Robyn FitzGerald Posted 19 May , 2016 Share Posted 19 May , 2016 Hi. This is my first post, so please be gentle with me! I have four NZ soldiers I need a little help with, please. I have (laboriously) worked out most of the information contained in their military records (which countries they served in, what ships they embarked on, when they were promoted/wounded, when they marched into camp (I can't always tell which camp it is, though, or where exactly that camp was located), what punishments they received etc.) but I haven't worked out much so far in the way of what battles they might have been involved in and this is the main aspect I'm wanting some help with, or to be pointed in the right direction. I'm not familiar with military lingo or anything, so have found this to be a very confusing and difficult exercise. Please let me know if I should supply any further information. 1) Dallas Bertrand Campbell (NZEF #1/568 Samoa (NZ) Expeditionary Force), AND (NZEF #12/2970, Auckland Infantry Battalion, 7th Reinforcements). http://ndhadeliver.natlib.govt.nz/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE24349012 The 100th anniversary is coming up on 13th June 2016 of my great-uncle's death in Armentieres, France. He was accidentally killed at Bomb School on 13/6/1916. We are having a family memorial day to commemorate his death, and as part of that, I am writing up the military stories of Dallas and his two older brothers and also of my grandfather, who was brother-in-law to the 3 Campbell brothers. From a letter Dallas wrote home, I know that he first went into the trenches in France on 13/5/1916. Where/what battle would this have been? He was killed at Bomb School exactly one month later, when a bomb was accidentally detonated. He is buried at Cite Bonjean Cemetery alongside the other 2 men who died in the same accident as he did. I've been able to work out their names as well as the name of one of five other men who were injured in the accident (that poor fellow died in another incident 2 or 3 weeks later). 2) Harold William Campbell (NZEF #12/3577, 9th Reinforcements, Auckland Infantry Battalion). http://ndhadeliver.natlib.govt.nz/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE12317851 He was an "observer" in the trenches in France on 27/5/1916 (2nd Brigade). What would being an observer entail? From a letter, I know he was at a rest camp on 27/5/1916 after having been in the trenches beforehand. Where would he have been fighting at that time? Harold must have been wounded at the Battle of Messines, France on 7/6/1917, but I want to know where he was before that. 3) Thomas Moore Campbell (NZEF #33151, 20th Reinforcements, NZ Engineers, Sapper) http://ndhadeliver.natlib.govt.nz/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE17211196 From the Casualty Form - Active Service (Image 11), he was detached on 8/2/1918 [this should have read "12/2/1918", not 8/2/1918, sorry. It's what happened on 12/2/1918 that I can't work out] to somewhere (in France) that I can't decipher. Any ideas? He is detached to and marches into several camps "in the field" between 10/12/1917 and 15/10/1918 but I don't know if or where he was involved in any actual fighting (he wasn't as good at writing home as his brothers were!). Any ideas? 4) Frederick Murray Hannaford (NZEF #56434, 29th Reinforcements, NZ Rifle Brigade) http://ndhadeliver.natlib.govt.nz/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE13529748 He was wounded on 15/11/1917 in the field at Rouen (1st Battalion 3rd NZRB, D Company). Would this have been any particular battle? On 27/3/1918 he was wounded in France again (possibly still in Rouen?), in the face. Any particular battle? Please see Image 3 of his military record. I can't work out exactly what they're saying about his wounds. It says wounded in the face and then it says something else - bruised? buried? burned? See also Image 6 & Image 15 (see 1/4/1918 entry also) about the same wound. Any ideas what the extent of his wounds were? See Image 16 - what does the event on 29/1/1919 say? And where is it he was taken on strength at on 16/6/1919? And what happened on 28/7/1919? I think that's all of my questions. I wonder if I should have split this up into 4 different topics? I would appreciate any help I can get. Thanks, Robyn Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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