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Cenotaph Stories

  • Evacuation of Gallipoli

    By Glyn Harper
    Excerpt from Johnny Enzed: The New Zealand Solider in the First World War 1914-1918 (First World War Centenary History series)

    In this excerpt from Johnny Enzed: The New Zealand Soldier in First World War, Glyn Harper shares some of the experiences and emotions of New Zealand Soldiers in preparing to evacuate Gallipoli on the 15 December 1915.

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  • Names not numbers

    Christopher Pugsley
    Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), ONZM, DPhil, FRHistS

    Christopher Pugsley, reflects on the upcoming Anzac Day in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic, and how we still remember those who were killed during war and those returned service men and women from all conflicts.

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  • A Gallipoli conversation after Anzac Day 2020

    Dr Christopher Pugsley
    LIEUTENANT COLONEL (RETIRED), ONZM, DPHIL, FRHISTS

    Bill and Serpil Sellars are old friends of Chris Pugsley who live in Eceabat (Maidos)– the small village and ferry terminal on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Bill emailed Chris on 25 April 2020. This is part of the discussion that followed and the story that unfolded.

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  • McNeil Brothers on Gallipoli

    Gail Romano
    Associate Curator, Human History

    In commemoration of the 105th anniversary of Chunuk Bair, Associate Curator Gail Romano reflects on the lasting legacies of the McNeil Brothers, and how often the way into the lives of those who are lost to the past is through the material objects they have left behind.

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  • A Morning on Chunuk Bair

    Dr Christopher Pugsley
    LIEUTENANT COLONEL (RETIRED), ONZM, DPHIL, FRHISTS

    On the 8th August 2015, Dr Christopher Pugsley, watched as the sun rose over the Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial and wrote about the legacy of these events one hundred years on. On the 105th anniversary of Chunuk Bair we re-share his touching tribute to all those who were lost on this day.

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  • Corporal William George Lowther: ‘the least visited Kiwi on the peninsula’

    Dr Christopher Pugsley
    LIEUTENANT COLONEL (RETIRED), ONZM, DPHIL, FRHISTS

    Being commemorated at The Farm Cemetery, the most difficult of plots to access, Corporal W Lowther, of Auckland Bnis probably the least visited Kiwi on the peninsula. Chris Pugsley in conversation with his old friends Bill and Serpil Sellars.

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  • My Great Great Great Uncle John

    Lochie Grant
    George Street Normal School

    To remember his great great great uncle John Geary on Anzac Day this year, Lochie aged 8 from George Street Normal School wrote about his experiences at Gallipoli with the Otago Mounted Rifles.

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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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