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Sunday, 8 November 2009
Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment, Roll of Honour
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WMR Regiment

Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment

Roll of Honour


Poppies on the Auckland Cenotaph plinth

 

The Roll of Honour contains the names of all the men known to have served at one time with the Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment and gave their lives in service of New Zealand as part of that unit.

 

Roll of Honour

 

Gordon (Clarence Gordon) ABERCROMBIE, Killed in Action, 9 January 1917.

Hugh ADAIR, Died of Disease, 3 October 1915.

Andrew James AITKEN, Died of Disease, 25 July 1918.

Cecil Howarth Malbon ALLISON, Died of Wounds, 9 December 1917.

Oscar Frederick ANDERSON, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

Mundell ANGUS, Died of Disease, 23 April 1915.

Albert George (Albert George Thomas) APPS, Died of Disease, 31 October 1918.

John ARCHIBALD, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

Edward Rippon ARMSTRONG, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

Peter William ATKINSON, Death attributed to war service under Section 2, 14 December 1918.

 

Lionel Richard (Lionel Richard Logan) BADDELEY, Killed in Action, 20 May 1915.

Ivanhoe Edward BAIGENT, Died of Wounds, 14 November 1917.

Edwin BALDWIN, Killed in Action, 14 November 1917.

Thomas George BALL, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

Hellard BARBER, Killed in Action, 28 July 1916.

William Thomson BARGROVE, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

Harold Allin BATTES, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

Kenneth Anderson BAYNE, Died by Drowning, 25 November 1916.

Christopher Kolle BERKAHN, Killed in Action, 24 July 1916.

Claude William BISHOP, Killed in Action, 20 February 1918.

Herbert Raymond BLAKE, Died of Disease, 28 November 1918.

Herbert BLAND, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

Jesse Samuel BONHAM, Killed in Action, 9 August 1916.

Ronald Arthur BOOTH, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

James Robert BORTHWICK, Died of Wounds, 27 August 1915.

William BOYLE, Died of Disease, 4 August 1915.

Harry Billingham BOYSON, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

James Halloran BREMNER, Died of Wounds, 8 September 1915.

William Gilbert Booth BREMNER, Died of Wounds, 20 July 1917.

Alexander BROMLEY, Killed in Action, 17 May 1915.

Charles Hawkesworth BROWN, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

Ernest Victor BROWN, Died of Wounds, 25 July 1917.

Hugh Charters BROWN, Died of Wounds, 2 November 1917.

Hilton Arthur BROWNE, Killed in Action, 27 July 1915.

Anthony Eugene BROWNLIE, Killed in Action, 14 November 1917.

Malcolm William BRUCE, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

Alfred Henry BRYANT, Killed in Action, 28 May 1915.

John Joseph BRYANT, Died of Disease, 3 December 1915.

Melville James BULL, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

Percy BULLARD, Died of Disease, 20 October 1914.

Charles Frederick Andrew BURKE (BURKE-STANLEY), Death attributed to war service under Section 2, 14 November 1918.

Eric Bell BURR, Died of Wounds, 9 August 1915.

Jack BURROW, Died of Disease, 7 November 1918.

 

Douglas Roy CALDWELL, Died of Disease, 27 December 1917.

Kenneth CALDWELL, Killed in Action, 1 April 1918.

Norman Donald CAMERON, Killed in Action, 30 May 1915.

Neil CAMPION, Killed in Action, 26 May 1915.

Sydney (Sydney Charles) CARDOZO, Died of Disease, 23 October 1918.

Henry John CARLEY, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

William Richard CASEY, Died of Disease, 22 October 1918.

Alfred Cornwall CATCHPOLE, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

Thomas CAULFIELD, Died of Wounds, 16 November 1917.

Robert CAVE, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

Robert Guy CHAMBERLAIN, Killed in Action, 6 August 1915.

Selwyn CHAMBERS, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Reginald Thomas CHISHOLM, Killed in Action, 30 May 1915.

Victor CHOWEN, Killed in Action, 30 March 1918.

Jack CLARK, Killed in Action, 9 January 1917.

John (John Cameron) CLARK, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

Walter Farrington CLARK, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

Aaron Anderson CLARKE, Died of Wounds, 20 June 1915.

George Marmaduke CLEARY, Killed in Action, 29 May 1915.

James Thomas CLOSE, Died of Disease, 15 August 1917.

Frederick (Frederick John) COATES, Killed in Action, 30 May 1915.

Joseph Daniel COLLINS, Died of Wounds, 14 November 1917.

William (William Gill) CONSTANCE, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

Arthur Clarence COOK, Killed in Action, 9 January 1917.

Maxwell CORNER, Died of Wounds, 8 April 1917.

James Grieve CORNFOOT, Died of Wounds, 23 November 1917.

Frank Reginald CORRIE, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

Claude Eric COUPER, Killed in Action, 30 March 1918.

Mervyn Francis COX, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

Reginald Napier CRESSWELL, Died of Disease, 28 October 1918.

William Masterson CUFF, Killed in Action, 9 August 1916.

Alan Moore CUMBERWORTH, Killed in Action, 14 November 1917.

Michael Joseph CURTIS, Died of Wounds, 9 January 1917.

 

Peter DALTON, Died of Disease, 20 October 1918.

William Charles DAULTON, Died of Wounds, 23 December 1916.

John DAVEY, Killed in Action, 30 May 1915.

Thomas DAVIDSON, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

William Joseph DAWBIN, Died of Disease, 23 August 1915.

Bernard John (Bernard Reginald John) DEANE, Died of Wounds, 28 August 1915.

Harry DERRIMAN, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

Henry DEWAR, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

Alfred DICKINSON (DICKENSON), Killed in Action, 30 May 1915.

Archibald Hugh DOUGLAS, Killed in Action, 14 July 1918.

Neil McLaren DOUGLAS, Died of Disease, 19 October 1918.

Thomas Lewis DOUGLAS, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

Reginald Charles DREAPER, Died of Wounds, 11 July 1915.

Charles DROMGOOL, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

George Edmund DROWER, Killed in Action, 30 May 1915.

Herbert John DUNHAM, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

Cyril Charles DUNLOP, Killed in Action, 30 May 1915.

Herbert Jubilee DYKE, Killed in Action, 28 July 1916.

Thomas Bags DYKE, Killed in Action, 14 November 1917.

 

Albert George EDMONDS, Killed in Action, 30 March 1918.

Gardner ELLIS, Died of Disease, 17 June 1915.

John Martin ELLIS, Killed in Action, 14 November 1917.

Ewen ELMSLIE, Died of Wounds, 13 January 1917.

James McGregor ELMSLIE, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

John ELSON, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

Percy Tivy EMERSON, Killed in Action, 30 May 1915.

Edward Lishman EMMERSON, Died of Disease, 16 October 1918.

Arthur Stanley ENDEAN, Died of Wounds, 25 June 1915.

Alfred George ERICKSEN, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

 

Thomas FAWCETT, Killed in Action, 19 December 1915.

Hugh Morrison FEENEY, Died of Wounds, 27 July 1915.

Arthur Richard FITZHERBERT, Died of Wounds, 27 March 1917.

Gilbert Sutherland FLAVALL, Killed in Action, 1 April 1918.

Alfred George FLAWS, Died of Disease, 7 August 1919.

Puslow FLETCHER, Died of Wounds, 13 August 1915.

Geoffrey Erle FRASER, Died of Wounds, 20 September 1915.

Percival Hugh FULLERTON-SMITH, Killed in Action, 6 August 1915.

 

James GAIR, Died of Disease, 17 May 1917.

Reginald Ewart GAMLIN, Killed in Action, 23 December 1916.

Gilbert Matthew GARDNER, Killed in Action, 9 August 1916.

John Henry GARDNER, Death attributed to war service under Section 2, 26 November 1918.

Albert Edward GASCOIGNE, Killed in Action, 20 May 1915.

Frederick Charles GATES, Killed in Action, 31 October 1917.

John Wallace GEANGE, Death attributed to war service under Section 2, 31 March 1917.

Cedric GENTIL, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

Hamilton George GILLANDERS, Died of Disease, 15 September 1915.

Angus GILLIES, Killed in Action, 30 March 1918.

William Charles Stewart GLASGOW, Died of Disease, 17 September 1915.

Arthur Robert GOULD, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

John Leybourne GRACE, Killed in Action, 30 May 1915.

John Fairly GRAHAM, Died of Wounds, 10 January 1917.

John Telfar GRAHAM, Died of Wounds, 20 August 1915.

Thomas Robert GRAHAM, Killed in Action, 9 January 1917.

John McPherson (J McPherson on CWGC) GRANT, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

Samuel GRAY, Died of Wounds, 16 November 1917.

Uma Athol GREEN, Died of Wounds, 14 November 1917.

Edward GRIFFIN, Killed in Action, 9 August 1916.

Ernest Raukapuka GRIPP, Killed in Action, 30 May 1915.

Hans Victor GRIPP, Died of Wounds, 28 August 1915.

 

Alfred William HAGUE, Died of Disease, 24 October 1918.

Abraham HALL, Killed in Action, 1 April 1918.

Albert Edward HALL, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

Walter HAMILTON, Killed in Action, 13 July 1918.

Thomas Anthony HANLEY, Killed in Action, 1 April 1918.

Elvin HANSEN, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

Maurice Alfred HARDING, Killed in Action, 23 December 1916.

Norman Chambers HARRIS, Died of Wounds, 9 August 1915.

James William Burns HARVEY, Died of Wounds, 2 September 1915.

William Angus McKay HASTIE, Killed in Action, 26 May 1915.

Norman Frederick HASTINGS, Died of Wounds, 9 August 1915.

Joseph William HAUGHIE, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

Arthur Connely HEALEY, Death attributed to war service under Section 2, 11 March 1919.

Weldon Arkell HEBBERD, Died of Wounds, 7 June 1917.

Arthur Desmond HERRICK, Killed in Action, 14 November 1917.

Arthur Lifford Oliver HEWITT, Died of Wounds, 9 February 1916.

John HIGH, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

Edward John HILL, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

Thomas Nelson HOGG, Killed in Action, 30 May 1915.

William Joseph HOLLIS, Died of Disease, 13 November 1918.

Howard Elphinstone (Howard) HOLLOWAY (ELPHINSTONE-HOLLOWAY), Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

Joseph Alfred HOPSON, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

David HORN, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

John Henry HORNE, Died of Disease, 27 May 1916.

Joseph Colquhoun HOWIE, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

Kenneth Burr HOWIE, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

Charles HUGHES, Died of Wounds, 19 April 1917.

James HUGHES, Died of Wounds, 17 October 1915.

Lindsay Filmer (Lindesay Filmer) HUGHES, Killed in Action, 1 June 1915.

Lionel HUGHES, Killed in Action, 30 May 1915.

Samuel Herbert HUNTER, Death attributed to war service under Section 2, 28 December 1917.

 

Alfred William IGGULDEN, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

Robert Edward IRELAND, Died of Disease, 10 December 1918.

 

Edward Lewis JACKSON, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

Howard Maurice JACKSON, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

John JACKSON, Died of Wounds, 27 May 1915.

Thomas Parry JAMES, Died of Wounds, 12 August 1915.

James JAMIESON, Killed in Action, 12 August 1916.

Thomas William JEFFS, Died of Disease, 3 March 1919.

John Howard JERVIS, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

Percy Lionel JOHNSTON, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

Robert JOHNSTONE, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

 

George Cheviot KAY, Killed in Action, 5 December 1915.

John Randall St John KEBBELL, Died of Wounds, 30 May 1915.

Victor Albert KELSALL, Killed in Action, 8 August 1915.

Stanley Whitmore KELSEY, Killed in Action, 9 January 1917.

Harry KERSHAW, Killed in Action, 9 January 1917.

Robert Guthrie KIDD, Killed in Action, 19 April 1917.

Louis Harper KING, Death attributed to war service under Section 2, 9 November 1918.

George Hartley KNIGHT, Death attributed to war service under Section 2, 28 April 1920.

 

Leonard Allen LAIRD, Died of Wounds, 5 November 1917.

Edward James LANCE, Killed in Action, 30 August 1915.

Edward Henry LAW, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

Frederick LETCHFORD, Died of Wounds, 28 August 1915.

John Julian LEVIEN, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

Royal Richard LOBB, Died of Wounds, 25 September 1918.

Herbert James Hoddinott LOCK, Killed in Action, 14 November 1917.

Ernest LONG, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

William Henry LYNCH, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

 

Angus MacDONALD, Died of Wounds, 21 August 1915.

Donald MACKAY, Killed in Action, 23 February 1917.

Lawrence Dudley MADDISON, Died of Disease, 6 January 1918.

Norman MAISEY, Died of Wounds, 21 July 1915.

Thomas Edgar MAJOR, Died of Wounds, 15 November 1917.

Frederick MANNING, Died of Disease, 19 October 1918.

Manley MARFELL, Died of Wounds, 22 May 1915.

Robert Egremont MASON, Died of Wounds, 14 November 1917.

Kenneth Murdock (Kenneth Murdoch) MATHESON, Killed in Action, 14 November 1917.

Ernest Frank MATTHEWS, Killed in Action, 1 April 1918.

John Wishart MAXWELL, Died of Wounds, 10 August 1915.

George Dyer MAYO, Died of Wounds, 7 August 1915.

Roderick McCANDLISH, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

Daniel Thomas McCARTHY, Died of Disease, 23 October 1916.

Colin Telfer McDONALD, Death attributed to war service under Section 2, 4 February 1919.

Duncan Buchanan McDONALD, Died of Wounds, 6 June 1915.

David Stewart McFARLANE, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

Kenneth Alexander McGREGOR, Died of Disease, 4 February 1918.

William John McKENZIE (MacKENZIE), Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

Alexander Neil McLEAN, Died of Disease, 2 November 1919.

Glenurquhart McLEAN, Died of Wounds, 13 August 1915.

Nigel Alexander McLEAN, Died of Wounds, 20 October 1915.

Archibald Huie (Archibald Hine) McMINN, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

Robert McPHUN, Killed in Action, 9 January 1917.

William Robertson McWILLIAM, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

Claude Victor Adrian MEADS, Killed in Action, 6 August 1915.

William MINCHIN, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

Walter Reginald MITCHELL, Killed in Action, 25 November 1917.

Albert Gordon MOELLER, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

John Leslie MONK, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

Frederick Nelson MOORE, Died of Wounds, 8 June 1915.

Alan Gerald MORGAN, Killed in Action, 23 December 1916.

Wilson Cameron MORRISON, Death attributed to war service under Section 2, 25 November 1918.

Arthur James MORSHEAD, Died of Disease, 29 June 1916.

William Henry MOSELEY, Died of Wounds, 15 August 1916.

Michael MURPHY, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

Richard MURPHY, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

George William MURRAY, Died of Wounds, 9 January 1917.

 

Albert Armour NASH, Died of Disease, 1 November 1918.

Leo Max NATZKE, Died of Wounds, 28 August 1915.

Robert John NESBITT, Died of Disease, 20 October 1918.

Gerald NEVITT, Died of Wounds, 2 June 1915.

Walter Joseph NEWTH, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

John Allan NEWTON, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

Ralph John NEWTON, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

Ramsay Alexander NEWTON, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

 

William Thomas O'BRIEN, Died of Wounds, 11 August 1915.

Patrick O'CALLAGHAN, Killed in Action, 5 December 1915.

Daniel O'CONNOR, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

Ernest Bailey OLIVER, Died of Accident, 25 April 1919.

Robert OSBORNE, Killed in Action, 14 November 1917.

William Alfred OTTAWAY, Killed in Action, 9 January 1917.

Frederick William Ellesmere OVERTON, Killed in Action, 1 June 1915.

 

George Arthur PAGET, Killed in Action, 1 April 1918.

Harry Thomas PALMER, Died of Disease, 15 July 1915.

Harry Stanley PALMERSON, Died of Disease, 12 July 1915.

David PATERSON, Killed in Action, 1 April 1918.

George PATERSON, Died of Wounds, 6 June 1915.

Edward James PEACOCK, Killed in Action, 23 December 1916.

Tobias Patrick PETERS, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

Horace PHILP, Died of Wounds, 27 August 1915.

Wilmot Frederick POWELL, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

John Eric Ronald PRICE, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

Hugh Graham PRINGLE, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

Harold Clarence PROSSER, Killed in Action, 6 August 1915.

Harold PYE-SMITH, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

 

John William REICHART, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

John RESTON, Killed in Action, 8 August 1915.

John Neil REW, Killed in Action, 28 July 1916.

Francis James RICHARDSON, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

Robert Duniface RIDDELL, Death attributed to war service under Section 2, 29 June 1918.

William RISK, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915.

Eion Alister ROBERTSON, Killed in Action, 9 January 1917.

Louis Somervell ROBERTSON, Killed in Action, 9 June 1915.

Norman Athelston (Norman Atholston) ROBIESON, Died of Wounds, 21 August 1915.

Francis Nestor ROBINSON, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

Brian RONALDSON, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

David Bacon ROSS, Died of Wounds, 28 August 1915.

Leonard John ROUNTREE, Killed in Action, 30 May 1915.

Claude ROUSE, Killed in Action, 14 November 1917.

Alexander James ROXBURGH, Died of Wounds, 31 May 1915.

Harold RUSLING, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

Denis RYAN, Death attributed to war service under Section 2, 14 November 1918.

 

Eric (Eric Tudway) SARGISSON, Died of Wounds, 13 September 1915.

Jack SCALES, Killed in Action, 30 May 1915.

Percy SEARLE, Died of Wounds, 10 August 1915.

Edward Rowan SEXTON, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

Leonard Christopher SIMPSON, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

David Henry SINCLAIR, Died of Disease, 26 October 1918.

Athol Wallace SMITH, Killed in Action, 14 November 1917.

Frederick SMITH, Died of Accident, 29 June 1915.

Henry Wilson SMITH, Killed in Action, 30 May 1915.

William Henry SMITH, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

Frederick Jesse SNELLING, Death attributed to war service under Section 2, 26 November 1919.

Herbert Edward SOMERSETT, Died of Wounds, 28 May 1915.

Charles Leslie SOMMERVILLE, Died of Wounds, 2 April 1918.

Stanley Wharton SOMMERVILLE, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

Edward SPOONER, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

Leonard Joseph SPURDEN, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

James Walter STEELE, Died of Wounds, 23 May 1915.

Arthur Frank STEVENS, Died of Disease, 15 July 1918.

Duncan Burrell STEVENS, Killed in Action, 1 April 1918.

Leslie Gordon STEVENS, Died of Disease, 11 October 1918.

Edward McIntosh STEWART, Killed in Action, 16 May 1915.

Laurie STRACHAN, Killed in Action, 14 November 1917.

William Rodrick (William Roderick) STRONACH, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

Henry Vaughan SUTTON, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

Mervyn Herbert SWEET, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

 

Clifford (Gifford) TAIT, Killed in Action, 25 November 1917.

John Harding TATHAM, Died of Disease, 18 October 1918.

Henry Percy TAYLOR, Killed in Action, 29 August 1915.

Stuart Ralston TENNENT, Died of Wounds, 16 August 1915.

Ernest THEOBALD, Killed in Action, 9 August 1916.

Alfred Edward THOMAS, Died of Wounds, 16 June 1915.

Eric Norton THOMPSON, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

Edward John TOOLE, Died of Wounds, 15 November 1917.

Percy Hugh TRESIDDER, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

Frederick TUCKER, Killed in Action, 1 April 1918.

John Henry TURNER, Died of Disease, 10 June 1915.

Percy Edward TURNOR, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

Francis Darbyshire TWISLETON, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

 

Noble VALE, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

 

James Ernest WALKLEY, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

Eric Charles Alexander WALSH, Died of Wounds, 13 July 1918.

Richard Reginald WATKINS, Killed in Action, 23 December 1916.

Charles WATT, Killed in Action, 30 May 1915.

David Richard WEBSTER, Died of Wounds, 20 April 1917.

Norman WHEELER, Died of Disease, 22 September 1915.

Hugh Macalister WHITE, Died of Disease, 27 November 1917.

Frank Henry George WHITTON, Died of Disease, 29 August 1915.

Gordon Hart WHYTE, Killed in Action, 30 May 1915.

John Walcot WILDER, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

Frank WILLIAMS, Killed in Action, 26 March 1917.

George Henry WILLIAMS, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

Gerard Temple WILLIAMS, Died of Disease, 1 September 1915.

Reginald Miles WILLIAMSON, Killed in Action, 9 August 1915.

Charles Sawier WILSON, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

James Hood WILSON, Died of Wounds, 9 August 1915.

Lawrence WINKS, Died of Wounds, 31 May 1915.

George Henry WOOD, Killed in Action, 30 March 1918.

James William WOOD, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

 

Lynn Robert YOUNG, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915.

 

Lest We Forget

 

 

Further Reading:

Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment

New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade

New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade, Roll of Honour 

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment, Roll of Honour

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EAST
Updated: Saturday, 21 November 2009 9:13 PM EAST
Friday, 11 September 2009
Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment, Contents
Topic: AIF - NZMRB - WMR

 WMR Regiment

Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment

Contents


 

 

Items

Wellington Mounted Rifles, NZMRB, Outline

 

Structure

The Australian Light Horse – Structural outline

Australian Light Horse Order of Battle

 

Corps

Desert Mounted Corps (DMC)

 

Division

Anzac Mounted Division

 

Brigade

New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade

 

Regiments

Auckland Mounted Rifles

Canterbury Mounted Rifles

Wellington Mounted Rifles

 

History

Bir el Abd

Bir el Abd, Sinai, 9 August 1916, Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment, War Diary Account

 

 

Roll of Honour

Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment, Roll of Honour

Lest We Forget

 

 

Further Reading:

Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment

New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment, Contents

Posted by Project Leader at 2:49 PM EADT
Updated: Friday, 11 September 2009 11:25 PM EADT
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
Wellington Mounted Rifles, NZMRB, Outline
Topic: AIF - NZMRB - WMR

WMR Regiment

Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment

Outline

 

Wellington Mounted Rifles marching at Awapuni Camp, Palmerston North, September 1914.

[From: Auckland Weely News, 1 October 1914, p. 45.]

 

Formation



Wellington Mounted Rifles Squadron Recruitment Catchment Areas

The Wellington Mounted Rifles utilised the Volunteer Territorial structure to recruit members into the three squadrons gazetted as establishment in August 1914.  Below is a listing of the three squadrons inclusive of the distinguishing squadron badge.

 

Queen Alexandra's 2nd Wellington West Coast Squadron

Badge for the Queen Alexandra's 2nd Wellington West Coast Regiment

The anticedents for the Queen Alexandra's 2nd Wellington West Coast Regiment stretched further back than 1914. The district surrounding Wellington provided a volunteer force for many decades. Men from these formations served during the Boer War while afterwards, during the reorganisation of 1 October 1900, two new Territorial battalions were formed. In 1906, the name battalion was replaced by Regiment. The Queen Alexandra's 2nd Wellington West Coast Regiment as a Territorial Volunteer formation came into being on 17 March 1911 when the New Zealand compulsory military training program commenced. The Queen Alexandra's 2nd Wellington West Coast Squadron was recruited from the same Territorial region which included the Wellington metropolitan area and the region immediately adjacent to the city.

 

6th Manawatu Squadron

Badge for the 6th Manawatu Regiment

The 6th Manawatu Regiment as a Territorial Volunteer formation came into being on 17 March 1911 when the New Zealand compulsory military training program commenced. After the outbreak of the Great War the 6th Manawatu Squadron was recruited from the same Territorial region region north and west of Wellington.

 

9th Wellington East Coast Squadron


Badge for the 9th Wellington East Coast Regiment

The 9th Wellington East Coast Regiment as a Territorial Volunteer formation came into being on 17 March 1911 when the New Zealand compulsory military training program commenced. After the outbreak of the Great War the 9th Wellington East Coast Squadron was recruited from the same Territorial region which included the region north and east of Wellington.

 

Machine Gun Section

The Machine Gun Section was drawn from recruits over the entirety of the Wellington Mounted Rifles catchment area.

 

Embarkation

The original Wellington Mounted Rifles embarked to Egypt on 16 October 1914.

  • HMNZT 10 Arawa - Headquarters Staff, 2nd Squadron (less one troop), and Machine-gun Section.
  • HMNZT 4 Tahiti - 6th Squadron (less one troop).
  • HMNZT 6 Orari - 9th Squadron (one troop each, 2nd and 6th Squadrons) and all the horses of the Regiment.

In Egypt additional training occurred at Maadi Camp.

 

Gallipoli

As mounted troops, the New Zealand Mounted Rifles were considered to be unsuitable for work in Gallipoli. The mounted troops volunteered to operate as infantry and thus were sent to Gallipoli with the Wellington Mounted Rifles landing on 12 May 1915. Only once was this regiment used for offensive activities which occurred during the two attacks on Hill 60 in August 1915. For the balance of the time the Wellington Mounted Rifles remained at Gallipoli, the unit played a defensive role.

 

Defence of Egypt

In March 1916, the Wellington Mounted Rifles was allotted as a Regiment in the newly formed Australian and New Zealand Mounted Division, or more commonly called the Anzac Mounted Division. As part of the Division the Wellington Mounted Rifles moved to join its parent brigade, the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade, which was taking part in the defence of the Suez Canal. The work was hot and monotonous. they remained here until moved to the Romani region to bolster the defence of that area.

 

Sinai

The New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade played an important role in beating back the Turkish invasion of the Suez Canal zone at Romani. Now known as the Battle of Romani which lasted from 4-6 August which was quickly followed by the Battle of Katia and then Bir el Abd on 9 August. All the actions in which the Wellington Mounted Rifles finally led to the defeat of the Ottoman Canal Expeditionary force and its retreat to Bir el Mazar.


Over the next few months, the Wellington Mounted Rifles took part in the Allied advance over the Sinai leading to the fall of Bir el Mazar, then El Arish followed by Bir el Magdhaba and finally Rafa in January 1917. The Ottoman forces were expelled from the Sinai and were poised to be tackled in Palestine.

 

Palestine

On 27 March 1917, the Wellington Mounted Rifles took an adventurous role during the First Battle of Gaza. While involved in the encirclement of the city as a prelude to its capture, the Wellington Mounted Rifles received the order to withdraw and return to the starting line. Grudgingly they did so but realised the Turks had snatched victory out of the jaws of defeat.

The Wellington Mounted Rifles took part in the Second Battle of Gaza on 19 April 1917 and suffered the heaviest casualties since Gallipoli.

The Wellington Mounted Rifles took part in the Battle of Beersheba and then the follow up actions that lasted until early January 1918. This included such actions as the Battle of Ayun Kara and the advance to Jaffa.

After the fall of Jerusalem the Wellington Mounted Rifles moved to the Jordan Valley and took parts in operations in this region. This included the taking of Jericho, the attack on Amman during 27 March - 2 April 1918 and Es Salt Raid of 30 April – 4 May 1918. It's last major action prior to the breakout was to repel the German Asien Corps attack on Abu Telllul, 14 July 1918.

 

Amman

At the opening of the final Allied offensive on 19 September 1918, the Wellington Mounted Rifles took part in the invasion of the Moab hills for the third time. This time Amman was captured and finally, the Ottomans called for an Armistice on 30 October 1918.

 

Commanders
Lieutenant Colonel W. Meldrum, from 8 August 1914 to 23 April 1917.
Lieutenant Colonel J. H. Whyte, from 12 June 1917 to 31 December 1918.
Major A. F. Batchelor, from 1 January 1919 to 30 June 1919      

 

Attachments

Formed August 1914.

Attached to the New Zealand and Australian Division from December 1914 to April 1915. Attachment ceased on the Division's deployment to Gallipoli.

Attached to the New Zealand and Australian Division at Gallipoli from May 1915 to February 1916.

Attached to the Anzac Mounted Division March 1916 until March 1919.

  

Campaigns

Gallipoli:
  • Anzac
  • Defence at Anzac
  • Suvla
  • Sari Bair
  • Gallipoli 1915-1916

Egypt:

  • Defence of Egypt.

Sinai:

Palestine:

  • First Battle of Gaza;
  • Second Battle of Gaza;
  • Third Battle of Gaza;
  • Beersheba;
  • Ayun Kara;
  • Jerusalem;
  • Jericho;
  • First Amman;
  • Es Salt;
  • Megiddo; and,
  • Second Amman.

 

Casualties suffered by the Wellington Mounted Rifles

  • 328 killed
  • 496 wounded


Disbandment

The Wellington Mounted Rifles returned to New Zealand with the main body of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles. With much ceremony at Chevalier Island, the Wellington Mounted Rifles along with the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade was disbanded on 30 June 1919. On the same day, Wellington Mounted Rifles returned to New Zealand on the SS Ulimaroa.

 

Acknowledgement: Thanks are extended to Steve Butler and Greg Bradley for the excellent site New Zealand Mounted Rifles Association and their consent to use information and images from that particular site. Steve Butler has kinldy provided the artwork for this entry.

 

Further Reading:

Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment

New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920


Citation: Wellington Mounted Rifles, NZMRB, Outline

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Friday, 11 September 2009 3:03 PM EADT
Sunday, 9 August 2009
Bir el Abd, Sinai, 9 August 1916, Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment, Unit History Account
Topic: AIF - NZMRB - WMR

Bir el Abd

Sinai, 9 August 1916

WMR Unit History Account

 

Major Alexander Herbert Wilkie, Adjutant of the Wellington Mounted Rifles, a unit which was part of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade, wrote an account of this unit in 1924 called Official War History of the Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment - 1914 - 1919, in which included a section specifically related to the battle of Bir el Abd and is extracted below. A copy of this book is available on the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Association website.

 

Wilkie, AH, Official War History of the Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment - 1914 - 1919, (Auckland 1924).

 

Owing to the heavy work which had fallen to the 1st and 2nd Australian Light Horse Brigades during the previous month and in resisting the main Turkish attack on the 3rd and 4th of August, orders were issued that the men and horses of these brigades were to be rested as much as possible, the men having had little sleep for three nights. On the 6th and 7th, therefore, they remained in their respective camps whilst the other mounted troops kept in touch with the enemy, and at the same time the 42nd and 52nd Infantry Divisions were advanced to garrison Katia and Abu Hamra respectively.

With that thoroughness and foresight which were characteristics of the Turkish organisation throughout the Romani operations, the enemy had constructed a series of defensive positions as he advanced, these now proving of immense value to fall back on during his retreat. His numerical strength was also favourable to him at this time, apart from the fighting qualities of his troops, for it debarred any interference with his flanks and enabled him to protect his guns and to retire the latter in comparative safety well in rear of his column. In consequence, the Turks fought a stubborn rearguard action with the mounted troops which followed up close on his heels, till he was driven to a strong position at Bir El Abd, twenty miles north of Romani, on 8th August.

A general advance was then decided on, and the 1st and 2nd A.L.H. Brigades, resting near Romani, were placed under the command of Brigadier General Royston, and ordered to cooperate with the other mounted troops. Leaving Romani on the morning of the 8th, Royston's Column (as it was then called) reached Katia later in the' day, where orders were received for the operation, these being generally as follows :- Royston's Column to continue its march during the night and to be in position early next morning to the north-west of Bir El Abd in readiness to attack at dawn on the' left of the N.Z. Brigade, the latter to move along the telegraph line direct on Bir El Abd with the 3rd A.L.H. Brigade on its right; the Mobile Camel Column to operate in the direction of Bir Bayud; the Yeomanry to be in reserve.

Royston's Column, with the Ayrshire Battery attached, left Katia at 11 p.m. on the 8th and, marching practically all night, it reached high ground to the north-west of Bir El Abd, where it came under the fire of a 5.9 gun at 5 a.m. on the 9th. The 1st Australian Light Horse Brigade (Lieut.-Colonel Meredith) then took up a position on the northern portion of elevated ground in sand dunes facing the east, and the 2nd A.L.H. Brigade (Lieut.-Colonel Meldrum) continued the line southward on their right, at the same time joining up with the New Zealand Brigade, which had taken up a position west of and over looking Bir El Abd. The Turks were at that time holding a line about ten miles in length, facing west, with their right resting near the Sabhket el Bardawil, and their left at Bir Bayud. From this position our line was violently bombarded, and the Ayrshire Battery came into action.

At about 5.30 the W.M.R. (Major Spragg), in advance of the 2nd A.L.H. Brigade, pressed forward on foot to capture a high ridge about half a mile from the first position taken up. Heavy fire was encountered during the advance, but when the Regiment bad gained its objective it quickly gained superiority of rifle fire over the enemy, although it suffered from 'enemy artillery fire, which rained shrapnel and H.E.

shells all 'along the line. Meanwhile the N.Z. Brigade, on the right, had been heavily engaged, and later in the morning the W.M.R., in advance of the 2nd A.L.H. Brigade, made a further advance to capture a ridge on their left front. The 2nd W.M.R. Squadron was on the left, and the 9th on the right of the front line, the 6th Squadron being in support. The 7th A.L.H. Regiment acted in conjunction with the W.M.R. and with the machine guns it gave a covering fire as the W.M.R. advanced. The enemy brought heavy rifle and machine-gun fire to bear on the advancing line, but the W.M.R. pressed the attack over the intervening ground - a distance of some four hundred yards - and captured their objective. The latter then drew fire of every description, high-explosive shells, shrapnel, and bullets tearing up the ground along it, and most of the casualties in the W.M.R. during the day were inflicted there.

Fortunately, the soft sand minimised the effect of the high-explosive shells; otherwise the casualties would have been much greater.

Meanwhile the New Zealand Brigade, after having advanced resolutely in the centre, became heavily engaged, and at 8.30 the 3rd Australian Light Horse Brigade, then some distance away on the right, was ordered to get into close touch with it; but this Brigade made little headway.

About noon the enemy burned two store depots, and his movements indicated that he intended to retire, but a little later he changed his plans. Finding that he could hold his position, and that his flanks were not threatened, he became aggressive, and with his great numerical strength he reinforced his line with fresh troops from time to time, counter-attacking with great determination, and our advance was completely checked.

At the same time the enemy used his big guns with great effect, high-explosive shells landing on the Ayrshire Battery, of which four men and thirty-seven horses were killed and seven men and seven horses wounded. His shells fell also in the valleys where the led horses were sheltered, and it was found necessary to move them further back. At 1.30 p.m. the enemy delivered an attack with three battalions on the left of the New Zealand Brigade. The gap which had existed there had been filled by the Warwickshire Yeomanry, which met the attack, assisted by the Leicester Battery, and the pressure was relieved.

At 2 p.m. the enemy launched a determined attack on Royston's Column, supported by heavy artillery fire, driving back the right flank. The Ayrshire Battery was ordered back, but, owing to the casualties which had occurred among the horses, it had been rendered immobile. All reserves were called up and put into the fight so that the guns could be withdrawn, as the battery was comparatively close to the enemy.

At 2.47 p.m. the left flank - 1st Brigade - began a gradual retirement. At the same time enemy pressure forced back the 3rd A.L.H. Brigade for nearly a mile, and the enemy advanced in that quarter. The attacks on General Royston's left were pressed also, and the General reported at 2.48 p.m. that he was just holding on, but would probably have to retire. All his men were then in the firing line.

At 4.30 p.m. Brigadier-General Royston's left (1st A.L.H. Brigade) was being very strongly counter-attacked, and a vigorous attack by from 3000 to 4000 of the enemy was being made on his right (2nd Brigade). Orders were therefore given to evacuate the wounded, and for the whole line to withdraw, steadily, keeping touch.

This was done in perfect order by General Royston's Column, but owing to the gap between it and the N.Z. Brigade, and the withdrawal of the 3rd Brigade on the right, the N.Z. Brigade's position became very much exposed. As a withdrawal then would have meant heavy casualties, this Brigade held on until after dark. That night the W.M.R. bivouacked at Oghratina.

During the day Sergeant Patterson, of the 2nd W.M.R. Squadron, and Trooper K. A. McGregor, of the 6th W.M.R. Squadron, displayed great coolness, pluck, and presence of mind in assisting and rescuing wounded in the face of an intense bombardment of high-explosive shells, machine-gun and rifle fire.

Royston's Column ceased from this date, General Royston taking command of the 3rd A.L.H. Brigade, Colonel Meldrum retaining command of the 2nd A.L.H. Brigade.

The W.M.R. casualties during the day were:-  Three other ranks killed, three officers and twenty-six other ranks wounded.

On 10th August an outpost line was established to watch the enemy, and on the following day the W.M.R. reconnoitred the ground occupied by Royston's Column during the fight. The Turks were found in strength close by, but they were busy burying their dead. Next day the enemy were found to have retired beyond Salmana, and here a note, written by a German with a sense of humour, was found, confirming this and asking the mounted troops not to press them too hard over the waterless desert! The prisoners captured during the Romani, Katia, and Bit El Abd operations amounted to four thousand, including fifty officers, of whom some were Germans and Austrians. We also captured a large number of rifles, quantities of stores and ammunition, and two complete field hospitals. Enemy casualties were estimated at eight thousand.

 

Further Reading:

Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment

Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment, Roll of Honour

New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade

Battle of Romani, Sinai, August 4 to 5, 1916 

Bir el Abd, Sinai, 9 August 1916

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: Bir el Abd, Sinai, 9 August 1916, Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment, Unit History Account

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Saturday, 19 September 2009 5:12 PM EADT
Wednesday, 5 August 2009
Battle of Romani, Sinai, August 4 to 5, 1916, Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment, War Diary Account
Topic: AIF - NZMRB - WMR

Battle of Romani

Sinai, August 4 to 5, 1916

WMR, War Diary Account

 

 War Diary account of the WMR.

 

The transcription:

4 August

Between 1600 and 1700 a company of Scottish Light Infantry came in on our right replacing 7th Australian Light Horse Regiment who moved further to the right. We held our position during the night and received orders for a counter attack to be given at 0400 inst.

5 August

At 0400 Regiment fixed bayonets and stormed up Wellington Ridge with 7th Light Horse Regiment on the right and supported on our left by the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

Rushing up with unmatched dash they broke through Turkish front line pressing forward from ridge to ridge absolutely demoralising the Turkish troops who surrendered in hundreds.

Collecting the Regiment together and ordering up the lead horses, Colonel Meldrum remounted the Regiment and at once followed up the retreating Turks towards Qatia. Pressing on the north of Mount Meredith, the Regiment pressed forward over the ridge and down into a position three miles east south east of Mount Meredith and six hundred yards north west of Bir Maraieh where we were held up by a Mountain Battery and heavy machine Gun and rifle fire.

As the Turkish read guard appeared to be in trenches at Bir Maraieh and to the south east of Qatia Oasis, we took up at 0400 a position for defence commanding Bir Maraieh positioned six machine guns and in position with the intention of watching the Turkish rear until sufficient supports came up for us to risk an attack. Here we remained until 0900 closely observing Turkish movements and communicating them back to Brigade Headquarters. In the meantime Patrols were sent out to our right to observe Turkish movements and pick up prisoners etc. One of these Patrols under Lieutenant Allison captured a Turkish Ambulance and eighty camels and their drivers, also an ammunition supply which was close by Ambulance. A quarter of an hour after capture had been affected a Troop of 7th Light Horse Regiment arrived on the scene and assisted in the round up of some camels which had broken away.

At 0900 I issued an urgent appeal for assistance from the Commander, Royal Artillery who reported that he was two miles east of Katib Gannit and was being attacked from the north east by Turks. Two squadrons at once moved to the assistance of the artillery.

At 1000 Colonel Meldrum assumed command of the Brigade in place of Colonel Royston wounded, and Major Spragg took over command of the Regiment.

Until 1400 the two squadrons were in position defending artillery. Remainder of Regiment remained support.

At 1330 orders were issued that the Brigade, in conjunction with remainder of Anzac Mounted Division were to attack Qatia.

Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment during the advance on Qatia on the left of the advance with 6th Light Horse Regiment on their right and 7th Light Horse Regiment in support.

At 1415 advance began, the Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment being allotted the northern end of Qatia Oasis as its objective. The whole line moved forward until the Regiment on the extreme left was within seven or eight hundred yards of the Oasis and on the right of the line lacking in cover that to west of southern end advance was hung up owing to machine gun and rifle fire of the Turks who had extended along the western edge of Oasis. A uniform fire was kept up by machine guns Lewis guns and rifles and much damage reported on Turks who could be seen moving about the Oasis.

The enemy was well supported by artillery at east, ten guns being used, ten shells often bursting simultaneously, but owning to skilful use made by men of cover for themselves and their horses, casualties were not serious.

A constant pressure was kept on the Turks until dusk when a withdrawal was affected, the wounded were all evacuated and the Regiment returned to camp for water and supplies.

  

Roll of Honour

Battle of Romani, Sinai, August 4 to 5, 1916, Roll of Honour, New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade

Lest We Forget

 

Further Reading:

Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment

Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment, Roll of Honour

New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade

Battle of Romani, Sinai, August 4 to 5, 1916 

Bir el Abd, Sinai, 9 August 1916

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: Battle of Romani, Sinai, August 4 to 5, 1916, Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment, War Diary Account

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