The participation of the New Zealand Army Ordnance Corps (NZAOC) as part of the New Zealand Division on the Western Front during the First World War is one that remains mostly forgotten. Under the supervision of the Deputy Assistant Director of Ordnance Services (DADOS) the NZAOC would grow from an initial staff of two men and a horse in 1914, too, by the standards of the day an effective Ordnance organisation of several Officers, Conductors and Soldiers providing Ordnance services on par to their counterparts in the British and other Commonwealth Divisions. This article, through the war diaries of the DADOS Branch of the NZ Division, takes a snapshot view of the activities of the NZAOC between August 1916 to June 1918.
The DADOS was an Ordnance officer attached to the Headquarters of each Division of the British and Dominion Armies during the 1914-18 war and was typically a Lieutenant Colonel or Major of the Army Ordnance Corps. The DADOS branch of the New Zealand Division Headquarters was constituted on the reorganisation of the New Zealand Division in Egypt in early 1916. From January 1916 to May 1919 the position of NZ Division DADOS would be held by two officers;
- Lieutenant-Colonel Alfred Henry Herbert, NZAOC, Jan 1916 to March 1918.
- Temporary Captain (Later Major) Charles Ingram Gossage, NZAOC, March 1918 to May 1919.
Lieutenant-Colonel Alfred Henry Herbert, NZAOC. Auckland museum/Public Domain
9/39 Temporary Major Charles Ingram Gossage OBE. National Library of New Zealand/public domain
By 1918 the DADOS Branch, also referred to as the NZAOC or NZ Ordnance Department would consist of Officers, Warrant Officers (Conductors and Sub Conductors) and Non Commissioned Offices and Soldiers working as Clerks, Storemen and Armourers.
The role of the DADOS and his Staff was to deal with all matters affecting the Ordnance services of the division. The DADOS would manage the state of the clothing and equipment on the charge of the units composing the division and would from time to time advise the officers in charge of the stores which in all probability would be required for operations.
It was the duty of the DADOS to bring to notice of the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Division any extravagance and waste of Ordnance Stores undertaken by units of the Division. To enable him to judge whether stores were receiving fair treatment it was essential that the DADOS and his staff were fully conversant with the general condition of the equipment in possession of the troops, and the justifications for indents for replacement of additional stores. In the New Zealand Division, the DADOS Staff consisted of men who had obtained experience in Ordnance duties early in the war at Samoa, Gallipoli, or in the New Zealand Ordnance Depots at Alexandria and Zeitoun Camp.
The DADOS and his staff would arrange for the disposal of unserviceable ordnance stores in possession of units. Unserviceable stores would be sent to the nearest ordnance depot for repair, if transport, time and the condition of the articles justified it; otherwise, the DADOS would authorise their destruction or if not likely to be of any value to the enemy, abandoned.
After engagements, the DADOS branch would superintend the Divisional Salvage Company and medical units with the collecting and disposing of arms, equipment, ammunition, accoutrements and personal kit of the killed and wounded, or if a unit was advancing, the collection of material left behind as units advanced.
In conjunction with the Medical services, the DADOS branch would also oversee the establishment and operation of Divisional and Brigade Bathhouses and Laundries and provide management for the stocks of clothing for exchange and laundering.
The New Zealand Division was at the end of a very comprehensive Ordnance network that extended from Base Depots in England to Ordnance Depots and Workshops at Calais (Supporting the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Armies and units of the Northern Lines of Communication) and Le Harve (Supporting the 4th and 5th Armies and units of the Southern Lines of Communication). Despite the Ordnance support available to the New Zealand Division the DADOS branch would also establish its own Ordnance Depots and Dumps to manage the vast quantities of equipment coming and going from the NZ Divisions Area of Operation before and after certain operations and for events such as the changeover from summer to winter clothing scales.
Given the nature of trench warfare, when units were in the line, there was little work for the specialist tradesmen in their ranks to do. As a measure of economy and to some degree self-reliance towards the maintenance of items most important to the soldier on the line, his weapon and his boots, Armourers and bootmakers were brigaded into Divisional Armourers and Boot repair shops. Under the supervision of the DADOS Branch but not officially part of the Division establishment these Divisional workshops ensured substantial savings in transporting goods for repair between the front and the rear. 
NZ Division NZAOC Personnel
No complete nominal roll of NZAOC personnel who served in the New Zealand Division exists, and the nominal roll and monthly records which have been added into the monthly War Diary’s on the promotions and movements of NZAOC personnel from August 1916 to June 1918 have been created using the individual’s personnel records.
NZAOC Nominal roll Start of August 1916
- 11/1079 Lieutenant-Colonel Alfred Henry Herbert (DADOS)
- 7/463 2nd Lieutenant Kenneth Bruce MacRae (Officer Commanding Divisional Salvage Company)
- 9/39 Warrant Officer Class One (Conductor) Charles Ingram Gossage
- 12/1025 Acting Warrant Officer Class One (Acting Sub-Conductor) William Hall Densby Coltman
- 23/659 Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant William Henchcliffe Simmons
- 12/736 Sergeant John Francis Goulding
- 23/1457 Sergeant Percy Clarence O’Hara
- 26/1155a Armourer Sergeant Charles Alfred Oldbury
- 6/1147 Armourer Sergeant Walter Gus Smiley
- 10/2484 Corporal Harold Gordon Hill
- 10/1631 Corporal John Joseph Roberts
- 11/337 Trooper William Alexander Mason
- 8/584 Private Frank Percy Hutton
- 6/3459 Private Clarence Adrian Seay
- 12/944 Private Albert John Walton
DADOS NZ DIVISION – WAR DIARIES AUGUST 1916 TO JUNE 1918
As with any British or Dominion units, the DADOS branch was required to maintain a diary in which all matters connected with the DADOS branch was concisely but clearly recorded. Providing a daily account of the activities of the DADOS branch, many of the entries give the locations of the DADOS branch and a brief description of the key for each day. Many of the entries are listed merely as” Ordinary Routine” with others providing a more detailed account of the branch’s activities.
The following transcripts of the DADOS Diaries have been copied from the original handwritten diaries. Much of the original wording has been retained, but to improve readability, most abbreviated words and phrase have ween include in full. Place names have been checked against other NZ Division Histories, and in some occurrences, the modern place name has been used.
To provide a measure of context to operations driving the work of the DADOS Branch, operational overviews have been included for;
- August 1916, the Somme,
- June 1917, the Battle of Messines
- October 1917, Passchendaele
- March 1918, German Somme Offensive
Operational Overview August 1916
During August the NZ Division would go into action on the Somme. On 15 September 1916, The New Zealand Division would take part in its first significant action near Flers during the Somme offensive (July-November 1916). Over the next 23 days, the division suffers 7000 casualties, including more than 1500 killed.
DADOS NZ DIVISION – WAR DAIRY, AUGUST 1916
1 – 11 August – Ordinary routine
12 August – First Issue of Lewis Machine gun carts to the Division. 72 received
13 August – Ordinary routine
- 12/944 Private Albert John Walton admitted to No 8 Casualty Clearing Station before evacuation to England
14 August – Moved to Renescure
15 – 17 August – Ordinary routine
- 12/736 Sergeant John Francis Goulding appointed temporary CSM
18 August – On the eve of move, Ordinary routine
19 August – A good deal of inconvenience was caused to this Department owing to units failing to manage their stores, and these had to be returned to Base.
20 August – Personnel proceeded by rail to Army Corps Abbeville and then by road to Hallencourt
21 – 24 August – It has been found that the handing over of the trench mortar batteries to 51st Division has not been satisfactory from our point of view. Practically new Stokes guns were given in exchange for others which had been subjected to a good deal hard work and were not in a satisfactory condition 13 having to be sent to the IOM 10 Corps for overhaul and repair and further that no spare parts were handed to this Division. These have been demanded from the base and issued. A few were also sent forward from the 51st Division and have been received. 51 Trench carts were handed over, and none received in exchange, and it is found that none are available in this area.
25 – 31 August – Ordinary routine
27 August – 2/115 Staff Sergeant Fitter Donald Clyde Inglis brought on to the strength of NZ Division DADOS and promoted to Quartermaster Sergeant Fitter
DADOS NZ DIVISION – WAR DAIRY, SEPTEMBER 1916
1 – 2 September – Ordinary Routine duties
3 September – Moved from Hallencourt to Belloy Sur Somme
Location: Belloy Sur Somme
4 – 6 September – Ordinary routine
7 September – Move from Belloy Sur Somme to Allonville
8 September – Move from Allonville to Sailly-Sur-la-Lys
9 – 27 September – Ordinary routine
25 September 1916 –
- 10/2484 Corporal Harold Gordon Hill promoted to Sergeant
- 6/3459 Private Clarence Adrian Seay promoted to Temporary Sergeant
28 September – During the last fortnight, a great deal of wast has taken place owing to the lack of facilities for the washing of serviceable underclothing which has become dirty and wet and which the men are unable to wash. If laundry was run in conjunction with the Corps Baths where dirty laundry could be handed in and issued clean clothing in lieu a significant saving could be affected, and it would be conducive to the comfort and health of the troops.
29 September – Ordinary routine
30 September – Endeavoured to make arrangements at Corps Baths to exchange clean underclothing for dirty but was unsuccessful.
DADOS NZ DIVISION – WAR DAIRY, OCTOBER 1916
1 October 1916 – 12/736 Sergeant John Francis Goulding appointed as Acting Company Sergeant Major
1 – 5 October – Ordinary routine
3 October – 11/42 Armourer Sergeant Percy William Charles Dement Transferred into NZAOC ex Otago Regt
6 October – Left Sailly-sur-la-Lys for Hallencourt, Divisional Artillery remained behind and attached to 12th Division for Ordnance purposes. A Warrant Officer, a Sergeant and a Storeman of the NZAOC left with the Divisional Artillery.
7 October – Ordinary routine. A Warrant Officer and Storeman sent to 2nd Army Area
8 October – Kits and Blankets stored in “École libre” issued today. Difficulties in delivery owing to the inability of units to provide transport. The four motor lorries attached to Ordnance conveyed the kits etc. to the different Brigade Headquarters.
9 October – Ordinary routine
10 October – Left Hallencourt and entrained at Pont-Remy
11 October – Arrived at Merris
12 October – Arrived this morning at Bac-Saint-Maur. Taking over from 5th Australian Division. 5th Divisional Artillery AIF is attached. The 5th Australian Divisional Ordnance left a WO to administrate them.
13 – 14 October – Ordinary routine
15 October – Indents forwarded to Base for winter clothing
16 – 20 October – Ordinary routine
17 October – 9/1191 Corporal (Armourer) Percival James Lester Transferred into the NZAOC
21 October – Winter clothing arrived and issued to units
22 – 31 October – Ordinary routine
DADOS NZ DIVISION – WAR DAIRY, NOVEMBER 1916
1 – 7 November – Ordinary routine
8 November – NZ Divisional Artillery re-joined the Division, the 5th Australian Divisional Artillery transferred to their Division
9 – 10 November – Ordinary routine
11 November – Divisional Artillery arrive minus a large amount of personal and other equipment, that was lost on the Somme front. Winter clothing now been issued to them.
13 November – 11/1079 Lieutenant-Colonel Alfred Henry Herbert Mentioned in Dispatches
12 – 23 November – Ordinary routine
22 November – 11/337 Trooper William Alexander Mason promoted to Armourer Sergeant
24 November – Winter Clothing issues
25 November – Rubber sponge anti-gas goggles (rubber sponge) issued, also the repair outfits and record book for the box respirators.
26 November – Reinforcements are arriving from the base without blankets much inconvenience is caused as a result of this. Blankets are not available for them at this end until two or three days later.
27 – 29 November – Ordinary routine
30 November – Issue of two more Lewis Guns per Battalion, bringing the total on charge at present to Battalions to 10
DADOS NZ DIVISION – WAR DAIRY, DECEMBER 1916
1 December – 8/584 Private Frank Percy Hutton promoted to Sergeant
1 – 4 December – Ordinary routine
5 December – A comparative statement showing the issues of all bulk items for December sent to units.
7 – 30 December – Ordinary routine
13 December -7/463 2nd Lieutenant Kenneth Bruce MacRae evacuated from Divisional area due to injury and struck off strength
31 December – The total bulk issued for the quantities 28 Sept/28 Dec show a large increase. This is accounted for by the large loss of equipment at the Somme having to be replaced.
DADOS NZ DIVISION – WAR DAIRY, JANUARY 1917
1 January – A new system of bulk issues implemented. The Division securing 4 trucks a week instead of seven. The days for submitting demands being altered
2 – 5 January – Ordinary routine
6 January – Received the first issue of bulk stores under an amended timetable. A full truckload has been received.
7 – 9 January – Ordinary routine
10 January – Received 2000 Capes Waterproof from Ordnance Officer Corps Troops
11 – 12 January – Ordinary routine
13 January – Received 24 Lewis Machine Guns, been 2 per Infantry Battalion bringing number now issued to 12.
14 January – Ordinary routine
15 January – 512 boxes carrying for carrying Lewis MG magazines received and issued 40 per Battalion and 32 to Pioneer Battalion. Each box holds 8 magazines in canvas carrier.
16 – 19 January – Ordinary routine
20 January – The Artillery undergoing reorganisation, The new organisation being 2 Brigades each consisting of 3 Batteries 18pdr, each 6 guns and 1 Battery 4.5 Howitzer of 6 guns. The second Brigade forming Army Field Artillery Brigade. The DAC being made up of A and B Echelon. No 1 and 2 sections forming A Echelon, No 4 B Echelon, No 3 Section becomes the Brigade Ammunition Column.
A shortage of Size 8 boots ankle Received 80 in response for 498 pairs.
21 January – The 4th Brigade Artillery returned stores surplus on reorganisation. It is found that a large quantity have not been returned as directed and action has been taken to have this done.
22 – 23 January – Ordinary routine
24 January – Dubbing in short supply. None been received in response to a demand for 424lbs.
- 23/659 Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant William Henchcliffe Simmons promote to Warrant Officer Class One (Conductor), vice Gossage
- 9/39 Warrant Officer Class One (Conductor) Charles Ingram Gossage promoted to Second Lieutenant to complete establishment
25 January – Leather for repair of boots in very short supply. Only 10 Bends received out of total demand for 72.
26 – 31 January – Ordinary routine
DADOS NZ DIVISION – WAR DAIRY, FEBRUARY 1917
1 – 3 February – Ordinary routine
4 February – Sent out to OC units a monthly statement showing the bulk issues to his unit. The issues of boots has been above the average owing to a scarcity of leather sole bends during the past month.
5 – 10 February – Ordinary routine
6 February – 2/115 Quartermaster Sergeant Fitter Donald Clyde Inglis marched out of NZ Division to attend Officer Cadet Training unit prior to taking up a commission in the Royal Flying Corps.
11 February – Received Ordnance QF 18pdr No2951 for 13th Battery in replacement of gun no 5028 condemned by IOM.
12 February – Received 5 wooden boxes as a sample for carriage of stores forward.
13 February – Ordinary routine
14 February – Short supply of nib hay. 500 been received in response to a demand for 759. No Tins Mess W.S received 806 demanded.
15 February – DADOS 57th Division sent a representative for instruction before taking over
16 – 17 February – Ordinary routine
18 February – 10 leather bends received in response to demand for 80. Owing to the supply not being available demands for new boots are very high.
19 – 20 February – 24 Lewis Machine Guns received and issued at the rate of two per Battalion. This makes the total per Battalion 14.
22 – 23 February – Ordinary routine
24 February – 11 Wagons limbered GS harnessed received to compete Infantry Battalions to establishment. Handed over our stores to DADOS 57th Division, obtained a receipt in duplicated one of which was forwarded to Q.
25 February – Moved to new dump at B1 D2 .8 (De Seule) and took over trench stores from DADOS 25th Division. This included 300 pairs of Gum Boots, 9 hot food containers etc. 9 Intrenching Battalion, 196 Land Drainage Company, 171 Tunnelling Company and 2nd Platoon Park attached for administration.
Location: De Seule
26 – 27 February – Ordinary routine.
28 February – Received 100 tents from base but no bottoms were available.
DADOS NZ DIVISION – WAR DAIRY, MARCH 1917
Location: De Seule
1 March – Ordinary routine – Shortage of size 8 boots ankle, demanded 309, received 50 leather sole bends.
2 – 3 March – Ordinary routine.
4 March – Sent out to OC units a monthly statement of bulk issues.
5 – 8 March – Ordinary routine.
9 March – Ordinary routine. Shortage of size 8 boots ankle – demanded 738 received 50.
10 March – Ordinary routine. Shortage in Clothing SD.
11 March – Ordinary routine.
12 March – Ordinary routine Received 540 Lamps FS from Base.
13 – 15 March – Ordinary routine.
16 March – Ordinary routine – Shortage in leather bends, hobnails and rivets.
17 – 20 March – Ordinary routine.
21 March – Ordinary routine, Soda short supply, mineral oil and brooms bass no supply.
22 March – Ordinary routine.
23 March – Ordinary routine, Soles half filled received in lieu of leather bends.
24 – 28 March – Ordinary routine.
28 March –
- 12/736 Sergeant John Francis Goulding promoted to Second Lieutenant and transferred for duty from Div HQ to 4th NZ Rifle Brigade
- 12/1025 Company Sergeant Major (Acting Sub-Conductor) William Hall Densby Coltman promoted to Second Lieutenant and Transferred to 3rd Battalion the Wellington Regiment as Quartermaster.
29 March – Ordinary routine, Shortages in Soda and Soap Yellow bars, no Brooms Bass, Rugs Horse or Oil Mineral received from Base.
30 March – 24 Lewis Machine Guns received, issued 2 per Battalion – This makes the total in Battalion 16 – full complement as per A1098. Leather sole full supply made.
31 March – Ordinary routine
DADOS NZ DIVISION – WAR DAIRY,
Location: De Seule
1 April – Advice received from IOM 2nd ANZAC that Ordnance OF 18pdr no 1892 on charge to 12th Battery, NZFA was provisionally condemned on account of scouring, new piece was demanded by telegram.
2 April – Ordinary routine.
3 April – Received Ordnance QF 18pdr No 2472 Carriage No 42057 on charge to 7th Battery NZFA, without BM, with sight mounting for dial sight plus carrier.
4 – 5 April – Ordinary routine.
6 April – 107 Pistols received for Machine Gun Corps being last supply of 405 demanded as a first supply to complete establishment.
7 April – Ordinary routine.
8 April – Ordnance QF 18pdr No 6272 without BM received on charge 17th Battery.
9 April – Ordinary routine.
- 11/1079 Lieutenant-Colonel Alfred Henry Herbert Mentioned in Dispatches
10 April – Demanded 3 Lewis Machine Guns for 1st Canterbury Infantry Battalion to replace others out of action for want of bolts, generally worn and depilated parts.
11 April – No soft soap, soap yellow bars or soda received from base. The shortage of these stores makes the running expenses of the Divisional Bath heavy as local purchase are enhanced prices must be resorted to if the baths are to carry on.
Sergeant O’Hara who had been attached to the Headquarters of the 3rd NZ Rifle Brigade O’Hara passed away due to the effects of Broncho-Pneumonia at 8.25am on the morning of 11 April 1917. O’Hara had been admitted into No 2 New Zealand Field Ambulance on 4 April and Transferred to No 2 Casualty Clearing Station on the 8th of April.
12 April – Ordinary routine
13 April – Received from base Lewis Machine Guns demanded 10th inst. On charge to 1st Canterbury Infantry Battalion. Demanded 1 Lewis Machine Gun for 2nd Otago Infantry Battalion to replace one condemned- out of action for want of a bolt, worn and depilated parts generally. 208 revolvers colt received completing equipment of no 2 and 3 Machine Gun Corps
14 April – Ordinary routine
15 April – Received from Base on Lewis Machine Gun demanded 13th last for 2nd Otago Infantry Battalion
16 -17 April – Ordinary routine
18 April – Received from Base 1200 Helmets (Trench Pattern) with steel curtain eye protectors – it is not considered that they are an improvement and most units have not uplifted their quota.
19 April – Ordinary routine
20 April – Received from Base our quota of Mk II barrels and cups for Machine Gun Corps – these were issued as soon as possible, and Barrels and Cups Mk I released and sent to Base.
21 April – Ordinary routine
22 April – Two barrel and shroud rangefinders sent to IX Corps Workshops for overhaul and testing, all BRSs on charge are being forwarded as checked by IOM.
23 – 24 April – Ordinary routine.
23 April – 6/1147 Armourer Sergeant Walter Gus Smiley appointed, Temporary Warrant Officer Class One (Acting Sub-Conductor) vice Acting Sub Conductor Coltman
24 April – 6/3459 Temporary Sergeant Clarence Adrian Seay appointed (Acting Sub-Conductor), Temporary Warrant Officer Class vice Simmons
25 April – Nine Sennett periscopes were received on allotment from Base for trial and report by Division
26 – 28 April – Ordinary routine
29 April – Demanded Ordnance Q F 18pdr without BM to replace on condemned by IOM 53 Workshops for wear and scouring, 12th Battery NZFA.
30 April – Took over from 20th Division Neuve-Eglise Baths and Salvage Dumps. An average of 2750 men are now being bathed and supplied with clean under clothing daily by this division.
DADOS NZ DIVISION – WAR DAIRY,
Location: De Seule
1 May – Demanded one Vickers Machine Gun for 1 of NZ Machine Gun Company to replace one condemned through wear.
2 May – Ordinary routine.
3 May – Ordinary routine. Advise dispatched to Base of Ordnance QF 18pdr No 1674.
4 May – Received Vickers Gun No 4071 demanded on 1 May. Also demanded Ordnance QF 18pdr for 3rd Battery NZFA replacing No 4456 condemned through enemy shelling.
5 May – Ordinary routine.
6 May – Ordinary routine. Demanded one Vickers Gun for 3rd Machine Gun Company replacing No 7703 condemned through enemy shell fire.
7 May – Received from base 100 Yukon packs being a Division allotment. Also received Ordnance QF 18pdr No 6056 for 12th Battery, 3rd Brigade NZFA demanded on 29 April. Demanded one Lewis Machine Gun for 2nd Wellington Infantry Battalion and one Vickers Gun for 3rd Machine Gun Company replacing others condemned through wear.
8 May – Ordnance routine.
9 May – Received one Lewis Machine Gun No E31755 and two Vickers Machine Guns No 3524 and A3299demanded on 6 and 7 May.
10 May – Demanded Ordnance QF 18pdr for 1st Battery, 1st Brigade NZFA to replace No 5237 condemned through enemy shelling.
11 May – Received from Base Ordnance QF 18pdr No 2696 for 3rd Battery NZFA. Handed over “Pamir” Baths to 25th Division.
12 May – Demanded Ordnance QF 18pdr for 3rd Battery, 1st Brigade, NZFA to replace No 2553 condemned through enemy shelling. Advised dispatch to Base of Ordnance QF 18pdr No 5237.
13 – 17 May – Ordinary routine
18 May – Received Ordnance QF 18pdr No 7877 for 1st Battery.
19 May – Ordinary routine.
20 May – Advised dispatched to base of Ordnance QF 18pdr No 2553 (Condemned). Received Ordnance QF 18pdr No 3989 for 3rd Battery. Advice need of move to NZ Division of 311th Army Field Artillery Brigade – from DADOS 31st Division.
21 – 22 May – Ordinary routine
23 May – Received advice from ADOS of the following moves;
- 311th Army Field Artillery Brigade to NZ Division
- A Battery 38th Army Field Artillery Brigade to NZ Division
- 242nd Army Field Artillery Brigade to NZ Division
24 May – Above moves confirmed to all concerned. Received 150 Yukon packs for Division, these were issued 50 to each of the three Infantry Brigades.
25 -27 May – Ordinary routine.
28 May – Demanded two Ordnance QF 18pdrs for C Battery 242nd Army Field Artillery Brigade to replace Nos 1983 and 3754 condemned through enemy shellfire. Advised dispatched to base of condemned pieces.
29 -30 May – Ordinary routine.
31 May – Demanded one Vickers for 2nd Machine Gun Company replacing one condemned through wear.
From 7 June the New Zealand Division would participate in the Battle of Messines, taking all its objectives, including the village of Messines. The New Zealand Division suffered 3700 casualties, including 700 killed during the battle.
DADOS NZ DIVISION – WAR DAIRY,
Location: De Seule
- 11/1079 Lieutenant-Colonel Alfred Henry Herbert awarded Distinguished Service Order
1 – 6 June – In addition to ordinary routine the issue of special stores for active operations was completed. These included;
- 13 Carts Water tank with necessary harness,
- 300 set pack saddlery,
- 5000 Breakers wire,
- 3000 cutters wire,
- 300 Gloves Hedging,
- 3420 Grenade Carriers, Emergency pattern ammunition carriers for 18pdr/4.5 Howitzer. 8/10 per gun to all Batteries,
- Tarpaulins for covering ammunition,
- Yukon pack and carriers for Lewis MG Magazines.
In reference to the making of the Yukon packs in the Division, it is observed that much economy could have resulted had these been made under one command and completed in number to suit the supply of raw material as it became available. These remarks apply also to the making of extra carriers for LMG magazines undertaken by Battalions.
June 7 to 30 – During offensive operations Salvage work was carried out under the direction of Ordnance, and very large quantities of personnel and technical equipment was brought in without delay and ammunition bombs collected, Close on 3000 serviceable rifles alone were cleaned, oiled and tied into bundles and dispatched to Base. Lewis and Vickers guns, magazines and spare parts, enemy machine guns and mortars were salvaged also.
21 Lewis Machine Guns and 7 Vickers Machine Guns were replaced by new guns and at all times well within 24 hours from time of advice being received here of condemnation or certified loss from shell fire. In this connection the working of the Army Gun Park was found most expeditious; 21 18pdr guns and 10 Carriages, one 4.5 Howitzer were also demanded for various reasons in replacement of others, in one case only was any of these items – an 18pdr demanded without a certificate of condemnation by an IOM. This was reported completely destroyed by hostile shell fire and condemnation not been received within two days messages to confirm were answered to the effect that the carriage in question had been found to be serviceable after been dug out. This again impresses the fact of the necessity of IOM reports in cases of this kind.
- 23/659 Warrant Officer Class One (Conductor) William Henchcliffe Simmons promoted Second Lieutenant, vice Bond
- 12/689 2nd Lieutenant Alfred James Bond Marched in from Sling Camp in the UK and seconded to No 5 (NZ) Light Railway Operating Section.
- 9/39 Second Lieutenant Charles Ingram Gossage Marched out to the United Kingdom to attend Ordnance course
On the 23rd June, the 34th, 93rd and 2nd NZ Brigades of Army Field Artillery were moved to this formation for Ordnance Services making in all five Army FA Brigades and one odd Battery in addition to our own Brigades to administer. It is very marked that all Army FA Brigades are very extravagant in their demands on Ordnance and the appointment of an Ordnance representative attached to each Brigade would undoubtfully result in a great economy.
The following enemy stores were handed into Ordnance here by units of this Division as a result of offensive operations and delivered to APM of II Anzac Corps
- 3 Field Guns (77mm)
- 23 Machine Guns of 8 trench mountings
- 6 Machine Guns of new light platform
- 1 Machine Gun (French)
- 10 Trench mortars of various calibres
- 3 Rocket Mortars
- 3 Grenade throwers
To the Base was despatched;
- 3 boxes Armour Piercing rifle ammunition
- 1 box of wine cased
- 5 boxes of ordinary
- 2 cases mortar shells
- 40 boxes belt ammunition with belts
DADOS NZ DIVISION – WAR DAIRY,
Location: De Seule
1 – 31 July – Ordinary routine
2109 pairs of Trousers SD were issued to equip men wearing pantaloons contrary to Dress Regulations
6 18pdr Guns and 4 4.5inch Howitzer were demanded to replace others.
3 18pdr carriages and 5 4.5inch Howitzer carriages were demanded to replace others condemned
5 Vickers Machine Guns were issued in replacement of others worn or destroyed by hostile shellfire.
DADOS NZ DIVISION – WAR DAIRY, AUGUST 1917
Location: De Seule
1 – 25 August – Ordinary routine. 1600 special tins for conveying water were received to replace petrol tins as now used for this purpose. Five percent of these tins were damaged when received owing to faulty manufacture, handles were broken off, the sharp sprout had punctured holes in many. For the purpose intended it is considered this tin is a failure.
100 roughly made stretches issued to the Division for Messines operation that came to late to be used then were returned to Base after being held in store for two months.
26 August – Moved Ordnance to Caëstre
27 – 28 August Trucked underclothing from Divisional Baths for Lumbres.
29 August – Moved Ordnance to Nielles-les-Bléquin and opened up again for Ordnance Services
30 – 31 August – Ordinary routine
The Divisional Bath and Laundry at Pont de Nieppe were destroyed by enemy shell fire on the 12th of August, as the position had become untenable it was decided not to put them into working order again. Stock and fittings that were not damaged was removed and on the 18th the Baths at Steenwerck were taken over by the Division and converted into a laundry, which was started satisfactorily by the 20th It was a going concern when handed over on the 25th to the 8th Division, The Building of Brigade Bathhouses and changing rooms was undertaken at this time also and were ready for use when the Division was relieved.
DADOS NZ DIVISION – WAR DAIRY, SEPTEMBER 1917
1 – 2 September – General routine
3 September – Took over Baths at Balinghem. This was situated in the 2nd NZ Rifle Brigade area.
4 September – General routine
5 September – Opened Baths at Haverskerque for 4th NZ Infantry Brigade.
6 -12 September – General routine.
13 September – Opened Baths at Selles for 1st NZ Infantry Brigade.
14 – 17 September – General routine
18th September – Opened Baths at Merck-Saint-Liévin for Divisional Artillery. These Baths only worked two days owing to the Artillery being moved.
19 – 20 September – General routine
21 – 22 September – Divisional Artillery and Headquarters Company Divisional Train were moved to Ordnance 33rd Division for administration. Our own Ordnance (Artillery) personnel accompanied them with one motor lorry attached.
23 – 24 September – General routine
23 – 20 September
- 6/1147 Temporary Warrant Officer Class One (Acting Sub-Conductor) Walter Gus Smiley and 10/1631 Corporal John Joseph Roberts detached to DADOS 33rd
25 September – Division on the move to Watou area. Closed Selles and Haverskerque Baths. All our motor lorries were kept exceedingly busy removing camp equipment and clothing. Also removing Ordnance Stores to railhead to be forwarded by rail to the new destination.
26 September – Removing soiled clothing to Blendecques laundry and moved Ordnance Stores to the railhead. Closed Blendecques Baths.
27 September – Moved with 5 Lorries to Poperinghe and established dump in an open field.
28 September – Moved dump to stores at 65 Rue de Boeschepe. Artillery moved back from 33rd Division. Opened two baths in Watou area.
29 September – Clearing Stores sent by rail, stores from Base also received.
30 September – General routine. 59th Division Artillery moved to us for administration with two AOC personnel.
- 6/3459 Temporary Warrant Officer Class One and Acting Sub Conductor Clarence Adrian Seay promoted to Warrant Officer Class One and (Conductor) vice Simmons on his promotion
On 4 October as part of the third Battle of Ypres the New Zealand 1st and 4th brigades took part in a successful attack on Gravenstafel Spur, which runs off Passchendaele ridge. The attack cost more than 320 New Zealand lives.
On the 12 October on what would be New Zealand’s blackest day the 2nd and 3rd (Rifle) brigades suffered over 3700 casualties in a disastrous attack on Bellevue Spur, Passchendaele. About 845 men were left dead or dying.
DADOS NZ DIVISION – WAR DAIRY, OCTOBER 1917
1 October – Established Baths at Vlamertinge and Poperinghe.
2 – 3 October – Special stores for operations coming to hand and being issued to units. The stores referred to were those authorised over and above AFG 1098 and GROs for the offensive in front of Passchendaele Ridge. They comprised Pack-saddlery, Carts Carrying Water, Wire Cutters, Yukon Packs, water tins etc.
4 October – Four German Machine Guns were brought in – three from 1st Otago Battalion and two from the Divisional Salvage Company. These guns had apparently been lying out in the open some considerable time.
5 October – The 59th Division Artillery and Company Army Service Corps which were attached for administration were moved back to 59th Division.
6 October – Stores which were issued to units for special operations being handed in by units. Demanded 1 18pdr on indent NZ0/7192 for 13th Battery NZFA to replace No2841 and 2 18pdrs on indent NZ0/7193 for 1st Battery NZFA to replace 4090 and 318. These three guns were condemned by IOM for scouring.
7 October – 1st Wellington Battalion returned 11 captured enemy machine guns. The 48th Divisional Artillery Company ASC were moved to us for administration.
8 October – Demanded 18pdr on NZ0/7212 for A Battery 241 Brigade RFA to replace No 3987 condemned for scouring. Received captured enemy machine gun from 2nd Machine Gun Company.
9 October – Received 18pdr No 9697 fro 13th Battery off indent NZ0/7192 and 2 19pdrs Nos 6754 and 7103 for 1st Battery NZF off indent NZ0/7193.
10 October – Issuing stores for special operations. Received 18pdr No 2252 off indent NZ0/7212 for A Battery 241st Brigade RFA. Received 5 enemy captured machine guns returned by 1st Auckland Battalion.
11 October- Started issuing winter clothing. Demanded 18pdr on indent NZ0/7269 to replace No 4312 condemned for scouring,
12 October – Demanded carriage 18pdr on indent NZ0/7303 for A Battery 241st Brigade RFA to replace No C/33458 condemned on account of damage on recuperator.
13 October – Received 18pdr No 8042 off indent NZ0/7269 for 12th Battery NZFA. Sent 32 enemy machine guns to Base.
14 October – Received Carriage 18pdr No 35555 off indent NZ0/7303 for A Battery 241st Brigade RFA. Received 3 captured enemy machine guns from 3rd Otago Battalion,
15 October – Established an Ordnance dump at X Camp for the purpose of receiving surplus stores from units in the forward areas.
16 October – 1 enemy machine gun returned by Pioneer Battalion and 3 salved by Divisional Salvage Company.
17 October – 8 captured enemy machine guns returned by 3rd Canterbury Battalion and 4 salved by Divisional Salvage Company. Demanded 18pdr on indent NZ0/7404.
18 October – Established Bathhouse at Canal Bank issued clean clothes to 4th Battalion of 4th Infantry Brigade.
19 October – 2 enemy machineguns returned by Divisional Salvage Company.
20 October – 14 enemy machine guns were returned to Base. Closed Ordnance Dump at X Camp and established forward dump at St Jean (Sint-Jan) crossroads.
21 October – 2 enemy machine guns were returned to Base.
22 October – Moved from Poperinghe and established Ordnance dump at Nielles-les-Bléquin.
23 October – Received 18pdr No 765 off indent NZ0/7404 for 3rd Battery NZFA.
24 October – Ordinary routine.
25 October – Opened Bathhouse at Haverskerque for 3rd NZ Rifle Brigade and at Selles for 2nd NZ Infantry Brigade.
26 October – Opened Bathhouse at Bayenghem for 1st NZ Infantry Brigade
27 – 29 October – Ordinary routine
30 October – 1 enemy machine gun returned by 4th Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade.
31 October – During the month of October 36 Lewis Machine Guns, 5 Vickers Machine Guns and 1 Stokes 3inch Trench Mortar were demanded by various units to replace lost and destroyed. These were supplied from ones salved by Division Salvage Company which were overhauled and repaired at the Division Armourers shop and made serviceable. Not one single Machine Gun was demanded from Base.
DADOS NZ DIVISION – WAR DAIRY, NOVEMBER 1917
No Dairy for November
15 November – 6/1147 Temporary Warrant Officer Class One (Acting Sub-Conductor) Walter Gus Smiley promoted to Warrant Officer Class One and appointed Conductor
DADOS NZ DIVISION – WAR DAIRY, DECEMBER 1917
1 – 7 December – Ordinary routine
8 December -Demanded Lewis guns for 3rd Otago Battalion on indent No NZ0/8549 to replace one destroyed by shellfire, also 3 Lewis guns for 1st Otago Battalion for indent No NZ0/8562 to replace 3 destroyed by shelling.
9 December – Demanded 3” Stokes Trench Mortar for 2nd Light Trench Mortar Battery on indent No NZ0/8581 to replace on destroyed by shellfire.
10 December – Demanded 3” Stokes Trench Mortar for 4th Light Trench Mortar Battery on indent No NZ0/8595 to replace on destroyed by shellfire, also three Vickers Guns on ident NZ0/8604 for 2nd NZ Machine Gun Company to replace three destroyed by shellfire.
11 December – The bulk store which was situated at Palace Camp was moved to ANZAC Camp with the advance Brigade dumps, this was found more convenient as not so much handling of stores was entailed.
12 December – Lewis Gun No 58245 received for 3rd Otago Battalion off indent No NZ0/8549 to replace on destroyed by shellfire. Received Lewis Guns No 57674 and 57695 for 1st Otago Battalion to replace three destroyed by shellfire. Three Vickers Guns received No 4411, 4441 and 7163 off indent No NZ0/8604 for 2nd NZ Machine Gun Company to replace same number destroyed by shellfire.
13 December – Received Board of Inquiry re the loss of a Limbered Wagon, Horses and Harnesses of the 2nd Wellington Infantry Battalion. The Army Commander concurred with the finding of the Board of the write off of £60 (estimated value) to the public Account. Also the Board in Inquiry re the loss of the Horse Harness of the 1st Wellington Battalion, The Army Commander concurred on the finding of the Board of a write off to the Public Account. Leather Jerkins been issued to Artillery units, Machine Gun Company’s, Salvage Company’s and Light Trench Mortar Batteries.
14 December – Vickers Gun No C4732 received for 4th NZ Machine Gun Company off indent No NZ0/8672 to replace one destroyed by shellfire. Demanded Ordnance QF 18pdr for 11th Battery NZFA on indent No NZ0/8696 to replace 5630 destroyed by hostile fire.
15 – 16 December – Ordinary routine.
17 December – Ordnance QF 18pdr No 4405 received for 11th Battery NZFA on indent No NZ0/8696 to replace one destroyed by shellfire
18 – 20 December – Ordinary routine.
21 December – Ordnance QF 4.5inch Howitzer for 4th Howitzer Battery NZFA on indent NZ0/8858 to replace 1533 condemned for wear.
22 – 25 December – Ordinary routine
26 December – Demanded Lewis Gun for 2nd Otago Battalion on indent No NZ0/8955 to replace on destroyed by enemy shellfire. Also, Ordnance QF 18pdr for 3rd Battery NZFA on indent No NZ0/ 8956 to replace 4478 condemned by IOM.
27 December – Received 3inch Stokes Trench Mortar No 3835 off indent No NZ0/8581 for 2nd Light Trench Mortar Battery, also No 3826 off indent No NZ0/8505 received for 2nd Otago Battalion of indent No NZ0/8955. Issuing leather jerkins to complete all units to winter scale.
28 December – Ordinary routine
29 December – Ordnance QF 18pdr No 6746 received for 3rd Battery NZFA off indent No NZ0/5956 to replace 4478 condemned.
30 December – Demanded Lewis Gun for 3rd Otago Battalion off indent No NZ0/9008 to replace one destroyed by shellfire.
31 December – Demanded Ordnance QF 18pdr for 12th Battery NZFA to replace No condemned for scouring.
DADOS NZ DIVISION – WAR DAIRY, JANUARY 1918
January 1 -2 – Ordinary routine
January 3 – Ordnance QF 18pdr No 6678 received for 12th Battery NZFA off indent No NZ0/9057 replaced No 5397 condemned for scouring.
January 4 – Demanded Ordnance QF 18pdr and carriage for 3rd Battery NZFA on indent No NZ0/9155 to replace No 510 and 14465 destroyed by hostile shellfire.
January 5 – Demanded Vickers Gun for 5th NZ Machine Gun Company on indent No NZ0/9192 to replace one condemned beyond local repair.
January 6 – Ordinary routine
January 7 – Vickers Gun No 8147 received for 5th NZ Machine Gun Company off indent No NZ0/9192.
January 8 – 10 – Ordinary routine
January 11 – Demanded Vickers Gun for 5th NZ Machine Gun on indent No NZ0/9312 to replace one destroyed by hostile shellfire and Ordnance QF 18pdr for 13th Battery NZFA on indent No NZ0/9322 to replace No 2317 condemned for scouring.
January 12 – Slow Precautions imposed: No motor lorries were being used and all transport work was being carried out by GS Wagons and light railway, this means of carting was slow but proved quite satisfactory. Demanded Stokes 3inch Trench Mortar for the 4th Light Trench Mortar Battery on indent No NZ0/9325 to replace on destroyed by shellfire.
January 13 – Vickers Gun No 2679 received for 5th NZ Machine Gun Company off indent No NZ0/9312.
January 14 – Ordinary routine.
January 15 – Slow restrictions removed, and motor transport was reverted to. Ordnance QF 18pdr No 5215 and carriage No 46329 received for 3rd Battery NZFA off indent No NZ0/9155 to replace Nos 510 and 14465 destroyed by hostile shellfire. Demanded Ordnance QF 18pdr for 13th Battery NZFA on indent No NZ0/9398 to replace No 3584 condemned for scouring.
January 16 – Slow precautions imposed. All transport wortrk was been carried out by horse transport with the exception of the Divisional Laundry which was undertaken with one motor lorry a day.
January 17 – 21 – Ordinary routine
January 22 – Slow restrictions were removed, and motor transport was reverted to.
January 23 – Three 6inch Newton Trench Mortars No 1164, 1034 and 345 received for Medium Trench Mortar Battery. These were ordered up for issue by Headquarters 4th Army.
January 24 – Ordinary routine
January 25 – Demanded Vickers Gun for 1st NZ Machine Gun Company on indent No NZ0/9620 to replace one destroyed by shellfire and Ordnance QF 18pdr for 1st Battery NZFA on indent No NZ0/9639 to replace No182 condemned for scouring.
January 26 – Ordinary routine
January 27 – Vickers Gun No 9678 received off indent No NZ0/9620 for 1st NZ Machine Gun Company to replace one destroyed by shellfire.
January 28-29 – Ordinary routine
January 31 – 5000shirts, 13100 vests woollen, 12450 Drawers Woollen, 12700 Towels and 19000 pairs of socks received from Base. These were authorised by Army at the request of the GOC Division as a pool at the Divisional Baths.
- 8/1484 Staff Sergeant Edwin Stanley Green Posted to NZ Division Ammunition Column from NZAOC England
During the month five Vickers Guns, 133 Lewis Guns and 158 Rifles were repaired in the Divisional Armourers Shop.
DADOS NZ DIVISION – WAR DAIRY, FEBRUARY 1918
February 1 – 2 – Ordinary routine
February 3 – Ordnance QF 18pdr No 6755 received off indent No NZ0/9639 for 1st Battery NZFA to replace on condemned for scouring.
February 4 – Ordinary routine
February 5 – Moved stores to new dump at Café Belge. The new store was a most convenient one it been 120’x20’, this provided ample room for all stores to be put under cover.
February 6 – 10 – Ordinary routine.
February 11 – Took over Baths at Potijze from 66th Division.
February 12 – Demanded Ordnance QF 18pdr and carriage on indent No NZ0/2 for 11th Battery NZFA to replace No 2979 and 46383 destroyed by shellfire,
February 13 – Demanded 6inch Newton Trench Mortar for X Medium Trench Mortar Battery to replace No 347 destroyed by shellfire.
February 14 – Took over the laundry at Renninghelst from 66th Division. DOS inspected dump accompanied by DDOS 4th Army and ADOS XXII Corps. The General expressed that he was very pleased with everything he saw, particularly the work carried out by the Divisional Armourers.
February 15 – 6inch Newton Trench Mortar No 270 received off indent No NZ0/24 for X Medium Trench Mortar Battery to replace No 347 destroyed by shellfire.
February 16 – Ordinary routine.
February 17 – Ordnance QF 18pdr No 2252 and carriage No 35456 received for 11th Battery NZFA off indent No NZ0/2 to replace 29079 and 46383 destroyed by shellfire.
February 18 – Demanded Vickers MG for 3rd NZ Machine Gun Company on indent No NZ0/119 to replace No L8560 condemned beyond repair by Divisional Armourers.
February 19 – Ordinary routine.
February 20 – Vickers MG No 4244 secure for 3rd NZ Machine Gun Company off indent No NZ0/119 to replace No L8560 condemned.
February 21 – 22 – Ordinary routine.
February 23 – Took over Outtersteene laundry from 49th Division. Receiving surplus stores of units of the 4th NZ Infantry Brigade on been formed into an Entrenching Group.
- 10/2484 Sergeant Harold Gordon Hill promoted to Temporary Sub Conductor and Warrant Officer Class One vice Goulding
February 24 – Handed over camp to 49th Division Ordnance. The Baths at Café Belge, Bissezeele Cross Roads, Potijze and Ottawa were handed over to 49th Division as a going concern as was the Divisional Laundry at Westoutre.
February 25 – Issued two Lewis MG to each Infantry Battalion and one to each Filed Company NZE and one per Battery of Artillery for Anti-Aircraft defence. These were issued from those handed in by Battalions of the 4th NZ Infantry Brigade.
February 26 – Baths were opened at Hondichen which are capable of bathing 800 men daily.
February 27 – Opened Baths at Staple – Capacity 800 men daily
February 28 – over the month of February three Vickers MG, 53 Lewis MG and 309 Rifles were repaired and overhauled by the Divisional Armourers shop during the Month.
On 21 March a massed German attack tears a hole in the British front, in response on 26 March the New Zealand Division is rushed to fill this gap near the Somme. They fight off several German attacks and hold their line.
DADOS NZ DIVISION – WAR DAIRY, MARCH 1918
Baths were opened at Halifax Camp and at Caistre.
During the month 14 Lewis Gun were demanded for various units, nine been issued as a first supply for anti-aircraft defence, 3 were to replace ones damaged by shellfire and two to replace losses to the enemy.
Eight Vickers Guns were received on instructions from Third Army to be fielded as a reserve to meet urgent demand. Two of these were issued the MG Battalion to replace weapons damaged by hostile fire. The balance (six) were returned to Ordnance Officer IV Corps troops.
Seven Gun Hotchkiss were demanded as a first supply and issued to units for Anti-Aircraft defence.
Two 3inch Stokes Trench Mortars were damaged by hostile fire and two to replace were issued
On moving from the rest area to the Somme all Baths were closed and handed over to area commanders. The Divisional laundry at Renninghelst was taken over as a going concern by XXII Corps. Hooge Baths at Ypres which were been worked for the Infantry Brigade and other units left in the line were handed over to 49th Division as a going concern.
The NZ Entrenching Group units were moved to Ordnance Officer XXII Corps Troops and the NZ Divisional Artillery units with Headquarters Company Divisional Train were moved back from DADOS Headquarters 49th Division for Ordnance.
22 March – 12/736 Sergeant (Temp CSM) John Francis Goulding Marched out to England for duty with 4th Infantry Brigade on 22 March 1911
Moved to the Somme on 25 March with four Motor Lorries and established an Ordnance dump at Bus les Artois on 27th March.
The 25th Division Artillery were moved from DADOS 25th Division for Ordnance. Their mobilisation stores and equipment suffered in the retreat before the German offensive and in consequence, their demands were exceedingly large. Eight Limbers 18pdr wagon and six wagons ammunition were demanded for them to replace losses to the enemy and one limber 18pdr wagon was issued to replace one condemned.
- 6/1147 Warrant Officer Class One (Conductor) Walter Gus Smiley attached to Headquarters 2nd NZ Infantry Brigade
- 11/1079 Lieutenant-Colonel Alfred Henry Herbert relinquished appointment of Officer Commanding NZAOC and DADOS NZ Division to be ADOS XI Army Corps.
- 9/39 Second Lieutenant Charles Ingram Gossage Marched in from HQNZEF and Promoted to Lieutenant. Appointed DADOS vice Lt Col Herbert and granted the rank of Temporary Captain whilst holding the position.
54 Lewis MG, 21 Vickers MG and 529 Rifles were repaired and overhauled at Divisional Armourers shop during the month.
DADOS NZ DIVISION – WAR DAIRY,
- 10/536 Armourer Sergeant Clarence Guy Charles Wagg proceeded to England for duty with 4th NZ Infantry Brigade Group
April – Demanded six 18pdr and carriages complete to replace same number lost to the enemy and one 4.5inch Howitzer and carriage to replace one condemned for wear for 25th Division Artillery. The six guns and carriages were later cancelled when the 25th Division Artillery were moved back for administration of Ordnance services to their own formation.
13 Lewis MG were issued to various units – six to replace destroyed by hostile fire, two to cover losses to the enemy, one to replace beyond repair and four to Divisional Artillery for defence against hostile aircraft.
13 Vickers MG were issued, four to replace destroyed by hostile fire, One to replace condemned for wear and eight issued to Machine Gun Battalion to be fielded as a reserve.
Issued one 3inch Stokes Trench Mortar to replace one destroyed by hostile fire.
Issued three 18pdr and carriages, and four 4.5inch Howitzers and one carriage 4.5inch Howitzer. All were to replace other condemned for wear.
Temporary Divisional Baths were opened at Béthencourt on the 6th and at Louvencourt on the 10th. On the 17th the new spacious baths of 18 sprays erected by Divisional Engineers were put into use at Béthencourt, which proved a great boom to the troops from the line. At these Baths the men handed in everything they possessed. Their valuables were taken care of, whilst the man was having a bath his SD clothing was deloused by use of hot irons. He came out of the bath with a complete change of underclothing. The total number of men bathed 28553.
The work undertaken by the Divisional Salvage company for the month was clearing the area generally of stores abandoned by troops in the recent retreat. Items salved of special interest included;
- One Bristol Airplane,
- One Triumph Norton Motorcycle,
- Three Douglas Motorcycles,
- The following enemy stores;
- 285 Rifles,
- 10 Bayonets and scabbards,
- 25 Steel Helmets,
- Four Pistol Signal,
- Three Mountings MG,
- 62 Belts MG,
- 32 Belt boxes MG,
- 95 Gas respirators
Solder recovered from Bully Beef time amounted to 441lbs which was despatched to the Base.
11 Vickers MG, 17 Lewis MG and 1256 rifles were repaired and overhauled at Divisional Armourers Shop for the month.
113 Machine Guns and three Trench Mortars (enemy) Captured by various units were dispatched to Base.
DADOS NZ DIVISION – WAR DAIRY,
During the month the following Guns, Howitzers, Carriages Field, Trench Mortars and Machine Guns were demanded for various reasons;
- Ordnance QF 18pdr, three – To replace three condemned by IOM for scouring.
- Ordnance QF 4.5in Howitzer, One – To replace one condemned by IOM for wear.
- Carriages field 18pdr, Four – To replace four condemned by IOM for wear.
- Carriages field 4.5in Howitzer, one – To replace one destroyed by hostile fire.
- 6” Newton Trench Mortar, one – To replace one destroyed by hostile fire.
- 3” Stokes Trench Mortar, six – To replace two destroyed by hostile fire and to replace four condemned for wear.
- Vickers Machine Guns 303, eight – To replace two destroyed by hostile fire and to replace six condemned by Armourers as past repair.
- Lewis Machine Guns 303, 50 – 28 were issued as first supply to bring Battery’s up to 24 per Battery, exclusive of guns on charge for anti-aircraft defence.
The NZ entrenching Group were moved from Ordnance XXII Corps Troops to this formation for administration in Ordnance services on 17 May but were three days later moved to Ordnance Officer IV Corps Troops, under instructions from IV Corps.
On 22 May the 2nd NZ Field Artillery Brigade were moved from Ordnance IV Corps Troops to be under administration of Ordnance this formation, but on 25 May 3rd Army ordered them to be moved back as the movement was contrary to GRO 3783.
Our months works a whole was of a routine nature. Some difficulty was experienced in keeping the Baths going once or twice owing to the water supply giving out when the pumping plant broke down. Water carts were borrowed from neighbouring units and the water was carted and the baths kept going in this formation.
We were much hampered for clean underclothing due to the irregularity of the railway. Trucks were often as long as 6-7 days on road driving the short distance from Abbeville.
A small sock washing depot was established with 16 men. This was found essential so that the soldiers in the front line could have a clean change daily. Socks torn or found with holes were returned to the laundry as the darning could not be coped with. In fine weather, the drying was done outside but when wet the socks were hung on wires from the ceiling of a room and dried by means of coke braziers. Then men did excellent work and coped with 4 to 5 thousand pairs daily and kept up an adequate supply.
Ordnance stores arriving from Base were often very much behind timetable and two or three bulk demands would arrive together. The irregularity was evidently on account of shortages in railway rolling stock.
There was not anything particular to not in the work carried out by the Divisional Salvage Company except the recovery of 2000lbs of salvage from Bully Beef tins.
The Divisional Armourers Shop repaired and overhauled 14 Vickers MG, Seven Lewis MG, One Hotchkiss MG and 335 rifles in addition to special repairs to Bicycles etc.
45425 men passed through the Divisional Baths during the month,
DADOS NZ DIVISION – WAR DAIRY,
Location: 1 – 7 June: Bus-Les-Artois
During the month the following Guns, Howitzers, Carriages Field, Trench Mortars and Machine Guns were demanded for various reasons;
- Two Ordnance QF 18pdr – To replace two condemned by IOM for scouring.
- Five Ordnance QF 4.5in Howitzer – To replace five condemned by IOM for wear.
- Three Carriages field 18pdr – To replace one damaged by shellfire, one condemned by IOM for wear and one for violent recoil.
- One Carriages field 4.5in Howitzer – To replace one destroyed by shellfire and one condemned by IOM for wear.
- Six 3” Stokes Trench Mortar – To replace two destroyed by hostile fire and to replace four condemned for wear.
- Two Vickers Machine Guns 303 – To replace two condemned Beyond Local Repair.
- 96 Lewis Machine Guns 303 – issued as first supply to bring Infantry Battalions up to scale of 32, exclusive of guns on charge for anti-aircraft defence.
On the 6th Baths at Béthencourt and Louvencourt were handed over to 42nd Division and Baths at Authie, Pas and Henu were taken over from 37th Division. The Baths at Authie were entirely unsatisfactory and extensive alterations were carried out so that system for bathing, delousing SD clothing, issuing and receiving underclothing could be put into force. These were capital baths when completed and as many as 1500 troops were passed through daily. The system of delousing the soldiers Service Dress clothing was carried out by means of hot air. As the man passed into the bath he handed in hi garments turned inside out and they were hung up in a small air tight chamber. The air tight compartment was heated up by coke braziers and after the garments had been treated by this method for 15 minutes they were found to be perfectly free form lice and eggs.
Location: 7 -21 June: Pas
On the 7th the Division moved to Pas where Ordnance was established until the 21st when the Division moved to Authie and Ordnance again opened up. The baths at Pas and Henu were handed over to the 37th Division on the 21st.
Location: 21 – 30 June:Authie
A small bath at Nauchelles was taken in hand, another formation had started alterations which were left unfinished. The work was completed by the Division and the baths proved entirely satisfactory and between 700 – 800 troops were bathed daily
The greater part of demand for boots were met by repaired ones and numerous complaints were met from units that the men were unable to wear the boots issued. The matter was referred to 3rd Army who was taking action to prevent further issues of this kind to troops in the field.
Divisional Salvage dumps were established about the areas into which abandoned stores were collected and sorted. 1800lbs of solder were recovered from Bully Beef tins.
The Divisional Armourers shop repaired and overhauled 13 Machine Guns and 153 rifles.
46411 passed through the Divisional Baths during the month.
24 June – 9/39 Temporary Captain Charles Ingram Promoted to Temporary Major while holding the appointment of DADOS. 24 June 1918
NZAOC Nominal Roll End of June 1918
- 9/39 Temporary Major Charles Ingram Gossage (DADOS)
- 23/659 2nd Lieutenant William Henchcliffe Simmons
- 6/3459 Warrant Officer Class One (Conductor) Clarence Adrian Seay
- 6/1147 Warrant Officer Class One (Conductor) Walter Gus Smiley
- 8/1484 Staff Sergeant Edwin Stanley Green (NZ Division Ammunition Column)
- 10/2484 Sergeant Harold Gordon Hill
- 8/584 Sergeant Frank Percy Hutton
- 11/42 Armourer Sergeant Percy William Charles Dement
- 11/337 Armourer Sergeant William Alexander Mason
- 26/1155a Armourer Sergeant Charles Alfred Oldbury
- 9/1191 Corporal (Armourer) Percival James Lester
- 10/1631 Corporal John Joseph Roberts
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New Zealand Army Ordnance Corps Badge, 1916-1919 (Robert McKie Collection 2017)
 United Kingdom – Army Ordnance Department (AOD) until 1918 and then Army Ordnance Corps ((AOC), Australia – Australian Army Ordnance Corps (AAOC), Canada – Canadian Ordnance Corps (COC), South Africa – South African Ordnance Department (SAOD), India – Indian Army Ordnance Department (IAOD) and New Zealand – New Zealand Army Ordnance Corps (NZAOC)
 The exact manning and organisation of the New Zealand Division DADOS branch is unknown at this stage, but would have been similar to the organisation of the AAOC Ordnance Staff which was comprised of:
- 1 Officer as DADOS (MAJ/CAPT)
- 1 Conductor of Ordnance Stores per Divisional HQ
- 1 Sergeant AAOC per Divisional HQ
- 1 Corporal AAOC per Divisional HQ
- 3 RQMS (WO1) AAOC
- 3 Sergeants AAOC, 1 to each of 3 Brigades
- 3 Corporals AAOC , 1 to each of 3 Brigades
As the war progressed additional Ordnance Officers wold be included into the DADOS establishment who along with the Warrant Officer Conductor would manage the Ordnance staff and day to day operations allowing the DADOS the freedom to liaise with the divisional staff, units and supporting AOC units and Ordnance Depots. John D Tilbrook, To the Warrior His Arms: A History of the Ordnance Services in the Australian Army (Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps Committee, 1989), 78.
 Ordnance Manual (War), War Office (London: His Majesties Printing Office, 1914).
 P.H. Williams, Ordnance: Equipping the British Army for the Great War (History Press, 2018), 126.
 Arthur Forbes, A History of the Army Ordnance Services (London: The Medici society, ltd., 1929), 73-74.
 Bends is the leatherworking name for Sole leather. Sole Bends are heavily tanned skirting leather that has been compressed by casing with water and then plating, rolling, and pounding the moisture out of it tightening the grain and making it stiffer. It can be oiled, dyed finished much like any other skirting, however there is much less penetration due to the tightness of the fibres.
 Southwest from Vlamertinge towards village of Reningelst.