Learning & Resources

Educational Links:

Passchendaele Centennial Competition 2017 St Paul’s Collegiate Hamilton Winning Entry

An excellent educational resource has been created for use in schools and titled:”Mud and Blood” by a team comprising of Dylan Woodhouse, Tony Wu, Lucy Tustin and Connor Harrigen from St Paul’s Collegiate in Hamilton. Teachers have our full permission to use this website: https://bloodandmud.org/

For an overview of the First World War and the Battle of Passchendaele click here.

National Library of New Zealand Service to Schools has created a First World War Resource Guide for Schools .  This online guide provides schools with access to an extensive range of websites and resources holding First World War and WW100 commemoration related material. Many of these have a specific New Zealand focus.

For an understanding of the politics and the battles of the First World War go to New Zealand History online Nga korero a ipurangi o Aotearoa and Te Ara The Encyclopedia of New Zealand.

As part of a school project a Year 13 student by the name of Dylan Woodhouse created a video called: “Stand To” that tells the story of Roy Cunliffe, an ordinary soldier from Wellington. Dylan then had the wonderful experience of looking for this soldier’s final resting spot in Polygon Wood British Cemetery, Flanders, Belgium. He also planted a tree in the Wood of Peace in his memory. “I found it very satisfying to trial this resource with Year 9 students and dispel some of the myths surrounding World War 1 and help enthuse them to adopt an ANZAC and learn their story. By getting our young people to look at the life of a randomly chosen ANZAC, they quickly learned that all those that died in the war were more than figures and statistics, they left widowed wives and broken communities”. You can see his  project on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/399232890220175/videos/1408829229260531 

In fact the Passchendaele Society’s Facebook page is a wonderful source of information! Please visit:  https://www.facebook.com/Passchendaele-Society-399232890220175/  and Like and Follow our page.

Many of the World War One Official Campaign Histories can be found on-line at New Zealand Electronic Text Centre

Auckland War Memorial Museum has a range of electronic resources including Cenotaph database, and the In Memory Website. To commemorate the tragedy of Passchendaele, the  Museum is undertaking Project Passchendaele as an online campaign seeking photographs, letters, personal papers and reminiscences owned by descendants of those killed or wounded in the battle.

WW100 – Remembering WWI – 100 years on. The New Zealand Government has developed a programme to mark the First World War centenary from 2014 to 2018, called WW100. ‘WW100’ is a shared identity for New Zealand First World War centenary projects and activities, from official state ceremonies to community initiatives and personal projects.

Last Post First Light – commemorating New Zealand’s military history. Last Post, First Light is Fairfax Media’s contribution to commemorating the nation’s military history and sacrifices, and all they have achieved for the country it includes a section on Passchendaele.

Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917  On this website, you can find information on this Belgium museum, the Tyne Cot Cemetery, exploring the Flanders battlefields, an educational package for schools, the research project – “The Passchendaele Archives”

In Flanders Fields Museum  The In Flanders Fields Museum presents the story of the First World War in the West Flanders front region.It is located in the renovated Cloth Halls of Ypres, the website includes educational activities, research centre and casualty lists. An interesting blog to follow is: The Belgians have not forgotten100 NZ WW1 Memorials 1914-2014

IMAGES of the First World War can be found in TimeframesPhotos of the Great War and also Library and Archives Canada.

VIDEO of the First World War can be found on You Tube.  In particular this four part series with unique footage showing the conditions our boys fought in. World War One Battle of Passchendaele Part one; Part Two; Part Three; Part Four And this amazing documentary Western Front from Above.

Family History Links:

The best place to start if you are trying to find a relative who may have served in the First World War is to check out the Auckland War Memorial Museum’s Cenotaph database. The database has over 115,000 New Zealand service men and women and covers the whole of the 19th century and especially the World Wars, One and Two. Entries will give you information of the Military Unit, rank, when they left for overseas, their enlistment address and next of kin. If they died the date, place and cause of death will be listed.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has a register that records details of Commonwealth war dead so that graves or memorials can be located. Their entries give date of death, age, Regiment, the memorial or grave site – there is often a photograph of the cemetery or memorial. There can be additional information for example the name and address of the next of kin.

Once you have found your relative you can apply to Archives New Zealand to have their Military Personnel record digitised and downloaded to the Archway database. There may be a charge for this service. The records usually give full details of their  war history including their medical records and a physical description. Archives also provide access to a selection of  “Fatal Casualty Forms (AABK 519)”  for nearly 700 New Zealand military personnel who died in the Ypres-Passchendaele sector (Flanders, Belgium) during 1917 and early 1918. archives.govt.nz/passchendaele-casualty-forms ?

Gradually old newspapers are being scanned and added to the Papers Past database – the Auckland Star now covers the First World War period and provides a fascinating insight into how the First World War was perceived at the time, the casualty lists are heart-breaking.

Auckland Libraries produced “Our boys, their families; a guide to First World War research resources at Auckland Libraries and Auckland Council Archives”. The Heritage Images Online database contains the Herman John Schmidt photographic collection which contains 4,500 plate negatives from the First World War Soldier Portrait series .