Christchurch Press -
January, February, March 1944
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January War News
Monday 3 January 1944
Photo - 001
BELL - Major-General Peter Harvey, awarded D.S.O. in
1918 --- lots more --
OTTEN - Private, A.E. (Ted) in casualty lists --
McGREGOR - Flight Sergeant F.E. son of Mr &
Mrs F.L. McGregor, ---
Photos - 003
WRIGHT - Sergeant John W. received his wings in
KNIGHT - Flight Sergeant G.J. formerly
Ashburton, gained his wings in Canada.
Thursday 6 January 1944
Photos - 004
ADAMS - Flight Lieutenant W.E.F. son of Mr & Mrs
W.J. Opawa, been promoted --
DALLARD - 2nd lieutenant S.N. son of Mr & Mrs C.H.
Photos - 005
SOMERVILLE - Trooper T.G., son of Mr & Mrs
BEATTY - Signalman Ira D. son of Mr & Mrs
A.T. Darfield, been seriously injured in Pacific
Friday 7 January 1944
Awards for Bravery - 005a
Brigadier Robert Amos ROW --- (Christchurch)
Second-Lieutenant Leslie Thomas George BOOTH --
Sergeant William Albert COWAN -- (Taumarunui)
Sapper Jack Keith DUNCAN --- (Auckland)
Private Edward Joseph SMITH -- (Waiheke)
Corporal Frederick Arthur ARMSTRONG --- (Napier)
Private Edward Valentine OWEN ---(Tauranga)
Article - 006
BOOTH - Lieutenant, on 27 Oct. took part in an assault
on Japan -- lots more ---
Award DCM - 007
COWAN - Sergeant, distinguished conduct --- in the
Solomons area --- more ---
Award - 008
DUNCAN - Sapper, for bravery in the landing on 27
October ---- more ---
Award - 009
OWEN - Private, age 40, for bravery in the field after
the landing on Treasury Islands -- more ---
Photo - 010
ROW - Brigadier R.A. ---- more ----
Article - 010a &
ARMSTRONG - Corporal, on 5 Nov. a member of a fighting
patrol, with Sgt. Ilala --- more ---
Article - 010c
OWEN - Private, award for bravery in the field during and
after landing on Treasury islands -- age 40 showed outstanding
diligence ------ more --
Article - 010d
SMITH - Private, for gallant conduct during enemy attack
on Soanotalu on 2 Nov. --- more ---
Saturday 8 January 1944
Photos - 011
McQUILLAN - Private Alexander, son of Mrs M.J.
Woodend, wounded in Italy ---
DUNN - Private Arthur Sears, son of Mr & Mrs
E.J. -- killed in action ---
SPARKES - Trooper Richard Arthur, son of Mrs
I. reported wounded
McALEER - Private L. hus. of Mrs L. of Selwyn,
was killed in action ---
Photo - 012
TREMAIN - Lieutenant (Auckland) and
ANNING - Private A.C. (Christchurch) among
Italians on the Taranto waterfront.
Monday 10 January 1944
Photos - 013
1. Vella Lavella, NZ troops using a washing machine
constructed of drums ---
2. Obelisk erected in memory of NZ gun crew killed in action at
Vella Lavella, unveiled by Major H.G.TURNER ----
3. fully equipped NZ troops scale the landing net in mock
exercises in the Pacific ----
Photo - 014
PILET - Pilot officer W.H. awarded the Distinguished
Flying Cross son of Mr & Mrs P. Pilet, Halswell ---
Photo - 015
GERARD - Rt Rev. G.V. awarded Military Cross
while serving in France --
Wednesday 12 January 1944
Photo - 016
MACLAINE - Private Douglas R. son of Mr & Mrs --
Christchurch, killed in action --
SATTEWRTHWAITE - Sergeant N.T. son of Mrs T.W.
of Timaru, and hus. of Mrs E.A.M. recently killed in
Christchurch man wins B.E.M. - 017
SIMPSON - Flight Sergeant Reginald Morris Fitzallen
Simpson, RNZAF ---- lots more ---
Photos - 018
WILSON - Flight Lieutenant L.M. son of Mr &
Mrs N. Wilson, Port Levy, --- promoted
STEVEN - Sergeant Pilot R.Craig, son of Mr &
Mrs R.C.Steven, Christchurch, gained his wings in Canada recently
Military New Year Honours - 018a
STEVENS - Brigadier William George -- (Wellington)
BOYD - Col. James Roberts, (Wellington)
GERARD - The Rt Rev. George Vincent (Napier)
BUTTON - Lieut.-Col. Eardley Lorimer (Wellington)
FULLER - Lieut.-Col. James Ferris, (Dunedin)
CLARKE - Major David Adamson (Wellington)
KNAPP - Major Alban Vincent, (Wellington)
MARCHBANKS - Major Donald Stuart Gore (Wellington)
BROWN - Matron Doris Irene (Hamilton)
WILSON - Sister Edith Jo (Tuakau)
Thursday 13 January 1944
Photo - 019
HEAPHY - Squadron Leader W.D. RAF son of Mr & Mrs
P.C. Heaphy, Greymouth, awarded Air Force Cross ---
Photo - 019a
SIMPSON - Flight Sergeant Reginald Morris Fitzallen hus. of
Mrs N.F.Simpson, awarded British Empire Medal ---
Friday 14 January 1944
Photos - 020
MacKENZIE - Second-lieutenant Colin Maxwell, hus. of Mrs
P.M. MacKenzie, Ashburton, -- wounded --
DAVIS - Private A.C. son of Mrs B.M. Davis, Papanui,
Christchurch -- killed in action
HASLETT - Private Norris (paper has Morris) G. son of
Mr & Mrs G. A. Haslett, Rakaia, killed in action
GINDERS - Private T.E. son of Mr & Mrs H. S.
Ginders, Hawarden, died of wounds on active service --
MacLENNON - Private Hector, hus. of F.A.
Riccarton, Christchurch, son of Mrs D.F. Cashmere,
killed in action -
SOUTHWARD - Flight Sergeant Arnold, son of Mrs
A. of Somerfield, Christchurch, killed in action.
Saturday 15 January 1944
Photo - 021
HEAPHY - Squadron leader W.D. of RAF son of Mr
& Mrs P.C. Heaphy, Greymouth, awarded Air Force Cross ---
Tuesday 18 January 1944
Photo - 023
DRAGE - Private W.J. hus. of Mrs V. S. Drage,
Rangiora, wounded on service in Italy --
REID - Gunner L.B. son of Mr & Mrs J. H.
Reid, Bennetts, died of sickness on overseas service.
Wednesday 19 January 1944
Photos - 024
EVANS - Private Alex Leslie, son of Mrs C.T. Evans,
Timaru, and late J.B. Leslie, Fairlie, killed in action
MURPHY - Acting-Warrant officer Maurice J. hus. of Mrs
K.M. Murphy, Addington, believed killed on active service.
Friday 21 January 1944
Photos - 025
STANLEY - Trooper George, 4th son of Mr & Mrs R.E., --
Amberley, killed in action.
POOLE - Lance-Corporal William M., son of Mr & Mrs W.H.
Gowan Bridge, Nelson, killed in action in Italy.
Photos - 026
WATERS - Sergeant Navigator George, son of Mr & Mrs
W.K.Waters, Ashburton, gained his wings in Canada.
PREBBLE - Pilot Officer F.E. 2nd son of Mr &
Mrs M. Prebble, Redcliffs, gained wings and commission in
Monday 24 January 1944
Photo of 7 people -027
McINTOSH - Private R.W. (Chch) and
GRANT - Nurse I.G. (Chch) patients at the 4th NZ
General Hospital in the Pacific ----
Thursday 27 January 1944
Photo - 028
IRVINE - Private Gordon, hus. of Mrs G. Irvine,
Geraldine, killed in action
WHITTA - Flight Sergeant N.B. son of Mrs C.E. Whitta,
Chch, believed killed on air operations.
Photo - 029
& 029a & 029b & 029c
MILLS - Sergeant Pilot, leaving his hut to go on
another fighter sweep.
Photo - 030
PAGE - Pilot Officer G. son of Mrs J. Page,
Leithfield, received his commission --
HOLDSWORTH - Pilot officer A. son of Mr & Mrs
W.N.Holdsworth, Spreydon, received his commission -- West
Photo - 031
SCOTT - Group Captain D.J. D.S.O. D.F.C.
and Bar, recently promoted --
Friday 28 January 1944
Photo - 032
MURPHY - Colonel --- commissioned in 1917 --- awarded
Military Cross in 1919
News - 033
McKAY - Major, has outstanding service as an
engineer officer in Fiji, New Caledonia, Guadalcanar,
and Vella Lavella --- more --
GILLISPIE - Capt. well known journalist ---
MORGAN - Capt. -- quartermaster of a battalion in
HALL - Matron, -- outstanding work as matron of a
general hospital in the Pacific --- more ---
ROMANS - Sergeant, serving with infantry battalion
-- 3rd division ---
NEWBERRY - --- artillery regiment -----
Monday 31 January 1944
Photo - 034
HENRY - Mrs J. received photo of amateur
theatricals in a prison camp from her son --- more ---
Saturday 5 February 1944
Photo - 035
CAREY - Acting - Flight Lieutenant Arthur, son of
Mr & Mrs Carey, Templeton, awarded Distinguished Flying
Cross for bravery --- ---
Photo - 036
POLSON - photo of Canterbury prisoners of war at Stalag
383, Germany, received by wife of Staff Sergeant L.A.
Monday 7 February 1944
Photo - 037
MONSON - Second-Lieutenant Allan, hus. of Corporal
LOWRY - Second-Lieutenant K.J. hus. of Mrs K.J.
Lowry, Ashburton, received his commission overseas.
Photo - 038
Dunsandel & Selwyn men at a recent re-union overseas
-- 11 men, no names.
Thursday 10 February 1944
Photo - 039
WALLINGFORD - Air Commodore S.G. being decorated by
CARNEY - Rear- Admiral Robert B. --
Photo - 040
GOODHART - Acting -Group Captain jack, who with wife
and son and mother in law was recently killed in an air
raid. son of Mrs H. Goodhart, Opawa, Chch.
BLUETT - Flight Sergeant Roy, ---
dangerously injured on active service son of Mrs E. Bluett,
Friday 11 February 1944
Portrait of a NZ Hero - 041
HULME - Sergeant, painted by Archibald F. NICOLL
presented to the residents of Nelson to the Nelson City Council to
hold it in trust for the district.
Tuesday 16 February 1944
Photo - 042
DUFF - L.A.C. I.W. Duff of
Reefton, gained his commission in Canada.
GREIG - Lieutenant G.A.J. eld. son of Mrs M. Greig,
Rangiora, been promoted in Italy.
Wednesday 17 February 1944
Photo - 043
CHAMBERS - Flight Sgt. C.A. sent photo of NZ and Australian
prisoners in Stalag 1XA Germany to his parents Mr & Mrs
Thursday 18 February 1944
Photo - 044
CORNWALL - Lieutenant-Colonel F.C. M.C. who led
the NZ troops in commando raid on Nissan Islands on 31 Jan. ---
Photo -0405 &
photo of Wareham and passing out parade and
list of names.
Photo - 046
WARHAM - L.A.C. R.P. one of 2 trainees who gained
distinguished passes receiving his wings from
Air-Commodore Sir Robert Clark-Hall K.B.E. C.M.G.
Friday 19 February 1944
Photo - 047
TINGEY - Pilot Officer N.R. -- been promoted to his
present rank, son of Mr R.B.Tingey, Auckland (formerly of
BERRY - Pilot Officer C.J. hus. of Mrs C.J.
received his commission in West Africa son of Mr
E.J. Berry, Papanui.
Tuesday 22 February 1944
Photo - 048
RHIND - Lieutenant Commander H.A. and
CRITCHLEY - Commander T.S. R.N.Z.N. Naval
Officer in charge, Lyttelton, with 26 men in
photo, Naval Auxiliary patrol disbanded.
Wednesday 23 February 1944
Photo - 049
BARNES - Sergeant Walter, with 8 men crew
of long range flying boat operating somewhere in Pacific --
one was a member of "The Press"
Friday 25 February 1944
Photo - 050
ASHWORTH - Pilot Officers C.P. and
HOULTON - J.
STRACHAN - Flight Lieutenant I. P
YEATMAN - Pilot Officer
STEAD - Flying Officer A.
Saturday 26 February 1944
Photo - 051
NURSE - Pilot Officer R.H. son of Mr H. and late
Mrs Nurse, Riccarton. received his wings ---
PILKINGTON - Sergeant Pilot Maurice, son of Mr &
Mrs R.F. Pilkington, Southbridge, gained his wings --
Photo - 052
RODGERS - R.K. son of Mrs A.R.Rodgers, Linwood,
one of 4 men who arrived in Algiers after a 100 mile trek on foot
across the desert -----
Tuesday 29 February 1944
Photo - 053
SMITH - Second-Lieutenant Ludstone W. son of Mr &
Mrs Smith, Woolston,
HANRAHAN - Second-Lieutenant Terence, son of Mr &
Mrs F.J. Hanrahan, Ashburton were commissioned recently
Photo - 054
INNES - Corporal D.D. broadcasting from London ---
"Anzacs" calling New Zealand" hus. of Mrs Innes,
Greymouth, and son of Mr & Mrs R.J.D. Innes, Springfield.
Photo - 055
MARTYN - Sergeant Pilot J.B. son of Mr & Mrs
L.Martyn, Rangiora, reported missing now presumed dead.
BALLANTYNE - Sergeant J.M. son of Mr & Mrs
J.D. Ballantyne, Christchurch, has died, of
wounds in Italy ---
Photo - 056
NOBLE - Pilot Officer Lloyd, son of Mr & Mrs L.A.Noble,
of Lynnford, received his wings and commission overseas.
HAWKER - Pilot Officer D.E. hus. of Mrs Hawker, Christchurch,
son of Mr & Mrs W.J. Hawker, gained his commission in
March War News
Thursday 2 March 1944
Photo - 057
FISHER - Corporal G.R. son of Mrs C. Fisher, in
German prison camp 13 men altogether, no other names.
Friday 3 March 1944
Photo - 058
HARPER - Rev. A.C.K. 1st NZ Army chaplain to be
killed in action in this war, app. vicar of Akaroa in
1941 but did not go there.
SHUTTLEWORTH - Lance-Sergeant J.L. (Wynne) son of Mr
& MRs L.R.Shuttleworth, of Atarau, West Coast, died of
sickness in Italy.
Saturday 4 March 1944
Photo - 059
SWORDS - Gunner W.M. son of Mr M.J.Swords, of Papanui.
died of wounds in Italy.
RICHARDS - Private R.T. son of Mr & Mrs J.
Richards, Woolston, been wounded.
Tuesday 7 March 1944
Photo and article - 060
JONES - Flying Officer Douglas L. reported
missing in Pacific -- son of Mr & Mrs T.L. Jones, St
Martins. --- more ---
D.F.C awarded - 061
WARD - Flying Officer Neal Aubrey, of New
FOURNEAU - Pilot Officer Samuel John, of Napier
---- more ---
Wednesday 8 March 1944
Photo - 062
SUGDEN - Sergeant A. son of Mr & Mrs J.W.Sugden,
Spreydon, killed in action.
HARGREAVES - Captain Edgar, son of Mr and Mrs E. Hargreaves,
Christchurch, taken prisoner of war while attached to British
Thursday 9 March 1944
Photo - 063
PRICE - Squadron Leader C.W. eld. son of Mrs C.W.
and late C.W. Price, Riccarton, been promoted -- hus. of Mrs
Beth Price, Auckland.
CRAWFORD - Lieutenant A.M. recently promoted son
of Mr & Mrs F.J. Crawford, St Albans.
Saturday 11 March 1944
Photo - 064
LUKEY - Flying Officer F.H.C. son of Mr F.C. and late
Mrs Lukey Waikari, recently promoted --
O'CONNOR - Pilot Officer J.J. son of Mr & Mrs P.J.
O'Connor, Sumner, recently received his commission.
Tuesday 14 March 1944
Photo - 065
ANDREWS - Able Seaman John, of Christchurch, went to
sea age 14 now serving with Netherlands mercantile
marine, --- more --
Photo - 066
READ - Flight Sergeant Albert R. son of Mr & Mrs
R. Read, Christchurch ---
Friday 17 March 1944
Photos - 068
CALDWELL - Group Captain K.L. photo of men at
passing out parade at Wigram ----
Wigram Passing Out Parade - 069
List of names of those who gained their wings at Wigram -----
45 new pilots.
email for a copy ---
Saturday 18 March 1944
Photo - 070
HINDENACH - Major J.C.R. only son of Mr & Mrs
Hindenach Richmond, Chch, promoted ---
HAMILTON - D.G. receiving a trophy from
Group Capt. K.L. CALDWELL at Wigram ----
Photo - 072
McKENZIE - Bombaedier Roy, son of Mr & Mrs J.R.
McKenzie, of Royden Lodge, Yaldhurst, completed a
bombing course in Canada -----
Monday 20 March 1944
Photo - 075
FREYBERG - Lieutenant-General Sir Bernard Freyberg, V.C. on a
visit to a brigade on 3 Jan.
Tuesday 21 March 1944
Photo - 076
GARLAND - Pilot Officer John, obtained his
"wings" and commission overseas.
RICKARD - Flying Officer F.G. son of Mr & Mrs P.G.
Rickard, Ashburton, recently promoted in England.
Photo - 077
MANNING - Second-Lieutenant A.M. son of Mrs C.
MOUNCER, St Martins, -- received commission overseas.
McPHAIL - Second-Lieutenant C.H. hus. of Mrs McPhail,
Bealey Ave. promoted -------
Photo - 078
SIMMS - Pilot Officer D.E. son of Mrs M.Simms,
West Melton, killed when aircraft crashed on returning to
MULLIGAN - Leading Aircraftman J.D. killed on active
service, son of Mr & Mrs R.J. Mulligan, Lismore.
Wednesday 22 March 1944
Photo - 079
JOHNSTON - Sergeant Robert, son of Mrs J. Johnston,
Riccarton, with 18 other prisoners of war at Stalag 383
Friday 24 March 1944
Photo - 080
BASSETT - Lieutenant-Commander T.M. Fleet Air
Arm, of Sumner, received promotion overseas.
DEW - L.B.C. of RNZAF son of Mr & Mrs
Dew, Christchurch, gained wings and promoted overseas.
Photo - 081
HARRISON - Acting-Flight Lieutenant N.D., son of
Commander & Mrs W.L. Harrison, Rakaia, awarded
DFC promoted from pilot officer. ----
Saturday 25 March 1944
Photo - 081a
HALKETT - brothers Privates A.J. and
S.R. arrived back in Canterbury -------
Monday 27 March 1944
Photo - 082
McKECHNIE - A. (Oaro) and
McCONWAY - R.J. (Blenheim) in Italy testing out ground
lines after snowstorm ----
Photo - 083
BOXER - Wing Commander A.H.C. of Hastings and
Nelson, awarded Virtuti Militari also awarded DFC.
Photo - 084
TRIPP - Lieutenant David Mowbray Howard, 2nd
Div. Canterbury reg. died of wounds on Cassino front
brother Hugh Mowbray Howard
Tripp 7th Batt. was killed in action Jan. 1943 in Tunsia --
ROWLEY - Private Leonard, hus. of Mrs J.L.
Rowley, Greymouth, died of sickness in Egypt. ----
Tuesday 28 March 1944
Photo - 085
DOODY - B. (Malvern)
ROBERTSON - --- (Christchurch)
OLLIVER - Ray (Southbridge)
MILLER - Ray, (Lincoln)
GRAY - Bob, (Christchurch) all in Stalag 383 in
Two Airmen Honoured - 085a
WADDY - Squadron Leader Ian Dousland, mother Mrs E.
Waddy, of Seddon. and
WALKER - Flight Lieutenant Peter MacGregor , mother Mrs
M.E.Walker, of Auckland ---- more ----
Thursday 30 March 1944
Photo - 086
GASSON - Trooper William Guy, son of Mr & Mrs E.A.
Gasson, killed in action in Cassino --
FOGARTY - Second-Lieutenant G.D. son of Mr & Mrs
M.J. Fogarty, Greymouth, killed in action in Italy.
Friday 31 March 1944
Photo - 087
DAVIDSON - Pilot Officer G.G. son of Mrs A. Davidsom,
Riccarton, gained his commission in England.
FLOWER - Pilot Officer R.C. son of Mr & Mrs
G.Flower, Ashburton, gained his commission overseas.
BENNETT - Signalman R.C. son of Mr & Mrs
E.C.Bennett, Kaiapoi, gained his commission overseas.
LILLY - Sergeant Pilot Morris George, son of Mr
& Mrs Arthur Lilley, Stanmore rd, gained his wings
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