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.
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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
Rangi was the son of Edna Hiria Gannon, nee Kelly and Arthur Gannon. Several of his letters and photographs feature on Window Into WW1.
Hand written inscription reads: 'Daddy' love for Rangi Xmas 1917
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".
"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."
Postcard of "R.A.M.C picking up wounded in a captured village" - 'Daily Mail Battle Pictures' series
Caption reads: "'These are King's soldiers and our comrades who have fought and suffered. The best we can give them is their due.' Such is the feeling of the devoted Red Cross service."
Robert Arthur Hislop is considered to be the first New Zealand casualty of World War I. At the age of 21, he died from critical injuries occurring from a fall off the Parnell rail bridge on the evening of the 13th of August, 1914. This was eight days after New Zealand supported Britain and declared war against the German Empire. Six days later, he sadly passed away (Stone, 2014).
A Periodical of Soldiers' stories and poetry.
The New Zealand General Hospital, No.2, Walton-on-Thames, was the first hospital set up for New Zealand soldiers in the U.K, early on, in World War I (Myers,. 2015). It was built in Mount Felix in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England and began receiving patients on the 1st August, 1915 (Te Papa, 2011).
"Darling I do miss you both. How grand it will be when all this is over, but sweetheart the end is not in sight yet: You say, "you hope I will remain in Sling for some time" up to the present your wish is gratified - I am still on the Staff - I have a good position. When I receive orders to go "over-seas" I will cable you - so don't be anxious about me."
"I am sorry to hear you have been having a crook spin with the children and poor old Una nearly passed her ticker. Well Old thing, you will soon have the old man home now both in fact but Wata will race me home I think. What a time will all have."
"I wish you and Rangi could see all these places too. Someday we must try and arrange it - it would be an education for Rangi. In New Zealand we live in a very narrow groove - to travel broadens ones views..."
A "blue ticket" indicated that a soldier had undergone and passed a medical check for venereal disease. General Alexander Godley wrote to Defense Minister James Allen in 1915, that "[r]eally the only trouble I foresee is venereal, I [am] afraid we are bound to lose almost 10% of the men through it. The women here are full of it...."
Photographs of "France and Mesopotamia" [the Middle East] taken by Sapper Albert Amos - including pictures of local people, transport ships, landscapes, monuments and his comrades.
An example of a Belgian Relief Fund fundraising programme. This object is the first of many donated by the Royal NZ Engineer Corps Memorial Centre that will be featured on Window into WW1.