Anzac Day Contributions
Images offer us a valuable look back into our past and the lives of our ancestors. The ability to see the faces of those who served, as well as some of the places and situations they found themselves in, greatly enriches our commemoration of those who fought for New Zealand.
Online Cenotaph encourages the contribution of information, documents and photos, as well as personal stories that portray the experiences of New Zealand service personnel. Over Anzac Day we received numerous contributions of images, notes, and more as people shared precious details. We greatly appreciate the effort people put in to create and expand the records we have. The following are several images that were contributed in the period around Anzac Day which we thought we'd highlight to show some of the amazing things people have shared on our site.
Private Tionemale of Hakupu, Niue was one of the 150 Niuean men who left their homes to serve with the New Zealand Forces in the First World War. The 3rd Maori Contingent was established after the Maori Contingent had been depleted at Gallipoli - a reversal of an earlier decision to exclude service men from the Pacific on active service. The Niueans arrived in Auckland in late 1915, meeting the 45 Cook Islanders and training together at Narrow Neck camp until February 1916. As part of the 3rd Maori Contingent, Tionemale then passed through Egypt to serve in France on the Western Front before returning home. The picture above is the only known photo of him, kindly provided by his descendant Mokania Aue.1
His family have provided many messages to his Online Cenotaph record over the past seven years and we thank them for the love they have shared on his record.
LIEUTENANT COMMANDER PETER THOMPSON
This photo of then Acting Sub-Lieutenant Peter Thompson RNZN shaking hands with Vice Admiral Sir Charles Madden, a former Chief of the New Zealand Navy Staff, was kindly provided by his eldest son, Dr Christopher Thompson. This ceremony, which took place in 1963, was in the middle of a long, well decorated career. Enlisting in the Royal Navy at only 17, Peter would serve all over the world, including in the Mediterranean post-World War Two and as part of the New Zealand Naval forces during the Malayan Emergency and Korean War. Promoted several times and receiving extensive medallic recognition, Peter served for 33 years and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
Peter was also a long serving volunteer here at Auckland Museum and we’re honoured to have him on Online Cenotaph.
LANCE CORPORAL JACOB FOSTER
These two photos, both taken in Egypt c.1943, show Jacob Foster and two of his friends, possibly Jimmy O’Dwyer and John Barker. They were kindly provided, along with some touching notes, by Julia Kate. Jacob was from Apia, and was part of the 28th Maori Battalion, while both Jimmy and John were from Auckland. Jacob and John were part of the Infantry Reinforcements and 2nd N.Z. Divisional Cavalry Regiment respectively, and would go on to serve in the Italian campaign. John was captured but escaped from his prisoner of war camp to Switzerland with the help of Italian partisans. The campaign would take Jacob’s life in 1943.
LIONEL, CYPRIAN, AND HUGH BRIDGE
This photo is of the three Bridge brothers, Lionel, Cyprian, and Hugh meeting up in London in 1916 and was kindly provided by Julia Rhodes. The family had a long history of military service, with their grandfather Major Cyprian Bridge serving with the 58th Regiment during the Northern War of 1845. These three Wellingtonian brothers fought in the 3rd Battalion on the Western Front, while their fourth brother Lance had died of wounds incurred while bringing casualties to the sea at Gallipoli. The two older brothers, Lionel and Cyprian, would survive the war. Hugh would pass only a year after this photo, at the Ypres salient in Belgium.
SERGEANT PETER HUTCHEN
This light hearted picture of Sergeant Peter Coe Hutchen and his mates was kindly provided by Daniel Mataki. This, and the other photos uploaded by Daniel, offer insight into the lives of soldiers who served as part of Jayforce and then in the Korean War. Peter was born in Apia and lived in Eastbourne, Wellington, before his enlistment into Jayforce. While New Zealand's contributions to these conflicts are often forgotten, Peter was one of the 12,000 New Zealanders who would serve in Japan, and 6,000 to serve in Korea under UN command. The Korean War had a significant impact on New Zealand’s diplomatic history, helping to pave the way for the ANZUS pact and New Zealand’s Cold War alignment with the United States.2
SISTER BARBARA GWENDOLINE MONTGOMERY
The portrait of Sister Barbara Gwendoline Montgomery was kindly provided by Mark Montgomery. Barbara served as a nurse as a part of Jayforce where New Zealanders and other allied nations worked to help rebuild Japan after it had been devastated by war, largely due to the extensive bombing campaigns and the two nuclear blasts. Jayforce was initially deployed in Yamaguchi prefecture on the southern tip of the main island of Honshu, and on nearby Eta Jima Island, searching for military equipment and the assisting movement of Koreans and Japanese after the war.3
1] NZ History, Niueans and Cook Islanders in the NZEF
2] NZ History, New Zealand in the Korean War.
3] NZ History, Main body of Jayforce lands in Japan.
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Anzac Day Contributions. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira. First published: 24 May 2022. Updated: 2 June 2022.