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  • Book: From Geraldine to Jericho: John Barker and the Great War

    In August 1914 John Barker left his farm near Geraldine in South Canterbury to go to the Great War. He returned more than five years later after having served in the Canterbury Mounted Rifles at...

  • Life by Arthur Lilly

    In 1930, the Royal Christchurch Musical Society performed Arthur Lilly’s tribute to his brother Lieutenant Leslie G Lilly.

    Leslie had initially travelled...

  • The Diggers' Violin

    Life in the trenches and at camp could be dull and boring between stints of combat. Soldiers needed ways to entertain themselves, boost morale and let go of some of the stress....

  • Joseph Alexander Mercer

    On 19 July 1916, 19-year-old Rifleman Joseph Mercer disappeared. After a bit of confusion he was finally tracked down in a German prisoner of war (POW) camp. Aside from a...

  • Sister Elizabeth Annie Wilson

    Sister Elizabeth Annie Wilson 22/174 was one of the 26 New Zealand Nurses who survived the sinking of the Marquette on 23 October 1915. A German U-boat launched a torpedo at the...

  • Front of Medal for Bravery and Conduct, 1st Class

    William Macann’s Medal

    Sergeant-Major William Macaan (1887-1974), service number 26296, was awarded the medal for bravery and conduct first class following his heroic actions in the First World War. The medal features...

  • Lieutenant Henry Herbert Ffitch

    Born on 28th July 1888, Lieutenant Henry Herbert Ffitch (Serial Number 6/954) was the son of Henry and Florence Ffitch. He embarked for Egypt with the Canterbury Infantry Battalion in October 1914...

  • Hei Tiki: HMS New Zealand

    Originally commissioned as a gift from New Zealand to Britain, HMS New Zealand was launched in 1911. Two years later the ship embarked on a ten month tour of the British dominions which included a...