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Cenotaph Stories

  • Private Charles Stuart Nelson

    By Ella Johnson
    Content Technician, Research Support Pou Maumahara

    Private Nelson by day, female alter ego “Nelly” by night, Charles Stuart Nelson became a noted and admired performer on stage with singing troupe the Kiwis.

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  • The birth of the Royal New Zealand Navy

    This year is the 75th anniversary of the creation of the Royal New Zealand Navy. To mark the occasion, we've delved into our collection to highlight some of the ships and service people that helped found New Zealand's modern navy.

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  • Wiremu Paora

    Lance Corporal Wiremu Paora (Ngāti Whātua) served in the First World War as part of the Pioneer Māori Battalion. He was injured in the battle of the Somme.

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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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  • Te Rangiataahua Kiniwe Royal

    Te Rangiataahua Kiniwe Royal (Ngāti Ruakawa, Ngāti Tamaterā) fought in both the First and Second World Wars. He was Major in command of the 28th Māori Battalion's B Company when he was injured near Gazala in Libya.

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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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  • Francis Bernard Enwright

    Francis (Frank) was born on 28 December 1893 in Thames, New Zealand. He survived the landing at Anzac Cove on 25 April but was shot in the shoulder. His conditioned worsened and he died in hospital on 28 May.

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  • David Tevita Loma

    David Tevita Loma's Military Service record states that he was the Assistant Harbour Master for the Tongan Government when he enlisted in May 1916.

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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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  • Harding Waipuke Leaf

    Harding Waipuke Leaf was born on 6 October 1890 in Whirinaki, Hokianga and was of Ngāpuhi and Te Hikutu descent. Leaf served in both the First and Second World Wars.

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