Story: First World War

Departure for war (1st of 2)

Departure for war

Men and horses prepare to leave Lyttelton for the First World War. The first group, the New Zealand Expeditionary Force of 8,454 men, left in October 1914 to be followed by another 90,000 men in the subsequent years of the war.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, The Press (Christchurch) Collection (PAColl-3031)
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Ian McGibbon, 'First World War - Initial response', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 October 2022)

Story by Ian McGibbon, published 20 Jun 2012