In Room 10 we have been making crosses from a kit we received. The crosses bear the names of local men and woman who gave their lives in World War I. This year is the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign where 2779 New Zealanders died (one-fifth of the New Zealanders who landed on the peninsula). This was a huge loss for a small country whose population was 1 100 000.
The total number of New Zealand troops and nurses to serve overseas in 1914-1918, excluding those in British and other Dominion forces, was 100,444. Forty-two percent of men of military age served in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF). 16,697 New Zealanders were killed and 41,317 were wounded during the war - a 58 percent casualty rate. Approximately a further thousand men died within five years of war's end, as a result of injuries sustained, and 507 died while training in New Zealand between 1914 and 1918. New Zealand had one of the highest casualty and death rate per capita of any country involved in the war.
Thank you to all of the class members who all put in a lot of effort to create our field. We will be leading a service to commemorate the day tomorrow.
|Photos by Evahn.|