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Cenotaph Stories

  • May Palmer

    By Georgina White
    Curator, Cenotaph Galleries

    Determined to offer her services during the First World War, Nurse May Palmer travelled from Wellington to France, where she joined the French Red Cross, nursing in Hospitals in Northern France and Belgium. Here is the story of May Palmer a truly remarkable nurse.

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  • Mary McBeth

    Heather Downie
    Volunteer, Online Cenotaph and Pou Maumahara

    105 years ago on the 8th April, 1915 - the first fifty nurses of the newly formed New Zealand Army Nursing Service, set sail for the First World War. Online Cenotaph Volunteer Heather shares the story of one of these nurses, Mary McBeth.

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  • Elizabeth's search for Cora Beattie Anderson

    Three little books found in an antique shop took Elizabeth Burke on a journey from Brisbane to Thames in search of the story of a matron from the First World War.

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  • Charlotte Le Gallais

    Charlotte Le Gallais nursed at Auckland Hospital and was one of ten nurses selected for the first voyage of the New Zealand Hospital Ship 'Maheno' bound for Gallipoli in 1915.

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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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  • 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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  • Jayforce: 75 Years on

    Gail Romano
    Associate Curator, History

    To mark seventy five years since the arrival of Jayforce in Japan. Gail Romano, shares some of the stories of those who served in Japan in recognition of their service.

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