The Spike: or, Victoria College Review War Memorial Number
Lieutenant Purvis Ford Armstrong came from Wellington College to Victoria College in 1911, graduating B.A. and winning the Sir George Grey Scholarship in 1913. Owing to ill-health he was unable to sit for M.A. in 1914. He enlisted in 1915 at Wanganui, where he was on the staff of the Collegiate School. He sailed with the 19th Reinforcements, and went to France with the 4th Brigade. After eleven months' service he was promoted first lieutenant and was killed in action shortly afterwards,
Private Gerald Atkinson was attending lectures in law at Victoria University College when the war broke out and was one of the first volunteers for active service. He enlisted on the 9th August, 1914 and left with the Samoan Expedition on the 15th August, returning on the 22nd March, 1915, to leave with the 5th Reinforcements for Egypt. He was killed at the Dardanelles on 7th August, 1915.
Temporary Captain Samuel Arnold Atkinson, who obtained his B.A.. at Canterbury College and later finished his LL.B. course at Victoria College, was one of the original officers of the V.U.C. Offices Training Corps. He enlisted in the N.Z.E.F. on 10th January. 1916, as a lieutenant, and left New Zealand on 26th June, 1916. joining up in France with the 2nd Battalion N.Z. Rifle Brigade. He was later appointed temporary captain and was commanding a company at the time he was killed in a raid in front of Messines on 5th. June, 1917, in a gallant attempt to save a fallen comrade. He was buried at Ration Farm, near Messines, on the following day. In him New Zealand lost one of her clearest and most imperial thinkers, and his work in connection with "The Round Table" in a monument to his memory.
Rifleman Arthur Gilbert Avery took lectures at Victoria College, and later proceeded to Knox College, Otago, where he was studying for the Presbyterian ministry. Enlisting early in 1915, he sailed with the 2nd Battalion N.Z.R.B. on 9th October of that year, and saw service in the Senussi campaign, Proceeding to France with his brigade he fought at Armentières. and on the Somme, where he received wounds from which he died on 3rd October, 1916.
Lieutenant Herman Stuart Baddeley was a student at Victoria College in 1906-7 when he was taking the law course. Later he practised bis profession at Te Awamutu, being in that town when war was declared. He enlisted at once, and left New Zealand as a lieutenant in the Main Body (N.Z.E.F.). He was at the landing on Gallipoli, and he was wounded in the May operations. Later he was reported wounded and missing, but was afterwards reported killed since September, 1915.
Private Henry Barnard attended law lectures in 1907-9, and was a member of the hockey team. He was also an enthusiastic oarsman. He practised his profession at Eltham and later at Auckland, where he enlisted on 12th August, 1914, and left with the Main Body. He was wounded on Gallipoli, but returned to the page 17 firing line. He was killed by a sniper on 12th August, 1915, whilst helping to remove a wounded comrade. He was one of six brothers, all of whom went on service, one other being killed, another sustaining permanent injuries, one severely wounded, and two invalided home.
Lieutenant Frederick James Beechey was an ex-pupil of Wellington College After leaving that school he became a teacher in the country Later he returned to Wellington, resumed his lectures at Victoria University College, and passed the first section of his B.A. degree in 1908. After this he was teaching in the country for some years, but returned to Wellington in order to complete his degree. The war, however, intervened, and he went into camp with the 16th Reinforcements. Obtaining his commission, he sailed from New Zealand in January, 1917, and landed in France just before the Battle of Messines. From that time on he took part in all the fighting in which the division was engaged, including Passchendaele in October, 1917. He was killed in action at Bullecourt in July, 1918. Beechey was an enthusiastic cricketer, and played in the University first eleven in 1913-14
Rifleman Robert Greenlees Blaikie was a student at Victoria University College in 1912-13, when he was taking the first section of his B.A. degree. He enlisted early in April, 1915, and sailed with the 1st Battalion of the N.Z.R.B. in October of that year. The first two battalions of that brigade were sent to the Western Soudan in December to take part in the campaign against the Senussi, and Blaikie was severely wounded in the fight near Mersa Matruh. He died of his wounds on 28th January, 1916, age 22 years.
Lieutenant Valentine Blake was a student in 1906-7. His work in the Government: Survey Department taking him out of town a great deal, he had to give up his lectures. He was a keen member of the Cricket Club and played in the second eleven. He left New Zealand with an early reinforcement and was killed by a Turkish sniper on Gallipoli.
Lieutenant George Stafford Bogle attended lectures in 1906-8 was studying Engineering. He played football for the Junior fifteen. When war broke out he enlisted from Canada, and went to England with the Canadian Engineers, He was awarded a commission in the Royal Engineers, and he was killed at Suvla Bay in September, 1915.
Captain Gilbert Vere Bogle came to Victoria College from Napier Boys' High School in 1901, graduating B.A. in 1908. During his first years he was a cadet in the Government, later obtaining a mastership at his old school, and in 1905 joined the staff of Wellington College. Before the founding of the Football Club he was a member of the original first hockey eleven. He was an excellent cricketer, and as a member of the Tennis and Athletic Clubs he was a successful representative in several Easter tournaments. In addition he was a capable boxer, a good oar, and an excellent swimmer. He was an all-round athlete, but football was his best game. He was on the Football Committee in 1905-6, and captain of the first fifteen from 1906 to 1908. He represented Wellington Province on several occasions, and was selected for the page 18 first New Zealand University fifteen to tour Australia, but was unable to travel with the team. Hr was an active member of the Debating Society, and took part in College theatricals and in all the social activities of his time. In 1906 he was a member of the Executive of the Students' Association. He was one of the faithful to whom the College owes its gymnasium. In 1908 he was nominated as candidate for the Rhodes Scholarship, and in the same year left for Edinburgh to study medicine. Here he further distinguished himself in the athletic world, and in 1913 completed his medical degree. On the outbreak of war he enlisted from Waipukurau, where he was in partnership, and sailed as regimental mediCal officer with the 1st Battalion N.Z.R.B. He served in Egypt in the Senussi campaign, and followed the division to France. He was killed at Flers in September, 1916. He had just previously been recommended for decoration for gallantry in the field. In sport, at work, and in ordinary lift he was absolutely solid and dependable—a tower of strength in time of need.
Sergeant Gordon Kennedy Bogle attended lectures at Victoria University College from 1906 to 1908, and played both football and tennis. With his brothers he did great work in Maori scenes in the extravaganzas. At the outbreak of war he enlisted and became a sergeants in the 26th Battalion of the Australian Infantry Force. He was killed in front of Ypres, at Westhoek Ridge, in September, 1917.
Private Herman Bollinger was educated at New Plymouth High School and was taking an Arts course at Victoria University College as an extra-mural student. He left with the Signal Company of the 27th Reinforcements. After a few weeks in France he was killed in action during the big German advance on 15th March, 1918.
Captain Daniel Cornelius Bowler came to Victoria College in 1913 to take up an Arts course He was a keen hockey player and was secretary of the Hockey Club in 1914, and a member of its committee in 1915. He enlisted in 1915 and left as a lieutenant with the 14th Reinforcements, joining the 2nd Battalion, N.Z.R.B. in France in the October of that year. Here he was awarded the M.C. for great gallantry in leading a raid, and was also promoted captain. On October 12th, 1917. Captain Bowler was killed in action at Passchendaele Ridge.
Private James Joseph Breen was educated at Wanganui Collegiate School, and on his enlistment was studying law as an extra-mural student of Victoria College whilst employed in a legal firm at Palmerston North. he left New Zealand with the 5th Reinforcements, and was reported wounded and missing on Gallipoli on August 8th, 1915, his death being subsequently confirmed,
Lieutenant Frederick Lawrence King Broadgate was educated at the Coromandel High School. Gaining a School of Mines Scholarship he proceeded first to Auckland University and later to Victoria College, where he gained his B.Sc. in 1913 and his M Sc. in 1914. At the time of his enlistment in 1915 he was engaged in geological survey on the staff of the Mines Department. Obtaining a commission, he sailed as a lieutenant with the 14th Reinforce page 19 ments. He was severely wounded early in 1918, and after four months in hospital he returned to France, where he met his death on 3rd October, 1918.
Second Lieutenant Archibald Geoffrey Brockett took the LL.B. course at Victoria College. He was a keen hockey player, wrote capping songs, and took part in the 1911 Carnival. He had but one Subject of his degree to complete on his enlisting with the Samoan advance party in 1914. In December of the same year he was invalided to New Zealand owing to a severe attack of pneumonia; re-enlisting with the 3rd Reinforcements, he was declared medically unfit and discharged from camp. He enlisted once more with the 8th Reinforcements, sailing with them as second lieutenant. He was attached to the 1st Otago Battalion and sailed with it to France. On 5th July, 1916, he volunteered to lead a search party to bring in killed and wounded from No Man's Land, and was killed by machine gun fire while so doing.
Private Harry Elliott Morton Broome was a law student and obtained his earlier education at the Marton High School and at Wanganui Technical College. At the time of his enlistment, shortly after the outbreak of war, he was employed in the legal firm of Bullock, Currie and Douglas, of Wanganui. He was killed at the Dardanelles on May 10th, 1915.
Private Noel Fletcher Burnett came to Victoria University College from Wellington College in 1908, and attended lectures that year and also in 1909. At V.U.C. he was a member of the O.T.C. and played for the first fifteen of the Football Club. Subsequently he transferred to Canterbury University College to study for the Engineering degree. When war was declared he had only his final examination to complete his degree, but enlisted at once and sailed with the Main Body in the 1st Canterbury Infantry Battalion. Burnett took part in all the fighting on Gallipoli, from the landing in April until 13th December, 1915, on which date he died of wounds received in action.
Captain William Baldwin Busby was a pupil at the Napier Boys' High School before coming to Victoria University College in 1910. He attended lectures for some years after that time, and was a keen member of the O.T.C. and of the Men's Common Room Club. In August, 1914, he sailed with the Samoan Force. Returning early in 1915, he sailed at once for England. Offering his services to the Imperial Government he received a commission and was gazetted as lieutenant to the Worcester Regiment. Later he went to Mesopotamia, and served with General Maude's force which defeated the Turks. He was killed in action in March, 1917.
Lieutenant Arthur Penfold Castle entered Victoria University College from Wellington College in 1909, graduating B.A. in 1911, and M.A. with honours in 1912. He took an active part in the work of the Christian Union, and played in the second hockey eleven during these years. In 1913 he was appointed resident master at Gisborne High School, holding his appointment until his enlistment as a private in the 4th Reinforcements in 1915. Having held a commission in the Senior Cadets he was held back by the military authorities and was posted as a second lieutenant to the 2nd Battalion N.Z.R.B. He sailed from New Zealand on page 20 9th October, 1915. In Egypt he took part in the campaign against the Senussi, and in April, 1916, proceeded as first lieutenant with the division to France. In this sector he was mentioned in Brigade Orders for leading a very successful raid on the German trenches. He led his men in the attack on Flers on 15th September, and was killed in action near the famous Switch Trench.
Captain William John Clachan attended lectures in German and Science during the years 1910-11-12, his intention being ultimately to study medicine. He was a keen sportsman and took part in all meetings of the V.U.C. Athletic Club. At Capping Carnivals he was a hard worker in the processions, which he helped to organise. He entered camp with the Main Body in 1914, and in September was one of the seven successful candidates in a competitive examination for commissions in the Imperial Army. Sailing with the Main Body (N.Z.E.F.) he left it in Egypt and, arriving in England about Christmas, 1914, immediately joined the Middlesex Regiment. In March, 1015, he went to France, his company being in support trenches at Neuve Chapelle. Clachan saw much heavy lighting, being wounded for the first time during some fierce fighting at Hill 60. In July of this year his battalion took part in the attack on Hooge, and hare he was again wounded, this time severely in the head. His sight was affected by this wound, but ultimately ho made a good recovery and rejoined his regiment. He took part in the first big Somme offensive on 1st July, 1916, being then captain in command of his company. In this tight he was wounded a third time and was again invalided to England In 1917 Captain Clachan was seconded for duty with the King's African Rifles in East Africa. Proceeding to German East Africa in October he took over a company of Askaris—native soldiers of the 1st Battalion K.A.R. On 6th and 7th January, 1918, the British attacked the German force, at the junction of the Luam-bala and Lugenda rivers, and Clachan's company was the first to advance to the attack. It came under a heavy enfilade fire, and its commander was killed early in the fight. Clachan's death was a severe loss to his regiment, as he showed great barvery and coolness on all occasions.
Sergeant John Coradine To Victoria University College from Masterton High School, and attended lectures for two years, passing his solicitor's examinations. He enlisted in October, 1915, and served with the 3rd N.Z. Machine Gun Company until his death on 3rd August. 1917.
Second Lieutenant Alfred Cranstone Cowie enlisted at Wanganui, where he was practising as a solicitor, and left New Zealand with the 10th Reinforcements. He was attached to the 2nd Wellington West Coast Company, and took part in the first Battle of the Somme, and was recommended for the M.C. for bravery on the field in rescuing under fire some wounded fellow officers. Had he not been killed in action on 2nd October, 1916, be would have again been recommended for an M.C. for obtaining important German documents, which his prompt action enabled our headquarters to utilise to their utmost.
Sergeant James Kirk Cresswell enlisted at Stratford (where he was engaged in teaching at the high school), and left New Zealand in October, 1915, with the 7th Reinforcements. He was wounded twice, and on 9th June, 1918, he was killed in action.page 21
Second Lieutenant Matthew Goodwin Curry was educated at King's College, and later, while teaching near Wanganui, took terms as an extra-mural student. After a period in the C1 Camp he left with the 40th Reinforcements, and died of influenza at sea on 5th September, 1918.
Sergeant John Cuthbert was a student at the Teachers' Training College, and during that time also attended lectures at Victoria University College, where he commenced the B.A. course. Unfortunately he was compelled to give up his studies owing to weak eyesight, but went on teaching until the outbreak of war, when he enlisted, but was rejected on account of defective sight. He enlisted again, and finally left New Zealand as a sergeant with the 18th Reinforcements, took part in the Battle of Messines, and was killed on 31st July, 1917, in the severe fighting which took place Lear La Basse Ville.
Private Francis Milne Dabinet took lectures at the Victoria University College in 1916, during which year he kept first terms, the enlisted and went into camp in March, 1917, and sailed [unclear: with] the 27th Reinforcements, Machine Gun Section. He crossed to France in November, 1917, and took part in all the fighting from that time until his death in action on 7th October, 1918.
Lieutenant Thomas Howard Dawson was educated at Wellington College and Nelson College, commencing law lectures at Victoria College in 1910. While at College he was a keen tennis player. He went into camp with the 9th Reinforcements, where he gained a commission, sailing finally with the 10th Artillery. In Egypt he had the misfortune to break his leg, and thus spent some little time in hospital in England before reaching France early in September, 1916. In 1917 he gained his second star, and in June of that year, just on the eve of Messines, he was badly gassed and wounded, and was evacuated to England. Here he spent some months convalescing, and being unfit for active service took a Staff course and passed all his exams, with credit. He was offered a Staff position, but having now made good recovery he returned to France, where, on 10th June, 1918, he was thrown from his horse and killed.
Sergeant Sidney William Dempsey attended lectures 1906-13. He graduated B.A. in 1913. One of those men who believed in doing good by stealth, Dempsey was loved by those who were privileged to know him intimately. He took a keen interest in University games, but was best known by the Cricket and Football Clubs. Of the former club he was at different times member of committee and secretary. For several years he was club captain, and also field captain of the Senior eleven. He was also a member of the committee of the Football Club. His success in the field was largely due to his maxim never to give in while there was the least ray of hope; and he carried this out not only on the field of play, but in his military career, too. He was a natural leader of men. Enlisting early in 1915, he sailed as a sergeant in the 4th Battalion N.Z.R.B. From Egypt he went to France and took part in the early fighting at Armentières, and later in the big Somme offensive in September and October, 1916. With one short spell, he was continually in the line until June, 1917. On the 7th of that month he led his platoon in the attack on Messines, and gained his objec page 22 tive. Later in the clay he was badly wounded by a shell which burst near him. He died about an hour afterwards at an advanced aid post.
Lieutenant Reginald Henry Dodson was educated at the Marlborough District High School and attended law lectures at Victoria College during 1913 and 1914. He was a member of the advance party for Samoa, and later received a commission and sailed with the 10th Reinforcements. Lieutenant Dodson was killed in action at Flers, in the Battle of the Somme, on 18th September, 1916.
Major Douglas Alexander Dron was an ex-pupil of Nelson College, and kept terms as an exempted student while teaching in the Nelson district. He joined the 3rd Reinforcements as a lieutenant, a rank he held in the Territorial forces. Landing on Gallipoli shortly after the first attack he was soon wounded. After a spell of six months he returned to the Peninsula, and was one of the last of the infantry officers to leave at the evacuation. When the New Zealand Division sailed for France, he was captain in charge of the 12th Nelson Company, which he commanded both in the trench fighting at Armentières and in the attack on Flers at the Battle of the Somme in 1916. At Flers he was again wounded and was invalided to England. When the 4th Brigade was formed he was placed in charge of the 12th Nelson Company of that Brigade, and went to France with it, being in support at Messines in 1917. Later, in the same year, he led his company in the attack on Passchendaele, and received his majority soon after this engagement, being second in command of the battalion. He was sent to England in March, 1918; but was recalled and took part in all the severe fighting until his death in action on 10th October of that year.
Lieutenant John Charles Amphlett Dudley attended lectures first in medicine and later in law. He was Audit Inspector of the Nelson-West Coast district at the time of his enlistment with the N.Z.F.A. He received a commission and left with the 10th Reinforcements, He took part in the following battles:—Armentières 1916, Somme 1916, Fleurbaix 1917, Messines 1917, Neuport 1917, Ypres 1917-18, and the second battles of the Somme, 1918. He was promoted first, lieutenant on the field after the Somme offensive, 1916, at which engagement he had been buried by earth after the explosion of an enemy shell in the gunpit. He served until the Armistice, but died of pneumonia in Cologne on 22nd February. 1919.
Private William Thomas Dundon took law lectures in the years 1910-11. He was a keen footballer and cricketer, and played in the first fifteen (football) and the Junior eleven (cricket). When war broke out Dundon enlisted with the Main Body, and was killed in the early fighting on the Peninsula.
Private Sydney Robert Ellis came from Wellington College and matriculated in 1912, studying for the B.Com. degree. He took a keen interest in the sporting and social life of the University, being vice-captain of one of the football teams and a fine long-distance runner. After enlisting on the outbreak of war and serving at Samoa he sailed with the 4th Reinforcements for Egypt, and thence for Gallipoli, where he was killed in the attack on Hill 60 on 5th August, 1915.page 23
Trooper Thomas Fawcett was a student of Accountancy at Victoria College. He was a keen footballer and played for the first fifteen in 1913, and in the same year was a member of the N.Z.U. Football Team that played in Sydney, winning all its matches there. He sailed with an early reinforcement and was killed on Gallipoli.
Lieutenant Gerald Horton Fell came to Victoria University College from Nelson College. At Victoria College he studied law, taking his LL.B. degree in 1904, and being admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 1905. He was practising his profession in Wellington when the war broke out, and entered camp on 9th May, 1915, joining the N.C.O. Infantry Class. He was granted his commission in September, 1915, and left New Zealand with the 7th Reinforcements as a second lieutenant in the Wellington Infantry Battalion on 9th October, 1915. He gained his first lieutenancy in the field, and served in Egypt and France until he was killed at Messines on 8th June, 1917. At the time of his death he was an officer of the Taranaki Company.
Lieutenant Oscar Freyberg attended law lectures in the early days of Victoria College. On the outbreak of war he was attached to the Collingwood Battalion of the Royal Naval Division, serving in the North Sea on a mine-sweeper, and later at the Dardanelles. He was killed in a big advance on Gallipoli on 4th June, 1915.
Rifleman Paul Milton Freyberg attended law lectures at V.U.C. He left as a corporal with the 12th Reinforcements, and while in France twice refused an offer to proceed to England to train for a commission, preferring to remain in the field. He took part in the first Battle of the Somme; at Messeines he received a severe wound, which led to his death on 18th June, 1917. He is credited with being the originator of the idea which led to the formation of the Motor Boat Patrol.
Lieutenant Walter Lancelot Girling-Butcher came to Victoria College from St. Patrick's College in 1913 to study for law. He attended lectures in 1913, 1914. and 1915, and in the June of the latter year went into camp with the 8th Reinforcements. During his stay at College he was mainly interested in tennis, and represented Victoria College in the 1914 and 1915 Tournaments. Gaining his commission in camp, he sailed as a second lieutenant with the 11th Reinforcements. On arrival in France he was attached to the 2nd Otago Battalion, and while training behind the lines was accidentally injured. After a period in hospital and England he was sent back to New Zealand to recuperate, but left again with the 25th Reinforcements. He rejoined his unit during the winter of 1917, and was killed in action on March 31st, 1918, his rank at the time being lieutenant.
Gunner Frederick Walter Brian Goodbehere, a former pupil of Wellington College, was one of our finest athletes. He represented Victoria University, College at five Tournaments, many times winning sprint events and the long jump. He was also a prominent member of the Football Club and played against Sydney University, both here and in Australia. He attended law lectures for some years prior to enlisting with the 7th Reinforcements. Gunner Goodbehere was killed in action on the Somme on 6th October, 1916.page 24
Captain John Hannington Goulding attended lectures from 1901-1907. He graduated B.A. 1906, M.A. 1907. He took part in the social and athletic sides of University life, playing in the senior football eleven in 1903-4-5. In 1905 he was also secretary of that club. In August, 1914, he was teaching at the Blenheim High School. Although a married man with a family, he enlisted very early and sailed as a captain in the 3rd Reinforcements. He was present at the landing on Gallipoli, but was killed by a bomb in some severe trench fighting not long afterwards.
Lieutenant James Hawthorne Gray was an exempted student of Victoria University College for some years. Enlisting on the outbreak of war he left New Zealand as a private in the Main Body, and before reaching Egypt was promoted corporal. He took part in the landing on Gallipoli, and on 5th May, 1915, was promoted lieutenant. Three days late he received the wounds which led to his death at sea on 9th May, 1915.
Second Lieutenant Edwin Percy Greatbatch was a law student of Victoria University College. In August, 1914, he was practising as a solicitor at Matamata. Enlisting with the 9th Reinforcements, he sailed as a sergeant in the 4th Battalion N.Z.R.B., and crossed with his battalion from Egypt to France in April, 1916. He took part in the early fighting in Armentières and in the first Battle of the Somme. Later on he received a commission and remained with his battalion, but was killed by a sniper' near Fleurbaix on 20th October, 1916.
Corporal Lionel William Baird Hall was educated at Napier High School and was at Victoria College from 1909 to 1912. When he enlisted in August, 1914, he was with a Government Survey party in the King Country. Sailing with the Main Body Divisional Signalling Company, he took part in the landing on Gallipoli and in the subsequent operations. He crossed to France with the division and saw active service until he was killed by a shell on 12th June, 1917.
Private Vincent John Baird Hall was a student at Victoria College from 1909 to 1913. He graduated M.A. with honours in 1913. He was a quiet, unassuming man, but was keenly interested in all phases of University life. He played tennis and hockey and represented his University College in athletics in the 1912 tournament. Prior to his enlisting with the Main Body he was on the staff of the New Plymouth Boys' High School. He took part in the landing at Gallipoli in April, 1915, but in the following month was severely wounded in the thigh and died a few weeks later
Second Lieutenant Douglas Allan Harle was educated at New Plymouth High School and Wellington College. He gained a University Entrance Scholarship in 1911, coming to V.U.C. in 1912, where he obtained his L.L.B. in 1915. He took an active part in College life, and was a member of the Football, Tennis, and Boxing Clubs, and also of the Debating Society. He went into camp in April, 1916, sailing with the 23rd Reinforcements. He was attached to the 2nd Wellington Battalion, and was killed while leading his platoon at Passchendaele on 4th October, 1917.page 25
Private Benjamin George Hawkins came to "Victoria University College in 1911, and was at the same time at the Teachers' Training College. He kept terms in 1911 and 1912 in the Arts course. During his years at College he was a member of the Hockey Club and played in the Junior eleven. He was also an active member of the Christian Union. Hawkins was a young man of sterling character. He enlisted in 1915, and sailed as a sergeant in the 11th Reinforcements. Later, however, he crossed to France and joined the 2nd Field Ambulance as a private. From July, 1916, until his death, he was present at all the big engagements in which the New Zealand Division took part, and did, splendid work as a stretcher bearer. With the exception of leave to England, he saw two years and two months unbroken service in France, until he was killed in action, near Bihucourt, on 25th August, 1918.
Sergeant George McL. Hogben was a pupil at Timaru High School and Wellington College coming from the latter school to Victoria University Calendar in 1903, attending lectures and keeping terms in 1903, 1904. 1905. A keen sport, he was one of the original members of the Football Club and played for the 1st XV. in 1903. His chief contribution to the social life of the College was probably on the literary side. With his brother, J. M. Hogben, he wrote the Extravaganza, "South Sea Bubbles," in 1908, and collaborated in "Shacklcton Out-shacked" in 1909. He was a contributor to "Spike" on several occasions and for the three years in succession won the prize for the best capping song. After leaving the University, he became Assistant to the Railway District Engineer and subsequently Mine Surveyor to the Consolidated Gold-fields, Limited, at Reefton. At the outbreak of war he enlisted as a private in the Canterbury Infantry and sailed with the Main Body. He was twice wounded before the action at No. 3 Post, Anzac. At this place he received the wounds which led to his death on August 8th, 1915. In this action both of his officers had been shot and he took command of the platoon, showing great gallantry as its leader. A little time before this he had been recommended for a decoration for helping to bring in, under heavy fire, four wounded Australians. His comrades paid a great tribute to his skill and courage in action, as is shown by the following extract, from the letter of a Reefton miner in his platoon. "Then old George turned round (he was standing up) and saw that the youngsters were in a blue funk, because the snipers' bullets were whistling past us, and two of them had got hit in the heel. So old George sang a verse of a comic song he used to sing to us in camp, and ended up 'We made the Turkish snipers fall to the sound of the Great Pom-pom,' and he turned his rifle round and blew into it like a trombone. All the fellows laughed, and Old George called out 'That's right, boys; at 'em again"; and there wasn't any more blue funk after that. My word, he was cool."
Lieutenant Norman Hugh Hogg matriculated at the Marton High School and came to Wellington in 1901, when he commenced the study of law at V.U.C. He was a member of both tennis and Hockey Clubs, but later was forced to give up sport owing to ill-health. Later on he was clerk to the Legislative Council and then private secretary to Sir Francis Bell. Lieutenant Hogg enlisted in 1915, went into camp on 2nd January, 1916, and sailed with the 14th Reinforcements on 26th June of that year. He crossed to page 26 France later in the year and joined the 2nd Battalion N.Z.R.B. soon after the Somme. He fought continuously with his company until he was severely wounded on 24th November, 1917, at Passchendaele, and died of his wounds at Wimmereux on 15th December.
Second Lieutenant Frederick Howard came to V.U.C from Napier High School in 1911, and attended law lectures until he entered camp. He was a keen member of the Football and Tennis Clubs. After serving with the advance party in Samoa he returned to New Zealand and completed another section of his law degree. Re-enlisting, he left as a lieutenant with the 18th Reinforcements, and was killed in France on 7th June, 1917, [unclear: ten] minutes before the attack at Messines.
Lieutenant Gilbert Howe was at the time of his enlistment cashier in the Wellington City Rates Office. During the years 1911-13 he studied for his Accountancy degree at Victoria University College. He was one of the most prominent members of the University Cricket Club from 1911-14, playing in the Senior eleven all that time. In 1913-14 he was on the committee of the club, and in the same season was picked to represent his province, playing in the Wellington representative team in all its games. His "keeping" was brilliant, particularly against the Australian eleven. At the outbreak of the war he enlisted and sailed as a sergeant of artillery with the Samoan Force. On his return he soon re-enlisled, but obtained a commission and was posted to the 13th Reinforcements. He went to France in November, 1916, and was killed on 10th January, 1917, when doing duty as forward observation officer for his battery.
Second Lieutenant Athol Hudson, an ex-pupil of the Waitaki Boys' High School and Nelson College became a student at Victoria College in 1912, and soon proved himself of more than ordinary ability. But he not only excelled as a scholar; he was also a brilliant all-round athlete and a man who took a real interest in and had a great influence on the social life of the University. In 1913 he was on the Committee of the Football Club, was Secretary of the Boxing Club and represented the College in Athletics at the Tournament. The same year he passed the first section of his B.Sc. degree. At the Easter Tournament in 1914 he established two new records in inter-varsity sport—in the mile and the three-mile flat races, and won the University Lightweight Championship in Boxing. In that year also, until his departure with the Samoan Advance Party, he was on the Committee of the Tennis Club and was Secretary both of the Athletic Club and of the Boxing Club. Returning to N.Z. in 1915, he once more sacrificed his career to duty. He had, until August 4th, 1914, been studying for the Senior University Scholarship in Chemistry and Physics. Now he gave up everything to re-enlist with 8th Reinforcements, in which he sailed as a 2nd Lieutenant. At that time he had been chosen as the Rhodes Scholar. Perhaps no man has so completely met the ideals of the founder of that scholarship. Hudson went to France with the N.Z. Division in April, 1916, and was killed three months later while in charge of a patrol in No Man's Land. His death deprived the University of one of her most promising students. All who knew him pay tribute to his self-sacrificing nature, his unfailing courtesy, his essential manliness.page 27
Trooper George Covell Jackson entered Victoria University College from Wanganui Collegiate School in 1909, graduated B A. and passed the finals of his law professional in 1912. He won his place in the first fifteen in his first year. In 1912 he was secretary to the Students' Association, financial secretary to the "Spike," treasurer of the Debating Society, on the committee of the Athletic and. Boxing Clubs, and represented the College in athletics at the Easter Tournament. He sacrificed the final LL.B. in 1913 to take his place as special constable on the Auckland wharf! He was in partnership with Mr. de la Mare at Hamilton at the time of his enlistment with the Main Body of the N.Z.E.F., in the Machine Gun Section of the Auckland Mounted Rifles. He died of wounds on 5th June, 1915, at the age of twenty-five. By virtue of his strong and upright (if somewhat unbending) character and of his extraordinary physical and mental energy he immediately became a force at Victoria University College, and he left his mark on his generation.
Second Lieutenant Lewis Jardine was educated at Wanganui Collegiate School. While on the staff of a legal firm at Napier he was an extra mural student of Victoria College. When war broke out he was on the staff of George and Cook, of Dunedin. Leaving New Zealand with the Main Body he saw service on Gallipoli, where he was wounded. After the evacuation, while in Egypt, he transferred into the artillery. In France, in 1916, he gained his commission, but was killed shortly afterwards in the Battle of the Somme, on September 26th, 1920.
Major Frederick Noel Johns came from Wanganui Collegiate School to Victoria University College, where he took his intermediate medical examination, Later on he pursued his medical studies at Edinburgh. He returned to New Zealand and enlisted with the 5th Reinforcements. Proceeding to Gallipoli, he remained on the Peninsula until the evacuation. He was in the front area continuously as a regimental medical officer, and received the Military Cross for gallant work in the Ypres salient. In July, 1918, he received his majority, but was killed near Bapaume in August, 1918.
Second Lieutenant Cameron Gordon Johnston attended Wellington College, Canterbury University College, and Victoria University College. He served first of all in Samoa, and re-enlisted in October, 1915. He was killed in action at Messines, 7th June, 1917.
Lance-Corporal Ian Douglas Jameson was educated at Wellington College and attended lectures at Victoria College in 1912. He was a keen cricketer, playing for the second eleven in 1912 and for the first eleven in 1913. Enlisting on the outbreak of war, he saw service on Gallipoli with the Wellington Infantry Brigade. In May, 1915, Lance-Corporal Jameson was reported missing, and was subsequently reported killed
Lieutenant Frank Jones matriculated from Waitaki Boys' High School and attended law lectures during 1906-7. While at V.U.C. he was a member of the Hockey Club and prominent in rowing circles. He qualified as a solicitor and practised his profession at Taumarunui and Oamaru. Lieutenant Jones left with the 6th Reinforcements as a sergeant and went straight to Gallipoli, where page 28 he remained until the evacuation. He went to France with the Infantry Brigade and was granted a commission. He died on 23rd September, 1916, as a result of wounds received in action.
Captain Herbert William King came to Victoria College in 1903 and remained until the end of 1903. While at College he entered fully into the life there, and formed many friendships which stood the test of years. In 1903, 1904, 1905, and 1906 he represented the College in various athletic events at the Easter Tournament, being 440 yards champion in 1906, He was a keen hockey player, being also secretary and treasurer of the Hockey Club. Leaving hockey for football, in 1905 he scored the first try gained in Senior football by Victoria College. He was also a tennis player, and was one of that faithful band who worked so strenuously to excavate the present tennis courts. In March, 1916, he relinquished his profession of teaching to enlist, leaving New Zealand as captain of A Company, Auckland Infantry Battalion, on 19th August, 1916. He left England for France in November, 1916. In December he was appointed to the temporary command of 15th Company of the Auckland Infantry Regiment, and was killed in action on the 21st February, 1917, during a very gallant piece of work. He is buried at Wye Farm, near Fleurbaix, France.
Rifleman Russel Harvey Knapp was educated at Nelson College End subsequently joined the Public Trust Office staff, attending law lectures in 1914 and 1915. On the completion of his second year's terms he enlisted in the Expeditionary Force and left New Zealand us a sergeant in the 12th Reinforcements. He saw a year's strenuous service in France, including the Messines offensive, and it was at the close of this attack, on 28rd June, 1917, that he was killed by a shell which annihilated his party.
Private Frank Campbell Larking was a student at Otago University for a year, and afterwards came to the Training College, Wellington. He was teaching in Hawkes Bay at the time he enlisted with the Specialist Company, 27th Reinforcements. Arriving in France, he joined the 1st N.Z. Light Trench Mortar Battery, and was on active service until the time of his death. He was killed at Le Quesnoy on 4th November, 1918.
Private Percy David Lee left New Zealand with the 25th Reinforcements, Mounted Machine Gun Section. He was wounded in Palestine on 28th March, 1918, and died two days later.
Captain Leonard Maughan Liardet was educated at the High School, Stratford, and subsequently attended law lectures during 1910, 1911, and 1912. He passed his solicitor's examinations in the last-named year, From an early age he took a keen interest in military matters. He went to Samoa with the Expeditionary Force, and on returning to Wellington he joined the 2nd Battalion of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, with which he left for Egypt as a first lieutenant. While in Egypt he was placed in charge of the bombers. Later he went to France, where he was wounded in the Battle of Flers on 15th September, 1916. Death occurred at Camiferes some days later. He had been promoted captain just before his death.page 29
Sergeant Eric Lyon came to Victoria University College in 1907, after a good career at Wellington College, where he won a Junior University Scholarship. He proved himself an excellent all-round student. In 1908 he captained the third fifteen of the Football Club. In the following year he was a member of the executive of the Students' Association, and was secretary of the Football Club. He sat for the final of his LL.B. degree in 1910, in which year he was again on the Students' Association executive, and was secretary of the Football Club and also vice-president of the Men's Common Room Club. Having completed his degree, Lyon practised his profession in various parts of the North Island, and finally was a member of the firm of Franks, Hunter, and Lyon, Christchurch, where he was when war broke out in 1914. Although married long before war was declared, Lyon did what those who appreciated his keen, active and manly spirit knew he would do—he enlisted and sailed as a sergeant in the 24th Reinforcements. Landing in France in 1917 (about the time of the Battle of Messines), he saw continuous service with the infantry until 29th September, 1918, when he was killed in action at La Vacquerie, during the British advance. Lyon was a straightforward, manly type—one who had left his mark at Victoria College, and his loss is keenly felt by those who knew him and loved him for his keen vigour and his sterling character.
Private Thomas Lyons came to Victoria College from Palmerston North High School in 1914, when he commenced an Arts course. He was a keen footballer, and while at College played for the first fifteen. During his first two years at College he was teaching at Petone, and at the time of his enlistment, in October. 1916, he was at the Training College. Leaving New Zealand with the machine-gun section of the 25th Reinforcements, he crossed to France in October, 1917. He was mortally wounded near Doullens on 7th April, 1918, and died next day at No. 3 Canadian Hospital.
Lieutenant Trevor D'Arcy Long was on the staff of the Wanganui Collegiate School at the time of his enlistment, going into camp as a private in the first Wanganui draft. He gained his sergeant's stripes in camp, and soon after his arrival in Egypt he received a commission in the Royal Inniskillen Fusiliers, then under orders for Gallipoli. He was last seen lying on the ground, wounded in the head, and cheering on his men.
Rifleman Malcolm Mccartney attended law lectures at Victoria University College from 1909 to 1915, gaining his LL.B. in that year. During these seven years he took an active interest in football and cricket, and played in various grades for the College clubs. He entered camp in January, 1916, and left New Zealand with the 2nd Battalion N.Z.R.B. He was killed in action at Armentières in July, 1916, half an hour after reaching the front line.
Private Peter Rankin McCaw attended Victoria College in 1914 and 1915, taking the Arts course. Enlisting in October of the latter year, he went to camp with the 4th Battalion, N.Z.R.B., and sailed from New Zealand on 4th February, 1916. He was invalided from France in April, 1916, but returned in February, 1917, with the 4th (Divisional) Machine Gun Company. He was gassed during the Battle of Messines, where he fought with his page 30 unit. Later in that year he took part in the Passchendaele fight, being then in the 1st M.G.C. The gas had so badly affected his lungs that he died at Etaples on February 26th, 1918.
Corporal Robert Duncan McCaw was one of those young lads whose careers were cut short before they had really begun. He commenced the Arts course at Victoria University College, but gave it up in order to enlist on his twentieth birthday. He was posted as a gunner to the 43rd Artillery Reinforcements, but after a special course was transferred to the 45th Artillery, with the rank of corporal, He died of influenza in the Featherston Military Hospital on 14th November, 1918.
Captain Allan Macdougal came to Victoria University College from Wellington College in 1903, and remained there till 1909, when he went to Oxford, as Rhodes Scholar. While at College he took an active and prominent part in every phase of its life, leaving an imprint on it and memories in the hearts of his friends which no length of time can efface. Studying first Arts and then law, in the former he achieved the highest distinction, first-class honours (in English and French), and a Jacob Joseph Scholarship; in the latter lie had reached half-way when he was elected Rhodes Scholar and proceeded to Oxford. There, too, his career was brilliant, and after leaving he was first lecturer in English at Queen's College, Belfast, and subsequently, when the war broke out, lecturer at Bedford College, London. Of the part he played in the life of Victoria College the following list of offices he held can give only a bare idea: Sub-editor "Spike," committee Students' Association, vice-president Students' Association, committee Hockey Club (two years), vice-captain Hockey Club, first eleven Hockey Club (two years), secretary Cricket Club (three years), First Eleven Cricket Club (two years), committee Debating Society, committee Graduates' Association, president Graduates' Association, life member Students' Association, the last named an honour conferred on very few. Early in the war he enlisted in the 22nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers, and there his qualities soon won the love of both officers and men, while by his efficiency he rose to the rank of captain. It was in Delville Wood, on 3rd August, 1916, that he met his death. His battalion was thrown into the "push" and while in the trenches he was just writing his formal report to his CO., "Relief Complete," when he was killed without being able to sign the memorandum. Writing of him, the colonel of his battalion says: "I can't get over the loss of poor MacDougall. He was a great personal friend of mine, and one of my best officers." Another wrote of him : "He had a most charming personality and a keen sense of humour. His place in the regiment can never be filled, but his personality and example will always be held in remembrance by those who had the privilege of knowing him." In this last tribute is struck the keynote of his charm, his personality. None that came in contact with it could resist its attraction. Quiet, kindly, humorous, unspoilt by all success, keen and perceptive in his judgments, in the classroom, on the fields, in social intercourse, he was a delight to know, a treasure to remember. With one of his friends, writing at the time of his death, we can say: "We shall be pardoned for thinking that when he died Victoria College lost its most perfect student."page 31
Sergeant Donald Eric Caithness Mackay, came to Victoria University College from the Hokitika High School in 1907 taking the law course. Mackay was a good all round athlete and a true sport. He played in the junior and senior elevens of the Cricket Club, captaining the junior eleven one season. Commencing in the third XV. of the Football Club he finally gained a place in the first XV. Although it was to these two clubs that he chiefly devoted himself, he also played tennis and hockey. But his excellent work for his Alma Mater was not confined to sport only. He took a leading part in capping carnivals as singer, actor, and author, while he was also a valued contributor (of prose and verse) to "The Spike." He was practising his profession in Stratford when war broke out. Enlisting with the 8th Reinforcements he left N.Z. in November, 1915. After some time in Egypt he crossed with his Company to France, in April 1916, and was killed in the trench fighting at Armentières in June of the same year.
Rifleman Duncan McMurrich was at St. Patrick's College and later took lectures for B.A. at V.U.C. He left with the 16th Reinforcements, and was posted to the 3rd Battalion, N.Z.R.B. After seeing considerable service, including the actions round Messines, he was killed at Passchendaele on 12th October, 1917.
Private Cecil Angus McNiven was educated at the Wanganui District High School, at the Wanganui Collegiate School, and later attended lectures in law for a little over two years at Victoria University College, being at different times the winner of four scholarships. He entered tamp on his twenty-first birthday, and sailed with the 7th Reinforcements. He was reported wounded at the Battle of the Somme on 15th September, 1916, then reported missing, and afterwards declared killed on l5th September.
Second Lieutenant Joseph Stanley Marsden took an Arts course at Victoria College from 1910 to 1914, graduating B.A. in the latter year. He was keenly interested in the Debating and Glee Clubs, and played football for the 'Varsity for two years. He entered camp at the beginning of 1916, and, gaining a commission, sailed with the 21st Reinforcements. Having crossed to France with the 4th N.Z. Light Trench Mortar Battery, he took part in the Passchendaele struggle, and it was here that he was killed on 4th October, 1917.
Private Graham Groves Matheson, who had volunteered in 1914, but was rejected owing to eye trouble, finally sailed with the 14th Reinforcements. Soon after reaching France he was attached to the 1st N.Z. Light Trench Mortar Battery. He fell at Messines on 7th June, 1917; he got safely through with the rest of his gun crew, and they had dug themselves in, but the German gun fire in the night was very heavy, and he was killed by a shell. Private Matheson was a Training College Student, and at the time of his enlistment was teaching at a country school some miles from Eketahuna. He was a keen member of the Hockey and Swimming Clubs. He was taking a B.A. course and had kept second year terms.page 32
Sergeant Frederick Collett Matthews, was studying for the, LLB. when he enlisted at the age of 20 years He left New Zealand with 12th Reinforcements in the N.Z. Cyclist Company. Promoted to sergeant, he was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in the field, and soon afterwards met his death on 23rd July, 1918,
Corporal William David Maxwell came from Thames High School to the Public Trust Office, and was taking law lectures at Victoria University College. He was a prominent member of the first fifteen and the Boxing Club. He left as a sergeant in A Company of the 32nd Reinforcements. Corporal Maxwell was killed in action on 13th May, 1918.
Lieutenant Alan Miller was a pupil at the Wanganui Collegiate School before coining to Victoria University College. At V.U.C. he studied law. He took an active part in University athletics, being a member of both the Cricket and Football Clubs. He played in the first fifteen of the Football Club in 1912 and 1913, and was a member of the Senior cricket eleven in 1911, 1912, and 1913. In the last two years he was also a member of the Cricket Club committee. Miller enlisted with the Samoan Force, in which he held the rank of corporal. He returned to New Zealand in March, 1915, and sailed almost at once for England, where he enlisted in the Imperial Army. Obtaining a commission, he was posted to the 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. For nearly a year he was doing defence duty on the East Coast of England. In June, 1916, he crossed to France and took part in the famous July offensive on the Somme. It was there that he received the wounds from which he died in October.
Lance-Corporal John Edmund Mills was educated at the Petone High School and came to Victoria College in 1909, obtaining his B.A. degree in 1913. He took an active part in Training College activities, was a keen tennis player, and took an interest in all. Sports. On the outbreak of war he was teaching at Levin Immediately enlisting, he sailed with the Main Body and was killed on 29th April, 1915, during a fierce assault with the bayonet on a Turkish trench.
Corporal John Donald Ross Munro attended lectures at Victoria University College in 1912, taking the Arts eourse. He was a member of the Football Club. As he intended to enter the Presbyterian Church, he went to Knox College, Otago University, where he remained until his enlistment with the 13th Reinforcements. He joined the New Zealand Division just before it took part in the 1916 Somme battle, and was killed in the attack on Flers on 15th September of that year.
Lieutenant Kenneth Munro, an ex-pupil of the Nelson Boys' College, took the law course at Victoria University College in 1910, 1911, and 1912, continuing his studies after leaving Wellington. He was a member of the V.U.C. Tennis Club, and took an active part in the social life of the College. He acted in College theatricals, and was one of the chief workers in the extravaganza of 1911. His early enlistment prevented his completing his degree. Sailing with the rank of lieutenant in the 4th Reinforcements, he served at Gallipoli for some months, and was in the big fighting page 33 from the 6th to the. 10th August, 1915, from which he was invalided to England. He regained his health, however, and joined the division in France in April, 1916. He was killed in the trench warfare at Armentières on 3rd July of that year,
Second Lieutenant Patrick Augustine Ongley graduated M. A. at Otago University, but took lectures for the B.Sc. degree at Victoria University College in 1915-16. At the end of the la[unclear: t]er year he enlisted with the 24th Reinforcements, but gaining a commission, he was posted to the 27th as 2nd lieutenant, and sailed in June, 1917. He landed in France towards the end of the fighting near Ypres, in the latter stages of which he took part. He served with his battalion continuously until his death, in action at Bau-paume towards the and of August, 1918.
Lieutenant Leo Desmond O'Sullivan, formerly a pupil at St. Patrick's College attended lectures in law from 1913 to 1916, and at the time of his enlistment required only a single section for his degree. He represented the College at Easter, 1915, and in the same year won the provincial championship in the three sprint events. In addition to being light weight boxing champion at V.U.C. "Dos" was a prominent member of the football team, being captain of that team and of the Wellington representative team in 1916. He received a commission in camp and sailed with the 30th Reinforcements. Six months later he was gazetted acting captain while in charge of a company of the Entrenching Battalion. He returned again to his former Battalion and in the hard fighting in August 1918 he received the wounds which resulted in his death on 24th August.
Sergeant Donald Kellway Pallant, attended lectures in Arts during 1911, 1912 when he was a teacher at the Mt. Cook Boys' School. He was an active member of the University Football and Boxing Clubs. He enlisted with the Main Body and sailed with the rank of sergeant in the Wellington Infantry. Pallant was reported wounded and missing (subsequently reported killed) in the fighting in Gallipoli in May, 1915.
Private Charles Ernest Phillips, attended lectures at Victoria University College in 1909-1910. He was a good all-round sport, and played in the football club's first fifteen in 1909 and 1910, being one of the best backs. He was picked twice in the N.Z. University Fifteen which played against the Sydney University Team. In 1910 he was on the committee of the Football Club and the Boxing Club. He left to take up teaching under the Wanganui Education Board and was still in its service when he enlisted with the Main Body. Phillips was killed in action on Gallipoli not long after landing.
Quartermaster Sergeant Samuel Joseph Poole, was a student at Victoria University College in 1906 and 1907 when he studied for the Arts degree. He left Wellington, and abandoning the Arts Course, took the Law degree as an extra-mural student. At the time of his going into camp, he was practising his profession in Te Kuiti. Enlisting early several times, he was rejected; but finally he passed the medical test, and went into camp with the 26th Reinforcements. He qualified for a commission, but wishing to get away to France, sailed as a Q.M.S. in the 36th Reinforcements. On page 34 arrival in England he was posted to the N.Z. Rifle Brigade. He was with the Brigade in the fighting at Le Quesnoy and was killed in action at that place on November 4th, 1918.
Private William Beynon Austin Quick, attended Victoria University College in 1905-1906 and kept 2nd Year Terms for LL.B. He abandoned Law for Architecture and when war broke out was partner in the firm of Feara and Quick, architects, Wellington. He enlisted February, 1915, and left N.Z. in June of that year as Sergeant in 1st Wellington Regiment. Subsequently he joined the Machine Gun Section and was killed by a shell near Armentières in September, 1916.
Private Harold Vivian Ramsay, attended lectures at Victoria University College from 1906-09, taking the Arts course. During that time he played for the football club, and was an active member of the Debating Society and the Christian Union. Ramsay enlisted and went into camp as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Infantry, but resigned and was transferred to the N.Z.M.C, sailing in October, 1916 as a sergeant in the 18th Reinforcements. On arrival in England he threw in his stripes to cross to France with an earlier draft and became a streacher bearer in the Field Ambulance. From that time (except for a short period in hospital, owing to fever) he served continuously with his company, doing good work as a bearer at La Basse Ville, and Passchendaele. He was killed in action at Beanssart on April 24th, 1918.
Private Holger Bro Randrup, attended lectures at Victoria College in 1906-07. He played for the University Cricket and Football Clubs. Randrup enlisted at the outbreak of war and sailed as a private in the Main Body. He was killed in the early lighting at Gallipoli.
Second Lieutenant Llewellyn William Pearce Reeve commenced an Arts course at Victoria University College in 1906. He was wounded near Havrincourt in October 1918, his wounds leading to his death on the 13th November of that year.
Major James Macdonald Richmond studied law at Victoria University College, He was always keenly interested in military affairs, and when the Territorial scheme was started he gave up the study of law to join the N.Z. Staff Corps. Late on he became military secretary and A.D.C. to General Godley, and on the outbreak of war sailed at acting adjutant, to O.C. Artillery. He was among the first to land at Anzac on April 25th, 1915, and one of the last to leave on December 20th. Crossing to France in April, 1916, he was promoted to captain on July 26th of that year. In the following September of that year he was appointed brigade major, and gained his majority on February 5th, 1917. He was subsequently put in charge of the 9th Battery, N.Z.F.A., and was killed on October 27th, 1918, while in temporary charge of an artillery brigade. So complete were his orders and instructions that they were preserved for future reference, being considered models of excellence, worthy of study by any future artillery officer wishing to gain a thorough knowledge of modern warfare.
Lietenant Douglas Leslie Robertson gained his M.A. degree at the Otago University. After teaching at Oamaru and Carterton he joined the staff of the Wellington Technical College and took page 35 Science lectures at Victoria College. Later he was appointed senior assistant at the Wanganui Technical College. He was anxious to serve from the beginning of the war, but his wife's delicate health kept him in New Zealand until 1916. He sailed as a lieutenant in the 24th Reinforcements, and in 1917 went to France and joined the 2nd Wellington Battalion, in which he served, until his death in action at Hebuterne on 27th March, 1918.
Corporal Archibald James Robison came to Victoria University College in 1913, taking a course in Science. He went to Samoa with the advance force, and later sailed with the 5th Reinforcements, He was wounded on Gallipoli. In France he was present at the First Battle of the Somme in 1916, and later was with the 3rd Hawkes Bay Company, 4th Brigade. He was killed on the 15th June, 1917, while taking a machine gun team from Nieppe to the trenches.
Lieutenant George Alexander Robbie was an extra-mural student of Victoria College. He enlisted in July, 1915, and sailed as a Q.M.S. in the 8th Reinforcements. He went from Egypt to France as a private, and took part in the operations at Armentières and the Somme. Subsequently he went to England, received his commission from the O.T.C., Lichfield, and recrossed to France in February, 1917. He took part in the Battle of Messines in June of that year, and was killed six weeks later in the sharp fighting at La Basse Ville.
Sergeant Ernest Leslie Rose was educated at Wanganui Collegiate School and kept first and second years' terms at Victoria University College. He sailed with the 15th Reinforcements, and was pasted to the 3rd Battalion, N.Z.R.B. He was for some time Musketry Instructor at Brocton Camp. Sergeant Rose was killed in action at Le Quesnoy, on 4th November, 1918.
Captain Thomas Wyville Leonard Rutherfurd was at Victoria College in 1908 and then took his degree in Mining Engineering at Otago University, which he represented in every branch of sport, including particularly football, tennis and boxing. He enlisted from Reefton in August, 1914 with the 13th Company 1st Canterbury Infantry Battalion and left with the Main Body. Seeing his first active service on the Canal, he next was present at the landing at Gallipoli in April, 1915. On Gallipoli he served continuously until September, 1915, when he was wounded and sent to England. He was highly commended for his work at Quinn's Post, which he helped as engineer to construct under Colonel Malone, and was recommended for the D.C.M. for carrying a wounded comrade from Sari Baar to the shore under heavy fire. However, the wounded man having died almost immediately afterwards the recommendation was not pressed. He went to France with the Canterbury Battalion, early in 1916 and served continuously there until January, 1918, when he was appointed a member of the Dunsterforce Expedition. He received the Military Cross for his services at Messines, where he led his Company (the 13th Canterbury), as Captain in the successful attack on that town. He left for Persia and Mesopotamia with the Dunsterforce early in 1918 and had interesting experiences with that expedition in Mesopotamia and Persia. He was appointed Engineer-in-Charge of the mixed garrison and engineering details at Kasvin, and was engaged in constructing a large military hospital there when he page 36 contracted pneumonic influenza from which he died on 19th October, 1918, at the age of 27. Rutherfurd left N.Z. as a Sergeant, got his Lieutenancy at Gallipoli, and was made a Captain on arrival in France.
Lieutenant William Bramwell Rule, was a student at Victoria University College in 1910-11 when he passed the first section of his B.A. degree. Later he transferred to Canterbury College where he took his final, and passed the M.A. with Honours, He had also nearly completed his LL.B. degree when he enlisted in 1916, sailing filially as a lieutenant in the 25th Reinforcements. Lieutenant Rule was killed in action at Passcheudaele on October 11th, 1917.
Second Lieutenant Neil Ruffell Russell was educated at the Palmerston North and Dannevirke High Schools. He took his LL.B. degree at Auckland University College in 1912, having previously spent a short time at Victoria University College. He was practising his profession of solicitor in Dannevirke when he went into camp with the 19th Reinforcements. Here he obtained a commission and sailed as 2nd Lieutenant with the 26th Reinforcements, he was killed near Beaumont Hamel on March 26th, 1918, while leading his men to capture a machine gun emplacement.
Captain Samuel Llewellyn Serpell was educated at the New Plymouth and Timaru High Schools. He spent two years at Victoria College before going on to Otago University to complete his Medical course. For a few months after completing his degree he was a house surgeon at the Wellington Hospital and then went into partnership at Taihape, He enlisted early in 1917, and in October of that year was awarded the M.C. for valuable services rendered at Passchendaele. He was killed on December 15th, 1917, while on his way back from the front line trenches.
Lieutenant Henry Samuel McDougall Sanson attended lectures at Victoria College in 1914 and 1915, gaining First Section B.A. at the end of 1915. He enlisted in December of that year and gained his commission in Camp. Later, at the Front he was promoted first lieutenant and at the time of his death was Acting-Captain. He was killed in action on August 24th, 1918, near Baupaume.
John B. H. Saxon left Nelson College to join the Treasury Department and look accountancy lectures at V.U.C. While there he was a member of one of the football teams. On the outbreak of war he joined up with the Samoan Advance Guard, and later with the 5th Reinforcements. He saw service on Gallipoli, and later with the 6th Howitzer Battery in France. He was killed during the big Somme offensive on 16th or 17th September, 1916.
Trooper Henry Alan Shain kept terms for LL.B. as an extramural student for two years at Nelson College. He resigned his commission in the Territorials in order to leave as a trooper with the Main Body in the Canterbury Mounted Rifles. He was killed on Sari Hair on 6th August, 1915.
Second Lieutenant Leonard James Shaw, commenced a Science course in 1913, being a cadet in the Dominion Laboratory. During his University days he played in the first fifteen and represented the Athletic Club in the middle distance events at the Christchurch and Auckland tournaments. In 1915 he was elected to the Executive of the Students' Association, but before the year was out he enlisted page 37 with the Canterbury Mounted Rifles, 6th Reinforcements. He was badly wounded during the Otago raid on 13th July, 1916, and returned to New Zealand with a commission. He sailed again with the 30th Reinforcements, and fell in action on the 29th September, 1918.
Bombardier Norman Shrimpton was educated at Wellington College-and came to Victoria College in 1916 to take up a Science course. He was on the staff of the Astronomical Observatory when, having reached the age of twenty, he went into camp in February, 1917. He sailed with the N.Z.F.A., 26th Reinforcements. Arriving in France towards the end of this year, be was killed in action on April 12th, 1918.
Captain Maurice William Campbell Sprott attended Wellington College and Wanganui Collegiate School, and came to Victoria University College in 1901. He graduated B.A. in 1904, M.A. 1905, with first-class honours in Greek and Latin. He won a Senior Scholarship in Greek and also the Jacob Joseph Scholarship. He played for the second fifteen and was also a keen cricketer. He was V.U.C.'s nominee for the Rhodes Scholarship in 1916. Leaving New Zealand, he continued his studies at Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. in 1909. At the outbreak of war he volunteered from Jersey, where he was on the staff of Victoria College, receiving a commission in November, 1914. He was severely wounded on the Somme, 1916, and was mentioned in despatches for gallantry and initiative in the attack east of Ginchy. He was again mentioned in despatches, and in February, 1917, he won the M.C. "for very conspicuous bravery during a raid on a German trench." In March, 1917, he was appointed captain and adjutant of the 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, and acted as Intelligence Officer at the Battle of Cambrai in the same year. On 21st March, 1918, he was killed whilst commanding a company in the front line at Lagnicourt.
Second Lieutenant William Ernest Stevens was a cadet in the Treasury when he first commenced attending lectures at Victoria College. On the outbreak of war he enlisted and sailed to Samoa. On his return he joined the 1st Battalion of the Rifle Brigade, and left with it for the front. Gaining a commission, he had only just returned to France when he was killed in a raid on August 15th. 1917.
Lieutenant Karl Justus Strack was educated at Hawera District High School and at Wellington College. He kept terms at Victoria College in 1913 and 1914, and during these years took an active part in the social and athletic life of the College. He won the Oram Cup in 1914, and represented V.U.C. in the Tournament of that year. He was a prominent hockey player, representing his College and Wellington Province. He was also an active member of the Christian Union. He enlisted on 4th August, 1914, and gained his commission in 1917, after having seen service in Egypt, France, and Flanders with the Wellington Infantry Regiment. He was mentioned in despatches for special bravery on the Lys-Armentières Canal, and was killed in action at Passchendaele on 4th October, 1917.
Captain Kenneth James Tait attended Victoria College during the years 1912, 1913, and 1914, taking lectures in Accountancy. page 38 He was a member of the College football fifteen, and took a keen interest in all athletic sports. When the war broke out he at once enlisted, and sailed with the advance guard to Samoa on 15th August, 1914, as a sergeant. He again left New Zealand as second lieutenant with the 14th Mounted Rifles. Shortly after his arrival in Egypt he was promoted to a first lieutenancy, and saw service in Palestine. He was wounded at the Battle of Jaffa. At this engagement he won the Military Cross, the British Gazette notice reading us follows:—"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During an attack he led his troops with great gallantry and skill over ground exposed to heavy machine-gun fire. He showed magnificent leadership and skill." Later he was appointed captain. He was killed on the 23rd March, 1918, on the banks of the River Jordan, whilst attacking a company of Turks.
Private Philip Gardiner Tattle took lectures in Arts at Victoria University College in 1906-07, when he was a student at the Teachers' Training College. After leaving the University he taught at Longbush School, and was there until the date of his enlistment with the Main Body (N.Z.E.F.) in 1914. He took part in the landing on Gallipoli, and was killed in action on the Peninsula a short time afterwards.
Lieutenant George Washington Tayler was a law student at Victoria College, and prior to the outbreak of hostilities was with a legal firm in Taranaki. Entering camp in 1914 with the 3rd Reinforcements, he sailed in the troopship Maunganui in February 1915. Upon arrival he was attached to the Wellington Infantry Regiment. A few days after the Anzac binding he was, with the remaining infantry reinforcements then at Zeitoun, near Cairo, ordered to Gallipoli, where he joined his regiment on the 8th May. 1915, during the battle for Krithia and Achi Baba. He afterwards served at Anzac and took part in the big push from Silvia Bay in August, 1915. The Wellington Regiment was successful in taking the heights of Chunuk Bair, looking right down to the Narrows, and it was in the struggle for the retention of the heights that Lieutenant Tayler was killed.
Lieutenant Alister Mclean Thomson matriculated in 1907 from the Petone District High School, and came to Victoria University College in the following year. He took the law course and gained his LL.B. degree in 1914. In August, 1915, he enlisted, and entered camp two months later as a second lieutenant, being posted to the 16th Reinforcements. He proceeded to Egypt and subsequently to France, where the division was holding the line at Armentières. Lieutenant Thomson was killed here on 16th June, 1916.
Gunner Grahame George Vial came to Victoria College from Wellington College as a law student in 1912. He continued his studies for four years, qualifying as a solicitor at the end of 1915. During this term he took a keen interest in football, and played each season he was at. College. He entered camp in February, 1916, and left New Zealand as a gunner in the N.Z.F.A., with the 13th Reinforcements. He crossed over to France in October, 1916, and was killed in action in Flanders on 25th September, 1917.
Captain Charles Lawrence Wardrop came from Wellington College to Victoria College to study law. When he enlisted early page 39 in 1915 he had only one subject to complete his law professional. He was one of the founders of the Victoria College O.T.C., and held a commission under the territorial system. He sailed as a lieutenant with the 1st Battalion N.Z.R.B., and was first in action against the Senussi in Africa. Leaving Egypt with the N.Z. Division, he saw service at Armentières from May, 1916 to August, 1916, when he was invalided to England on account of the recurrence of an old illness. On his discharge from hospital he was, despite his protests, sent to Sling Camp to train N.C.O.s for commissions. Being at last passed fit again for active service he rejoined his battalion in Flanders. In the fighting near Passchendaele he was mortally wounded on 12th October, 1917. Lying in a shell hole with a bullet in his chest and a smashed thigh, he refused aid from the stretcher bearers so that his wounded comrades could be saved. In private life of kindly and cheerful disposition, Wardrop was one of those men to whom the war gave the opportunity of developing an innate military genius, which received generous appreciation from his superior officers.
Private Arthur Llewellyn Webb was educated at Te Aro School and at Wellington College. On his enlistment in August, 1914, he was attending lectures at Victoria College, and was a member of the staff of the Kilbirnie State School. He left with the Main Body and saw action at Suez and on Gallipoli, where he was wounded after nearly four months on the Peninsula, Being sent to England for treatment, he subsequently rejoined his unit in Egypt and proceeded with it to France, where he took part in the fighting up till the First Battle of the Somme. It was during; this engagement that Private Webb, being then only twenty years of age, received the wounds which led to his death on 28th September, 1916.
Corporal James Alexander Wilson was another of the brave young men who sacrificed everything to duty He came to Victoria University College in 1915 from the Dannevirke High School where he had been Dux of the School the previous year, and had played an important part in all school activities. At the time of his enlistment with the 7th Reinforcements, he was taking lectures for the first section of his B.A. degree, being on the staff of the Roseneath School. In Egypt he joined the Divisional Signal Company and sailed with it to France. He was with his unit through all the fighting in 1916-1917, being present at Armentières, Somme 1916, Fleurbaix, Ploegsteert, Messines, Passcheudaele. In this last engagement he was made Lance-Corporal and received the Military Medal for gallantry. Shortly afterwards he was promoted to Corporal and was present at the fighting round about Polygon Wood. It was near that place, at Birr Cross Roads, on the Menin Road, that he received the wounds from which he died on December 14th 1917. At the time of his death, he was only 21 years of age, but had already been 2 years and-3 months on active service.
Private John Wilson came to Victoria University College in 1909, after keeping first year terms at Otago University. He took the Arts course in 1909 and 1910, and later was a teacher under the Hawkes Bay Education Board. While at V.U.C. he was a member of the C.U. and of the Athletic Club. He represented his College in the University Tournament in 1910 in the hammer throwing and shot putting events. Subsequently he went to Aus page 40 tralia, intending to enter the Presbyterian Ministry. In 1916 he enlisted and sailed with an Australian Field Ambulance, but after some time was detached for work at the 2nd Australian C.C.S. It was there that he was killed during a bombing raid by the enemy shortly after Messines. He had finished his work for the day, but volunteered to sit up and read to some of the patients and was killed by a bomb while doing this.
Lieutenant Holloway Elliot Winder matriculated in 1908 and for several years took Law lectures at the College. He was a keen member of the Officers' Training Corps and a prominent supporter of the Men's Club. Enlisting at once when war was declared, he was soon afterwards posted to the 3rd Reinforcements with the rank of Lieutenant, and was at the landing on Gallipoli. In the later operations he was killed while loading his men in an attack on the Turkish trenches. A cheery and good-natured man at all times, Winder was greatly liked by those who knew him at College and by the men who served under him in the war, and his loss is keenly felt by all his friends.
Corporal John Archibald Wiseman came from Dannevirke High School to the Teachers' Training College in 1915. After spending a year at Victoria University College, during which he was captain of one of the football teams, he enlisted with the 13th Reinforcements and had been on active service for two years when he was killed. He was wounded in the shoulder at Messines and had only returned to the front a short time before his death on 26th August, 1918.
Lance-Corporal Douglas Duncan Mears Yeats took the lectures for the first section of the B.A. degree in the years 1912-13. He was a member "of the Debating Society and played for the Hockey Club. He was also during the latter year, the President of the Students' Association at the Teachers' Training College. He left the College to take up his profession, but was still studying when he enlisted in August 1914, and sailed with the Samoan Force. On returning to New Zealand he re-enlisted at once, and sailed again, this time with the 5th Reinforcements, and took part in the severe fighting in which that Reinforcement was engaged soon after its landing on Gallipoli in August. He was invalided from Gallipoli at the end of that month and was in hospital when the British left the Peninsula. Rejoining his unit in January 1916, he ultimately sailed with it for France where his Company was engaged in the trench warfare at Armentières. On the 15th September, 1916, the N.Z. Division went into action in the Battle of the Somme, and during the push Yeats was dangerously wounded on September 27th. He died of his wounds at Etaples on October 22nd.
Second Lieutenant Albert Victor Young, attended lectures at Victoria University College from the beginning of 1912 till his enlistment in August, 1914. He passed the first section of his B.A. degree and had intended to sit for the final in November, 1914, but gave up his work to enlist. Returning from Samoa, he re-enlisted and went into camp with the 12th Reinforcements; but he gained a commission and was posted to the 17th Reinforcements with which body he sailed for England. He crossed to France later and was killed in action near Ploegsteert Wood on May 1st, 1917.page break page break page break page break page break page break page break page break page break page break page break page break page break page break page break page break page break page break page break page break page break page break page break