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  • Photograph - Miss Raukura Asquith at Sockburn Aerodrome

    Miss Raukura Asquith was photographed at Sockburn (later re-named Wigram) aerodrome sometime in 1918. During World War One, the Canterbury Aviation Company trained some 150 pilots (all men in...

  • This photograph was presented to the Wigram Mess by his fellow officers in 1926.

    Portrait photograph - Frederick James Horrell, Royal Flying Corps

    Fred Horrell was the first person to lose their life in military aviation history in New Zealand.  He was born at Woodend in 1890 and attended Rangiora High School. He then worked on the family...

  • 44194 Captain Thomas James Morrow, 1st Battalion, Canterbury Infantry Regiment.

     

    Tom Morrow was born in Timaru on 26 June 1883, the oldest of three brothers. He attended Sawyers Bay and Kaikorai Schools before Otago Boys High and then Otago University, where he...

  • 66092 Rifleman Lewis Hamilton, 2nd Battalion, 3rd NZ Rifle Brigade

    Lewis Hamilton was born at Green Park, near Lincoln in Canterbury on 30 March 1876, the fourteenth child of eighteen born in his family. On the outbreak of war, he was working as a labourer for...

  • Queen Mary Hospital, Hanmer Springs - The Soldiers' Block

    A Category 1 Historic Site, 'the Soldiers' Block was built in 1916 to care for returned soldiers suffering shell shock and other war-related neuroses. By Easter 1917, the Soldiers' Block housed...

  • William Henry Brookes

    William Brookes was born at Penkridge in Staffordshire in 1881. After working as a farm labourer, William joined the North Staffordshire Regiment on 28 December 1899 and soon found himself on the...