Category: First World War

WW1 Postcard: The Search for Trooper Harvey

As my regular readers will already be aware, among my collection of historical ephemera, military memorabilia and postal history are several albums of postcards sent by soldiers during the First World War. This year marks the centenary of the start of that conflict, so I’ll be sharing more […]

Flag Debate: The Silver Fern

Prime Minister John Key recently reignited the debate about New Zealand’s national flag.  The same old arguments for and against any change are already being trundled out and so I thought I’d add my two pence.  I’m not yet entirely convinced that change is needed at all, but […]

Onward: Portraits of the NZEF

The centenary of the First World War is rapidly approaching and it is exciting to see the many different ways that the ‘war to end all wars’ will be remembered.  Museum exhibitions, memorials, books, television shows, digitization projects, social media campaigns and much more.  Importantly, many of these […]

Message from an ANZAC

On 25th April 1915, New Zealand and Australian forces landed at what would become known as ANZAC Cove.  It wasn’t the first time that New Zealanders went into battle, and it wouldn’t be the last, but the exploits of our soldiers in that campaign have become legendary.  It […]

A Mystery Ship in Port Said

As a follow-up to my earlier post on the HMAS Encounter I thought I’d share another photograph from the same collection.  Last time the identity of the ship was written on the back of the image by the photographer, but this time I know a lot less about […]

A Distant Encounter

The only thing more riveting than trainspotting is ship-spotting.  Whenever I’m looking through albums or collections of old photos I always look out for any snaps of steamers and see if I can recognize them.  If not, then I cheat and look on the back to see if […]

Postcard from the Trenches

One of my largest collections of vintage postcards focuses on those sent by soldiers during the First World War.  When I started collecting as a teenager I used to pick them up at stamp fairs, from dealers, auctions, antique shops and secondhand book stores – but I had […]

Xmas 1918

In my last post I shared a Christmas card that was sent by a New Zealand soldier who was about to head off to fight in the Battle of El Alamein in the Second World War.  To make sure it arrived in time the card was sent on […]

Postcard from Gallipoli

Today I thought I’d share a postcard that has a particularly fascinating story.  It was sent by a New Zealander who was fighting in the trenches at Gallipoli. For my non-antipodean readers the Gallipoli campaign was this ill-fated Allied attempt to knock Turkey out of the First World […]