The call to arms for World War One saw New Zealand men from all walks of life enlist, leaving our shores to fight – and, in many cases, die – for king and country.

The France Contingents tour of battlefields in Belgium as part of the World War 100 (WW100) commemorative events and programme.
The France Contingents tour of battlefields in Belgium as part of the World War 100 (WW100) commemorative events and programme.
Image: New Zealand Defence Force

Scarcely any family in New Zealand was not affected by the war – whether it was a family member, or a friend, everyone knew someone who had gone to fight. Memorials and place names through the country bear silent testament to bravery of the soldiers – the rank and file – who went to fight.