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Cenotaph Stories

  • James Herbert Golding Alp

    By Barbara Alp

    Barbara Alp shares fond memories of her father Captain James Herbert Golding Alp (30991) who served in the Infantry Brigade during the Second World War and returned to work at the Serjeant Art Gallery.

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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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  • Year in Review: Online Cenotaph 2019

    By Madison Pine
    Collection Technician, Research Support

    Throughout 2019, the Online Cenotaph team has been busy working on numerous projects to update and enhance Online Cenotaph records. Here we shared some of our highlights and accomplishments of 2019.

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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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  • The Women's Auxiliary Air Force

    Established to free up more men to engage overseas service in World War II, the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force was created in 1941 and saw 4750 women pass through its ranks, freeing up more men for active service.

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  • Conscientious Objectors

    By Ella Johnson
    Collection Technician, Research Support

    Conscription was introduced in New Zealand in 1916, under Section 34 and 35 of the Military Service Act. Many were opposed for a variety of reasons, approximately 600 men declared Conscientious Objections.

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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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  • Pip Squeak and Wilfred

    By Janet Anderson
    Pou Maumahara volunteer

    Janet Anderson often assists our visitors to explore the medal collection and helps to bring the stories of these medals to life. Here she writes about the WWI campaign medals fondly known as 'Pip, Squeak and Wilfred'.

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  • Determined to Serve: Ambulance Driver Gladys Sandford

    By Sophie Coombe
    Collection Technician, Research Support

    Gladys Sandford is considered to be both a pioneering driver and aviator. She was the first female in New Zealand to receive a pilot's licence, and was formally recognized for her work as an ambulance driver in the war.

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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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