World War I Timeline - 100 years ago
The Third Reinforcements arrive in Zeitoun. The (NZ) AMR receives 115 horses, some of poor quality.
New Zealand soldiers see first combat of the war when they help defend the Suez Canal from an attack by Ottoman troops. Private William Ham, severely wounded during the fighting, becomes the NZEF’s first combat fatality two days later.
For the first four months of 1915, the Auckland Mounted Rifles Regiment (AMR) continues training in Egypt. Hopes of action in defence of the Suez Canal and then in the invasion of the Dardanelles are dashed.
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Captain Sidney Charles Ashton, of Big Omaha, enlisted in 1916 and served for nearly two years with the Auckland Mounted Rifles Brigade. He fought in the third battle of Gaza, led by General Edmund Allenby, as part of the British Egyptian Expeditionary force.
Kenneth Brown, aged 27 from Pakiri, the son of Henry and Catherine Brown, was killed by friendly fire, ironically and tragically, “keeping his head down” with the enemy just yards away.
Whangaripo farmer, Private Everard Brown, embarked from Wellington with the 31st Reinforcements Auckland Infantry Regiment, A Company on 16 November 1917 and died of pneumonia in Tidford Hospital, England, on 13 February 1918 after serving in France.
Snells Beach retiree Peter Caccia-Birch got back in the saddle for the first time in 25 years to join a special War Horse Parade recently.