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Cenotaph Stories

  • Faces of Passchendaele

    The year 1917 was a frustrating and demoralising year for the Western powers fighting in France and Belgium. The lowest point for the New Zealand battalions came in October around the village of Passchendaele, near the city of Ypres. The battle soon became a byword for the horror of the Great War.

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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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  • 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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  • Ella Cooke

    Ella's plans for a working holiday in England were dashed by the outbreak of war in 1914. Listen to excepts from Ella's diary where she talks about her time in the French Flag Nursing Corps.

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  • Harry Dansey

    Harry was nearly 40 years old when war broke out in 1914 but he nevertheless volunteered with the second draft of the Maori Contingent. Read about his wartime experiences.

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  • Sidney James Goodyear

    Sidney James Goodyear served in the New Zealand Field Artillery from 1914 to 1918. He was part of the 4th Howitzer Battery, which was the first battery to land at Gallipoli.

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  • Remembering New Zealand’s ‘Darkest Day’

    In this article, we look back on the lives of those who fought 100 years ago near the small Belgian town of Passchendaele.

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  • Soldier Singh, an Indian ANZAC

    Jagt Singh was an Indian New Zealander who served with the Auckland Mounted Rifles in the First World War.

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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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  • Fighting for Nature: Captain Val Sanderson

    Captain Val Sanderson served in two wars before leading efforts to save New Zealand's natural heritage with the Royal Forest & Bird Society. Find out more about his pioneering work.

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