Author(s): Wayne McDonald
Lists details and citation(s) of every honour and award to the NZEF. Wayne McDonald, now deceased, spent more than 20 years compiling a record of the heroic and selfless deeds of New Zealanders in that most horrific and pointless struggle which afterwards came to be known as the First World War or Great War of 1914-1918.“One only has to look at the poignant First World War monuments that are scattered in every city, suburb, town, and village of this country to understand that New Zealand lost a generation of young men fighting a war half a world away from the green and pleasant hills of Aotearoa. “The inscriptions on First World War memorials such as for Empire, Britain, Motherland, King and Country reflect the attitude of New Zealanders of the period. It is hard for us living in the early years of the 21st century to understand the motives of those young men who flocked to the colours in 1914. We must remember that it was a time of patriotism, when New Zealanders considered themselves to be British sons and daughters of the Empire. New Zealanders often called Britain home even though it was a country they had never visited. “The butcher’s bill was shocking, in all some 18,166 New Zealanders died as a result of the ‘war to end all wars’ and another 41,317 were wounded, many of them twice or more, while many thousands more suffered in later years from the results of their war service. In a country, which at the time had a population of little over one million people, most families suffered or were affected as a result of the fighting. It is to be hoped that the sacrifice of these young men will not be forgotten, and this book will become part of that remembrance.