2nd Lt. John William Voyle DCM. MM


He served with NZ Force. He was born in NZ, but does not seemed to have returned there after WW1

1892 May 13. Born in New Plymouth New Zealand son of Walter William & Mary Ann. His father is given as an engine driver on the elrctoral rolls

1915 Aug 24. Enlisted in New Zealand EF. Giving his occupation as shop assistant, religion Anglican (Church of England).  Aged 23.  He gave his next-of-kin as Mary Voyle (mother) of Stratford, NZ. Prior Territorial Army service: 3 years with the 11th Taranaki Rifles. 

1915 Nov 13. Embarked for Europe

1916 Dec 12. MM gazetted.  Lance Corporal, 2nd Bn, NZRB. Gallantry and devotion to duty. Lance Corporal Volye in Flers Support Trench on the 30 September 1916, when a Company Bombing party was held up by an enemy Strong Point, worked a few men round the flanks in the open and sniped the enemy. This action required coolness, courage and dash and these qualities were shown by this Non Commissioned Officer. 

1917 Oct 12. Wounded, gun shot wound to the left shoulder.

1918 Mar 4. DCM Gazetted. 24/132 3 C.S.M . J.W.Voyle, M.M., Rif . Bde . For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.' Part of the battalion was held up by an enemy strong point soon after the attack started. He worked on to a flank alone and captured an enemy machine-gun and two prisoners. His prompt and courageous action enabled the advance to proceed

1918 Aug 6. Married Helen H Peffer in Edinburgh in 6/8/1918

1918 Oct 7. Commissioned 2nd Lt  in NZEF

1920 Feb 25. Discharge from NZEF in England . Address given: Red Row, Aberlady, East Lothian, Scotland.

1921 Jan 12. Joined ADRIC with service no 1495 Posted to I Coy

1922 Jan 17. Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

1940 Jul 9. Commissioned 2nd Lt, John William VOYLE , D.C.M. , M.M . (I39307)

There is a letter on file dated 14/10/1941 from the NZ High Commission in London to NZ Military Records Department seeking confirmation of Voyle's WW1 war service and commissioned rank

1978 Died North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland