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Final Battle Campaign - Best Decorated Car

Final Battle Campaign - Best Decorated Car

This photograph is captioned, "Winner of £50 prize for best decorated motorcar Palmerston North." While the occasion is not listed, this float can be seen in another photograph of a Final Battle Campaign event. The Final Battle Campaign was one of the fundraising efforts made by New Zealanders to raise money for the soldiers wounded during WWI. The Feilding Star gives an account of its achievements: "The Final Battle Campaign art union in Palmerston North realised about £7500. When this is added to the other money obtained in the campaign there will be £32,000 to add to the sick and wounded fund, bringing it up to £53,000 which is to be invested at 4 or 4 1/2 percent. It is hoped to be able to provide for all the men who return and who require assistance and also to assist, where necessary, the dependents of those who are away fighting". Feilding Star, volume XIV, Issue 35194, 3 May 1918, page 2.

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Officers of the Manawatu Battalion Home Guard

Officers of the Manawatu Battalion Home Guard

Officers of the Manawatu Battalion Home Guard during World War Two. Back Row: Lieutenant B S Lawrence; Lieutenant A Kilpatrick; Lieutenant F S Collier; Lieutenant J W Barber; Lieutenant W E Hale; Lieutenant W R Byne; Lieutenant H C McMillan; Lieutenant J B Chrystall; Second Lieutenant C D Collis; Lieutenant C M Croucher; Lieutenant L A Sadler; Lieutenant L Boddy. Third Row: Lieutenant W A Matheson; Lieutenant L A Lancaster; Second Lieutenant A E Wilkins; Lieutenant W C Scott; Captain A K Furrie NZTS Area G3; Lieutenant S L Orr, NZTS Bn. Adjutant; Captain F Gatley NZTS Zone G3; Lieutenant E N Rowe; Lieutenant D B Rowe; Lieutenant W Redmayne; Lieutenant J R Veale; Lieutenant J Edmond. Second Row: Captain N H Tunnicliff; Captain R F Scott; Captain D Walker; Captain R W Wrightson, MC, Bn 2i/c; Lieutenant-Colonel J E H Mewett, OBE, MC Zone Commander; Major H V Bond, Bn CO; Lieutenant-Colonel S H Gould, Area Commander; Colonel C V Ciochetto, MC, MM, Regional Commissioner; Captain W H H Foster; Captain J Q Cameron; Captain R M White. Front Row: Second Lieutenant D D McKenzie; Lieutenant W A P Wheeler, Bn IO; Second Lieutenant H D Lovelock; Lieutenant J F Riches; R Durie; Lieutenant A Thomson. Absent: Lieutenants A A N Alsop; C G Beattie; F G Brown; H L King; G A McDonell; R D McKelvie; I W McLeod; C W Newman; T M B Rowe; G R Tomkies; P R Teague; J C Warren.

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Palmerston North
 
Linton 'Pot Wallopers' band

Linton 'Pot Wallopers' band

A ‘typical scratch band’ of the war period, being scratched together from Linton Army Camp personnel who were able and available to play. 'Pot Wallopers' was the term given to Army staff on pot cleaning duties.

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Palmerston North
 
Palmerston North Red Cross Transport Workers

Palmerston North Red Cross Transport Workers

This voluntary group (later paid) was set up during World War Two. The women had to pass First Aid and mechanics' exams and hold a heavy traffic license to enable them to drive ambulances for the Palmerston North Hospital. They also worked for the Palmerston North Army area, meeting sick and wounded off trains and driving them for treatment.

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Page 1: 'Join the Women's Land Service' pamphlet
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'Join the Women's Land Service' pamphlet

A pamphlet explaining, and encouraging women to join, the Land Service in World War Two

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Image 1: Women's War Service Auxiliary arm band

Women's War Service Auxiliary arm band

Arm band worn by Charlotte Warburton as a member of the Women's War Service Auxilary in World War Two. Charlotte Warburton (1883-1961) was chairwoman of the WWSA in Palmerston North (1940-1946) and was very actively involved in the war effort. From the archive of 'C E Warburton'.

 
Cadet Officers' Course at Linton

Cadet Officers' Course at Linton

This image was taken for a story that ran in The Manawatu Evening Standard on 14 May 1958, page 8: "Being instructed by an Army Instructor (Corporal G.R. Hawkes) on the finer points of weapon training are some of the 74 junior officers undergoing a training course at Linton Camp at present."

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Linton
 
Murray Gibson

Murray Gibson

This WWII era portrait has the name "Murray Gibson" written on the back in pen. This individual may or may not be from the Palmerston North era.

 
Group of Soldiers

Group of Soldiers

Group in World War Two uniforms.

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Manawatu
 
Officer Cook

Officer Cook

This member of the Linton Rifle Club is thought to be Wallave Cook, who won a military cross in World War One.

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Norman Hassell, WWI soldier

Norman Hassell, WWI soldier

Norman Edgar Hassell was born 6 September 1894 at Akatarawa, Upper Hutt and died 27 May 1964 in Palmerston North. He served in World War One and wrote his mermories of his military service in Egypt, Gallipoli and the Western Front, in retrospect. This photograph was included in the manuscript. Also see 2013Pa_HASSELL-S1_007484 and 2014N_HASSELLS1_010074.

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American Sailors in C M Ross Co Ltd tearooms

American Sailors in C M Ross Co Ltd tearooms

A large group of young, uniformed, American sailors and others seated at tables in C M Ross Co. Ltd Tearooms. Lenard Alkire is seated second from the front, on the right hand side of the foreground table (ringed).

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4 The Square, Palmerston North
 
Army Group at Woodville Camp

Army Group at Woodville Camp

A group of Army personnel taken at the Woodville camp. Many Hawkes Bay regiments spent time in training at the Woodville racecourse.

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Woodville
 
Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery Disembarks from Aiplane

Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery Disembarks from Aiplane

From Archives New Zealand: On 16th July 1947 Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, arrived in New Zealand to confer with the Government on defence matters. Lord Montgomery was one of the most decorated military leaders of World War Two, and was famous for his victory at the Battle of El Alamein. At the time of his visit to New Zealand, he was Britain’s Chief of the Imperial General Staff. Lord Montgomery toured the country, receiving a hero’s welcome everywhere he went. The photograph above was taken in Wellington on 17th July 1947. The Old Government Buildings are visible in the background, as well as some of the thousands of Wellingtonians who turned out to see Lord Montgomery (nicknamed ‘Monty’ and ‘The Spartan General’). Public servants in central Wellington were granted an hour’s leave so they could witness the Field Marshal’s drive from Government House to the Cenotaph, where he laid a wreath.

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Polish Army league with gift parcels for Polish soldiers

Polish Army league with gift parcels for Polish soldiers

The Polish Army League was formed in Palmerston North in December 1941, to 'extend a hand of friendship' to Polish soldiers fighting for the allied forces. Assisted by a large number of organisations, the League sent parcels with notes, and items such as knitting, to Polish soldiers overseas during World War II. Members from the Executive Committee are, from left: Mrs A Stewart; Mrs L E Bale (President); Mrs T K Fraser (Treasurer); Mrs W A Jacques (organising secretary)

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Palmerston North
 
9th (Wellington East Coast) Squadron Pin

9th (Wellington East Coast) Squadron Pin

A badge from the 9th (Wellington East Coast) Squadron converted into a pin with added gold horseshoe as backing. The motto, "Fortes fortuna juvat" (Fortune assists the brave) graces the banner on the obverse, with "OLIVE" inscribed into the reverse. Badge and pin are circa 1918.

 
Samuel Hooper Smith

Samuel Hooper Smith

Samuel Hooper Smith, aged 23, leaving for the Boer War.

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Will Chapman in Uniform

Will Chapman in Uniform

  Will Chapman in army kit (centre, nearest camera) during family farewells on the day that he boarded the troopship SS Willochra bound for Suez. From September 1916 onward he served on the Western Front as a Driver in the Divisional Ammunition Column of the 1st Field Artillery, NZFA. Shortly after the Armistice he fell a victim of the influenza epidemic and was hospitalised at Caudry, a small town about 15km east of Cambrai, Northern France. He died on the 27th November 1918 and is buried in the military cemetery just outside Caudry.  

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Army Drill at Awapuni Racecourse

Army Drill at Awapuni Racecourse

Postcard of soldiers exercising at the Army training camp at Awapuni Racecourse, during World War One. The postcard was sent 15 October 1915 to Miss Cable, 829 Cumberland Street, Dunedin, from 'Jim'.

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Palmerston North
 
Ron Grammer's World War Two Photograph Album - 1
Ron Grammer's World War Two Photograph Album - 2Ron Grammer's World War Two Photograph Album - 3Ron Grammer's World War Two Photograph Album - 4Ron Grammer's World War Two Photograph Album - 5Ron Grammer's World War Two Photograph Album - 6Ron Grammer's World War Two Photograph Album - 7

Ron Grammer's World War Two Photograph Album

The Grammer family were early residents of Ashhurst. This album is one of several artefacts created during World War Two by Ron Grammer.

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Army personel, Ashhurst

Army personel, Ashhurst

This group of army personel was taken in Ashhurst, it is thought they could all be related. During the Second World War many racecourses throughout New Zealand hosted Army groups.

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Manawatu
 
Harakeke Placing

Harakeke Placing

Anzac Day 2016 - 2000 flax poppies were woven by the community and placed around the War Memorial in The Square.

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The Square, Palmerston North
 
Army staff

Army staff

An unidentified group of army personnel. The uniformed gentleman far left is a Warrant Officer.

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Palmerston North
 
Victory over Japan celebration parade, The Square

Victory over Japan celebration parade, The Square

Japan surrendered to the allies of World War II on 15 August. Immediately schools and businesses in Palmerston North were closed and celebrations, many informal, began. A thanksgiving service was held that afternoon, followed by a victory parade the next day. The parade attracted a big turnout of civilians and defence personnel, a flotilla of 130 vehicles of all kinds, and a huge number of spectators lining the streets. The procession began at the Police Station and went around The Square, lead by the Manawatu Scottish Society’s Highland Pipe Band. The City, Garrison and Salvation Army bands also took part. The parade was followed by community sing-song led from the Band Rotunda.

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The Square, Palmerston North
 
Victory over Japan celebration parade, The Square

Victory over Japan celebration parade, The Square

Japan surrendered to the allies of World War II on 15 August. Immediately schools and businesses in Palmerston North were closed and celebrations, many informal, began. A thanksgiving service was held that afternoon, followed by a victory parade the next day. The parade attracted a big turnout of civilians and defence personnel, a flotilla of 130 vehicles of all kinds, and a huge number of spectators lining the streets. The procession began at the Police Station and went around The Square, lead by the Manawatu Scottish Society’s Highland Pipe Band. The City, Garrison and Salvation Army bands also took part. The parade was followed by community sing-song led from the Band Rotunda.

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The Square, Palmerston North
 
Victory Over Japan celebration parade, The Square

Victory Over Japan celebration parade, The Square

Japan surrendered to the allies of World War II on 15 August. Immediately schools and businesses in Palmerston North were closed and celebrations, many informal, began. A thanksgiving service was held that afternoon, followed by a victory parade the next day. The parade attracted a big turnout of civilians and defence personnel, a flotilla of 130 vehicles of all kinds, and a huge number of spectators lining the streets. The procession began at the Police Station and went around The Square, lead by the Manawatu Scottish Society’s Highland Pipe Band. This float, entered by the Chinese community, featured chinese women amongst blossom waving flags. The parade was followed by community sing-song led from the Band Rotunda.

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Palmerston North
 
Victory Over Japan celebration parade, Broadway

Victory Over Japan celebration parade, Broadway

Japan surrendered to the allies of World War II on 15 August. Immediately schools and businesses in Palmerston North were closed and celebrations, many informal, began. A thanksgiving service was held that afternoon, followed by a victory parade the next day. The parade attracted a big turnout of civilians and defence personnel, a flotilla of 130 vehicles of all kinds, and a huge number of spectators lining the streets. The procession began at the Police Station and went around The Square, lead by the Manawatu Scottish Society’s Highland Pipe Band.The parade was followed by community sing-song led from the Band Rotunda.

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Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North
 
Major General Brian Poananga

Major General Brian Poananga

Major General Brian Poananga (Front) with members of the Royal Fiji Military, outside the Duty Centre, Linton Army Camp. This new duty centre was built by sixteen members of the Royal Fiji Military and six members of the Tongan Defence Force. The Centre, officially opened by Major General Poananga, includes 6 bedrooms, 5 cells, a toilet block, a guard room, a common room, and interview room and a sentry box.

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Linton Camp, Palmerston North
 
Air Force Funeral Procession - Military Escort

Air Force Funeral Procession - Military Escort

Military personnel stand to attention as the funeral procession passes. The funeral is for the Air Force personnel lost on 25 November 1945 during a routine meteorological flight out of Ohakea. On March 19, 1949 the wreck of the RNZAF Ventura aeroplane with four crew members on-board was discovered; which had been missing since February 28, 1946. The crash location was three miles from Otaki in extremely hill country and the wreck was partially covered by scrub. The crew were: Flight-Lieutenant Walter Gordon Jacobs, the 27 year old Pilot; Flight-Lieutenant Sidney Howard Langton, the 24 year old navigator; Warrant-Officer Hedley Beaumont Newell, the 25 year old wireless-operator-air gunner; AC1 Anthony John Hayhurst, the 22 year old meteorologist. The men were given a combined military funeral at All Saints Church and buried at Kelvin Grove Cemetery in the Military Section. See A175/5 for further information.

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Palmerston North
 
Lady Mountbatten, Palmerston North

Lady Mountbatten, Palmerston North

Edwina Mountbatten (1901-1960) visiting Palmerston North after the end of WWII. She is wearing the uniform of the St John's Ambulance Brigade. She was born Edwina Ashley, and married Lord Louis Mountbatten in 1920.

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Palmerston North
 
Soldier with Bicycle, Victoria Drive

Soldier with Bicycle, Victoria Drive

“Queen Victoria Drive” or Victoria Drive as it is more commonly known was started in c1917 with a rough track being put through from Fitzherbert Avenue to Park Road. In 1919 it was properly laid out and metalled and in c1920 – 1921 was finally tarred and sanded. Many native plants and trees were planted bordering the drive, some which still remain.

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Palmerston North
 
Military Group

Military Group

AS group of military personnel, possibly at Ohakea Air Force Base by the uniforms.

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Manawatu
 
Army personnel

Army personnel

A group of soldiers pose with cleaning equipment, during the Second World War.

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Manawatu
 
Military Band - First Battalion Wellington, West Coast Regiment

Military Band - First Battalion Wellington, West Coast Regiment

A military marching band - complete with a variety of brass instruments and drums (snare and bass).

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Palmerston North
 
Army Ball, Hunterville

Army Ball, Hunterville

Guests at the ball are standing in the decorated hall. Major William George Ashworth and Mrs Ashworth are 4th & 5th from the right.

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Manawatu
 
Armistice Day parade in Rongotea

Armistice Day parade in Rongotea

Armistice Day celebrated the end of World War One, and remembered those members of the armed forces who were killed during World War One. In Rongotea 8oo people joined a parade, including cadets, scouts, 13 dairy electric trucks conveying a Red Cross party, a combined choir, and a bus and motor cars.

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Manawatu
 
Air Force Funeral at Kelvin Grove Cemetery

Air Force Funeral at Kelvin Grove Cemetery

A military padre leads Air Force personnel to their final resting place at Kelvin Grove Cemetery. Military personnel stand to attention as the funeral procession passes. The funeral is for the Air Force personnel lost on 25 November 1945 during a routine meteorological flight out of Ohakea. On March 19, 1949 the wreck of the RNZAF Ventura aeroplane with four crew members on-board was discovered; which had been missing since February 28, 1946. The crash location was three miles from Otaki in extremely hill country and the wreck was partially covered by scrub. The crew were: Flight-Lieutenant Walter Gordon Jacobs, the 27 year old Pilot; Flight-Lieutenant Sidney Howard Langton, the 24 year old navigator; Warrant-Officer Hedley Beaumont Newell, the 25 year old wireless-operator-air gunner; AC1 Anthony John Hayhurst, the 22 year old meteorologist. The men were given a combined military funeral at All Saints Church and buried at Kelvin Grove Cemetery in the Military Section. See A175/5 for further information.

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Palmerston North
 
Patriotic Society's fund raising procession.

Patriotic Society's fund raising procession.

The Patriotic Society's fund raising procession entering Coleman Place from The Square. The Patriotic Society was created in 1916, during World War One, for fund raising and welfare purposes.

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Palmerston North
 
Army volunteers parade, The Square

Army volunteers parade, The Square

The Palmerston North Mounted Rifles, formed in 1891, watched by a crowd as parade around the corner of Church Street and The Square, followed by a Brass Band. The buildings shown are from L to R: W Pegden’s Furniture Warehouse; Frederick Ireland & Co.; D M George’s Drapery; The Occidental, Family and Commercial Hotel; American Candy Company; Mont de Piete

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Palmerston North
 
Meal ticket

Meal ticket

The Grammer family were early Ashhurst residents and the Grammer Family archive contains family information from 1868. Ron Grammer was the son of Tom Grammer and the family lived in Bainesse, close to Palmerston North. Private Ron Grammer served in World War Two. Ronald Grammer was a prisoner of war in Italy.

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Italy
 
Trooper Dewar

Trooper Dewar

Henry Dewar was a Sergeant in the Wellington Mounted Rifles. He appears on the War Memorial Roll of Honour in The Square. Sergeant H Dewar was 33 years of age when he was listed as killed in action at Anzac Cove, 9 August 1915.

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Palmerston North
 
C M Ross Department store decorated to celebrate the end of WWI

C M Ross Department store decorated to celebrate the end of WWI

C M Ross Co Ltd decorated their department store in The Square to celebrate the end of the First World War. Roscos, as it became known was one of the foremost department stores in Palmerston North. Today the site is occupied by the Palmerston North City Library.

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The Square, Palmerston North
 
PDC Social Club at Linton Army Camp

PDC Social Club at Linton Army Camp

The original Premier Drapery Company building was first owned by Watchorn & Co and later bought by W.F. Durward. It was reorganised into the PDC in 1915 when it was purcahsed by James Wallace. In 1956, the company was taken over by the Manawatu Co-Op Society and renamed the Premier Department Store. The PDC was demolished in 1990 to make way for the Plaza Mall and the company ceased to exist. Shown here is the Social Club of the Premier Drapery Company, who are entertaining the local troops at Linton Army Camp. From Left: Unknown x2; Joy Dunstan; Barbara Heath; Alma Barsanti; Nola Prince; Pat Duggan.

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Linton Camp, Palmerston North
 
Members of the Palmerston North Rifles

Members of the Palmerston North Rifles

A montage of photographs of members of the Palmerston North Rifles in 1912. Put together with names and presented to Captain Mounsey as a mark of esteem by the members. [All names from left]Top left corner: Private Ashley; Private Mills; Private Scott.Top right corner: Private Turner; Private Mugmidge (sp?); Private Cooper.Arched row (top): Private Hudson; Private Friend; Private Blackbourn; Private Sievert; Private Tremaine; Private Sievert; Private Relling; Private Tremaine; Private Tremaine; Corporal McMinn; Bugler Dilks; Private Stubbs; Private Hudson; Private Love; Private Lucas; Private Fenton; Private Finley; Private Protor; Private Johnston; Private Shipman; Private Dowdaw.Arched row, second from top, left: Private Archer; Private Ayling; Private Holloway; Private Archer; Private Dalton. [Break] Arched row second from top, right: Private Law; Private Melish; Private Belk; Private Rosanoski; Private Lucas.Top, horizontal row: Private Giorgi; Private Hardie; Private Turner; Lieutenant Jack; Private Lucas; Private Yortt; Private Pike.Second from top, horizontal row: Sergeant Low; Colonel Sergeant Richardson; Colonel Sergeant Perrin; Sergeant Eade.Third from top, horizontal row: Private Smith; Sergeant Just; Lieutenant Louisson; Captain Jno Mounsey; Lieutenant Perrin; Sergeant McMurray; Private Taplin.Fourth from top, horizontal row: Private Prouse; Private Blackbourne (lower oval photograph); Private Fenton; Sergeant Needham; Sergeant Stock; Lieutenant Perston; Staff Sergeant Major Peacock; Sergeant Bell; Sergeant Halpin; Private Schlierike; Private Archer (lower oval photograph); Private Downer.Bottom horizontal row: Private Williams; Private Smylie; Corporal Griggs; Corporal Ball; Corporal Withers; Corporal Rashleigh; Corporal Kells; Corporal Needham; Captain Pratt; Corporal Tremaine; Corporal Cooksley; Private Hancock; Private W...y

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Palmerston North
 
Joe Marston and George Fitzgerald with pet ferrets

Joe Marston and George Fitzgerald with pet ferrets

This photograph of Joe Marston (left) and George Fitzgerald was probably taken before Joe went off to serve overseas in World War I, in 1915. George also went to war in 1916, and was said to have come back a 'ruined man'.

In this photograph they pose with their pet ferrets, which were used for hunting rabbits.

Both men lived in the Feilding area. Joe lived at Aorangi most of his adult life and was a printer, working for 'The Feilding Star'.

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Feilding
 
Norman Hassell and Pony Johnston, Cheops, Egypt

Norman Hassell and Pony Johnston, Cheops, Egypt

Norman Edgar Hassell was born 6 September 1894 at Akatarawa, Upper Hutt and died 27 May 1964 in Palmerston North. He served in World War One and wrote his memories of his military service in Egypt, Gallipoli and the Western Front, in retrospect. This photograph was included in the manuscript.

Also see:
2013Pa_HASSELL-S1_007484
2014N_HASSELL-S1_010073

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Egypt
 
Army exercise, Hokowhitu Lagoon

Army exercise, Hokowhitu Lagoon

Tank being transported across water as part of an army exercise. Caccia Birch house can be seeen in the background.

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Hokowhitu Lagoon, Hokowhitu, Palmerston North
 
Three Palmerston North army cadets

Three Palmerston North army cadets

Charles Adams, Daniel Sexton and John Carson were Rifle Volunteers cadets. Their uniforms were navy blue with white braid. This occasion was said to be on a visit to Christchurch, possibly to drill at the Christchurch Exhibition.

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Palmerston North
 
Rangiotu Army Camp

Rangiotu Army Camp

During World War One Manawaroa Te Awe Awe offered the Government the use of part of his farm for a training camp, to replace the camp at Trentham (Wellington) which had been evacuated. Samuel Jickell, Palmerston North Borough Council Civil Engineer, prepared a comprehensive report on the drainage, sanitation and water supply of Trentham Military Camp, and when he laid out the Rangiotu camp near Palmerston North in 1915 he made sure that the poor conditions at Trentham were not repeated. During 1915 men from the 1st & 2nd New Zealand Rifle Brigade and the Earl of Liverpool’s Own Regiment used the land. Initially the camp was situated where the Rangiotu School was but later it moved 1 mile west, opposite Pyke’s Road. The entire camp was moved by hand and occupied approx. 3000 acres and could accommodate 2,000 men. To avoid cutting up the ground, no wheeled vehicles were allowed in the camp.

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Manawatu
 
Soldier sits in mock trenches, Awapuni Racecourse

Soldier sits in mock trenches, Awapuni Racecourse

Mock trenches were created at the Awapuni Racecourse as a training aide for soldiers going to war. The New Zealand Medical Corp. had a training camp at Awapuni Racecourse.

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Palmerston North
 
Home Guard, Aokautere

Home Guard, Aokautere

Back row: Peter Field, Joe Meyrick, Tom Dickins, Bert Kendrick, George Blenkiron, Tony Pedersen, 'Ween' Lancaster. Middle row: Captain Stewart (instructor), Ernie Brungar, Lester Field, Jack Brill, Dick Tate, Norman Chowen, Walter Gosling, Leslie Phelan, Les Hastings. Front row: Jack Atkinson, Ronnie Brill, Allan Hopcroft, Jack Robertson, Captain Alex Ferguson, Dick Harrison, Arthur Brill, Bert Mackie, Arthur Crowe. Refer Fitzherbert East Aokautere School and District 1889-1989, p 79.

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Aokautere, Palmerston North
 
Troops on horseback, pulling a field gun.

Troops on horseback, pulling a field gun.

Mounted artillery used in World War One training exercise.

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Palmerston North
 
Major B.A. Norman

Major B.A. Norman

Major B.A. Norman (at left) of the 6th Manawatu Mounted Rifles who lived at various times in Opiki and Ashhurst. The name of the Senior Sergeant Major is unknown. The 6th (Manawatu) Mounted Rifles was formed on March 17, 1911. They were mobilised during the Great War as a squadron of the Wellington Mounted Rifle Regiment.

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Palmerston North
 
Lance Corporal R.C. Bett

Lance Corporal R.C. Bett

Lance Corporal Robert Carville Bett, Otago Regiment, N.Z.E.F. 1st Battalion, died 15 June 1917 and is buried in Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck, France. He was the son of Mr John and Mary Bett, 16 Queen Street Palmerston North.

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Palmerston North
 
2nd Field Ambulance Corps parade, The Square

2nd Field Ambulance Corps parade, The Square

The 2nd Field Ambulance Corps. was attached to the Rifle Brigade. Major Goldingham is on the grey horse accompanied by Colonel Tracy Inglis, O.B. and Lieutenant Nimmo, Adjutant.

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The Square, Palmerston North
 
WAAF Parade

WAAF Parade

One of four photographs that shows a parade of soldiers in The Square, Palmerston North. This group is shown marching past the PDC. The donor of the photographs did not know what the duties of this group were, but they appear to be in the uniform of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force. The man at the front of the group is Lt Michael Joseph Philpott who was held back from service abroad during the war because he was a married man with young children. He trained troops during the war and served in Japan in 1946.

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"Enemy agents gain information for money" card

"Enemy agents gain information for money" card

The Grammer family were early Ashhurst residents and the Grammer Family archive contains family information from 1868. Ron Grammer was the son of Tom Grammer and the family lived in Bainesse, close to Palmerston North. Private Ron Grammer served in World War Two.
This card is assumed to have been given to Ron Grammer by the New Zealand Military as a warning not to tell anyone information that could be used against Allied Troops.

 
Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery Inspecting the Guard

Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery Inspecting the Guard

From Archives New Zealand: On 16th July 1947 Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, arrived in New Zealand to confer with the Government on defence matters. Lord Montgomery was one of the most decorated military leaders of World War Two, and was famous for his victory at the Battle of El Alamein. At the time of his visit to New Zealand, he was Britain’s Chief of the Imperial General Staff. Lord Montgomery toured the country, receiving a hero’s welcome everywhere he went. The photograph above was taken in Wellington on 17th July 1947. The Old Government Buildings are visible in the background, as well as some of the thousands of Wellingtonians who turned out to see Lord Montgomery (nicknamed ‘Monty’ and ‘The Spartan General’). Public servants in central Wellington were granted an hour’s leave so they could witness the Field Marshal’s drive from Government House to the Cenotaph, where he laid a wreath.

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Private T W Preece

Private T W Preece

T W Preece, who served in World War One, was the son of George and Ada Preece, 49 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North. He enlisted in the Otago Infantry Battalion and rose to be Lance Corporal. He died 7 August 1915 at Chunuk Bair, Turkey, at 29 years of age. His name appears on the War Memorial in The Square, Palmerston North.

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Palmerston North
 
Ensign Edward McKenna 1829-1908

Ensign Edward McKenna 1829-1908

Mr Mckenna arrived in Sydney as a soldier with his regiment (the 65th, Yorkshire and Lancashire), in June 1846 at the age of seventeen. His regiment was soon in New Zealand, where he was involved in the New Zealand Wars and the defence of the young settlements for two decades. In the 1860s, McKenna (now a Colour-Sergeant) was with the 65th in the invasion of the Waikato. On 7 September 1863, near Cameron Town, his company was ambushed by Maori forces. The officers were killed and the whole unit threatened. Mckenna took control and drove back Maori forces and led a rear-guard action which allowed the men, after a night in the bush, to retreat to safety. For his valour McKenna was promoted to Ensign and on 16 January 1867 was awarded one of ten Victoria Cross given during the New Zealand Wars. In February 1867 the regiment was recalled to England, but Ensign McKenna decided to stay with the Colony, selling his commission. He joined the New Zealand Railways as a clerk, soon rising to Station-Master at Kaipoi, then Ashburton, Invercargill, Gore, Greatford, Halcombe and then Palmerston North in the early 1880s. There his "erect soldierly figure" became one of the sights of the town. After four years of living in Wanganui, he retired to Palmerston North, where he died suddenly 9 June 1908. His last words were to urge fellow citizens to "Stick to the Grand Old Empire".

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Palmerston North
 
Embarkation Card

Embarkation Card

The Grammer family were early Ashhurst residents and the Grammer Family archive contains family information from 1868. Ron Grammer was the son of Tom Grammer and the family lived in Bainesse, close to Palmerston North. Private Ron Grammer served in World War Two in the 22 Battalion.

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Army headquarters
 
Army personel and civilians

Army personel and civilians

A group of Army personel along with some civilian workers.

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Palmerston North
 
Hangar - Ohakea Base

Hangar - Ohakea Base

This photographs shows an air force hangar under construction at Ohakea Base.

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Ohakea, Manawatu-Wanganui
 
Construction of Ohakea Air Force Base

Construction of Ohakea Air Force Base

 

Ohakea Air Force Base was constructed on land near Bulls in the Manawatu, 1937 to 1939. It was built in anticipation of the arrival of bombers, ordered for delivery in October 1939.  The initial construction included housing and maintenance facilities for the new bombers, workshops, administration buildings and accommodation for servicemen and dependents. The image shows the construction of two storey houses for officers in the foreground, barrack blocks and the construction of one of the hangers in the background. Photograph found in album related to the Humphries family of Greytown.

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Pukenui Road, Ohakea
 
Decorative envelope, celebrating New Zealand Troops in South Africa

Decorative envelope, celebrating New Zealand Troops in South Africa

An illustrated envelope addressed to Trooper A F Batchelar of Palmerston North, serving in the Boer War. Arthur Batchelar was a member of the Manawatu Mounted Rifles. From the archive of 'A F Batchelar'.

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Womens War Service Auxiliary correspondence

Womens War Service Auxiliary correspondence

Letter from the Dominion Secretary of the Women's War Service Auxiliary in Wellington, to Charlotte Warburton, Chairwoman of the Palmerston North District Branch, thanking her for conducting a meeting at Rongotea.

The Women's War Service Auxiliary was an organisation constituted by the New Zealand Government for the co-ordination of Women's organisations to assist in the national war effort and to promote war service for women.

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Parade of Volunteer Forces in Waldegrave's paddock

Parade of Volunteer Forces in Waldegrave's paddock

Crowds watch a parade during an Easter encampment of the New Zealand Volunteer Forces held in Waldegrave's paddock, between what is now Waldegrave and Bourke Streets. Participating were artillery, cavalry, infantry and naval forces from all parts of New Zealand.

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Palmerston North
 
Wedding Party

Wedding Party

Unidentified wedding photograph of bride, groom, bridesmaid and groomsman. The groomsman is wearing an army uniform. Also see 2013N_ELMAR-B6_007300

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Palmerston North
 
Trooper O Anderson

Trooper O Anderson

Oscar Frederick Anderson, who served in World War One, was the son of Mrs H Segren (formerly Anderson, North Street, Palmerston North. He enlisted in the Wellington Mounted Rifles and rose to be Lance Corporal. He died 9 August 1915, at Chunuk Bair, Turley, and is buried there. His name appears on the War Memorial in The Square, Palmerston North.

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Palmerston North
 
Sergeant W.F. Barber, winner of the Godley Cup

Sergeant W.F. Barber, winner of the Godley Cup

Sergeant Barber was in the 23rd Company, Junior Cadets, and the 48th Company of Senior Cadets, both of which were Palmerston North Cadet Units. During World War One he was in the Rifle Brigade.

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Palmerston North
 
Souvenir of Boer War Campaign

Souvenir of Boer War Campaign

A greeting card sent to New Zealand troops in South Africa, as a souvenir of the campaign 1899-1900, addressed to Private A F Batchelar of Palmerston North, in the first New Zealand Contingent. From the archive of 'A F Batchelar'.

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Parade of troops in The Square

Parade of troops in The Square

Military parade in connection with the Boer War. Photograph taken near the corner of Main Street and The Square, looking towards Church Street.

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Palmerston North
 
Air Force Gun Salute at Kelvin Grove Cemetery

Air Force Gun Salute at Kelvin Grove Cemetery

A dozen rifles fire the traditional salute for the deceased aircrew. The funeral is for the Air Force personnel lost on 25 November 1945 during a routine meteorological flight out of Ohakea. On March 19, 1949 the wreck of the RNZAF Ventura aeroplane with four crew members on-board was discovered; which had been missing since February 28, 1946. The crash location was three miles from Otaki in extremely hill country and the wreck was partially covered by scrub. The crew were: Flight-Lieutenant Walter Gordon Jacobs, the 27 year old Pilot; Flight-Lieutenant Sidney Howard Langton, the 24 year old navigator; Warrant-Officer Hedley Beaumont Newell, the 25 year old wireless-operator-air gunner; AC1 Anthony John Hayhurst, the 22 year old meteorologist. The men were given a combined military funeral at All Saints Church and buried at Kelvin Grove Cemetery in the Military Section. See A175/5 for further information.

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Palmerston North
 
Sergeant P. Hill

Sergeant P. Hill

A photograph of the late Sgt. P. Hill, who served in the Army and Airforce in the Second World War. He mounted a collection of 200 medals and service badges which was presented to the Palmerston North City Council at one of its meeting of the 28 September 1964. They were presented by Mrs L. Brotherstone on the anniversary of her first husband's (Sgt. P. Hill) death.

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Palmerston North
 
Women's Service League bagging potatoes, Opiki

Women's Service League bagging potatoes, Opiki

Members of the Women's Service League at work, on Alfred Seifert's Opiki farm, in order to earn money that went into a parcel fund. Those who worked could submit the names of servicemen overseas to receive parcels. From left: Unknown, Peggy McMahon, Unknown, Kitty Landers, Dorothy Anderson, Nancy Stuart, Joan Brown, unknown, unknown, Cathy Richards (?)

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Palmerston North
 
Major G G Hancox

Major G G Hancox

Major G G Hancox was appointed director of Palmerston North Technical School in 1924 and kept the position until 1938. Major Hancox was in charge of the Technical School Cadet Corps in 1928. Major Hancox is wearing the same uniform here as he did when in charge of the cadet corps; indicating he was not in the regular army but a major of the cadet corps.

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Palmerston North
 
NZ Army Ordnance Stores

NZ Army Ordnance Stores

This building was still standing in 1982, at 519 Main Street, Palmerston North, although the façade of the building had been altered. It was occupied by Keith Nicoll Floorings Ltd from 1970 to 1977.

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Palmerston North
 
Troops relaxing at Hokowhitu Rifle Range

Troops relaxing at Hokowhitu Rifle Range

Members of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade taking a break from training.

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Palmerston North
 
Linton Army Camp dance invitation

Linton Army Camp dance invitation

Invitation to Charlotte Warburton and Concert Party, to attend a combined Unit and Camp staff Complimentary Dance held at Linton Camp 17 July 1945. Charlotte Warburton (1883-1961) was chairwoman of the Women's War Service Auxiliary in Palmerston North and was very actively involved in the war effort. From the archive of 'C E Warburton'.

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Palmerston North
 
Bride and Groom

Bride and Groom

Unidentified bride and groom. The groom is dressed in Air Force uniform. Also see 2013G_ELMAR-B6_007307

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459 Main Street, Palmerston North
 
Land Girls marching

Land Girls marching

Land girls, watched by a large crowd, marching in Palmerston North, possibly at the Esplanade Gardens. In the first row of three women marching, Mary Stronach Paterson is on the left.

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Palmerston North
 
Page 1: Postcard from Arthur Batchelar to his parents, while serving in World War One
Page 2: Postcard from Arthur Batchelar to his parents, while serving in World War One

Postcard from Arthur Batchelar to his parents, while serving in World War One

Arthur Batchelar served in the Manawatu Mounted Rifles in both the Boer War and World War One. The postcard was sent from Zeitoun, which was the New Zealand military training camp outside Cairo, Egypt. The photograph features uniformed soldiers beside tents at the camp.

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Egypt
 
Army tent set out for kit inspection

Army tent set out for kit inspection

A four man army tent laid out for inspection during World War Two. Also see 2011N_Elmar-2-B10_005236

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Palmerston North
 
Army Officers, Awapuni Racecourse

Army Officers, Awapuni Racecourse

A group of unidentified World War Two officers in front of the Memorial, which commemorates members of the Medical Corps who died in World War One.

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Palmerston North
 
Armistice Day parade in Rongotea

Armistice Day parade in Rongotea

Armistice Day celebrates the end of World War I and remembers those members of the armed forces who were killed during the war. Part of the parade is lined up outside the Rongotea Post Office.

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Manawatu
 
Peace Celebrations

Peace Celebrations

Presumed to be a procession to mark the end of World War I (WWI), showing the corner of The Square and Coleman Place. The C M Ross department store is decorated with colours of the Union Jack.

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Palmerston North
 
N.Z. Rifle Brigade, Rangiotu Camp

N.Z. Rifle Brigade, Rangiotu Camp

The N.Z. Rifle Brigade ("Dinkums") earlier known as the Earl of Liverpool's Own, trained at Rangiotu for active service in World War One. During World War One Manawaroa Te Awe Awe offered the Government the use of part of his farm for a training camp, to replace the camp at Trentham (Wellington) which had been evacuated.

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Palmerston North
 
Army Group

Army Group

A group of soldiers in front of a house. Note the six women in the front row. Their uniforms identify them as being a part of the Women's War Service Auxiliary.

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Manawatu
 
Private J. S. Remnant

Private J. S. Remnant

Private Remnant fought in World War One. His name is recorded on the War Memorial Roll of Honour in The Square. CWGC lists a Joseph Stanley Remnant, Private of the NZ Expeditionary Forces, as dying 19 March 1915.

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Palmerston North
 
Airforce Funeral Procession

Airforce Funeral Procession

This photograph shows an airforce funeral. The men are walking down Church Street - the Opera House is visible on the left hand side, adjacent to that is St Andrew's Presbyterian Church.

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Palmerston North
 
Johnston Wedding Party

Johnston Wedding Party

A typical war time wedding group, Corporal Johnston stands with his bride and attendants. Photographed are the bride and groom, three sets of bridesmaid and groomsmen, as well as a flowergirl.

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Palmerston North
 
Members of the Manawatu Mounted Rifles at Hokowhitu

Members of the Manawatu Mounted Rifles at Hokowhitu

Amongst the members of the Manawatu Mounted Rifles on horseback are Messers Aldrich and Pringle. The Manawatu Mounted Rifle volunteers were formed as part of the Wellington Battalion, Mounted Rifle Volunteers 7 November 1895.

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Palmerston North
 
New Zealand Medical Corps

New Zealand Medical Corps

This photograph is thought to have been taken at Awapuni.

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Awapuni, Palmerston North
 
Postcard for war prisoners sent by Ron Grammer
Postcard for war prisoners sent by Ron Grammer - reverse

Postcard for war prisoners sent by Ron Grammer

The Grammer family were early Ashhurst residents and the Grammer Family archive contains family information from 1868. Ron Grammer was the son of Tom Grammer and the family lived in Bainesse, close to Palmerston North. Private Ron Grammer served in World War Two. This letter was written to Mr Tom A. Grammer by his son Ronald Grammer when he was a prisoner of war in Italy.

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Italy
 
Radar Team, Ohakea Base

Radar Team, Ohakea Base

Shown here is the team of Radar operators who calibrated a ring of Radar Stations in the South Pacific during WWII. James (known as Lynn) Fielding, an engineer, is pictured second from right.

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Manawatu
 
Manawatu Mounted Rifles taking a meal

Manawatu Mounted Rifles taking a meal

Members of the Manawatu Mounted Rifles in the mess tent, during an encampment.

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Palmerston North
 
Rongotea Armistice Day parade

Rongotea Armistice Day parade

People dressed up for the parade to celebrate the end of World War I are passing the Town Hall in Rongotea.

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Palmerston North
 
Last Letter to Will Chapman

Last Letter to Will Chapman

  Battered remains of an envelope originally containing John Henry Chapman’s last letter (dated October 1918) to his younger brother Will Chapman, then serving in Northern France. It was returned to sender, arriving just under a year later marked ‘Deceased’. Will died 27th November 1918 in an army hospital in the town of Caudry, northern France, the victim of influenza, and is buried in the military cemetery there.  

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2nd Field Regiment N. Z. A. Christmas card
2nd Field Regiment N. Z. A. Christmas card

2nd Field Regiment N. Z. A. Christmas card

Christmas card sent to the Palmerston North branch of the Women's War Service Auxiliary, from the 2nd Field Regiment of the New Zealand Army. Signed by 2nd Lieutenant E M Kemp.

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Scandinavian Club girls at fundraising 'Scandinavian Coffee Stall'

Scandinavian Club girls at fundraising 'Scandinavian Coffee Stall'

The stall was to raise funds 'to help the Belgians', during World War One. The girls, in national costume, were members of the Scandinavian Club which ran in Palmerston North was formed in August 1914 and ran until 1917.

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Palmerston North
 
Soldier

Soldier

An unidentified soldier outside what is thought to be barracks, during World War Two.

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Manawatu
 
New Zealand Military Forces correspondence

New Zealand Military Forces correspondence

Letter from Major, 2 i/c 2nd Field Regiment, New Zealand Army, to Charlotte Warburton, chairwoman of the Women's War Service Auxiliary, inviting her and other officers of the Auxiliary, to a Regimental Dance at the Coconut Grove in Palmerston North.

 

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Liberation of Pigeons

Liberation of Pigeons

Peace celebrations were held in Palmerston North 19 - 21 July 1919. On Saturday 19 July at 9.30 am a 21 Gun Salute under the direction of Col. McDonald was executed. Later, speeches were given at the show grounds, where these pigeons were released.

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Palmerston North
 
Louis, George and Victor Klee

Louis, George and Victor Klee

This is a photograph of the Klee brothers in uniform, taken sometime during the Boer War (1899-1902). From left: Louis, George and Victor Klee. They all survived the war and took up farming in the South Island of New Zealand. Victor later turned to a number of careers, including gold mining, where he met his wife, nicknamed Miss Gold. He, in turn, was Mr Silver.

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Unknown
 
Shooting Team of the Palmerston North Rifle Volunteers

Shooting Team of the Palmerston North Rifle Volunteers

The shooting team pose with a cup. From left. Back row: Unknown; Unknown; Major Mounsey; Dan Sexton; Gus Walter. Front row: Alf Friend; Albert Neilson; Unknown; Dalton; Hugo Zeinert.

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Palmerston North
 
Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery Arrives at Ohakea Airbase

Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery Arrives at Ohakea Airbase

From Archives New Zealand: On 16th July 1947 Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, arrived in New Zealand to confer with the Government on defence matters. Lord Montgomery was one of the most decorated military leaders of World War Two, and was famous for his victory at the Battle of El Alamein. At the time of his visit to New Zealand, he was Britain’s Chief of the Imperial General Staff. Lord Montgomery toured the country, receiving a hero’s welcome everywhere he went. The photograph above was taken in Wellington on 17th July 1947. The Old Government Buildings are visible in the background, as well as some of the thousands of Wellingtonians who turned out to see Lord Montgomery (nicknamed ‘Monty’ and ‘The Spartan General’). Public servants in central Wellington were granted an hour’s leave so they could witness the Field Marshal’s drive from Government House to the Cenotaph, where he laid a wreath.

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Ohakea, Bulls
 
Palmerston North High School cadets, Goldingham Cup winners

Palmerston North High School cadets, Goldingham Cup winners

Cadet units were present in most secondary schools, to train male pupils in military type exercises. The army supplied the training, along with uniforms, rifles and equipment, for a period from 1902, and then training was largely taken over by returned servicemen. The Goldingham Cup was presented to the best 'eight' in the district, for rifle shooting. It was (possibly) presented by Captain S Goldingham who was the first commander of the Palmerston North Guards founded in 1900. Palmerston North High School began in 1902, and separated into Boys and Girls High Schools in 1920.

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Palmerston North
 
Walsh Brothers’ D H 6 Aeroplane

Walsh Brothers’ D H 6 Aeroplane

This aeroplane was piloted by Captain Richard Russell and landed on the Dannevirke Racecourse. It was the first plane to to visit Dannevirke. On 31st July 1920, it flew to Palmerston North from Dannevirke and became the first aircraft to land in the town.

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Dannevirke
 
Manawatu Mounted Rifles Parade in The Square

Manawatu Mounted Rifles Parade in The Square

Taken on the same occasion as 2007n_a20_war_0003, this photograph shows the Manawatu Mounted Rifles (6th Mounted Rifles) marching through The Square. The unit has turned right from Coleman Place into The Square and is riding past the premises of C M Ross and Co, the site of the present City Library [2015].

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The Square, Palmerston North
 
Women Working on Farm during World War II, Palmerston North

Women Working on Farm during World War II, Palmerston North

After work, this group of women went haymaking at the Fitzherbert property in Ihaka Street, Palmerston North, as part of the war effort. From left: Unknown; Eileen Redwood, worked at the Bank of New Zealand (later Mrs Kingston); Edna Spillman, worked at Johnston and Co (later Mrs Quarrie); Unknown.

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Ihaka Street, Palmerston North
 
Army exercise at Great Barrier Island

Army exercise at Great Barrier Island

Stores being unloaded from the frigate by Iroquois helicopter. This exercise on Great Barrier Island in the Hauraki Gulf, was conducted by the Logistic Support Group of Palmerston North. Those taking were mainly from Linton Army Camp, with some personel from Auckand and Wellington also attending.

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Great Barrier Island, Hauraki Gulf
 
Army exercise at Great Barrier Island

Army exercise at Great Barrier Island

As part of the exercise, Second Lieutenant Gordon is tying up his "hoochie" on Great Barrier Island. This exercise in the Hauraki Gulf, was conducted by the Logistic Support Group of Palmerston North. Those taking were mainly from Linton Army Camp, with some personel from Auckand and Wellington also attending.

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Great Barrier Island, Hauraki Gulf
 
Unidentified Man in Uniform (with medals)

Unidentified Man in Uniform (with medals)

This negative comes from the Elmar Collection - a large series of semi-identified and unidentified images from the 1930s-1970s. 

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Unknown
 
Unidentified Young Man in Soldier's Uniform

Unidentified Young Man in Soldier's Uniform

This image comes from a collection of glass negatives found in the attic of a Palmerston North home. The people in the images are possibly the Lovelock family, but their identities have not been confirmed.

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Unknown
 
New Zealand Army Band inspection, Linton Army Camp

New Zealand Army Band inspection, Linton Army Camp

The band of the New Zealand Army on parade at Linton Camp. The occasion was the presentation of Long Service and Good Conduct Medals to nine soldiers. Major J Carson escorted the inspecting officer Brigadier, M R Kennedy, MBE.

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Linton Miliary Camp, Palmerston North
 
Linton Camp

Linton Camp

An aerial view taken of Linton Army Camp showing working areas, barracks and housing quarters in the top of the photograph.

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Linton Camp, Palmerston North
 
Gordon Dilks

Gordon Dilks

This WWII era portrait has the name "Gordon Dilks" written on the back in pencil. It is thought he is Gordon Beresford Dilks (1922-2011), service number 443771. He served in the New Zealand Army in the Armoured Brigade, Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. For more information, see his Online Cenotaph record at http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/war-memorial/online-cenotaph/record/C139445.

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Dr Arthur Martin, MD, FRCS

Dr Arthur Martin, MD, FRCS

Portrait of Dr Arthur Anderson Martin (1876-1916) in military uniform. Dr Martin served in the South African Field Force 1901, British Expeditionary Force and as a surgeon in World War One, when he died of wounds at the Somme, 17 September 1916. He was a Senior Surgeon at Palmerston North Hospital and the author of 'Surgeon in Khaki'.

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Palmerston North
 
Soldiers at Awapuni Racecourse - 2nd Field Ambulance

Soldiers at Awapuni Racecourse - 2nd Field Ambulance

2nd Field Ambulance troops standing to attention at the temporary army camp located at Awapuni Racecourse. The Army issued tents are visible in the background. The Palmerston North A&P Showgrounds, Awapuni racecourse and Awatapu Golf Course were all utilised as army training camps during the war.

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Racecourse Road, Awapuni, Palmerston North
 
Palmerston North Rifle Volunteers at drill

Palmerston North Rifle Volunteers at drill

Palmerston North Rifle volunteers drill at the 1909 Military Tournament, held at the A & P showground, Palmerston North. A tournament was held at the show grounds each year on the 9th of November (the Kings birthday). From Left: Unknown; Unknown; Dan Sexton; Gil Tremaine; Percy Stubbs; Alf Friend; Henry Apatari; unknown; Hugo Zeinert

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The Showgrounds. Palmerston North
 
Imperial Officers, Borough Councillors and Mayor Haydon at the A&P Grandstand

Imperial Officers, Borough Councillors and Mayor Haydon at the A&P Grandstand

The Imperial and Indian Contingent of the Imperial Troops toured New Zealand after a conflict in China. The Imperial Troops disembarked in the north side of the Square. From there, they marched around the Square and then to the Showgrounds, where they were met by Mayor Henry Haydon on behalf of the town and Mr Fred Pirani (Member of the House of Representatives) on behalf of the district. From left: H.S. Fitzherbert in Naval Uniform; W R Rawlins; A Edwards; A Guy; Haydon, The Mayor; W Park; R N Keeling, Town Clerk; J Mowlem; Rush; E J Armstrong.

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The Showgrounds. Palmerston North
 
Manawatu Land Service Club

Manawatu Land Service Club

Women of the Manawatu Land Service Club in offical uniform. From left. Back row: E C Richardson, P R Gray, M I Neilson. Fourth row: R Campbell, G Dyer, E J. Linton, B Hunt, N B Stratton, L M Hansen, I M Bassett, N J Squires, B Hooper, O E Sinclair, F K Heap, W M Ralph, E Alve, N S Tait, D P Coleman. Third row: C M Forbes, D L Armitage, P S Brown, D J Law, E I Spiers, N I Horn, M A Page, H Inglis, D E Young, N Price, F Price, R H Vile, H. C. Jepson, J B Percy, P B Bennett. Second row: E E Robinson, P L Gimblett, R E Hyde, I N Lewis, G A Whiteman, J M Gretton, N E Henson, G L Cooksley, P A McDonald, E M Blixt, P N Holder, E M Osborne, M G Burns, M Laugesen. Front row: E M Moore, J L Lancaster, E E Blenkiron, H M Lankshear, M M Spelman, M J Balmer, R Rowland, H Horne, B R Algie, J M Moore, A I Rowland, A S Hansen, M J Spelman, B S Skerman

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Palmerston North
 
Medal presentation to members of the 6th Mounted Rifles

Medal presentation to members of the 6th Mounted Rifles

Long-service medals being presented to Captains Morrison, Smith, Batchelor and G.M.S. Reid at the Mounted Rifles camp held in the Showgrounds. The 6th (Manawatu) Mounted Rifles was formed on March 17, 1911. They were mobilised during the Great War as a squadron of the Wellington Mounted Rifle Regiment.

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The Showgrounds. Cuba Street, Palmerston North
 
The Queen Mother meeting Group Captain C A Turner

The Queen Mother meeting Group Captain C A Turner

Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, meeting Group Captain C A Turner, Officer Commanding RNAZF Base Ohakea, at the Palmerston North Showgrounds. Her Majesty presented a Standard to No. 75 Squadron, based at Ohakea. She is flanked by the Mayor of Palmerston North, W B Tennent.

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The Showgrounds. Palmerston North
 
Army Mess Hall, Awatapu

Army Mess Hall, Awatapu

A group of soldiers outside the mess hall in the Palmerston North suburb of Awatapu, during World War II. This is possibly at the Palmeston North Showgrounds which was occupied by the New Zealand in WWII.

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Palmerston North
 
Soldiers on horse and gig, Main Street west

Soldiers on horse and gig, Main Street west

World War One Medical Corps soldiers with a horse and cart, outside 'Dustin's home cookery shop.

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Main Street, Palmerston North
 
World War One fund raising procession

World War One fund raising procession

Part of the 'Final Battle Campaign for Sick and Wounded Soldiers' fund raising procession outside the Soldier's Club which was built at the corner of Cuba and George Streets by the Patriotic Society in 1917, later known as Returned Servicemen Association building. The Patriotic Society was created in 1916, during World War One, for fund raising and welfare purposes. This fund raiser ran 25 February 1918 for 3 to 4 weeks, raising 20 thousand pounds. The town of Palmerston North and outlying districts were divided into fundraising areas, with groups being given military names. Palmerston North had four such groups, named the Western Grenadiers, Northern Fusiliers, Eastern Guards and Southern Bombardiers. On 27 February a monster procession was held, with decorated cars and motorbikes, the tank pictured was an entrant in that procession. Other fund raising activities included a Monster Art Union, with prizes including a 500 pound Buick car (Flaxmillers Association), 200 pound land sections at Levin (Keiller Bros. & Mrs Geoffrey Potts), a 200 pound racehorse (Leo Collinson of Collinson & Cunninghame, a keen racing man), a gig from Bett & Bayly, a spring dray from Adam Burges, a Jersey bull from Mrs Geoffrey Potts, unbroken horses, and various shop goods such as a chesterfield couch, typewriter and wedding cake valued at £3. There was also a Princess Carnival, giant garden party at the Nathans, a concert, school sports competition, casino night and children's fancy dress ball.

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Palmerston North
 
6th Mounted Rifles, Foxton Camp

6th Mounted Rifles, Foxton Camp

Senior non-commissioned officers of the 6th Manawatu Mounted Rifles at Foxton Camp. The 6th Mounted Rifles was formed on 17 March 1911. They were mobilised during the Great War as a squadron of the Wellington Mounted Rifle Regiment.

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Foxton
 
Lance Corporal Dalton

Lance Corporal Dalton

On the back of the original photograph is written "To Mrs Spinks and family from Lance Corporal Dalton 13.2.17".

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Palmerston North
 
Commandos Orchestra on stage at the Army, Navy and Airforce Dance Hall, George Street

Commandos Orchestra on stage at the Army, Navy and Airforce Dance Hall, George Street

The Commanders were the resident band at the Army, Navy, and Air Force (ANA) Dance Hall (later the Ballroom Astoria, then George Street Ballroom). The well known band began life as the ‘The Revellers’ in 1943 and disbanded in 1960. Max Jordan and his two brothers and father were involved with band.

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George Street, Palmerston North
 
Army March Past, as part of Palmerston North 75th Jubilee celebrations

Army March Past, as part of Palmerston North 75th Jubilee celebrations

There was a week of events to celebrate Palmerston North being granted Borough status in 1877. Here, the Army salute the Mayor of Palmerston North, Mr G. Tremaine. The Parade troop was made up of a detachment of the engineers, infantry and army service corps, and was led by Major E.R. Firth.

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The Square, Palmerston North
 
Motor Cycle Racing, Awapuni Racecourse

Motor Cycle Racing, Awapuni Racecourse

The Awapuni Racecourse was used as an army camp during the First World War. Note the men in military uniform among the group on the left.

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Racecourse Road, Awapuni, Palmerston North
 
Trenches, Awapuni Racecourse

Trenches, Awapuni Racecourse

The New Zealand Medical Corp. had a camp at Awapuni Racecourse during World War One. Trenches were dug for training purposes.

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Racecourse Road, Awapuni, Palmerston North
 
Charles Dahl’s canvas making factory

Charles Dahl’s canvas making factory

Canvas kit bags being manufactured for the Defence Department at Chas. Dahl's factory during the First World War. The man on the right is the factory foreman, Percival A Milverton.

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Main Street, between The Square and Princess Street, Palmerston North
 
Alex Dalzell

Alex Dalzell

Alex was a flax worker of Waikanae, Shannon and Tokomaru prior to world war one. He was a brother of Bill and Tom Dalzell, well known "flaxies" and millers of the Manawatu. Alex died of influenza in England, 1919.

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Manawatu
 
Captain H. Palmer

Captain H. Palmer

Captain H. Palmers was with the Manawatu Mounted Rifles (he was mentioned in their book as a Sergeant in 1906). He acted at the secretary for the group and was by all accounts an extremely energetic member.

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Manawatu
 
Corporal Edna Spillman, Palmerston North

Corporal Edna Spillman, Palmerston North

Edna Spillman served in the New Zealand army, in World War II, for four years. Part of her service, as seen here, was spent working at the Railways Office, booking free railway passes for servicemen and their families. Her boss was Captain Harold Pierard

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Palmerston North
 
‘Food For Britain’ Display

‘Food For Britain’ Display

Shown here is a display put up by "The Times" newspaper asking for donations of food to help keep Britain fed in the time during and after World War Two. “Tin and a Sixpence" refers to a tin for the fundraising and sixpence for a cup of tea and the stall. Amongst items on display are tins of cheese spaghetti, Highlander Condensed Milk, Milo, Jam, Vegetable soup, Brufax and Beehive matches. New Zealand, along with other countries, was a vital source of food for Britain during World War Two. It rationed its own food supply to increase the amount that could be sent to England. The 'Food for Britain' campaign helped to explain the necessity for rationing, making the idea more palatable to the New Zealand public.

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Palmerston North
 
Bert Malcolm on his Royal Ruby

Bert Malcolm on his Royal Ruby

This photograph shows Bert Malcolm on a motorcycle - the markings on the bike indicate that it is a Rudge Multi. Shortly after this picture was taken, he left for war service in Egypt and Palestine with the Wellington Mounted Rifles. After the war, Bert was a building contractor in Palmerston North between 1925-1960.

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Palmerston North
 
Farewell to local soldiers, Mauriceville West

Farewell to local soldiers, Mauriceville West

Mauriceville West, a Scandinavian settlement in Wairarapa, sent 44 young men to World War One, of whom six were killed in action. Rasmus Peter Hansen and Inger Marie [Kjestrup] Hansen are far left, back row. Back Row: Rasmus Peter Hansen, Inger Marie Hansen (nee Kjestrup), Eskild Pedersen, Mrs. Hannah Pedersen, Jorgen Nielsen, Mrs. Nielsen, Mrs. Hemming Nielsen. Front Row: Peter Hansen, Unknown, Niels Pedersen, Arthur (H.A.) Hansen, Peter Nielsen (son of Jorgen Nielsen), Harold Hansen and Marius Nielsen (son of Jorgen Nielsen). Peter Hansen, Arthur Hansen and Harold Hansen all sons of Rasmus and Inger Hansen.

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Mauriceville West, Wairarapa
 
Army Concert

Army Concert

A group of Army personel being entertained on stage by a band at Linton Camp.

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Linton
 
Unidentified Officer

Unidentified Officer

This image, showing an unidentified Captain, comes from a collection of unidentified negatives taken by H M Griffiths in the early 1900s, probably 1910-1920. Many of these negatives are labelled as having been taken in Tokomaru, but many have no information with them. They were donated to the City Archives in 1971.

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Unveiling of the War Memorial, The Square

Unveiling of the War Memorial, The Square

The Palmerston North cenotaph, constructed in the centre of The Square to commemorate those who died in World War One, was opened by the then Prime Minister Mr Gordon Coates. It was a replica of one in Folkstone, England. Standing speaking is Gordon Coates.

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The Square, Palmerston North
 
Souvenir from France, embroidered WWI postcard
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Souvenir from France, embroidered WWI postcard

This postcard comes from the Mackrell Archive. They came to be in possession of the Mackrell family by way of Huia Mackrell's wife, Doris Cammock (later Mrs Mackrell, of Woodville). They were sent by Doris' brother Frank while he was serving in the European campaign during WW1. He was killed at Passchendaele in 1917.

The postcards in this series are all hand-embroidered, some of them have writing on the reverse, while others contain smaller decorated cards in the silk pouch on the front.

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Elsie Laing and RNZAF staff

Elsie Laing and RNZAF staff

Elsie Laing (centre), Matron of an RNZAF hospital somewhere in New Zealand during the Second World War. Elsie Laing was born 14 December 1890 and qualified as a nurse at Queen's Hospital, Birmingham, England, in 1919. She served as a C/Sr in New Zealand, during World War Two. Miss Laing is one of the donors who helped to establish the Eva and Elsie Lang Arts Trust.

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Palmerston North
 
Military Brass Band

Military Brass Band

The Masterton Brass Band marches outside of the Club Hotel in Pahiatua.

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Pahiatua, Tararua District
 
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New Zealand Women’s Land Service Handbook of Information

Issued by the Authority of the Director of National Services, this handbook gave information to those serving in the Women's Land Service. It included topics such are wages, accommodation, age limits, hours of work and holidays.

 
Ernest and Harriet Davis

Ernest and Harriet Davis

Ernest Davis (1901-1981) in army uniform and his mother, Harriet Davis, walking outside the Post Office, in The Square, Palmerston North. Ernie served in WWII, and soon after this photograph embarked for Italy. Ernie, was the son of James and Harriet Davis. He later became a housing inspector, and married Dot Rennet in 1954. He died in Wanganui.

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Palmerston North
 
Sergeant Bernard Cox in Rome

Sergeant Bernard Cox in Rome

This photograph shows Bernard Cox in uniform, taken while he was stationed in Rome during WWII.He (1905-1970) was a well known Palmerston North architect. He was born in Dunedin where he studied architecture, before leaving to study and work in the USA and Canada in 1928. Bernard returned to New Zealand, settling in Palmerston North in 1935. He set up a practice as an architect, specialising in residential work. Mr Cox married Mrytle (nee Schelerike) in 1936 and they had two daughters, Margaret and Elizabeth. Bernard Cox retired in 1961. During the Second World War he served first in the Home Guard and then overseas as an engineer in the NZEF. He returned in January 1946.

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Rome
 
Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery

Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery

From Archives New Zealand: On 16th July 1947 Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, arrived in New Zealand to confer with the Government on defence matters. Lord Montgomery was one of the most decorated military leaders of World War Two, and was famous for his victory at the Battle of El Alamein. At the time of his visit to New Zealand, he was Britain’s Chief of the Imperial General Staff.

Lord Montgomery toured the country, receiving a hero’s welcome everywhere he went. The photograph above was taken in Wellington on 17th July 1947. The Old Government Buildings are visible in the background, as well as some of the thousands of Wellingtonians who turned out to see Lord Montgomery (nicknamed ‘Monty’ and ‘The Spartan General’). Public servants in central Wellington were granted an hour’s leave so they could witness the Field Marshal’s drive from Government House to the Cenotaph, where he laid a wreath.

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Poppy Places Article - Martin Street

Poppy Places Article - Martin Street

The New Zealand Poppy Places Trust has been established to develop, promote, and oversee a nation-wide project to commemorate and recognise as part of the heritage of New Zealanders, the participation of New Zealand in military conflicts and military operational services overseas. Poppy Places website.

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Martin Street, Palmerston North
 
Johston Wedding – Bride and Groom

Johston Wedding – Bride and Groom

A proud Corporal Johnston stands with his bride on their wedding day.

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Palmerston North
 
Studio Portrait of Two Soldiers from the South African War

Studio Portrait of Two Soldiers from the South African War

The seated solider is Frederick Chafe Kennedy, of Palmerston North. The person standing is unidentified - possibly Frederick's brother Isaac. Frederick Chafe Kennedy was awarded the King's Medal which signified that he completed 18 months service in South Africa before 1 June 1902.

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Manawatu
 
Attendees of Lady Liverpool Fund Conference

Attendees of Lady Liverpool Fund Conference

The Lady Liverpool fund helped to raise money to send parcels to soldiers fighting during World War One. It ceased operations by 1919. Identified people: Mrs J.A. Nash, wife of the Palmerston North Mayor (front row left); Mrs C.A. Massey, wife of Minister of Parliament (4th from the left).

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Wellington [?]
 
John Sligo, WWII pilot

John Sligo, WWII pilot

John Adam Sligo was the Son of Alfred and Rose (nee Adam) Sligo of Gisborne, and the husband of Marie Theresa Sligo, of Lower Hutt. John Sligo served in WWII as a Pilot Officer in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 57 (RAF) Squadron. He was killed in Denmark during an air operation 8 May 1942, at age 24, and is buried at Esbjerg (Fourfelt) Cemetery in Denmark.

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Sergeant George Kendall

Sergeant George Kendall

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission and Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph both record a George Kendall, Rifleman, New Zealand Rifle Brigade, Serial Number 27146, who died of wounds in France 19 April 1917. George Kendall was the son of William and Martha Kendall, of Wanganui. Prior to departing for the war he was farming in the Raurimu district.

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Palmerston North
 
Whakarongo Home Guard

Whakarongo Home Guard

Members of the Whakarongo Home Guard, which was set up during World War Two, sitting on the back of a truck and manning a checkpoint on the Ashhurst-Palmerston North road, near Raukawa Road. The man second from right is Arthur Koehler.

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Palmerston North
 
Military wedding

Military wedding

Unidentified wedding photograph of bride and groom, probably leaving the church. The groom is dressed in an army officer uniform.

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Manawatu
 
Private Herbert Valentine Petersen

Private Herbert Valentine Petersen

Petersen stands to attention in front of a canvas tent. Herbert Petersen was attached to the 14th South Otago Company and died of wounds 19 May 1915. He is buried in Alexandria, Egypt. His next of kin was listed in the newspaper as Mrs C Turner of Kairanga, Palmerston North.

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Palmerston North
 
'Final Battle Campaign'

'Final Battle Campaign'

This photograph shows a parted crowd standing in The Square of Palmerston North, perhaps watching a parade or procession go past. The Final Battle Campaign was one of the fundraising efforts made by New Zealanders to raise money for the soldiers wounded during WWI. The Feilding Star gives an account of its achievements: "The Final Battle Campaign art union in Palmerston North realised about £7500. When this is added to the other money obtained in the campaign there will be £32,000 to add to the sick and wounded fund, bringing it up to £53,000 which is to be invested at 4 or 4 1/2 percent. It is hoped to be able to provide for all the men who return and who require assistance and also to assist, where necessary, the dependents of those who are away fighting". Feilding Star, volume XIV, Issue 35194, 3 May 1918, page 2.

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The Square, Palmerston North
 
Palmerston North Rifle Volunteers Funeral Procession

Palmerston North Rifle Volunteers Funeral Procession

This Drill Hall stood in Main Street East on the site of the old NZ Defence Office (between Princess and Victoria Avenue). This photograph shows a funeral procession about to proceed from the Drill Hall to the Terrace End Cemetery (see also 2014N_A1_009357). The funeral must have been that of a member of the Rifle Volunteers or Mounted Rifles because member of both of these Corps are present. The coffin has been placed on a vehicle drawn by four horses.

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Palmerston North
 
Visiting Australian Airforce Officers, Palmerston North

Visiting Australian Airforce Officers, Palmerston North

These unidentified Australian airmen were entertained in Palmerston North by the Palmerston North City Council, when visiting Ohakea Air Force Base during the Second World War. The Mayor, A. E. Mansford is standing in the front row extreme left. Back row from left: T.J. Heatley; E.F. Smillie; Unknown; F.G. Opie.

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Palmerston North
 
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Norman Hassell Memories of WWI

Norman Edgar Hassell was born 6 September 1894, at Akatarawa, Upper Hutt, New Zealand. He served in World War One and wrote his memories of that time in retrospect, c. 1941 - 1942. Photographs of Norman Hassell in uniform and Norman and 'Pony' Johnston on camels at the pyramids in Egypt are also contained. Other illustrations of war scenes are pasted in. The typescript was typed by his daughter, Mrs Joan Christmas, from a rough draft which is thought to have been destroyed.

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Private Harold Leonard Hart

Private Harold Leonard Hart

Private Hart 10231 of the Wellington Regiment, N.Z.E.F. 1st Battalion was killed at Flers Village 16 September 1916, aged 19. He was the son of Margaret and Thomas Hart of Palmerston North. Thomas and Margaret Hart were farmers in Ashhurst and prominent in the Ashhurst community. Thomas was chairman of the Domain Board from 1913 until he died of influenza in the November 1918 epidemic. Harold Leonard is memorialised on his 6 year old brother Reggie's grave stone at Ashhurst cemetery and his parents are also buried in Ashhurst cemetery. Private Hart is buried in ‘Caterpillar Valley’, France.

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Palmerston North
 
Artillery units practising at Awapuni

Artillery units practising at Awapuni

Soldiers using Ordnance QF 4.5-inch howitzers in a training exercise.

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Palmerston North
 
Army Parade training

Army Parade training

A group of soldiers in parade formation.

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Manawatu
 
Soldiers' Farewell Parade

Soldiers' Farewell Parade

One of four photographs that shows a parade of soldiers in The Square, Palmerston North. This group is shown marching just down from the PDC building. Lt Michael Joseph Philpott can be seen on the far right in the first row of three men. He was held back from service abroad during the war because he was a married man with young children. He trained troops during the war and served in Japan in 1946. He was a trained electrician and was one of the many soldiers who was sent to Masterton to help in the aftermath of the Wairarapa Earthquakes in 1942.

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The Square, Palmerston North
 
Army Head Wear

Army Head Wear

Lance Corporal Denise Tanner wearing a “Lemon Squeezer” plus other military head gear held at the Linton Camp Military Museum.

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Linton
 
New Zealand Medical Corps

New Zealand Medical Corps

This photograph shows officers from the New Zealand Medical Corps. It is thought to have been taken at Awapuni around the time of World War One. Awapuni Racecourse was the home of the NZ Medical Corp during the First World War years.

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Racecourse Road, Palmerston North
 
New Zealand Rifle Brigade at Hokowhitu Rifle Range

New Zealand Rifle Brigade at Hokowhitu Rifle Range

Training of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade was carried out at Rangiotu Camp and the Hokowhitu Rifle Range, prior to service in World War One.

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Palmerston North
 
Naval Wedding

Naval Wedding

Two figures in naval uniform stand alongside two women dressed in wedding attire. Elmar Studio wedding portraits are usually composed with the bride and groom in the centre of the photograph, flanked on either side by the bridesmaid and groomsman.

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Palmerston North
 
'Join the Women's Land Service' poster

'Join the Women's Land Service' poster

This small 'posterette' encouraged young women (from 17 years of age) to join the Women's Land Service (WLS). The woman is wearing a standrd issue working hat, shirt and overalls, and happily drives a tractor while waving her hand in the victory sign. This poster was displayed in 225 railway stations throughtout New Zealand.The WLS was the largest of the women's war services, with 2,711 'land girls' placed on farms. Hundreds of women also served unofficially on family land.From the archive of 'C E Warburton'.

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Palmerston North
 
Young soldiers of "J" Battery at training camp

Young soldiers of "J" Battery at training camp

A group of nine young soldiers, outside an army tent, during World War One. "J" Battery was a local Territorial Battery formed in 1911. Bill Davey is front row centre.

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Palmerston North
 
Group of 'nurses'

Group of 'nurses'

Two pieces of differing information have been presented about this image.

  1. That the women are campaigners, dressed as Red Cross nurses to raise money during World War One. From left: Unknown; Elizabeth Macaulay (later Thompson); Sara Macaulay (later Aitchison); Jean Curle.

  2. That the women are nurses who worked during the 1918/1919 pandemic. Names as above.

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Palmerston North
 
Army kit

Army kit

Military kit laid out in prescribed fashion for inspection during the Second World War. the blanket identifies the owner of the kit as E B(?) Paterson, No. 2/41/30 CPL (Corporal). Also see 2011N_ELMAR-2-B10_005238.

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Palmerston North
 
Opening of Māori Battalion Hall

Opening of Māori Battalion Hall

The Māori Battalion Hall, named 'Te Rau Aroha' (emblem of gratitude), was erected in Palmerston North as a national memorial to the men of the 28th (Māori) Battalion who lost their lives in the Second World War. It was designed by John Scott, architect of Hastings, and the 14 carved panels on the facade (8 feet x 1 foot 6 inches) were carved by Kelly Kereama of Feilding. Inside 639 names of those who did not return are inscribed on 14 brass plates. All the concrete, both inside and out, was left unplastered and with the marks of the boxing to symbolise the strength of the Māori people. The three-storey building was planned as a community centre to serve all races and was opened in June 1964 by the Governor General, Sir Bernard Fergusson. Mayor Gilbert Rennie was also in attendance, as well as a number of Māori veterans.

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Corner of Cuba and Pitt Street, Palmerston North
 
Opening of Māori Battalion Hall

Opening of Māori Battalion Hall

The Māori Battalion Hall, named 'Te Rau Aroha' (emblem of gratitude), was erected in Palmerston North as a national memorial to the men of the 28th (Māori) Battalion who lost their lives in the Second World War. It was designed by John Scott, architect of Hastings, and the 14 carved panels on the facade (8 feet x 1 foot 6 inches) were carved by Kelly Kereama of Feilding. Inside 639 names of those who did not return are inscribed on 14 brass plates. All the concrete, both inside and out, was left unplastered and with the marks of the boxing to symbolise the strength of the Māori people. The three-storey building was planned as a community centre to serve all races and was opened in June 1964 by the Governor General, Sir Bernard Fergusson. Mayor Gilbert Rennie was also in attendance, as well as a number of Māori veterans.

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Corner of Cuba and Pitt Street, Palmerston North
 
Packing parcels for the Māori Battalion

Packing parcels for the Māori Battalion

Members of the Palmerston North Business Girls' Association met on Monday nights to make knit, write letters and pack parcels to send to soldiers of the Māori Battalion, serving overseas in World War Two. From left: Rene Elliott, Eath Englefield, Gladys Bales, Joyce Carty, Vera Royal, Audrey Kerslake, Jean Ladyman, Murial Watt, Dulcie Newth (secretary), Murial Marshall, Marie McManus, Clarice Boddy, Mary Sankey, Nell Erenstrom, Mildred Verry. Published in the 'NZ Free Lance' 3 July 1940, captioned "MAORI BATTALION FOSTER MOTHERS'.

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Palmerston North
 
28th Māori Battalion Ball invitation

28th Māori Battalion Ball invitation

Invitation to Charlotte Warburton, to attend the 28th Māori Battalion Ball held at the Showgrounds, Palmerston North, 29 April 1940. Charlotte Warburton (1883-1961) was chairwoman of the Women's War Service Auxiliary in Palmerston North and was very actively involved in the war effort. From the archive of 'C E Warburton'.

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Central Energy Trust Arena
 
Sorting Clothing for the Territorials

Sorting Clothing for the Territorials

Clothes collected locally are being readied to be sent to troops overseas in World War One. amongst those packing the parcels in the Palmerston North Borough Council Chambers is Mrs J.A. Nash (Mayoress), second from left.

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Palmerston North