Anzac Day Stories

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


Charles Randall

This is my paternal grandfather Charles Randall who served with the 1st NZEF from May 1917 to September 1919. He was drafted in Dunedin and shipped up to Featherston and then Trentham for basic training with the 29th reinforcements. He sailed from Wellington on 15th August 1917 with the second draft on NZTS No-92, SS Ruahine...

By Peter Randall
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Albert George Clifford

My Great-uncle, Albert George Clifford (paternal grand-father’s side) was killed at Mouquet Farm, near Poitiers. His remains were not found but his name is inscribed on the wall at Villers-Bretoneux, and he is mentioned in Bean’s War History. He also won the Military Cross...

By Doug Clifford
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Bill Sweetland

This is my mother with her uncle Bill Sweetland after his return from World War One. 10th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 19 February 1915. War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front. Contracted enteric fever and pneumonia, Gallipoli, 30 October 1915; invalided to Gibraltar; returned to duty, 3 June 1916...

By Anthony Andrews
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David Graham

My Uncle David Graham was Killed on the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea when a Japanese Soldier threw a Hand Grenade that landed in Uncle Dave's open Shirt during a Close encounter on the Kokoda Trail when the “Diggers” were trying to stop them from Advancing across the Papua New Guinea Highlands...

By Jim Graham
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