Reading the casualty list

Reading the casualty list

On 27 July 1916 the Auckland Weekly News had on its cover a photograph captioned ‘The Casualty List’.

The publication of death notices in local newspapers – often with heavy black lines around the entry and a banner reading ‘For the Empire’s Cause’ – informed the wider community of a family’s loss. Almost every newspaper in New Zealand also published the Roll of Honour, widening the community of mourning to the nation.

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Jason S.

Posted: 09 Oct 2009

I am always looking in the obituary section of the paper as I have lived in the same area almost my whole life - it sucks to see someones name that you knew - were friends with appear in that section. On a side note you can really see the grief in the womans facial expression on the cover of this newspaper picture from 1916 :(