Anzac Day Stories

Honouring the brave men & women who represented their country during war.


Sergeant H J Bull

A description of his experience on his landing at Anzac Cove, 25th April 1915...

By Mac McDonald
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Joseph Alexander Govan, New Zealand Forces

My maternal grandfather, Joseph Alexander Govan, born on the 16 December 1896 in Coromandel New Zealand joined the New Zealand Forces on the 28 August 1915, in North Auckland, and was medically passed fit by Dr P. J. Power. He was then attested at Trentham on the 20 October 1915 by Captain C Holland. Prior to this he had been a teacher at the Parenga school in North Auckland. He was then shipped to the Suez arriving there on the 8 February 1916....

By Warren C. O. Power
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Herbert (Herbie) Bland

He was born in Dunedin on 2nd October 1891 in North East Valley, where he won a Medal at school for shooting a when he was 13 years of age. He was the youngest of ten children and had six sisters. When he was nine his mother died and he was “mothered” by them and a great favourite. After his sister Mabel married Sid Davys in 1907 and they went to Oamaru to live, where Sid had a practice, he went with them to work with Sid and learn to be a dental mechanic...

By Margaret Morgan
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Arthur William Yates

Arthur William Yates who served from South Africa in the Boer War, from Australia in World War 1 and again in World War 2 as a local Recruitment officer. His two sons, Herb and Tom are shown in the uniform of the Light Horse which they both joined as teenagers in the reserve and later enlisted for World War 2...

By Diane Parker
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