This Month in NZ History
Gallipoli - Lest We Forget
25 March 2015
This month marks the 100 year anniversary since the Australian and New Zealand Corps (ANZAC) stormed the beaches of what became known as Anzac Cove on Turkey's Gallipoli Peninsula.
HP 359 ATL Roll of honour of Paraparaumu servicemen in WW1
Of the 8,556 New Zealanders who served in Gallipoli,2,721 died and 4,752 were wounded, an 87% casualty rate. Great suffering was caused to a small country, but many have suggested that New Zealand’s distinct sense of identity was also born out of the scars of 1915.
Ormond Burton, a stretcher bearer at Gallipoli and later a Methodist Minister at Ōtaki, was not one to glorify war. Before being imprisoned in WW2 for his pacifist protests, he wrote in his book The Silent Division:
But the way men died at Chunuk (Bair) is shaping the deeds yet to be done by the generations still unborn... When the August fighting died down there was no longer any question but that New Zealanders had commenced to realise themselves as a nation