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Cenotaph Stories

  • The lost Airmen of 41 Squadron

    By Douglas "Scotty" Wingfield
    Researcher

    Over the thirteen years of the Vietnam War, 41 Squadron RNZAF made 1979 landings into the conflict. Scotty Wingfield's research helps Airmen to receive their Vietnam Medals and Vietnam Veteran status.

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  • A Menagerie of Mascots

    By Heather Downie
    Volunteer, Online Cenotaph and Pou Maumahara

    Our volunteer Heather, writes about a Menagerie of Mascots who fought alongside their friends and masters throughout the First and Second World Wars.

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  • Goldfish Club

    By Madison Pine
    Collection Technician, Research Support

    Their Club Motto is "Gold for the value of life. Fish for the Sea," they joined by ditching an aircraft into a body of water. These are the stories of the Goldfish Club.

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  • Tuakeo Terongo

    By Dan Millar and Madison Pine
    Collection Technicians, Research Support

    Amazingly the only known photograph of Cook Island soldier Private Tuakeo Terongo had re-emerged almost 100 years after his death.

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  • Nada Florence Priest

    By Victoria Passau
    Collection Manager, Online Cenotaph

    Nada Florence Priest was born on 1 June 1922, at Waihou, New Zealand. Raised on a farm, she attended Te Aroha College, and afterwards worked for a short time for a local timber merchant. She joined the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAACs) on 6 June 1943.

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  • James Herbert Golding Alp

    By Barbara Alp

    Barbara Alp shares fond memories of her father Captain James Herbert Golding Alp (30991) who served in the Infantry Brigade during the Second World War and returned to work at the Serjeant Art Gallery.

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  • Year in Review: Online Cenotaph 2019

    By Madison Pine
    Collection Technician, Research Support

    Throughout 2019, the Online Cenotaph team has been busy working on numerous projects to update and enhance Online Cenotaph records. Here we shared some of our highlights and accomplishments of 2019.

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  • Ngāpuhi Nursing Sisters

    By Ella Johnson
    Collection Technician, Research Support

    Find out more about the Ngāpuhi Nursing Sisters, who organised themselves using the military ranks and traditions of the New Zealand Army to contribute to New Zealand's War effort during the South African War of 1899 - 1902.

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  • Edward Breton Bestic

    By Sophie Coombe
    Collection Technician, Research Support

    Collection Technician Sophie Coombe sat down with retired veteran Edward Breton Bestic to talk about his experiences during the Vietnam War.

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  • The Women's Auxiliary Air Force

    Established to free up more men to engage overseas service in World War II, the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force was created in 1941 and saw 4750 women pass through its ranks, freeing up more men for active service.

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