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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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  • Leading the 28 Māori Battalion: Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Baker

    Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Baker could be considered an ideal soldier - skilled in strategy, he was a courageous and a “worthy commander” who led his troops with courage and mana.

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  • The Sing Brothers Go to War

    One of the comics from the Being Chinese in Aotearoa exhibit explores the story of Private Herbert Stanley Sing, a brave signaller who served with the Auckland Infantry Regiment in the First World War.

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  • Determined to Serve: Ambulance Driver Gladys Sandford

    By Sophie Coombe

    Gladys Sandford is considered to be both a pioneering driver and aviator. She was the first female in New Zealand to receive a pilot's licence, and was formally recognized for her work as an ambulance driver in the war.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Elizabeth's search for Cora Beattie Anderson

    Three little books found in an antique shop took Elizabeth Burke on a journey from Brisbane to Thames in search of the story of a matron from the First World War.

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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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