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Cenotaph Stories

  • A collie for the service corps

    Gail Romano, Associate Curator History

    On this Purple Poppy Day, Associate Curator, Gail Romano acknowledges the contribution of the mascot Sam. Sam was ‘a handsome English collie dog’ gifted to the Canterbury section of the New Zealand Army Service Corps during WWI.

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  • Purple Poppy Day


    This page is to acknowledge the war animals who served and died during times of war. Please feel free to leave a message or lay a purple poppy to commemorate those war animals who served and supported our military personnel.

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  • A Menagerie of Mascots

    By Heather Downie
    Volunteer, Online Cenotaph and Pou Maumahara

    Our volunteer Heather, writes about a Menagerie of Mascots who fought alongside their friends and masters throughout the First and Second World Wars.

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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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