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Cenotaph Stories

  • Henry William Insley

    Libby Passau shares her memories of her grandfather Henry William Insley, who served alongside his brother with the New Zealand Field Engineers during the First World War.

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  • Stanley James Lugg

    Audrey Ansell explores her great uncle Stanley James Lugg's First World War experiences serving with the New Zealand Mounted Rifles.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Community Cenotaph

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    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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  • 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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