 1914-1918

Date of death: 31 October 1917

Cause of death: Killed in action

Cemetery or memorial details: PALESTINE 1 Beersheba War Cemetery

War Grave Register notes: HARGRAVE, Tpr. Karl Fletcher, 3063. 1st Australia Ligth Horse. Killed in action 31st Oct., 1917. Age 22. Son of Matthew and Ann Hargrave, of Gunnedah, New South Wales. D. 18.

Source: AWM145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Army.

 

A brief military biography of Karl Fletcher Hargrave from The AIF Project:

Regimental number3063
Place of birthGunnedah, New South Wales
SchoolGunnedah Public School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationClerk and station hand
AddressBox 21, Warialda, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Matthew Hargrave, Gunnedah, New South Wales
Enlistment date23 October 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll8 September 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Light Horse Regiment, 23rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/6/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Karmala on 3 February 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Light Horse Regiment
FateKilled in Action 31 October 1917
Place of death or woundingBersheeba, Palestine
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialBeersheba War Cemetery (Row D, Grave No. 18), Palestine
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
2
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Matthew and Ann HARGRAVE, Gunnedah, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsCousin: 41 Pte Geofferey Lewis HARGRAVE, 13th Bn, killed in action, 4 May 1915.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Palestine

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

 

Lest we forget

 

Further Reading:

1st Australian Light Horse Regiment, AIF

1st Australian Light Horse Regiment, Roll of Honour

The Battle of Beersheba, Palestine, 31 October 1917

Australian and New Zealand Roll of Honour

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: 1st LHR, AIF, Roll of Honour, Karl Fletcher Hargrave


Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Wednesday, 7 October 2009 12:21 PM EADT
3rd LHR, AIF, Roll of Honour, John Richard Boundey
Topic: AIF - 1B - 3 LHR

3rd LHR, AIF

3rd Australian Light Horse Regiment

Roll of Honour

John Richard Boundey

 

John Richard Boundey's name on the Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial

 

John Richard Boundey

Service number: 2859

Rank: Trooper [Tpr]

Unit: 3rd Australian Light Horse

Service: Army

Conflict: 1914-1918

Date of death: 31 October 1917

Cause of death: Killed in action

Cemetery or memorial details: PALESTINE 1 Beersheba War Cemetery

War Grave Register notes: BOUNDEY, Tpr. John Richard, 2859. 3rd Australian Light Horse. Killed in action 31st Oct., 1917. C. 38.

Source: AWM145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Army.

 

 

 John Richard Boundey's grave at Beersheba

 

A brief military biography of John Richard Boundey from The AIF Project:

Regimental number2859
Place of birthOrroroo, South Australia
SchoolPublic School, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressTumby Bay, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Jane Boundey, Tumby Bay, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date23 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Light Horse Regiment, 20th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/8/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board RMS Malwa on 27 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Light Horse Regiment
FateKilled in Action 31 October 1917
Place of death or woundingEgypt
Date of death31 October 1917
Age at death27
Place of burialBeersheba War Cemetery (Row C, Grave No. 38), Palestine
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
3
Other details

War service: Egypt

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

 

 Lest we forget

 

Further Reading:

3rd Light Horse Regiment, AIF

3rd Australian Light Horse Regiment, Roll of Honour

The Battle of Beersheba, Palestine, 31 October 1917

Australian and New Zealand Roll of Honour

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: 3rd LHR, AIF, Roll of Honour, John Richard Boundey


Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Wednesday, 7 October 2009 1:11 PM EADT
Auckland Mounted Rifles, Roll of Honour, William Henry Hawkins
Topic: AIF - NZMRB - AMR

AMR, NZEF

Auckland Mounted Rifles Regiment

Roll of Honour

William Henry Hawkins

 

17593 Trooper William Henry Hawkins

From Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand, and serving with the Auckland Mounted Rifles, was killed in action on 31 October 1917.

Full Name: Trooper William Henry Hawkins
Rank Last Held: Trooper
Forename(s): William Henry
Surname: Hawkins
War: World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.: 17593
Date of Birth: 1877
Place of Birth: Auckland, New Zealand
First Known Rank: Sergeant Major
Occupation before Enlistment: Clerk
Next of Kin: Mrs F. Hawkins (wife), Brooks Square, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand
Marital Status: Married
Body on Embarkation: New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Embarkation Unit: 22nd Reinforcements Mounted Rifles Brigade
Embarkation Date: 15 February 1917
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Transport: Moeraki 15 February 1917
Vessel: Moeraki
Destination: Suez, Egypt (8 April 1917)
Nominal Roll Number: 54
Page on Nominal Roll: 1
Last Unit Served: 3rd Auckland Mounted Rifles
Place of Death: Palestine
Date of Death: 31 October 1917
Age at Death: 40
Year of Death: 1917
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Cemetery Name: Beersheba War Cemetery, Israel
Grave Reference: D.5.
Obituary:
  • "Sergeant William Henry Hawkins, who has been killed in action, was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. P. J. Hawkins, of Archhill. He was born in Auckland in 1877. Prior to enlisting he was on the staff of Messrs. Winstone, Ltd., for 18 years. For a long period he was a Sunday-school teacher, and for many years a member of the Pitt Street Methodist Choir. He was an active member of the West End Rowing Club and Auckland Mounted Rifles. He leaves a widow and young daughter. A younger brother is now in camp." (Auckland Weekly News, 6 December 1917, p. 19)
  • Sergeant William Henry Hawkins, killed in action, was the eldest son of Mr. P. Y. [sic] Hawkins, of Archhill. He was born in Auckland in 1877, and at the time of his enlistment in March, 1916, he had been in the employ of Messrs. Winstone, Limited, for a period of 18 years. He was an active member of the West End Rowing Club. As a territorial he was a member of the Auckland Mounted Rifles, and whilst in camp he attained the rank of sergeant-major. He leave[s] a widow and one child. (Auckland Weekly News, 6 December 1917, p. 19)
Biographical Notes:
  • Son of Paul Joseph and Ann Hawkins, of Arch Hill, Auckland.
  • Husband of Francis Hawkins, of 3 Mackelvie, Street, Grey Lynn, Auckland.
  • Brother of Joseph Francis Hawkins (64503), who was killed in action on 8 October 1918, in France.
Description of Image: Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1918
Further References: Search http://www.archway.archives.govt.nz for information about this person's Military Personnel File. Use the Simple Search option.
Additional Information: Moerakithen transfer to Boora at Melbourne for Suez.
Sources Used: Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume III. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1918

 Lest we forget

 

Further Reading:

Auckland Mounted Rifles Regiment

Auckland Mounted Rifles Regiment, Roll of Honour

The Battle of Beersheba, Palestine, 31 October 1917

Australian and New Zealand Roll of Honour

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: Auckland Mounted Rifles, Roll of Honour, William Henry Hawkins


Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Tuesday, 6 October 2009 4:16 PM EADT
12th LHR, AIF, Roll of Honour, William Bradbury
Topic: AIF - 4B - 12 LHR

12th LHR, AIF

12th Australian Light Horse Regiment

Roll of Honour

William Bradbury

 

William Bradbury's name on the Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial

 

William Bradbury

Service number: 279

Rank: Lance Corporal [L Cpl]

Unit: 12th Australian Light Horse

Service: Army

Conflict: 1914-1918

Date of death: 31 October 1917

Cause of death: Killed in action

Cemetery or memorial details: PALESTINE 1 Beersheba War Cemetery

War Grave Register notes: BRADBURY, Lce. Cpl. William 279. 12th Australian Light Horse. Killed in action 31st Oct., 1917. D. 52.

Source: AWM145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Army.

 

A brief military biography of William Bradbury from The AIF Project:

Regimental number279
Place of birthGoulburn, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation hand
AddressCrookwell, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 9"
Weight165 lbs
Next of kinFather, Walter Bradbury, Crookwell, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date28 January 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Light Horse Regiment, B Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/17/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 13 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Light Horse Regiment
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 28 January 1915. Taken on strength, 12th Light Horse Regiment, 1 March 1915. Wounded, 19 April 1917.
FateKilled in Action 31 October 1917
Place of death or woundingPalestine
Date of death31 October 1917
Age at death24
Place of burialBeersheba War Cemetery (Row D, Grave No. 52), Palestine
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
8
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Palestine

Taken on strength, 7th Light Horse Regiment, Gallipoli, 29 August 1915; disembarked Alexandria, 25 December 1915.

Transferred to 12th Light Horse Regiment, Maadi, 21 February 1916.

Marched out to 2nd Oasis Camp, Heliopolis, 1 March 1916.

Admitted to 4th Auxiliary Hospital, Cairo, 13 March 1916 (mumps); discharged to duty and rejoined unit, 13 March 1916.

Detached to Kasr-el-Nil Barracks, 26 April 1916; rejoined unit, 7 May 1916.

Detached to 67th Australian Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, Ferry Post, 10 December 1916; ceased to be attached on failing test, 15 December 1916; attached to 68th Australian Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, 15 December 1916; marched out, 16 December 1916; rejoined 12th Light Horse Regiment, 17 December 1916.

Wounded in action, 19 April 1917 (gun shot wound, back and left arm); admitted to 6th Mounted Brigade Field Ambulance, Tel-el-Jemmi, 19 April 1917; transferred to 53rd Casualty Clearing Station, 20 April 1917; to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, 23 April 1917; to 24th Stationary Hospital, Kantara, 27 April 1917; to 14th Australian General Hospital, 28 April 1917; discharged to duty, 31 May 1917; taken on strength, 4th Light Horse Training Regiment, Moascar, 31 May 1917.

Transferred to 12th Light Horse Regiment, Tel-el-Fara, 4 June 1917; taken on strength, 6 June 1917.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 17 July 1917.

Killed in action, Beersheba, 31 October 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BRADBURY William

 

 Lest we forget

 

Further Reading:

12th Australian Light Horse Regiment, AIF

12th Australian Light Horse Regiment, Roll of Honour 

The Battle of Beersheba, Palestine, 31 October 1917

Australian and New Zealand Roll of Honour

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: 12th LHR, AIF, Roll of Honour, William Bradbury


Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Wednesday, 7 October 2009 1:10 PM EADT

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