Story: Ngā pakanga ki tāwāhi – Māori and overseas wars

Māori pioneers at the front, Gommecourt, France, 1918 (2nd of 3)

Māori pioneers at the front, Gommecourt, France, 1918

Soldiers of the Māori (Pioneer) Battalion take a break from trench improvement work near Gommecourt, France, in July 1918. The Māori pioneers served on the Western Front in France and Belgium from 1916 to 1918. They dug trenches, built roads and carried out other support tasks. Casualties remained heavy, as these jobs often placed soldiers in the firing line. During the First World War each infantry division included a pioneer battalion.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association Collection
Reference: 1/2-013414-G
Photograph by Henry Armytage Sanders

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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/36685/maori-pioneers-at-the-front-gommecourt-france-1918 (accessed 20 May 2019)

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