NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

The Turkish Armistice (Mudros, 30th October 1918)

Christopher Archer
The Turkish Armistice (Mudros, 30th October 1918)

“Hands up all those who know about the Armistice of Mudros!” “Nobody?”

This is what Wikipedia has to say.

The Armistice of Mudros concluded on 30 October 1918, ended the hostilities, at noon the next day, in the Middle Eastern theatre between the Ottoman Empire and the Allies of World War I. It was signed by the Ottoman Minister of Marine Affairs Rauf Bey and the British Admiral Somerset Arthur Gough-Calthorpe, on board HMS Agamemnon in Moudros harbour on the Greek island of Lemnos.

Now you know more than approximately 4 749 598 fellow Kiwis!  Why does this matter?

In approximately ten days we will commemorate the end of WW1 in Europe. This is the Armistice that everybody knows about where more than 120,000 New Zealanders enlisted for WW1, and around 100,000 served overseas. Most were young men, and nearly one in five who served abroad did not return. More than 2200 Māori and around 460 Pacific Islanders served overseas with the New Zealand forces. ( source, NZ History Guide)

For the men of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade the fighting ended with the Armistice of Mudros. This was effectively the Ottoman surrender. All together the brigade had an establishment of 1,940 men and 2,032 horses and by the end of the war over 17,700 men had served in the brigade in a campaign that covered 400 km from the Suez Canal to the ancient city of Damascus. According to Commonwealth War Graves Commission records and NZEF casualty rolls, 599 men in the NZMR Brigade lost their lives as a result of the Gallipoli campaign. Around 521 others died during the remaining three years of fighting. Two thousand mounteds were wounded during the war, and many hundreds of others suffered from debilitating sickness. At the end of it all, they came home and were forgotten (Lt Col. Terry Kinloch, “Devils on Horses” http://www.nzmr.org/brigade.htm).

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