During World War One, commanders at sea could tip the balance between defeat and victory – and often meant the difference between life and death for the soldiers on shore.

Corporal Kevin Hickman NZDF Bugler with his 100 Year old bugle
Corporal Kevin Hickman NZDF Bugler with his 100 Year old bugle.
Image: New Zealand Defence Force

Throughout WW1, naval commanders and sailors fought and died as both sides vied for supremacy and control of the open seas. This deadly conflict is commemorated both through New Zealand’s proud naval tradition, and through the naming of New Zealand places and features some of WWI’s naval commanders.