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Posted 30 April 2012 - 03:09 am
Posted 30 April 2012 - 05:32 am
Just starting out on this great journey having visited my uncle's grave at Dantzig Alley British Cemetery Mametz.
Arnold John WRIGHT
N.Z. Field Artillery
9th October 1916 Age 27
What an honour to visit him. I believe I am the only family member to have done so.
I have downloaded and been reading New Zealand Artillery in the Field 1914-1918 and see that N Z 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Brigades of Artillery were in the Somme 6th Sept 1916 to 27 Oct 1916. Pages 232-260 detail the movement of the Brigades and Batteries. By the 9th October, the N Z Infantry had been relieved by the 41st Division and the Artillery remained on the line, all four Brigades being attached to the 21st Divisional Artillery. This may explain why my uncle is buried in the Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, rather than the New Zealand one at Longueval.
Did each Brigade number their Batteries from 1 to x or was each Battery number unique? If so, where would I find a list of which Batteries were associated with which Brigade? How many Batteries would each Brigade have?
I am about to get my uncle's Service Record which obviously is the next vital step. As usual, I continue to be amazed at the quantity and quality of information available on the internet and the enthusiasm of participants such as shown on this forum.
Posted 30 April 2012 - 06:13 am
Dennis you may well have all of this but he appears on the Auckland Cenotaph site
Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:42 am
Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:46 am
Posted 30 April 2012 - 10:21 am
Hows it all going
I'm going to be at the New Zealand Archives tomorrow and can get Arnold John WRIGHT's file digitised for you free of charge. Over the counter applications for war service files are free, however if you order online in New Zealand they are $25NZD.
http://www.archway.a...o?code=22022503 Would you like me to get the file digitised for you? Reply here if you want me to.
Bit of a tip when using the forum, always check the 'view new content' each time you come on board. You'll find view new content up the top right hand side of page each page.
Posted 30 April 2012 - 10:22 am
Posted 30 April 2012 - 10:46 am
Just had a quick look at what i have written up on the Kiwis at Dantzig cemetery.
The following artillery guys were transfered here from Fricourt Wood Cemetery, this cemetery no longer exists.
WREFORD-REED, CLEMENT grave III.J.7. died 9/10/16 same day as Wright. he was from 5Bty 2Bde.
TURNER, EUSTACE HENRY HADDON grave III.F.1 died 11/10/16 Turner was 4th Reinforcements like your uncle. and like Wreford-Reed from 5Bty 2Bde. Turner served at Gallipoli, so it may work out your uncle was a Gallipoli Vet as well.
- both sailed on the same ship to France.
- turners serial number is 2/1211 close to your uncles and i see both enlisted in the Waikato.
It may be a long shot, but it could be that your uncle and Wreford-Reed were killed together, it would be a pretty good guess that your uncle knew both men and that he probably served together with Turner.
It will be interesting to see what his military files show... i hope he is 5Bty 2Bde it would parcel it all up very nicely and give you a good but of cross reference between the three of them and what their military files say.
Posted 30 April 2012 - 11:02 am
Posted 30 April 2012 - 11:12 am
Posted 30 April 2012 - 12:13 pm
Are you aware of the papers past web site?
Here's one article which mentions Arnold was involved in the dairy industry - http://paperspast.na...d+John+Wright--
I'm sure you can find a bit more information using various search permutations
Posted 03 June 2012 - 03:47 am
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Posted 04 June 2012 - 12:33 am
Now we just need to find where Fricourt Wood Cemetery was
I was down at the National archive last week and was going to have a look at the War diaries for the Artillery, but they were unavailiable as they were being 'reboxed'
But next time i am down i will get out 2 Artillery and see if it give the map loctations of 5th Battery
Posted 05 June 2012 - 07:31 am
Thanks to Wendy Mac for applying to have 2/1223 Arnold John WRIGHT's service record digitised. From his record I have found:
He was in 5th Battery 2nd Brigade, the same as WREFORD-REED, CLEMENT and TURNER, EUSTACE HENRY HADDON so probably they were a unit that were killed in the same action.
My uncle was buried in Fricourt Wood Cemetery 3¼ miles East of Albert. So now we know from which cemetery he was in before being relocated to
Posted 05 June 2012 - 08:36 am
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Posted 07 June 2012 - 12:38 am
There was a number of reorganisations done as the division grew, thats why its a bit miss matched as branches were added and moved around the tree as it were.
I read this week about the reorganisation done in 1916 on arrival in France - The howitzer bdg was spread across the other bdgs. NZR was changed to 3rd NZR Bdg. there was another change around at the start of 1917.
i'll hunt it out after work tonight
Posted 07 June 2012 - 07:20 am