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Auckland Museum is closed until further notice, in step with our city’s efforts to limit the transmission of the COVID-19. Find out more.

Cenotaph Stories

  • 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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  • 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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  • Community Cenotaph


    THIS PROJECT HAS CLOSED. Look out for our roadshow unit in your community as we come to discover, connect and share stories of those who served.

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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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