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Worth a thousand words

Online Cenotaph encourages the contribution of information, documents and photos, as well as personal stories that portray the experiences of New Zealand service personnel. Our contributors are invaluable to our success, and we are grateful to all those who share photographs, and information, to Online Cenotaph. These photographs are one example of some of the recent contributions made by whānau to their loved ones' records. These images give us a glimpse into those who served and to help us remember them and their contribution.


SELWYN MAXWELL SANDS

The troops taken before the crossing of the river Senio. Image kindly provided by Rachel Kemp.

The troops taken before the crossing of the river Senio. Image kindly provided by Rachel Kemp.

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Selwyn Maxwell Sands, served with the 18th Armoured Regiment during the Italian Campaign. These photographs, kindly provided to Online Cenotaph by Rachel Kemp, portray aspects of his time with the Regiment, sitting on a tank with friends, and waiting to cross the River Senio.

These images also portray his post war life, his marriage to his wife Fay Francis (nee Donaldson), and his return to pre-war occupation of farming. 

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BERNARD JOHN KEEHAN

Bernard John Keehan, second from left in the middle row. Image kindly provided by Mike Keehan.

Bernard John Keehan, second from left in the middle row. Image kindly provided by Mike Keehan.

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These photographs added to the Online Cenotaph record of Bernard John Keehan, depict life at a POW Camp Stalag XVIII-A, in Wolfsberg, Austria. Private Bernard John Keehan, known as Mick served with the New Zealand Provost Company, and was captured as a Prisoner of War in Corinth in April 1941. Three years later in May 1945, the camp was liberated and Bernard was repatriated to New Zealand. 

Both Bernard and his twin brother Patrick William Keehan were captured as Prisoners of War, during World War Two. Patrick who served with the 20 Battalion and Armoured Regiment was a Prisoner of War in Italy, at Campo 57, following the surrender of Italy in 1944 he became a German Prisoner of War and was sent to Stalag XVIII-B, Lamsdorf, Poland. The photographs have kindly provided by Mike Keehan. 

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BURNICE MARGARET LUONI

Burnice and her fellow WAACs, at RNZAF Base Ohakea. Image kindly provided by Marilyn Hardie.

Burnice and her fellow WAACs, at RNZAF Base Ohakea. Image kindly provided by Marilyn Hardie.

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Private Burnice Margaret Luoni, known as Betty with her Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) colleagues at the RNZAF Base Ōhakea. Following her training at Mt Victoria in Wellington, Betty was a radar watcher for incoming aircraft at the Ōhakea base.

She married Jack Newth Hardie, who had served with the Royal New Zealand Navy, during World War Two. These photographs of Betty's time with the WAAC’s have kindly been added to the Online Cenotaph by daughter Marilyn Hardie.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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STEPHEN ERNEST MOWBRAY

Stephen Ernest Mowbray, of Christchurch. Image kindly provided by Isreal Turrall.

Stephen Ernest Mowbray, of Christchurch. Image kindly provided by Isreal Turrall.

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Driver Stephen Ernest Mowbray. This photograph is from the family photo album of his daughter Yvonne Mowbray. It was attached to a letter sent by Stephen who was serving in Italy to his twin brother John Mowbray in 1944.

Two of Stephen’s brother also served during the Second World War, twin brother John Russell Mowbray served with the Divisional Signals in the Pacific, and Ronald Edward Mowbray who served with the New Zealand Artillery. This image was kindly provided by Isreal Turrall. 


BARNEY POUHEKE WARBRICK

Sergeant Barney Warbrick, RNZAF Base Ardmore. Image kindly provided by Paapaka Brown.

Sergeant Barney Warbrick, RNZAF Base Ardmore. Image kindly provided by Paapaka Brown.

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Sergeant Barney Pouheke Warbrick, was the first to qualify as a pilot from Ngaati Te Ata iwi. He enlisted with the Royal New Zealand Air Force in May 1942, beginning his training in December.

In May 1943 he was posted to the Initial Training Wing, Rotorua and then proceeded to No. 1 Elementary Flying Training School, Taieri. After he completed his elementary flying training, he embarked overseas to Canada for further training. In March 1944 he was awarded his flying badge and promoted to Sergeant. He returned to New Zealand, and then reported to the No. 2 (Fighter) Operational Training Unit, Ōhakea. 

Sadly, he lost his life following an aircraft accident near his hometown of Waiuku on 16 August 1944. In 29 September 2005 a tohu or memorial stone to Sergeant/Pilot Barney Poukeke Warbrick was unveiled at a ceremony held on the Waiuku golf course. Photograph kindly provided by Paapaka Brown. 


JAMES WILLIAM CARTER

James William Carter. Image kindly provided by Russell Carter.

James William Carter. Image kindly provided by Russell Carter.

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Staff Sergeant James William Carter, pictured in the front row of a junior clerks class, 1967. Staff Sergeant Carter served in Japan, as part of Jayforce, Malaya and Vietnam. Following his service with the British Commonwealth Occupation Forces in Japan, James Carter enlisted and served with the Royal New Zealand Navy before returning to the Army for service as part of the 28 Commonwealth Infantry Brigade in Malaya. 

While serving with the 1 Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, he was also the publisher and editor of a small scale newspaper, for troops serving along the Malayan-Thailand border. 

The newspaper featured humorous stories from other members of the battalion, a serial number diminishing daily to denote the number of days to go until the end of the patrol, a daily cartoon on current events and a note on the temperature. These photographs were kindly provided by Russell Carter.


MARGARET JAMES

Margaret James (right), with life long friends Madge Moore and Emily Flavell. Image kindly provided by Theresa Graham.

Margaret James (right), with life long friends Madge Moore and Emily Flavell. Image kindly provided by Theresa Graham.

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These photographs, added by Theresa Graham, highlight her mother Margaret James’ experience serving with the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) during World War Two. Margaret joined the WAAFs in May 1942, she was sent to the Royal New Zealand Air Force Ōhakea Base, where she was part of the basketball team, and also made lifelong friends, Emily Flavell (WRNZNs) and Madge Moore (fellow WAAF). 

Peggy married Leslie James Graham who served with the 21 Battalion and was mentioned in despatches.

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DEMETRIOS JAMES CALLINICOS

Jim Callinicos on leave in Japan during his service in the Korean War. Image kindly provided by son Peter James Callinicos.

Jim Callinicos on leave in Japan during his service in the Korean War. Image kindly provided by son Peter James Callinicos.

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Demetrios James Callinicos, known as Jim on leave in Japan during his service in the Korean War. Jim was a Driver with the Transport Company of the Royal New Zealand Army Service Corps during the Korean War. He served from Pusan to North of the 38th Parallel then back to eventual armistice line. He was accidentally injured and returned to New Zealand after he was thrown from a vehicle when it hit a rut, during a lull in shelling, returning home in May 1952.

He married his wife Janet on the 7th November 1953, and then went on to open a garage business in Greenmeadows in 1958. This image was kindly provided by son Peter James Callinicos. 


JOSE OSBORNE ORMOND

Jose Osborne Ormond, embarking overseas for Korea in January 1952.  Image kindly provided by Rohan Jose Ormond.

Jose Osborne Ormond, embarking overseas for Korea in January 1952. Image kindly provided by Rohan Jose Ormond.

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Jose Osborne Ormond, embarking overseas for Korea in January 1952. Jose was a gunner with the 16th Field Artillery, 162 Battery in Korea. He had previously served during the Second World War based in New Zealand, and served with the 2nd Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment and as part of the British Commonwealth Occupation Forces in Japan. This image was kindly provided by Rohan Jose Ormond.


VERONICA MARY MILES

Veronica Mary Miles, in 1942. Image kindly provided by Miles Cardale.

Veronica Mary Miles, in 1942. Image kindly provided by Miles Cardale.

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Veronica Mary Miles, served as a nurse with Women’s Auxiliary War Service at the 3 New Zealand General Hospital (3NZGH) during the Second World War. The 3 New Zealand General Hospital was first established at Helmieh, Egypt in 1941, and saw service in Syria, Tripoli and finally in Bari, Italy where it remained from October 1943.

In December 1945, Veronica Mary Miles married Ewen Cardale, and they had four children. This portrait of Veronica, was kindly provided by son Miles Cardale.


Cite this article

Pine, Madison. Worth a thousand words. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira. First published: 4 March 2022. Updated: 23 June 2022.
URL: www.aucklandmuseum.com/war-memorial/online-cenotaph/features/Contributions

December 2021 marked 25 years of Online Cenotaph. We will be sharing stories of veterans and volunteers throughout the year to commemorate this significant milestone. Thank you to all our contributors who have contributed to Online Cenotaph over the past 25 years, thank you for sharing your stories, leaving notes, laying poppies and sharing these touching photographs of your loved ones. You have help to grow and establish the Online Cenotaph database to become a resource of more than 250,000 records spanning 40 conflicts, and become one of the most trusted resources for sharing the stories of New Zealand service personnel.