New research: How many New Zealanders served on Gallipoli?

David Green, a Ministry for Culture and Heritage historian, has discovered that for almost 100 years we’ve been significantly underestimating the number of men who served on Gallipoli in New Zealand units.

“I was re-reading Major Fred Waite’s The New Zealanders at Gallipoli and noticed that two tables added up to 8,556. These were tables of the numbers in the Main Body of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, which left New Zealand in late 1914; and the numbers in additional units formed by the NZEF after it reached Egypt.”

“At the very bottom of the page I saw a note: ‘This does not include reinforcements’. When General Sir Ian Hamilton wrote the preface to Waite’s book, he combined these two numbers without realising that several drafts of New Zealand reinforcements had landed on Gallipoli later in the year.”

In light of this information, we’ve adjusted the official number of New Zealanders at Gallipoli to approximately 13,000. This is now reflected in this website.

Read the full article on the WW100 website.

2 responses on “New research: How many New Zealanders served on Gallipoli?

  1. Hi 4KM and 4KJWe also commemorate Anzac Day and we have been leraning about Anzac Day and our local memorial in History.We have learnt about some of the special symbols of Anzac Day.One symbol is the War Memorial. Lots of towns, cities and districts have war memorials to remember the Anzacs. We have one down the road from our school. On Anzac Day some people march from our school to the War Memorial.Poppies are another symbol of Anzac Day. In World War I lots of soldiers fought in the fields where poppies grew. The red of the poppies can remind us of the blood of the soldiers who were hurt or who died. The black seeds in the centre of the poppies reminds us of sadness and grief.Other symbols we have learnt about are rosemary for remembrance, slouch hats that the soldiers wore, and Anzac biscuits.We made Anzac biscuits last week. They were yummy.From 2C in Queensland

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