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People inside an inhalation chamber in Christchurch during the influenza epidemic of 1918
Friday, November 16, 2018
In the centenary year of the 1918 influenza pandemic, the history of military deaths reveals how chronic was the spread of the disease in military camps with the men in close quarters. In New Zealand, the army camps at Narrow Neck in...
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
  Among  the 2014-2018 centenary commemorations of battles, events and participants in World War I, the last major action of the New Zealand division – the relief of Le Quesnoy on November 4, 1918 – sounds a bright note....
Donald Forrester Brown
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
If you approach High Wood (Bois des Fourcaux) in northern France you find a flourishing stand of sweet chestnut trees on a 150-metre high promontory, their green crowns clustering in the breeze. The 30-hectare wood overlooks nearby...
Margaret Rogers
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Among the World War One centenaries being marked between 2014 and 2018, few will be as poignant as the commemoration of the sinking on October 23, 1915 of the HT Marquette. The tragedy saw the loss of 167 lives including ten New Zealand...
Remains of New Zealand soldiers awaiting burial in 1919. Source: Imperial War Museum
Saturday, August 8, 2015
The centennial of the battle for Chunuk Bair fell on 8 August, 2015 and 100 hundred years ago, Annie Douglas, the mother of George and Thomas both killed at Chunuk Bair, spoke of her loss. “Both were fine young fellows” and “they have done...
Grave of Private Lester Quintall on Norfolk Island.
Sunday, November 9, 2014
In the year marking the centenary of the start of World War I in 1914, six New Zealand soldiers are added to the New Zealand and Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s official rolls of honour. They are Private Arthur Joseph Best, Private...
Ceremony at the Cenotaph, Auckland War Memorial Museum
Monday, September 15, 2014
A national commemoration making the 100th annivesary of the New Zealand occupation of German Samoa at the beginning of World War I has been held at the Cenotaph, Auckland War Memorial Museum. The centenary was marked on August 29. The...
Ceremony for Sapper Robert Hislop.
Monday, August 25, 2014
A ceremony has been held at Waikumete Cemetery in Auckland to acknowledge the formal recognition of the first New Zealand casualty of World War I. The recognition comes as commemorations are under way to mark the centenary of World War...
Veterans at the Anniversary Celebrations
Friday, May 30, 2014
The New Zealand Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae has expressed the hope that young New Zealanders will visit war cemeteries. He said, "as more young New Zealanders show interest in the deeds and sacrifices of their forefathers, they...
Memorial in Bamyan before unveiling
Monday, August 12, 2013
A memorial plaque to the New Zealand soldiers and Afghan forces who died in Bamyan Province in Afghanistan now stands in the "new town" area of Bamyan. The Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae unveiled the memorial plaque in a ceremony...