New Zealand Division






1st New Zealand Brigade


1st Wellington Battalion

Lieutenant-Colonel W.G. Malone  from 08/1914 to ?/06/1915

Major W.H. Cunningham from ?/06/1915 to 15/07/1915

Major E.P. Cox from 15/07/1915 to 02/08/1915

Major W.H. Cunningham from 02/08/1915 to 05/08/1915

Lieutenant-Colonel W.G. Malone from 05/08/1915 to 08/08/1915 Killed in action

Captain E.S. Harston from 08/08/1915 to ?/09/1915

Lieutenant-Colonel H.E. Hart from ?/09/1915 to 05/03/1917 Promoted

Captain F.K. Turnbull from 05/03/1917 to 15/03/1917

Lieutenant-Colonel C.F.D. Cook from 15/03/1917 to 03/02/1918 Invalided

Major W.F. Narbey from 03/02/1918 to 03/04/1918

Lieutenant-Colonel H. Holderness from 03/04/1918 to 27/08/1918 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel F.K. Turnbull from 27/08/1918 to 11/11/1918 Remained CO










Lieutenant-Colonel William Malone on Walker’s Ridge, Gallipoli, 1915


1st Canterbury Battalion

Lieutenant-Colonel D. McB. Stewart from 06/1914 to 25/04/1915 Killed in action

Major A.E. Loach from 25/04/1915 to 01/05/1915

Major B. Jordan from 01/05/1915 to 05/05/1915

Lieutenant-Colonel C.H.J. Brown from 05/05/1915 to 05/06/1915 Wounded

Lieutenant-Colonel J.G. Hughes from 07/06/1915 to 04/10/1915 Invalided

Major R.A. Row from 04/10/1915 to 20/11/1915

Lieutenant-Colonel R. Young from 20/11/1915 to 05/06/1917

Major A.D. Stitt from 05/06/1917 to 10/06/1917

Lieutenant-Colonel R. Young from 10/06/1917 to 07/08/1917 Promoted

Major Shepherd from 07/08/1917 to 27/08/1917

Lieutenant-Colonel G.A. King from 27/08/1917 to 11/10/1917 Killed in action

Major A.D. Stitt from 11/10/1917 to 18/11/1917

Lieutenant-Colonel O.H. Mead from 18/11/1917 to 13/02/1918

Lieutenant-Colonel R.A. Row from 13/02/1918 to 11/11/1918

1st Auckland Battalion

Lieutenant-Colonel A. Plugge from 08/1914 to 08/05/1915 Wounded

Lieutenant-Colonel R. Young from 08/05/1915 to 20/11/1915 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel A. Plugge from  20/11/1915 to ?/12/1916 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel R.C. Allen from  ?/12/1916 to 06/06/1917 Wounded

Lieutenant-Colonel W.W. Alderman from  07/06/1917 to 11/11/1918 Remained CO

1st Otago Battalion

Lieutenant-Colonel T.W. McDonald from 08/1914 to 06/12/1914 Invalided

Lieutenant-Colonel A. Moore from 07/12/1914 to 24/02/1916 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel A.B. Charters from 24/02/1916 to 07/02/1918 Invalided

Lieutenant-Colonel J. Hargest from 07/02/1918 to ?/10/1918 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel A.B. Charters from ?/10/1918 to 11/11/1918 Remained CO


2nd New Zealand Brigade


2nd Wellington Battalion

Lieutenant-Colonel W.H. Cunningham from 02/1916 to 15/01/1918

Major W.H. McLean from 15/01/1918 to 31/01/1918

Major H.E. McKinnon 31/01/1918 to 21/02/1918

Major F.K. Turnbull from 21/02/1918 to ?/02/1918

Lieutenant-Colonel J.L. Short from ?/02/1918 to 30/03/1918

Major F.K. Turnbull from 30/03/1918 to 05/04/1918

Lieutenant-Colonel W.H. Cunningham from 05/04/1918 to 24/10/1918

Lieutenant-Colonel H.E. McKinnon from 24/10/1918 to 04/11/1918 Killed in action

Captain M. Urquahrt from 05/11/1918 to 07/11/1918

Lieutenant-Colonel W.F. Narbey from 07/11/1918 to 11/11/1918

2nd Canterbury Battalion

Lieutenant-Colonel H. Stewart from 02/1915 to 07/06/1917

Major F. Starnes from 07/06/1915 to 10/06/1917

Lieutenant-Colonel G.C. Griffiths from 10/06/1917 to 26/09/1917 Replaced

Major O.H. Mead from 26/09/1917 to 13/11/1917

Lieutenant-Colonel H. Stewart from 13/11/1917 to 24/12/1917

Major N.R. Wilson from 24/12/1917 to 18/02/1918

Lieutenant-Colonel O.H. Mead from 19/02/1918 to 08/06/1918

Lieutenant-Colonel H. Stewart from 08/06/1918 to 06/08/1918

Major N.R. Wilson from 06/08/1918 to 14/09/1918

Lieutenant-Colonel H. Stewart from 14/09/1918 to 11/11/1918

2nd Auckland Battalion

Lieutenant-Colonel W.W. Alderman from 02/1916 to 17/06/1916 Invalided

Major S.S. Allen from 17/06/1916 to ?/06/1916

Lieutenant-Colonel C.H.J. Brown from  ?/06/1916 to  ?/02/1917 Promoted

Major A.G McKenzie from ?/02/1917 to ?/03/1917

Lieutenant-Colonel S.S. Allen from  ?/03/1917 to 25/08/1918 Wounded

Major C.H. McClelland from 25/08/1918 to 05/09/1918

Lieutenant-Colonel S.S. Allen from  05/09/1918 to 11/11/1918 Remained CO

2nd Otago Battalion

Major J.A. Mackenzie from 02/1916 to 24/02/1916

Lieutenant-Colonel G.F Hutton from 24/02/1916 to 30/03/1916

Lieutenant-Colonel A. Moore from 30/03/1916 to 25/08/1916

Lieutenant-Colonel G.S. Smith from 27/08/1916 to 17/10/1917

Major J. McCrae from 17/10/1917 to 19/12/1917

Lieutenant-Colonel J.B. McClymont 19/12/1917 to ?/02/1918 Invalided

Major J. Hargest from ?/02/1918 to 13/02/1918

Lieutenant-Colonel D. Colquhoun from 13/02/1918 to 28/03/1918 Replaced

Major W.G.A. Bishop from 30/03/1918 to ?/04/1918

Lieutenant-Colonel J.B. McClymont from ?/04/1918 to 20/08/1918 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel W.S. Pennycook from 20/08/1918 to 24/08/1918 Killed in action

Lieutenant-Colonel J. Hargest from 25/08/1918 to 11/11/1918 Remained CO


3rd New Zealand (Rifle) Brigade


1st New Zealand Rifle Brigade

Lieutenant-Colonel H.T. Fulton from 16/04/1915 to 24/07/1915

Lieutenant-Colonel R.W. Tate from 24/07/1915 to 23/08/1915

Lieutenant-Colonel H.T. Fulton from  23/08/1915 to  05/12/1915

Major W.S. Austin from 05/12/1915 to 09/01/1916

Lieutenant-Colonel H.T. Fulton from  09/01/1916 to 13/03/1916 Promoted

Lieutenant-Colonel W.S. Austin from 13/03/1916 21/03/1917 Wounded

Lieutenant-Colonel J.G. Roache from 21/03/1917 to 03/08/1917 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel W.S. Austin from  03/08/1917 to 26/08/1917

Lieutenant-Colonel P.H. Bell from 26/08/1917 to 20/11/1917

Lieutenant-Colonel W.S. Austin from  20/11/1917 to 25/07/1918

Major Shepherd from 25/07/1918 to 30 /09/1918

Lieutenant-Colonel R.C. Allen from 30/09/1918 to 04/11/1918 Wounded

Major Barrowclough from 04/11/1918 to 11/11/1918

2nd New Zealand Rifle Brigade

Lieutenant-Colonel A.E. Stewart from 04/1915 to 07/08/1917

Lieutenant-Colnel J. Pow from 07/08/1917 to ?/11/1917

Lieutenant-Colonel A.E. Stewart from ?/11/1917 to ?/03/1918

Major J. Pow from to ?/03/1918 to 06/04/1918 Wounded

Lieutenant-Colonel L.H. Jardine from 06/04/1918 to 11/11/1918

3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade

Lieutenant-Colonel V.S. Smyth from  07/09/1915 to 15/09/1915

Lieutenant-Colonel J.A. Cowles from 15/09/1915 to 09/07/1916 Invalided

Lieutenant-Colonel A. Winter-Evans  from 9/07/1916 to 12/10/1917 Killed in action

Major A. Digby-Smith from 13/10/1917 to 16/11/1917

Lieutenant-Colonel E. Puttick from 16/11/1917 to 30/11/1917

Lieutenant-Colonel P.H. Bell from 30/11/1917 to 04/09/1918 Wounded

Major Murphy from 04/09/1918 to 30/09/1918

Major A.H. Carrington from 30/09/1918 to 04/10/1918

Major G.W. Cockcroft from 04/10/1918 to 11/11/1918

4th New Zealand Rifle Brigade

Major A.E. Wolstenholme from 07/09/1915 to 13/03/1916

Lieutenant-Colonel C.W. Melvill from 13/03/1916 to ?/06/1916 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel J.G. Roache from  ?/06/1916 to ?/09/1916

Lieutenant-Colonel C.W. Melvill from  ?/09/1916 to 08/06/1917

Major E.Puttick from 08/06/1917 to ?/06/1917

Lieutenant-Colonel J.G. Roache from ?/06/1917 to 17/08/1917 Invalided

Lieutenant-Colonel E. Puttick from 17/08/1917 to 16/11/1917 Transferred

Major J.R. Cowles from 16/11/1917 to 26/11/1917

Lieutenant-Colonel R. St. J. Beere from  27/11/1917 to 11/11/1918


4th New Zealand Brigade


3rd Wellington Battalion

Lieutenant-Colonel W.H. Fletcher from 15/03/1917 to 14/06/1917 Wounded

Major J.L. Short from 14/06/1917 to ?/06/1917

Lieutenant-Colonel C.H.Weston from ?/06/1917 to 04/10/1917 Wounded

Major S. Mackay from 04/10/1918 to 07/02/1918 Remained CO

3rd Canterbury Battalion

Lieutenant-Colonel R.A. Row from 15/03/1917 to 07/02/1918

3rd Auckland Battalion

Lieutenant-Colonel D.B. Blair 15/03/1917 to 22/12/1917 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel A.G. McKenzie from 22/12/1917 to 07/02/1918 Remained CO

3rd Otago Battalion

Lieutenant-Colonel D. Colquhoun from 15/03/1917 to 07/02/1918 Remained CO


Details for the Wellington Regiment abstracted from W.H. Cunningham, C.A.L. Treadwell & J.S. Hanna, The Wellington Regiment (NZEF) 1914-1919, Wellington, Ferguson & Osborne, 1928.

Details for the Canterbury Regiment abstracted from D. Ferguson, The History of the Canterbury Regiment N.Z.E.F 1914-1919, Whitcomb & Tombs, 1921.

Details for the Auckland Regiment abstracted from  O.E. Burton, The Auckland Regiment, Whitcomb & Tombs, 1922.

Details for the Otago Regiment abstracted from A.E. Byrne, The Official History of the Otago Regiment, N.Z.E.F. In the Great War 1914-1918, Dunedin, J. Wilkie, 1921.

Details for the Rifle Brigade from W.S. Austin, The Official History of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, Wellington L.T. Watkins, 1924.


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