Sunday 18th March 1917

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Church Parades. Lt Colonel Cunningham returned to Battn. Considerable aerial activity. Several minor engagements. Hun machines very persistent, but eventually driven off. Enemy shelling, evidently at very long range, in the vicinity of our camp. Our heavy Artillery active.

Sunday 8th August 1915

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

At 3 am. the Battalion assaulted the Turkish position on Chunuk Bair. The Coy occupied 100 yds frontage on left.
The Position was assaulted and captured at 4.30 am. and was held all day against a succession of strong counter attacks. The Coy which was occupying the fire-trenches suffered severe casualties and very few men remained [...]

Sunday 1st August 1915

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

At 9 am. the Coy takes over sub-posts 4.5.6 at Quinn’s Post from 17th Ruahine Coy.
The 24 hours passed very quietly.
Major Cunningham returned to Duty.

Thursday 15th July 1915

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

At 9 am. the Coy was relieved by the 17th Ruahine Coy and moved to Rest Gully for 24 hours.
Major Cunningham W. O/C Battalion was sent to Sick Hospital.

Wednesday 2nd June 1915

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Courtney’s Post.
Major Cunningham takes temporary command of Wgton Infy Battn.
Capt. A. J.  Cross takes temporary command of Company at 4 p.m. 2/6/15.
Company in bivouac as supports for 48 hours after 48 hours tour of duty in fire trench.
Night passes quietly without incident.
Capt. A. J. Cross, Cmdg.
Lieut R D Hardie
Lieut W.P. Aldridge
165 other ranks
NC 1 K       [...]

Tuesday 1st June 1915

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Place: Courtneys.
Remarks: arrive midday. HB. & Rua. & H.Q.
Remarks on facing page: Major Cunningham takes over command.

Regimental Diary of the Wellington Regiment

Monday, April 12th, 2010

The Company Diary of the 7th Wellington West Coast Company written by Major William Cunningham ends on Sunday 11th April 1915.  The Company Diary resumes again on 2nd June 1915, this time compiled by other officers of the Wellington West Coast Company including Lieutenant Hugh McKinnon.
To cover the intervening period entries from the Regimental Diary of the Wellington Regiment will be used.  [...]

Saturday 27th February 1915

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

The morning was spent in cleaning up Camp and rearranging Company Lines. The reinforcements were inspected and proved a fair lot of men. In the afternoon there was general leave, everyone making a straight line for Cairo. In the evening the Company officers had a dinner party at Shepherd’s. Those present being Major Cunningham, Lieuts [...]

Saturday 20th February 1915

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

The day opened disastrously. The O.C. visited the outpost groups between 4.30 and 6am and caught several groups not standing to arms. A crop of severe punishments followed. It is very noticeable how many men on duty are continually asking for concession to their own personal comfort and convenience, the inevitable result being that the [...]

Friday 22nd January 1915

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

A cool cloudy day. Regimental parade 8 am. Men with bad arms about 250 under Major Cunningham. Proceeded out to watch Auckland Infantry and 2 Batteries in attack, Batteries Firing Shell. Platoon work in afternoon.  Attended lecture on Egypt in evening, YMCA.