NEW ZEALAND AND WORLD WAR ONE
NEW ZEALAND SCHOOL PLEDGE - "The Great War proved that thousands of our brave New Zealand soldiers thought this beautiful land of ours was worth dying for. We are too young to do as they did, but we pledge ourselves, so to live, that when our hour of trial shall come we shall not be found wanting. We salute those who gave their lives that we might live in peace and security."
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|1 Samoan Advance||14 Army Service Corps Divisional Train|
|2 Artillery||15 Headquarters|
|3 NZ Medical Corps||16 Maori Infantry|
|4 Engineers||17 Veterinary Corps|
|5 Army Service Corps||18 Chaplains Department|
|6 Canterbury Infantry||19 Samoan Relief Infantry|
|7 Canterbury Mounted Rifles||20 Samoan Relief Mounted|
|8 Otago Infantry||21 Pay Department|
|9 Otago Mounted Rifles||22 Nursing Department|
|10 Wellington Infantry||23 1st Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade|
|11 Wellington Mounted Rifles||24 2nd Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade|
|12 Auckland Infantry||25 3rd Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade|
|13 Auckland Mounted Rifles||26 4th Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade|
* - Please note this system of numbering was only used until the formation of the 10th Reinforcements as it was found the system too confusing when personnel were moving between units.
This is a Princess Mary Gift Tin. Princess Mary thought of the idea to give all Commonwealth Soldiers and Nurses serving in the Great War a Christmas present. A public fund was eventually set up. For more information see PRINCESS MARY GIFT TIN. Thanks to Adele Pentony Graham for this.
NZ - Featherston Camp - Linked
New Zealand At The Front - 1917 - Written & illustrated in France by Men of the New Zealand Division 1917. Linked.New Zealanders who served in Scottish Regiments
Australia and the Great War - Linked.
Australia Roll of Honour Database - Linked.
Australia World War One Service Records - Linked.
The Great War was declared by the British Empire on Germany and her allies on 4th August 1914. The armistice was signed at 11am on the 11th November 1918. However the war did not formally end until the peace treaty with Germany was signed on the 28th June 1919, which is why many war memorials give the war years as being 1914-1919. There were approximately 750,000 British, Dominion and Colony casualties. The country with the highest proportions of deaths per head of population was New Zealand. Officers, especially Lieutenants and 2nd Lieutenants, were proportionally more likely to die than any other rank, largely because they were expected to lead raiding parties into No Man's Land.
The New Zealand Defence Force has handed over to Archives New Zealand the files of all personnel who served in the New Zealand forces prior to 1920. This includes those who served in the South African War (1899-1902) and First World War (1914-1918). Researchers are able to access these records, either in writing or in person, through the Wellington office of Archives New Zealand.
The St John's Branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists has produced a searchable CD containing:
Contact the New Zealand Society of Genealogists for further information.
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