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From the Archives - Lieutenant Arthur Batchelar in Egypt

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From the Archives - Lieutenant Arthur Batchelar in Egypt

War photographs from Lieutenant Arthur Frederick Batchelar (c 1877-1964). A portion of his personal archives was donated to the Ian Matheson City Archives, including a great deal of items to interest WWI historians, such as photographs, postcards, war magazines, papers and memorabilia. The archive also contains material from before and after the war. The material that relates to WWI has been digitised and will be continually added to his gallery. 

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What did NZ soldier's have for Christmas?

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What did NZ soldier's have for Christmas?

Apart from special meals, which varied according to where the soldier's were stationed, friends and family at home sent gifts and treats for the men overseas. According to the newspaper reports, the Christmas mail for soldiers on the frontlines was over 2.5 million letters and half a million parcels. In addition to sending gifts and well-wishes, churches and religious groups around the country said The Soldier's Prayer on Christmas morning. It read, "Heavenly Father, bless our soldiers and sailors this Christmas Day, and hearten them for that good fight which alone can bring true peace."

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Lt Colonel Arthur Batchelar Uniform Jacket

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Lt Colonel Arthur Batchelar Uniform Jacket

This World War I uniform jacket belonged to Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Frederick Batchelar of Fitzherbert, near Palmerston North. It bears the insignia for the rank of Lieutenant Colonel including three stripes, crown and pip badges on the sleeves.  Arthur Batchelar, a farmer born in 1877, served in the Boer War and World War One, on both occasions as part of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles.  

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