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Do you have any World War One stories?

Tuesday February 19 2019

As we near the New Zealand Tattoo celebration, we're looking to feature World War One stories. Got something? Tell us your story and help us honour our war heroes.

Archive photo shows young New Zealand soldier in uniform.

Private James Roy Campbell Stewart, circa 1917. Photo: Manawatū Heritage

The day is 12 October, 1917 and darkness has fallen in the New Zealand military. On this day, more than 800 New Zealanders were killed in the Battle of Passchendaele in Belgium. Private Stewart, pictured above, was among those who died. He was only 18.

You can read part of his story on the Manawatū Heritage website, along with so many others.

Manawatū Heritage is a Palmerston North City Council initiative. It holds thousands of photographs and other materials about the Manawatū region. You can search, share, and download these heritage resources. You can even upload your own images and stories.

Private Stewart’s story and the many other untold ones are what we hope to highlight and honour as we approach the New Zealand Tattoo.

The New Zealand Tattoo celebrates the country’s military, heritage, and cultural traditions with a spectacle of music, marching, manoeuvres, bands, fly pasts, kapa haka, dance, pomp and ceremony. It will be held at Palmerston North’s Central Energy Trust Arena One on 12 and 13 April. The event will commemorate the homecoming of those who survived the war as well as the memories of those who couldn’t come back.

If you or your family have links to World War One that you think are worth sharing, we would love to hear from you.

Send us your story, ideally with photos and videos, through our Facebook page or through the Manawatū Heritage website. You can also drop by the second floor of Palmerston North Central Library, on the Square. Our heritage team is more than happy to assist you capture and preserve your story.

By uploading it to Manawatū Heritage, you are helping us build an archive of rich stories which celebrate our heritage and identity.

Help us honour our homecoming heroes—tell us your World War One stories.