Mt Ruapehu to Anzac Cove

Edward Fisher was born in Brisbane and came to New Zealand, where he settled in...

Killed before receiving medal for bravery

Walter Evans was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in the field, but did not live...

Illness led to shortened life

Joe Governor suffered a miserable time in various hospitals during the war before being...
The Masterton draper kept from the war

The Masterton draper kept from the war

Archie Dixon was the son of Charles Dixon and his wife Alice Herbert. He attended Masterton School [later Central School] where he was a keen sportsman and represented Wairarapa in national hockey tournaments. After leaving school, he was employed at the drapery shop...

The soldier left for dead

The soldier left for dead

Ernie Arcus, left, riding a camel in Egypt. PHOTOS/WAIRARAPA ARCHIVE William Ernest Arcus William Ernest “Ernie” Arcus was born in late 1893, the son of carpenter Thomas Arcus and his wife Elizabeth Shaw of Carterton. He was among the first Wairarapa soldiers to...

Remembering our people through their stories

Remembering our people through their stories

Gareth Winter and Mark Pacey of the Wairarapa Archive The story of New Zealand’s involvement in World War I is many faceted. There are many stories of the soldiers who served overseas – more than 100,000 men – and of the horrific casualty rate – about 18,000 soldiers...

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