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Cenotaph Stories

  • 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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  • Manava Toa: the Cook Islands in WW1

    Tūrou Tūrou `Oro Mai. Over 500 Cook Islanders fought for New Zealand in the WWI. They served with distinction but suffered great loss. Find out more about these courageous servicemen.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Caesar the Anzac dog

    One of the most beloved items in the Auckland War Memorial Museum's collections belonged not to a serviceperson, but to a canine hero.

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  • Daphne Commons

    Daphne Commons was one of 50 nurses who went away in April 1915 as part of the New Zealand Army. They left on the ship Rotorua, bound for England.

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  • Francis Bernard Enwright

    Francis (Frank) was born on 28 December 1893 in Thames, New Zealand. He survived the landing at Anzac Cove on 25 April but was shot in the shoulder. His conditioned worsened and he died in hospital on 28 May.

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  • William Smallfield

    Find out how the discovery of a WWI soldier's jerkin in a suburban English garage led to a journey to reunite the waistcoat with the family in New Zealand.

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