Story: Ngā pakanga ki tāwāhi – Māori and overseas wars

The Native Contingent in Egypt, 1915

The Native Contingent in Egypt, 1915

These soldiers of the Māori Contingent appear in high spirits in this photo taken in Egypt in early 1915. After a few weeks in Egypt the contingent was sent to Malta for garrison duties, while the remaining New Zealand soldiers went to Gallipoli. The heavy casualties at Anzac Cove meant that any idea of the Māori Contingent being kept out of the fighting was soon abandoned. They landed at Gallipoli on 2 July 1915.

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Monty Soutar, 'Ngā pakanga ki tāwāhi – Māori and overseas wars - Māori contingent in the First World War', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/36682/the-native-contingent-in-egypt-1915 (accessed 19 August 2019)

Story by Monty Soutar, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 May 2016