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Online Cenotaph

Cenotaph Features

  • Community Cenotaph

    Offsite

    Look out for our roadshow unit in your community as we come to discover, connect and share stories of those who served.

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  • Private Te Kuru and the Pioneers

    Private Te Kuru served in the "Pioneers", an important battalion which prepared battlefields for infantry and artillery. Piki carried out this dangerous work at the Western Front in the latter part of the First World War. Explore more of Piki's story.

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  • The birth of the Royal New Zealand Navy

    This year is the 75th anniversary of the creation of the Royal New Zealand Navy. To mark the occasion, we've delved into our collection to highlight some of the ships and service people that helped found New Zealand's modern navy.

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  • Private Charles Stuart Nelson

    By Ella Johnson
    Content Technician, Research Support Pou Maumahara

    Private Nelson by day, female alter ego “Nelly” by night, Charles Stuart Nelson became a noted and admired performer on stage with singing troupe the Kiwis.

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  • Celebrating two years of citizen research with Online Cenotaph

    We mark the second anniversary of Online Cenotaph by celebrating the achievements of one of our most prolific contributors.

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  • Flight enthusiast Harold Butterworth

    Harold Butterworth, an Auckland-born pilot, kept a diary during his time with the RFC. It displayed his passion for flying as well as the innovative technologies and methods trialled by the RFC during WWI, which changed the shape of the war.

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  • Wiremu Paora

    Lance Corporal Wiremu Paora (Ngāti Whātua) served in the First World War as part of the Pioneer Māori Battalion. He was injured in the battle of the Somme.

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  • Caesar the Anzac dog

    One of the most beloved items in the Auckland War Memorial Museum's collections belonged not to a serviceperson, but to a canine hero.

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  • Stuart Alexander Maireriki Campbell

    Much of what we know about Stuart Campbell comes from his brother's stories and poetry. Ella Johnson draws together the threads from these sources to write a history of her Great Uncle's military service.

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  • Te Rangiataahua Kiniwe Royal

    Te Rangiataahua Kiniwe Royal (Ngāti Ruakawa, Ngāti Tamaterā) fought in both the First and Second World Wars. He was Major in command of the 28th Māori Battalion's B Company when he was injured near Gazala in Libya.

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