Like the soldier on land, the sailor’s crew mates became his family, and the ship his home.

HMNZS Te Mana at sea with HMNZS Endeavour in the background
HMNZS Te Mana at sea with HMNZS Endeavour in the background.
Image: New Zealand Defence Force

Spending prolonged periods at sea, in close quarters with crewmates, was a way of life for sailors during WWI. The crew became family, the ship became home, and both stayed in memory for the remainder of the sailor’s life.