Schools and the First World War

  • Schools and the First World War

    Schools and children were quickly called into action at the outset of the First World War in 1914. Developing patriotic, fit and healthy citizens was seen as important to the survival of the country and the Empire. Hundreds of teachers joined the NZEF, including many from sole-teacher schools. Almost 200 never returned.

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  • Page 3 - Displaying patriotismIn late 1917 district education boards ordered that children salute the New Zealand flag at the start of each school day. Some teachers opposed this as too


  • Rees, Lily

    Annie Lee Rees (or Lily) was one of the 20 New Zealand women selected to work as teachers for the Boer children living in the concentration camps in South Africa.

  • Aubert, Mary Joseph

    Suzanne Aubert – later Mary Joseph Aubert – was a Catholic nun, nurse, teacher and pioneering social worker, who sometimes had to battle church and government authorities in order to help those in need.

  • Main image: Arthur Hannah

    Trooper Arthur Hannah, Auckland Mounted Rifles Regiment, was a popular young schoolteacher who was killed in action at Gallipoli on 1 July 1915

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