Maps locating cemeteries which include graves or memorials for members of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force who died during the First World War.
This project will locate all cemeteries which include graves or memorials for members of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force who died during the First World War. These maps are being published on the FirstWorldWar.govt.nz subsite of NZHistory.
We have now completed the first two maps, which include 430 cemeteries in Western Europe, UK and Ireland and 61 in the Mediterranean, Gallipoli and the Middle East.
For each cemetery we have indicated the number of men buried or memorialised there, and provided a link to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for more information. In the case of cemeteries where three or fewer New Zealanders are buried (blue pins), the men are named and links are provided to their service record information on the Cenotaph website.
For the first map, the grouping of the pins in Europe reflects the key battles in Belgium during 1917 and, further south, France in 1916 and 1918. Those buried in the UK and Ireland generally died in hospitals of wounds or disease, including men who had been evacuated from Gallipoli in 1915.
The second map clearly shows the main areas where New Zealanders were fighting in the Middle East (Sinai and Palestine) as well as the key battle sites of the Gallipoli campaign.
The final phase of the project is a map for all the cemeteries containing First World War CWGC graves and memorials in New Zealand.