In centenary of WWI, the red poppy remains potent symbol connecting past and present A view through a poppy wreath of the workroom at the Poppy Factory in Richmond near London, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. The factory makes the bulk of the 45 million poppies, wreaths and crosses sold across Britain to this day. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) (The Associated Press) William Sellick, a former soldier in the Royal Green Jackets, who served in Northern Ireland, constructs poppy wreaths at the Poppy Factory in Richmond near London, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. Honouring tipuna who died in WWI A respected Ngati Toa Rangatira member hopes his participation in Anzac Day commemorations will become a family tradition to honour the memory of tipuna who served during World War I. Maori Contingent soldiers at No 1 Outpost, Gallipoli, Turkey, 1915. Photo: Alexander Turnbull Library / Ref: 1/4-058101-F. Kahu Ropata is a direct descendant of the tribe's renowned chief Te Rauparaha, who composed the haka Ka Mate Ka Mate during his reign. It was used by soldiers who served in the Maori contingent during the war. Mr Ropata said three of his father's brothers served in that battle but only two of them returned home.
Milsurps Knowledge Library - 1915 M10 Ross MkIII* Sniper Rifle 1915 M10 Ross MkIII* Sniper Rifle Serial #223 (Mfg by The Ross Rifle Company, Quebec) c/w Model 1913 Warner & Swasey Telescopic Musket Sights Serial # 18 Weight 2 lbs 3.3 oz. .... 5.2x power scope with 1 1/2" eye relief c/w Leather Carrying Case (Mfg in 1915 by M.J. Wilson & Sons - Ottawa) (Click PIC to Enlarge) World War One: The many battles faced by WW1's nurses Nursing in World War One was exhausting, often dangerous work and the women who volunteered experienced the horror of war firsthand, some paying the ultimate price. But their story is surrounded by myth and their full contribution often goes unrecognised, writes Shirley Williams. In his much-admired book published in 1975, The Great War and Modern Memory, the American literary critic and historian, Paul Fussell, wrote about the pervasive myths and legends of WW1, so powerful they became indistinguishable from fact in many minds. Surprisingly, Fussell hardly mentioned nurses. There is no reference to Edith Cavell, let alone Florence Nightingale.
BBC Schools - Home front 19 March 2014Last updated at 12:03 Women took on many roles during World War One including working in offices, factories and on the land Before World War One began, men were thought of as the 'breadwinners', bringing in the weekly wage. The jobs they did were often tiring and required a lot of strength. Women worked hard too, but their jobs were often done in their own or someone else's home.
British WW1 Medals Hundreds of thousands of men who served with the armed services, some women and some civilians received at least one WW1 medal. There are two main kinds of WW1 medal awards: campaign medals and gallantry or meritorious service awards. Campaign Medals Blomfield, William, 1866-1938 :The sp... Date: 1915 By: Blomfield, William, 1866-1938; New Zealand observer (Newspaper) Ref: A-312-1-088 Shows a cartoon relating to Maori soldiers in the First World War. A Maori soldier charges two Turkish soldiers with a bayonet.
Weapons of War: Trench Mortars As with the grenade the mortar was yet another old weapon which found a new lease of life during World War One. The Mortar: A Definition A mortar is essentially a short, stumpy tube designed to fire a projectile at a steep angle (by definition higher than 45 degrees) so that it falls straight down on the enemy. From this simple description it will be immediately apparent that the mortar was ideally suited for trench warfare, hence the common application of the 'trench' prefix. Its Advantages Over Artillery The chief advantage of the mortar was that it could be fired from the (relative) safety of the trench, avoiding exposure of the mortar crews to the enemy. SS Maheno SS Maheno was an ocean liner belonging to the Union Company of New Zealand that operated in the Tasman Sea, crossing between New Zealand and Australia, from 1905 until 1935. She was also used as a hospital ship by the New Zealand Naval Forces during World War I. Construction The 5,000-ton steel-hulled ship was built by William Denny and Brothers of Dumbarton, Scotland, and launched on 19 June 1905. At 400 feet in length and 50 feet in the beam, she was powered by three Parsons turbines, giving her a speed of 17.5 knots.
Oldham Historical Research Group - World War 1, 1914-1918 Before the First World War all women had been denied the right to vote in General Elections and many women (depending on their marital status and situation) were also denied the right to vote in local elections. They were barred from employment in many professions and industries and, where they did gain employment, pay and conditions were not equal with those of their male counterparts. Women in the workplace were frequently seen as a threat to the established order and relegated to the status of 2nd class citizens. There is a section, in the more general history of Oldham's history, devoted to the struggle for Women's Suffrage: HERE
World War I: Symbols of our past Last updated 05:00, April 24 2015 Stephen Rogers, of Arrowtown, with the German iron cross his grandfather Sergeant-Major Fred Rogers found during the Battle of the Somme in World War I. From enlistment to the battlefields of World War I, Southlanders will have the chance to walk in the shoes of a local soldiers at a new World War I exhibition marking the centenary of the Anzac landing. From uniforms and medals to battered equipment and machinery, relics of the conflict returned to Southland by veterans and their families line the walls of the Southland Museum and Art Gallery.
Military history of New Zealand in World War I New Zealand troops unloading at a French port in 1918 When the United Kingdom declared war on Germany at the start of the First World War, the New Zealand government followed without hesitation, despite its geographic isolation and small population. It was believed at the time that any declaration of war by the United Kingdom automatically included New Zealand.
Researching New Zealand soldiers in the First World War - Researching New Zealand soldiers 100,000 New Zealand men signed up to fight for King and Country in the First World War. Their names were listed in the Nominal rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary force, published by the government between 1917 and 1919. These rolls are available through public libraries in their original printed form and on microfiche. The New Zealand Society of Genealogists has indexed this information into their New Zealand World War I service personnel & reserves index CD-Rom, which is available in many public libraries and to purchase directly from the Society: