Thursday, May 5, 2011
John Mainer Corbett - Waihi Memorial - update
John Mainer Corbett was the son of Edward and Mary Ann Corbett, he was born in 1893. He was an Assayer and Metallurgist for the Waihi Grand Junction Gold Mining Company. Before enlistment he had served with the Territorials in the 6th Hauraki Company. He enlisted on the 20 January 1915 and embarked on 14 February 1915. Once in the Dardanelles he joined the Auckland Infantry Battalion on the 1 June 1915. However John Corbett's war was to be short - one week later on 8 June 1915 he was killed in action at Quinn's Post he was 22 years old and has no known grave. He is remembered on the Lone Pine Memorial.
In Glyn Harpers's excellent book 'Letters from Gallipoli' I found a letter written by Private Norman Campbell who mentions a volunteer attack on a Turkish trench at Quinn's Post on 5 June 1915 and how 14 Haurakis were asked to volunteer. It would be of no surprise if John Corbett had been one of those volunteers.
I also found reference to John Corbett's death in the new book 'Auckland Infantry' by Peter Cooke, John H Gray and Ken Stead. It mentions the attack on the Turkish trench on the 7/8 June 1915 where 13 where killed and 25 wounded including John Corbett.