Locals Gathered Information on WWII Veterans in the Lead Up to ANZAC Day

Troops landing at Gallipoli. <a href=https://www.flickr.com/photos/archivesnz/13901951593>Photo Credit</a>
Troops landing at Gallipoli. Photo Credit

Locals in Kaukapakapa, New Zealand, took on the challenge of gathering information and photographs of the 85 service people featured on their World War II memorial.

Isla Willis, Athol McLachlan, and Megan Paterson have gathered photos and information on 68 of the names. Included in that collection is Vera Smith, the only female listed on the memorial.

The three women organized a big push during the lead up to ANZAC day. ANZAC day happens every year to commemorate those New Zealanders lost in war over the years. The commemoration happens on the anniversary of the beginning of the Gallipoli Campaign in World War One.

“We thought it would be a nice tie-in to open it for the ANZAC Day service this year and see if we could ferret out some info on the service people we still wanted details for,” Kaukapakapa Library volunteer Megan Paterson said in April.

The Kaukapakapa Library hosted a representative from Auckland Museum’s Online Cenotaph Project on 18 September, from 10 am to 1 pm to add to the compiled collection, Stuff reported.

Auckland Museum invites the community to help them gather information that enhances their records.

Visitors were able to lay a virtual poppy next to a name and add additional information to their records.

The Online Cenotaph contains the records of approximately 150,000 Kiwis who served their country.

Ian Harvey

Ian Harvey is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE