Research into other Allied forces

Monday, October 31, 2011

Research has always been part of the New Zealand War Graves Project and considerable time has been spent reconciling differences between the various listings of New Zealand casualties from the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) in South Africa to present day peacekeeping operations. We have had considerable help from a number of individuals who have freely made available to us the results of their years of research. In due course we will akcnowledge them individually.

As part of our research we have discovered that a substantial number of New Zealanders (either by birth or residence) lost their lives serving with non-New Zealand forces; especially with the RAF, RAAF, Royal Navy, and Australian Army in World War I and World War II. Some of these areas have been well researched (in particular the air force casualties by Errol Martyn) and others have not been researched at all. The New Zealand War Graves Trust has decided to include these casualties, where they can be identified, as part of our project. Work has commenced on identifying those casualties who died whilst serving with Australian forces and we are grateful for a grant from SKYCITY Auckland Community Trust which has funded this research.