Friday, 23 August 2013

Today's Poet - Mary Ursula Bethell - New Zealand

Mary Ursula Bethell (1874 - 1945) was born in England.  Her parents had spent time in New Zealand before her birth and returned there to live when she was 18 months old.

In spite of their relatively small size and the distance from Britain, New Zealand answered the call and sent more than 100,000 troops and nurses to help the cause.

Maori soldiers also served in the First World War.   Troops from New Zealand fought in Egypt, Gallipoli, Palestine and on the Western Front.

The sacrifices of the Australian and New Zealand Troops in the First World War are remembered on Anzac Day which is 25th April.

The photo (courtesy of the Facebook Group WW1 Buffs) shows a Turkish Sniper captured by Anzac Troops on Gallipoli.

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