Events In History


Medical Units

  • Medical Units

    The New Zealand Expeditionary Force was supported by a broad network of medical services in the First World War

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  • Page 2 – New Zealand Medical Corps

    Field AmbulanceA Field Ambulance was not a vehicle but a front-line unit of around 250 personnel which treated men injured in battle.

New Zealand and Le Quesnoy

  • New Zealand and Le Quesnoy

    It was the New Zealand Division's final action of the First World War. On 4 November 1918, just a week before the Armistice was signed, New Zealand troops stormed the walled French town of Le Quesnoy. The 90 men killed were among the last of the 12,483 who fell on the Western Front.

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  • Page 4 - Battle accounts, Lieutenant AverillLeslie Cecil Lloyd Averill is best remembered for his exploits during the liberation of Le Quesnoy on 4 November

Hospital ships

  • Hospital ships

    The Maheno and Marama were the poster ships of New Zealand's First World War effort. Until 1915 these steamers had carried passengers on the Tasman route. But as casualties mounted at Gallipoli, the government - helped by a massive public fundraising campaign - converted them into state-of-the-art floating hospitals.

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  • Page 5 – Life on board

    What was life like aboard a hospital ship? That largely depended on your job, your rank and your gender.

Armistice Day

  • Armistice Day

    After four terrible years, fighting in the First World War finally ended with the signing of an armistice between Germany and the Allies on 11 November 1918. New Zealanders celebrated enthusiastically, despite having recently celebrated the surrenders of the three other Central Powers and the premature news of an armistice with Germany.

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  • Page 5 - Armistice Day and the fluThe influenza pandemic dampened some armistice celebrations, particularly in


  • Buck, Peter Henry

    Biography of doctor, politician and anthropologist Peter Buck (Te Rangi Hīroa)

  • Cruickshank, Margaret Barnet

    Margaret Cruickshank was the first woman to be registered as a doctor in New Zealand. She worked tirelessly during the 1918 influenza pandemic but eventually caught the disease herself and died on 28 November 1918.

  • Featherston, Isaac Earl

    A stalwart of Wellington political life, Featherston served as provincial Superintendent and later served as a member of the House of Representatives, colonial secretary and minister without portfolio.

  • Pollen, Daniel

    Largely forgotten today, Daniel Pollen was considered a ‘safe man’ and a good administrator. In July 1875 he took over the premiership from Sir Julius Vogel, absent in Germany, although Harry Atkinson really ran things.

  • Barratt-Boyes, Brian

    At Green Lane Hospital Barratt-Boyes pioneered new surgical techniques involving the replacement of defective heart valves.

  • Jolly, Douglas Waddell

    Dr Doug Jolly pioneered mobile emergency surgery during the Spanish Civil War. He is described by US medical historian David Adamas as ‘one of the most notable war surgeons of the 20th century’.