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Sunday, 8 November 2009
Canterbury Mounted Rifles Regiment, Roll of Honour
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CMR Regiment

Canterbury 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 Canterbury Mounted Rifles Regiment and gave their lives in service of New Zealand as part of that unit.

 

Roll of Honour

 

Ameral Christopher ABBOTT, Died of Disease, 8 May 1915

George Duncan ABBOTT, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

William Percival ABRAHAM, Killed in Action, 6 August 1915

David ANDERSON, Killed in Action, 25 August 1915

Stephen Radcliffe ARCHER, Killed in Action, 22 June 1915

Robert Vernon ARMSTRONG, Died of Disease, 12 December 1915

Rory ARNOLD, Died of Wounds, 17 July 1915

 

Maxwell Stewart BAIN, Killed in Action, 25 August 1915

Ringin BALLANTYNE, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

Samuel Eric BASSETT, Died of Wounds, 23 June 1915

Arthur Lake BATCHELOR, Died of Wounds, 27 November 1917

Horace Stanley BATE, Died of Wounds, 17 July 1915

Thomas BEDELPH, Killed in Action, 5 December 1917

Norman Matau BELL, Died of Disease, 20 July 1915

William Arthur BELWORTHY, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

Henry BENSON, Died of Wounds, 31 March 1918

Cecil Featherstonhaugh BERRY, Killed in Action, 6 August 1915

Stanley BERRYMAN, Killed in Action, 30 March 1918

William BEWS, Died of Disease, 18 December 1918

John BINDON, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

Reginald Frank BIRDLING, Killed in Action, 6 August 1915

James BLACK, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

Cyril BLAKENEY, Killed in Action, 9 August 1916

John Withell BOAG, Died of Wounds, 2 May 1918

Richard Arthur BODEN, Killed in Action, 22 May 1915

George Ernest BOOKER, Killed in Action, 21 August 1915

Robert Ross BOWIE, Died of Disease, 10 July 1915

Stanley John BOWKER, Killed in Action, 21 August 1915

Henry Allan BOWRON, Killed in Action, 23 December 1916

Theodore (Theodore Daniel) BRENT, Killed in Action, 21 August 1915

Henry Charles BREWER, Died of Disease, 1 November 1918

Owen (Owen Tudor) BREWER, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

George BRIGHTON, Died of Wounds, 27 November 1915

Michael Edward BRISLANE, Died of Wounds, 20 August 1915

Edward Guise BRITTAN, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

Henry Bertram BRITTAN, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

John McQueen BRUCE, Died of Wounds, 31 March 1918

Arthur Joseph BULL, Killed in Action, 6 August 1915

Robert Bruce BURN, Killed in Action, 6 August 1915

Edward Benjamin BURROW, Died of Disease, 1 November 1918

Frederic Victor BYRCH, Died of Wounds, 9 August 1915

 

Robert Stanley Lawson CALVERT, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

John CAMERON, Died of Disease, 2 December 1916

Colin Andrew CAMPBELL, Killed in Action, 25 September 1918

John Robert CAMPBELL, Died of Wounds, 30 June 1915

John Fletcher CARLYLE, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

John Joseph CARR, Killed in Action, 30 March 1918

Owen CARR, Killed in Action, 30 March 1918

David Roger CARTER, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915

Thomas James CASKEY, Died of Wounds, 24 December 1916

Montagu CLAYTON, Killed in Action, 5 November 1917

William Tipping CLEAR, Died of Disease, 15 October 1918

John Alexander COCHRANE, Died of Wounds, 13 August 1915

Herbert COLLINS, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

Albert George Victor COLLINSON, Died of Disease, 6 November 1915

George Inman COMER, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

Franklin James CONWAY, Died of Wounds, 31 August 1915

Rudolph Grattan COOKE, Killed in Action, 23 December 1916

William COPESTAKE, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915

Arthur Ernest COTTON, Killed in Action, 20 February 1918

Cecil Theodore CROOK, Died of Wounds, 4 July 1915

Cecil Hervey CROWE, Killed in Action, 9 August 1916

Frank CULVERHOUSE, Death attributed to war service under Section 5, 20 November 1917

Thomas Edward CURRIE, Died of Wounds, 22 July 1915

 

William Henry DALTON, Killed in Action, 19 May 1915

Edwin Stokes DALZIEL, Death attributed to war service under Section 12, 29 August 1920

Edwin Frank DANIEL, Killed in Action, 22 August 1915

Gilbert DAVIDSON, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

George Harcus DAVIS, Killed in Action, 9 August 1916

Francis DAVISON, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915

John Russell DAWSON, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

Alan Hirst DE CASTRO, Killed in Action, 6 August 1915

Robin Howell DECK, Killed in Action, 29 August 1915

David DEVON, Died of Wounds, 27 November 1917

Harold James DICK, Died of Disease, 13 July 1915

Charles Percy DORMAN, Killed in Action, 18 December 1915

Herbert DOUGLAS, Died of Wounds, 10 November 1917

James DOWNIE, Died of Wounds, 1 May 1918

William Gibson DOWNING, Died of Wounds, 14 December 1915

Horace DRAIN, Died of Disease, 16 October 1918

James DUNCAN, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

James Malcolm DUNCAN, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

 

James EDWARDS, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

John Michael Winter EVANS, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

Edmund EVERETT, Died of Disease, 11 September 1915

Stuart Charles (Stewart Charles) EVERETT, Died of Disease, 31 July 1915

 

John Francis FAHEY, Death attributed to war service under Section 15, 10 June 1920

Fred FAIRWEATHER, Died of Wounds, 24 August 1915

Donald James (Donald James Alexander) FERGUSON, Killed in Action, 19 July 1917

George Weir FERGUSON, Killed in Action, 21 August 1915

Owen Ernest Oscar FERRIS, Killed in Action, 9 August 1916

Joseph FIFIELD, Died of Disease, 20 December 1918

Thomas David FINCHAM, Died of Disease, 7 November 1918

James FLEMING, Killed in Action, 25 August 1915

Robert Anthony FLEMING, Killed in Action, 6 August 1915

Alexander William FLETCHER, Killed in Action, 9 December 1917

George FOWLER, Died of Disease, 16 October 1918

Charles Frederick Dillworth FOX, Killed in Action, 12 June 1915

 

William John GALLAGHER, Killed in Action, 21 August 1915

Herman GARDINER, Killed in Action, 6 August 1915

Edward GARLAND, Died of Wounds, 24 December 1916

Robert James GIBB, Killed in Action, 30 March 1918

Leslie Walter GIBBS, Killed in Action, 9 January 1917

Silas John GIBSON, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

John Thomas GILL, Death attributed to war service under Section 3, 17 January 1917

Alfred Harris GLOVER, Killed in Action, 21 August 1915

David GODFREY, Died of Wounds, 5 September 1915

William David GOLD, Died of Wounds, 14 August 1917

Alexander Harold GOOD, Died of Wounds, 7 August 1916

Frank GOODRICK, Killed in Action, 9 August 1916

Hugh William GRAHAM, Killed in Action, 30 March 1918

William Moody GRAY, Killed in Action, 9 August 1916

Leonard John GREENSLADE, Killed in Action, 5 November 1917

Arthur Robert GREENWOOD, Killed in Action, 6 August 1915

Lawrence Robert GROOBY, Died of Disease, 27 October 1918

Francis Benjamin Hart GUINNESS, Died of Wounds, 25 August 1915

James GYNES, Died of Wounds, 31 August 1915

 

James Michael HAGERTY, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915

Edward Ernest HAINES, Died of Disease, 10 December 1917

Stanley HALL, Died of Wounds, 11 September 1915

Walter Ernest HALL, Death attributed to war service under Section 7, 25 December 1918

Hubert Arthur HAMILTON, Killed in Action, 22 August 1915

Herbert Harold HAMMOND, Killed in Action, 9 August 1916

Bertie Leathem (Bertie Leathern) HAMPTON, Died of Disease, 20 May 1918

Frederick Selwyn HAMPTON, Died of Disease, 28 December 1918

David HANDISIDES, Died of Wounds, 20 January 1917

Anthony Hugh HANMER, Killed in Action, 10 August 1915

John HANNEN, Killed in Action, 6 August 1915

James HAPPER, Died of Wounds, 19 May 1915

Walter Frederick HARDING, Died of Wounds, 31 May 1915

Eric Tristram HARPER, Killed in Action, 30 April 1918

Gordon Gerald HARPER, Died of Wounds, 12 August 1916

David HASLETT, Died of Wounds, 5 November 1917

Walter Ronald (Walter Roland) HASSALL, Killed in Action, 21 August 1915

William Harold HAY, Killed in Action, 14 May 1915

Cyril HAYTER, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

William HEDLEY, Killed in Action, 21 August 1915

Frank William HENSON, Killed in Action, 30 March 1918

Heber Basil (Herbert Basil) HINSON, Died of Wounds, 30 March 1918

Frank Elliott (Frank Ehot) HOBSON, Killed in Action, 31 May 1915

Arthur HOLE, Died of Disease, 28 April 1918

John Alexander Huntley (John Alex Huntly) HOLMES, Died of Wounds, 30 September 1915

Walter HOLYOAKE, Killed in Action, 30 March 1918

Horap William HOPKINS, Died of Disease, 3 August 1915

Thomas (Thomas Martin) HORGAN, Died of Disease, 18 November 1915

James Samuel HUMPHREYS, Died of Disease, 12 October 1918

Philip HUNTER, Killed in Action, 26 May 1915

William Thomas HUXFORD, Killed in Action, 30 May 1915

 

George Leslie ILSLEY, Killed in Action, 6 August 1915

 

Francis Herbert JACKSON, Killed in Action, 19 April 1917

George William JACKSON, Died of Disease, 16 July 1915

Frank Elworthy JARMAN, Killed in Action, 6 August 1915

Daniel JENKINS, Died of Wounds, 24 July 1915

Peter John JENKINS, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915

Archibald Henry JENNINGS, Killed in Action, 25 September 1918

Walter John Pengelly JOHNSON, Killed in Action, 23 May 1915

John JOHNSTON, Killed in Action, 30 May 1915

William JOHNSTON, Died of Disease, 15 December 1918

Alexander McConachie JOHNSTONE, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

Edward Joseph JONES, Killed in Action, 25 August 1915

John William JONES, Killed in Action, 14 November 1917

Edgar Percy JORDAN (GORDON), Died of Wounds, 9 July 1915

Henry Bernard JOYCE, Died of Wounds, 22 August 1915

 

Edgar Joseph KEEFE, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

Walter Herbert KEITH-MURRAY, Died of Wounds, 27 June 1915

John Joseph KENNEDY, Killed in Action, 30 March 1918

Thomas Ryce KENNEDY, Died of Wounds, 6 November 1917

Hugh Joseph KENNEDY (LOCKE), Died of Disease, 25 January 1919

Frederick William KERR, Died of Wounds, 13 June 1915

Leslie Peter KERR, Died of Disease, 14 December 1918

Francis George KIDSON, Died of Wounds, 18 June 1915

Albert Henry KINGSBURY, Died of Disease, 25 October 1918

John Guthrie Brass KIRKNESS, Died of Disease, 10 December 1915

Frederick (Fred) KNOWLES, Killed in Action, 30 March 1918

Edward Hugh KNOX, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

 

Henry LAFRENTZ, Killed in Action, 21 August 1915

Robert Harry LAMBIE, Killed in Action, 9 August 1916

Bernard LAWSON, Died of Disease, 18 December 1918

Maurice James LE LIEVRE (LE-LIEVRE), Killed in Action, 9 January 1917

Lewis Maurice (Lewis Maurice McPherson) LEAMAN, Killed in Action, 14 July 1915

Alexander LEDINGHAM, Killed in Action, 9 January 1917

Norman John McLeod LESTER, Death attributed to war service under Section 8, 29 June 1918

Francis John LEVETT, Killed in Action, 30 March 1918

Alexander Renel LIVINGSTONE, Killed in Action, 25 November 1917

Gibson LOW, Killed in Action, 28 May 1915

Pietro Max LUISETTI, Died of Disease, 26 October 1915

Robert LUSK, Killed in Action, 6 August 1915

Alan Douglas LUXTON, Died of Disease, 29 October 1918

 

John MacDONALD, Died of Wounds, 7 July 1915

Frederick George MACKIE, Died of Wounds, 31 March 1918

William MacMORLAND, Death attributed to war service under Section 14, 17 February 1920

Harry MANSHIP, Died of Disease, 19 December 1918

Lewis MANSON, Killed in Action, 5 August 1916

Frederic Norman MARCHANT, Died of Disease, 31 December 1916

Wilkie MARDON, Died of Disease, 26 January 1917

Francis Barry MARTIN, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915

Owen MATHIAS, Killed in Action, 30 March 1918

George Cuthbert MAYNE, Killed in Action, 8 August 1915

Charles Gibson McCONACHIE, Killed in Action, 30 March 1918

Douglas McLean McDONALD, Killed in Action, 22 August 1915

Thomas Alexander McDONALD, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

John Alexander McFERRAN, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

Hugh McGUCKIN, Died of Disease, 9 December 1918

Malcolm McINNES, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915

Christian Fraser McINTOSH, Died of Wounds, 10 January 1917

Charles Clements McINTYRE, Killed in Action, 30 March 1918

John McKAY, Killed in Action, 9 August 1916

Roderick Hugh McKAY, Died of Disease, 15 October 1915

William McKIBBIN, Died of Disease, 5 October 1918

Louis Albert McLEAN, Killed in Action, 6 August 1915

Charles Patrick McMAHON, Killed in Action, 6 August 1915

James McMENAMIN, Killed in Action, 21 August 1915

John McMILLAN, Death attributed to war service under Section 2, 15 June 1916

Jeffrey McNEILL, Killed in Action, 9 August 1916

Walter McNEILL, Killed in Action, 30 March 1918

John Raymond McPEAK, Died of Disease, 13 October 1918

Albert Edward McTAINSH, Died of Disease, 19 October 1918

Daniel Morrison McVEY, Died of Disease, 28 August 1915

Robert Stuart MEAD, Died of Disease, 27 September 1915

Alexander Reginald MEE, Died of Disease, 26 October 1918

William Barnet MENZIES, Killed in Action, 9 August 1916

Daniel MIDDLEMISS, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

Harold Johnstone MILES, Died of Wounds, 20 December 1915

William Thomas MILLIKEN, Killed in Action, 28 March 1918

George Alexander MITCHELL, Killed in Action, 9 January 1917

James Howard MITCHELL, Died of Wounds, 24 April 1917

Alexander MOORE, Killed in Action, 9 August 1916

George MOORE, Killed in Action, 30 May 1915

Maurice Oswald MOORE, Killed in Action, 6 August 1915

Francis Joseph MORRISON, Died of Wounds, 13 August 1915

James MORRISON, Killed in Action, 30 March 1918

Archibald Frank MORTIMER, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

Edward Charles MORTON, Died of Wounds, 7 August 1916

James MOUNSEY, Killed in Action, 6 August 1915

Arthur MULHOLLAND, Killed in Action, 26 March 1917

 

Guy Fosbrooke (Guy) NALDER, Died of Wounds, 2 September 1915

Leslie William NALDER, Killed in Action, 6 August 1915

Vincent Fosbery NANCARROW, Died of Disease, 4 August 1915

Percy Neatherton NAPIER, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

William James NEAL, Killed in Action, 6 August 1915

Roland Henderson NICHOLAS, Killed in Action, 31 May 1915

Angus Edward NORRIE, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

Francis Hamlen NORRIS, Killed in Action, 22 August 1915

 

Harry O'BRIAN, Killed in Action, 25 August 1915

Edward O'BRIEN, Died of Disease, 10 March 1919

Daniel David O'FEE, Died of Disease, 16 December 1918

Victor Alfred O'KEEFFE, Died of Wounds, 23 August 1915

Norman OKELL, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

James Jarvie ORR, Killed in Action, 16 August 1915

Guy Stanley OVERTON, Died of Wounds, 10 August 1915

Percy John OVERTON, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915

 

George Charles PAGET, Died of Disease, 5 January 1916

Arthur PARKER, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

Hedley Raymond PATMORE (SUTHERLAND)., Died of Wounds, 5 August 1915

James Holmes Henry PATRICK, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

Thomas Colin Campbell PATTERSON, Died of Wounds, 30 May 1915

Frank Preston PENWELL, Killed in Action, 5 November 1917

William Harold PETRIE, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

Joseph George Alfred PICKENS, Killed in Action, 4 August 1916

Hector (Hector Owen) PIDGEON, Died of Wounds, 28 August 1915

Arthur Comyn PIGON (PIGOU), Died of Disease, 12 December 1918

Eric Neumann (Eric Newman) PIKE, Killed in Action, 30 April 1918

George Frederick PINCH, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

John Thomas PRIMROSE, Died of Wounds, 13 July 1915

Laurence Victor (Lawrence Victor) PRINCE, Died of Wounds, 29 August 1915

George PUGH, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915

Norman PUGH, Killed in Action, 30 April 1918

 

William RABBITT, Death attributed to war service under Section 13, 23 December 1920

Donald Alfred RAE, Died of Wounds, 28 August 1915

John Henry RAINE, Killed in Action, 9 August 1916

Frederick Ormsby REES, Killed in Action, 5 August 1916

Edward Albert RICKMAN, Killed in Action, 20 August 1915

Douglas ROBERTSON, Died of Disease, 26 October 1918

Clifford Kossuth ROBINSON, Died of Disease, 8 December 1915

Alexander RODGER, Died of Disease, 29 September 1918

George ROGERS, Killed in Action, 30 March 1918

Lionel Edwin ROLPH, Died of Wounds, 15 November 1917

Thomas ROSS, Died of Wounds, 8 November 1917

William Williams ROSS, Died of Disease, 21 December 1918

Frank Watson RUDD, Died of Disease, 22 October 1918

Harry Stanley RUDMAN, Killed in Action, 17 November 1915

William RUTHERFORD, Died of Wounds, 13 July 1915

 

William SAMUEL, Killed in Action, 30 March 1918

Edward SANDERS, Killed in Action, 21 August 1915

William SANDERSON, Killed in Action, 9 August 1916

Charles William SAUNDERS, Died of Disease, 2 September 1915

William Thomas SCOTT, Died of Wounds, 18 January 1917

Edwin Hugh SENIOR, Died of Wounds, 30 August 1915

Henry Alan SHAIN, Killed in Action, 6 August 1915

Thomas John SHARLAND, Died of Wounds, 1 April 1918

Patrick (Patrick Joseph) SHEEHAN, Died of Wounds, 12 August 1917

John SHIELDS, Died of Wounds, 22 April 1917

William Joseph Valentine SINCLAIR, Death attributed to war service under Section 4, 6 May 1917

Sydney Tom SKILTON, Death attributed to war service under Section 6, 11 August 1918

Robert SLOAN, Killed in Action, 21 August 1915

Alexander SMITH, Died of Disease, 28 October 1918

George William Hay SMITH, Died by Accident , 24 May 1918

George Wyse SMITH, Killed in Action, 6 August 1915

Henry Richard SMITH, Killed in Action, 22 August 1915

William Alexander SMITH, Died of Wounds, 26 August 1915

Henry Ernest SNUSHALL, Killed in Action, 21 August 1915

Thomas STEELE, Killed in Action, 4 May 1917

Albert STEMMER, Killed in Action, 19 August 1915

George Hepburn STEWART, Died of Disease, 20 November 1915

Patrick SULLIVAN, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

Leon SUSTINS, Killed in Action, 21 August 1915

Nolan SUSTINS, Killed in Action, 21 August 1915

George SUTHERLAND, Killed in Action, 17 August 1915

Ralph SUTTON, Died of Wounds, 5 August 1916

 

William TAVENDALE, Died of Wounds, 27 June 1915

George TAYLOR, Killed in Action, 12 June 1915

Arthur Frederick THOMAS, Death attributed to war service under Section 10, 26 November 1918

Allan James Carroll THOMSON, Killed in Action, 19 April 1917

William Claude THORNTON, Killed in Action, 25 November 1917

Gilbert Worsfold THROP, Killed in Action, 28 March 1918

Richard Maurice Griffin TICKELL, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

George Albert TOWNSEND, Killed in Action, 30 March 1918

Francis Hugh TWOMEY, Killed in Action, 5 November 1917

 

Alexander Miller URQUHART, Killed in Action, 6 August 1915

 

Raymond Stanley VINCENT, Killed in Action, 5 November 1917

 

Sydney David WAGHORN, Died of Wounds, 19 April 1917

James Henry WALKER, Killed in Action, 21 August 1915

John WALKER, Died of Wounds, 6 August 1916

Ralph Louis WALKER, Died of Disease, 23 July 1918

Arthur George WALLACE, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

Eric Win WANDEN, Killed in Action, 25 September 1918

Cyril John WATERS, Died of Wounds, 31 August 1915

David WATSON, Killed in Action, 27 August 1915

Herbert Percy WATSON, Died of Disease, 9 August 1915

Norman Allan WATSON, Killed in Action, 23 March 1918

Alexander WATT, Killed in Action, 14 July 1918

William Evan WATTS, Died of Disease, 21 October 1918

Francis Maxwell WAY, Died of Wounds, 8 August 1915

Edward Gordon WEIGHT, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

Norman Alexander WHITING, Death attributed to war service under Section 11, 16 April 1919

George WILKINSON, Died of Disease, 7 October 1918

Haswell WILLIAMS, Killed in Action, 30 March 1918

Kenneth Struthers WILLIAMS, Death attributed to war service under Section 16, 25 March 1920

Shirley Wynn Vaughan WILLIAMS (VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS), Died of Wounds, 22 May 1917

James Charles WILLOCKS, Killed in Action, 30 March 1918

Cyrus (Cyrus Turpin) WILSON, Killed in Action, 30 March 1918

John Leslie WILSON, Died of Wounds, 23 July 1917

Thomas Sanderson WINGFIELD, Death attributed to war service under Section 9, 24 November 1918

Hugh WINKLER, Killed in Action, 28 August 1915

Thomas William WITHERS, Died of Disease, 9 October 1918

 

Horace William YAXLEY, Died of Disease, 11 March 1919

Robert MacGregor YOUNG, Died of Wounds, 19 August 1915

Lest We Forget

 

 

Further Reading:

Canterbury Mounted Rifles Regiment

New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade

New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade, Roll of Honour 

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: Canterbury Mounted Rifles Regiment, Roll of Honour

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EAST
Updated: Saturday, 21 November 2009 9:29 PM EAST
Friday, 11 September 2009
Canterbury Mounted Rifles Regiment, Contents
Topic: AIF - NZMRB - CMR

 CMR Regiment

Canterbury Mounted Rifles Regiment

Contents


 

 

Items

Canterbury 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, Canterbury Mounted Rifles Regiment, War Diary Account

 

 

Roll of Honour

Canterbury Mounted Rifles Regiment, Roll of Honour

Lest We Forget

 

 

Further Reading:

Canterbury Mounted Rifles Regiment

New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: Canterbury Mounted Rifles Regiment, Contents

Posted by Project Leader at 2:36 PM EADT
Updated: Saturday, 12 September 2009 4:18 PM EADT
Thursday, 10 September 2009
Canterbury Mounted Rifles, NZMRB, History
Topic: AIF - NZMRB - CMR

CMR Regiment

Canterbury Mounted Rifles Regiment

Contents



Canterbury Mounted Rifles embarking from Lyttelton on the HMNZT 11  Athenic, September 1914.

[From: Auckland Weekly News, 1 October 1914, p. 38.]

 

Formation


Canterbury Mounted Rifles Squadron Recruitment Catchment Areas

The Canterbury 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.

 

1st Canterbury Yeomanry Cavalry Squadron

Badge for the 1st Canterbury Yeomanry Cavalry Regiment

The anticedents for the 1st Canterbury Yeomanry Cavalry Regiment  stretched further back than 1914. The district surrounding Christchurch 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 1st Canterbury Yeomanry Cavalry Regiment as a Territorial Volunteer formation came into being on 17 March 1911 when the New Zealand compulsory military training program commenced. The 1st Canterbury Yeomanry Cavalry Squadron was recruited from the same Territorial region which included the Christchurch metropolitan area and the central region of South Island.

 

8th South Canterbury Squadron

Badge for the 8th South Canterbury Regiment

The 8th South Canterbury 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 8th South Canterbury Squadron was recruited from the same Territorial region which included the area south and west of Christchurch.

 

10th Nelson Squadron

Badge for the 10th Nelson Regiment

The 10th Nelson 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 10th Nelson Squadron was recruited from the same Territorial region which included the area north and east of Christchurch and centred on the city of Nelson at the extreme north of South Island.

 

Machine Gun Section

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


Embarkation

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

  • HMNZT 4 Tahiti - Canterbury Mounted Rifles Regiment.
  • HMNZT 11  Athenic - Headquarters Mounted Rifles Brigade and Canterbury Mounted Rifles Regiment. (2 Squadrons) 

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 Canterbury 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 Canterbury Mounted Rifles remained at Gallipoli, the unit played a defensive role.

 

Defence of Egypt

In March 1916, the Canterbury 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 Canterbury 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 Canterbury 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 Canterbury 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 Canterbury 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 Canterbury 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 Canterbury Mounted Rifles took part in the Second Battle of Gaza on 19 April 1917 and suffered the heaviest casualties since Gallipoli.

The Canterbury 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 Canterbury 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 Canterbury 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  John Findaly

 

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.


Disbandment

The Canterbury Mounted Rifles returned to New Zealand in small numbers from June to July 1919. On 17 June 1919 the main body of the Canterbury Mounted Rifles handed in their horses and moved to Chevalier Island, Ismailia, in anticipation for embarkation to New Zealand. With much ceremony at Chevalier Island, the Canterbury Mounted Rifles along with the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade was disbanded on 30 June 1919. The last Canterbury Mounted Rifles members embarked from Ismailia on the SS Ellenga and returned to New Zealand on 23 July 1919.

 

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:

Canterbury Mounted Rifles Regiment

New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: Canterbury Mounted Rifles, NZMRB, History

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Friday, 11 September 2009 2:58 PM EADT
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
Bir el Abd, Sinai, 9 August 1916, Canterbury Mounted Rifles Regiment, War Diary Account
Topic: AIF - NZMRB - CMR

Bir el Abd

Sinai, 9 August 1916

CMR, War Diary Account


War Diary account of the CMR.

 

The transcription:

9 August

The Brigade paraded at 0400 and marched out of Debabis towards Bir el Abd. The Telegraph line was followed for on mile east of Debabis and turned slightly to the south east. Auckland Mounted Rifles Regiment were the Advance Guard and came in touch with the Turkish outpost at 0515 when they were fired on. The 8th Squadron were then detailed to support the Auckland Mounted Rifles Regiment on their left which brought us right onto the Main Road. Firing became heavier and then our remaining two squadrons were sent to support the left of the 1st Squadron. The 8th Squadron advanced down a sandy spur and engaged the Turks drawing them off the sand spur towards Bir el Abd. The 1st and 10th Squadrons had in the meantime advanced some 300 or 400 yards on the left and driven the Turks back. The Turkish artillery fire became very heavy in the valley by the road and the 8th Squadron suffered very heavily. Never the less they advanced onto another position north east of sand spur. Here Lieutenant Menzies was killed and Major Hammond and Lieutenant Blackney were badly wounded. The position was held for some time when it became too hot to hold so we had to retire about 500 yards and there hold the enemy in check. The 5th Light horse Regiment came up and supported us on our left and during the afternoon, “A” Squadron of the Warwickshire Yeomanry came up and helped to strengthen our position. Communication was maintained  throughout the day by visual and despatch riders. Good work was done by RSM Denton and the Signaller Section. It was the intention of the GOC that the 3rd Light Horse should make a flanking movement and come around in the south side of Bir el Abd and the Light Horse were to proceed round the northern flank and cut off the enemy between Bir el Abd and Salmana but neither of these Regiments accomplished their task. Artillery was brought into action and did useful work. Received order at 1800 to retire to Debabis at dusk. We commenced to retire at 1900, our retirement being covered by the Machine Gun Section under Captain Sharpe. Our casualties for the day were very heavy.

  

Roll of Honour

Cyril BLAKENEY

Cecil Hervey CROWE

George Harcus DAVIS

Owen Ernest Oscar FERRIS

Frank GOODRICK

William Moody GRAY

Herbert Harold HAMMOND

Gordon Gerald HARPER 

Robert Harry LAMBIE

John McKAY

Jeffrey McNEILL

William Barnet MENZIES

Alexander MOORE

John Henry RAINE

William SANDERSON

 

Lest We Forget

 

 

Further Reading:

Canterbury Mounted Rifles Regiment

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, Canterbury Mounted Rifles Regiment, War Diary Account

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Sunday, 13 September 2009 12:20 AM EADT
Sunday, 9 August 2009
Bir el Abd, Sinai, 9 August 1916, Canterbury Mounted Rifles Regiment, Unit History Account
Topic: AIF - NZMRB - CMR

Bir el Abd

Sinai, 9 August 1916

CMR Unit History Account

 

Colonel Charles Guy Powles along with Officers of the Canterbury Mounted Rifles produced in 1928 a collective work called The history of the Canterbury Mounted Rifles 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..

Powles, CG ed, The history of the Canterbury Mounted Rifles 1914-1919, 1928.:

 

The heat since leaving Hill 70 on the morning of the 4th had been steadily increasing, and officers and men suffered severely, several having to be evacuated to hospital. The 7th was a replica of the 6th, the enemy being driven back to Negiliat, whence he made great play with his guns. "We were on the move again by 3.30 a.m. on the 8th, but the enemy had again withdrawn, and was now holding a strong position at Bir el Abd. The Regiment remained all day at Debabis and finally bivouaced there for the night. This spell was very welcome to all.

Next morning, August 9th, all available mounted troops were on the move before daylight. The Turks were reported to be holding Bir el Abd in strength.

The attack was to be made from the west and. south-west, and the 1st and 2nd Australian Light Horse Brigades combined were to attack the north flank of the enemy. The 3rd Australian Light Horse Brigade was ordered to pass south of the enemy, and then come into action from the direction of Salmana, thereby cutting his line of retreat, and menacing his rear. At 5.30 a.m. our advanced regiment, Auckland Mounted Rifles, was fired on, and the 8th Squadron went up in support of its left. Almost at once they were heavily engaged, and the two remaining squadrons of the Regiment came into action on the left of the 8th Squadron. The Regiment's right flank now rested on the old caravan route, the left feeling round towards the 2nd Light Horse Brigade.

The 8th Squadron pushed steadily on driving the enemy off a low sandy ridge facing east. The 1st and 10th Squadrons advanced at the same time, finally securing the high ground west of Bir el Abd, the Canterbury Regiment being on the left of the "Old Road" and the Aucklanders on the right of it, and later the 5th Light Horse Regiment, still temporarily attached to the Brigade, came up on the right of. the Auckland Regiment. The main Turkish defences could now be seen. They consisted of a series of entrenched redoubts with rifle pits in front. Later it was found that all these redoubts were connected by telephone with their artillery — three batteries of 77 mm. and one 4.2 battery and several 5.9 inch howitzers.

Against these the Anzac Mounted Division had only four batteries of 18 pounders.

The Turks had about 6,000 men in the line against our total of about 3,000 dismounted rifles. They were mostly reinforcements from El Arish who had not been engaged at Romani, while our men were suffering from extreme physical exhaustion.

The task before the British force was therefore formidable and the only chance of success was, as at Katia, that the 3rd Light Horse Brigade should succeed in beating down the enemy's extended left flank and in shaking the Bir el Abd defences by threatening the Turks communications.

Up till now their artillery had been annoying, but did not cause much damage, but once the high ridge facing the Oasis was crossed our men were in full view of their gunners. The 8th Squadron were in the most exposed position and suffered severely. Lieutenant Menzies, signalling officer, was killed, and Major Hammond and Lieutenant Blakeney dangerously wounded.

Early in the fight the Turks began to disclose their strength. Soon after 6 o 'clock they advanced with the bayonet in their first counter attack, but were stopped by the Canterburys and Aucklanders, aided by the splendid shooting of the Somerset Battery, which, as usual, fought with the N.Z.M.R. Brigade.

The line was again advanced until the Canterbury and Auckland Regiments were well down the forward slopes leading to the wells, but by 10.30 a.m. the enemy guns showed increased activity, severely handling the combined 1st and 2nd Light Horse Brigades on the left.

The Warwickshire Yeomanry now came up to reinforce the N.Z.M.R. Brigade, and the increased activity apparent among the Turks indicated that they were making every effort to get away their supplies and transport.

Shortly before noon came the second counter-attack, and the full force was received by the Regiment, but every man held firmly to his ground, and by accurate and deliberate fire, aided most effectively by the fine shooting of the machine guns, the successive waves of enemy infantry were shattered.

By 2 p.m. the enemy's counter-attack was in full progress along the whole of the line, and both the Light Horse Brigades on the left and the 3rd Light Horse Brigade on the right began to give round, the regiments retiring for about a mile under heavy punishment with every available man in the line. As the Turks recognised the possibility of overwhelming the British force, their gun fire gathered intensity until it reached a degree of severity unknown either at Romani or on Gallipoli.

The New Zealand Brigade was now in a very difficult position in being well down the forward slopes with both flanks exposed, and had it not been for the accurate shooting of each individual man, backed up by the machine guns and the Somerset Battery, the entire Brigade would have been overwhelmed.

65 At 5.30 p.m. General Chauvel ordered a general withdrawal. It was recognised that this would be a difficult task, but. provided the horses could be reached, the heavy ground would save the regiments from a hand to hand encounter with superior forces of the enemy's fresh troops. As soon as the movement was perceived the Turks assaulted strongly, and such was the position of the N.Z.M.R. Brigade that General Chaytor decided that the better course was to hang on until dark.

Just at dusk after a very heavy attack which fell chiefly upon the Aucklanders, the latter withdrew with the 5th Light Horse Regiment and the Yeomanry, leaving the Canterbury Regiment as rear guard.

A great fight had been put up by the machine guns, and under their cover the Regiment slowly withdrew. Lieutenant Gordon Harper, the gallant commander of the section of guns attached to the Regiment, was mortally wounded and brought out with great difficulty by his famous brother Captain Robin Harper, O.C. Machine Gun Squadron, who had all guns available playing on the advancing Turks, breaking up their attack when within 100 yards of the New Zealand position.

As has been already told, Captain Hammond of the 8th Squadron had been wounded earlier in the day. Though suffering from illness on the morning of the battle and recommended for evacuation to hospital, he insisted on remaining with and leading his squadron, and fought his men with great brilliancy and determination throughout the long day.

Colonel Findlay, on hearing that Captain Hammond had been severely wounded and could not be moved, worked his way up to the firing line, and, though managing to escape the heavy machine gun and rifle fire, was wounded in the hand by a piece of the shell which mortally wounded Lieutenant Gordon Harper. The care and evacuation of the wounded was an exceedingly difficult task, and much praise was due to the M.O., Captain R.

Orbell, and his stretcher bearers, for the excellent work they performed throughout these trying days. Visual signalling was out of the question at Bir el Abd, but the signallers carried out all that was required of them as runners; and for the maintenance of communications throughout the day R.S.M.

Denton deserves great praise, and as a runner Trooper Graham Scales did yeoman service.

The Brigade withdrew to Debabis, carrying back the wounded, who were sent to Railhead at Romani by camel cacolets, and suffered extremely from the jolting.

 

Further Reading:

Canterbury Mounted Rifles Regiment

Canterbury 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, Canterbury Mounted Rifles Regiment, Unit History Account

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Updated: Saturday, 19 September 2009 5:13 PM EADT

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