About the Project
Help Us Remember
Our aim is to take the names from all of the WW1 memorials in our region, and create a page for every single soldier – to ‘bring those boys back to life’.
Those pages will become a permanent online memorial. They will also be a key part of the exhibition, For Us They Fell which will open at Waikato Museum on ANZAC Day 2015.
You don’t need to be a historical expert to be part of this project. The website contains all the tools needed to create the Soldiers’ Pages. It starts with a basic set of information about each soldier, but it also links directly to eight other national and international databases containing richer images and information.
In addition, each page gives room for the kind of information which is not available online – such as family photographs and stories.
In July 2014 a “For Us They Fell” roadshow went out to the towns and villages of the district to look for more substantial taonga – letters, medals, photographs and memorabilia.
The roadshow was a great success, with a number of interesting stories and objects contributed which will form part of the exhibition. If you have more information about WW1 soldiers (or want to research it) it is not too late to contribute, as this website and its database will continue to grow for the next four years – and will also form part of the exhibition. Please sign up to become one of our researchers!
About the Soldiers’ Pages
To start the project, we’ve gathered a basic list of WW1soldiers (and nurses) associated with the Waikato from several databases.
If the name you are looking for is not on our list, please contact us with the details and we will be happy to add it.
Although our starting list of names is of soldiers and nurses who had a connection to the region when they signed up, we’re also interested in any ancestors or family members of people in the Waikato today who were involved in the war in any way.
A Note on the Information
This is a community project. Waikato Museum is moderating the contributions, but the accuracy of the information ultimately will depend on you, our contributors and researchers.
If you do come across information contributed by others which you do not believe is accurate, please don’t simply overwrite it without consulting the other contributors. Initially, please suggest changes in the Comments section. If you can’t resolve any issues, please contact us.
The initial online Cenotaph data in the soldier profiles was kindly provided by the Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.