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Jonathan Thomas Notley
My grandfather George McLaren (12/2419) was a corporal in the 1st Auckland Infantry Battalion on the Western Front in the 1916.
His WW1 diary notes a humorous incident where George and his mates were fined for returning late to camp one night. George blames Sgt Major Notley ...
"Tuesday the 20th of June 1916 - Throwing dummy bombs for practice. Jim Richie, Fred Brooking, W. Hardine and myself were fined 7 days pay today for being half an hour late on Monday night. They have put the clock on an hour and we forgot about this. This is the first time I have been crimed in the army, and this is what a man gets for "playing the game" for 17 months. "ROTTEN SWINES". Pleasant times RSM Notley of police, if I meet you in old NZ".
George was not a bloke to be messed with !!!
It's sad to see that Sgt Major Notley didn't survive the war. May he rest in peace.