Dating army soldier stories
Coming from a large family of two girls and seven boys, six of the Blennerhassett brothers would find themselves enlisting for service before the end of WWI.
Roland enlisted in December 1915 while working as a teacher in Whanganui.
He undertook his pre-deployment training at Trentham and Featherston Camp before embarking on 25 July 1916 aboard the “How does it feel to be under enemy fire or resisting enemy attack? Then there’s the example and comradeship of one’s mates, that something called esprit de corps.
Well, there is fear, deadly fear of being blotted out, or worse, being mangled and alive! There’s the background of months of training, discipline and hard living.
He enlisted on 1 July 1915 and began his training with the Māori Contingent at Narrowneck Camp on the North Shore of Auckland.
He embarked from Wellington on 4 February 1916 aboard the bound for Suez, Egypt, arriving on 15 March.
Brig Hunt was a career soldier and his service with the New Zealand Army would span some 30 plus years – seeing active service during both World War One and later World War Two, eventually retiring from the Army in 1949.Finally I found battle action itself awful but very thrilling – a tense urge to acquit myself reasonably well.The worse phase is the waiting before hand – nothing to do but think and wonder while awaiting the enemy’s attack or one’s own zero hour.Foreigners chosen to receive the medal were recognized for their gallantry while directly involved with French forces, either fighting alongside them or in a feat of bravery involving one of their countrymen.One such New Zealander was 12/9 Lieutenant Francis Leveson-Gower West of the Auckland Infantry Battalion.