This memorial plaque is popularly known as a "dead man's penny", issued post World War I to the next-of-kin of all British and Empire military killed while serving in the war.
Accounts from local surgeon Arthur Anderson Martin, including "Poor German Marksmanship", "The State of the Trenches", "Dreaded Gangrene" and "Hints to New Zealanders"
Many soldiers had their photo taken before going off to war. Te Papa is working to identify Wellington soldiers from photographs taken, before going off to war.
Arthur Gannon’s Peace Carriers wore one of the features of the recent Wellington Peace Celebrations procession. They made a fine display, comprising nine vehicles drawn by-twenty horses, all elaborately decorated, and from one of the lorries the above typical bulldog, robed in a Union Jack gazed intently down on the crowds. In addition to the above display Arthur Gannon who is a returned lieutenant of the Maori Pioneers N.Z.E.F., placed a number of Lorries and expresses at the free disposal of the Salvation Army, etc
James Alfred Nash (b. 1871) was Mayor of Palmerston North from 1908-1923 and three time MP for the city. He put together this collection of his memories around 1951, one year before his death. The Ian Matheson City Archives holds a complete copy of this work - this section talks about subjects relevant during the war years - the Patriotic Society, War Activities and the Influenza Epidemic.
This Roll of Honour comes from the Ian Matheson City Archives. It lists the people who served during World War One from the Palmerston North area.
Message slips such as this one were used on all sides to communicate vital information through dangerous territory. They were carried by human runners as well as animals - including dogs and pigeons.
"Soldiers on march from Foxton to Awapuni being given tea at Himatangi by ladies of Oroua Downs Red Cross".
In an article entitled "Death of General Sir Harry Chauvel", published in The Argus (Melbourne, Victoria) on the 5th March 1945, he was described as the "greatest cavalry general of modern times".
"Tourists who knew Ypres and it's Rue de Lille in the days of peace can best appreciate the awfulness of its fate in the War."