WW1 Resources

​​​​​​​​​​​​​This library guide provides information on resources relating to New Zealand in WW1 with a list of useful books, websites and databases available at the Rotorua District Library. It is not a complete list but is intended to help you get started with your research. Books about WW1 can be found at these dewey numbers 355's and 940's. WW1 websites and databases can be accessed here.

Military Units

Austin, R. J. (2008). Cycling to war: the history of the AIR/NZ Cyclist Corps 1916-19McCrae, Australia: Slouch Hat Publications.

This book traces the formation of the units that made up the Australian and New Zealand Cyclist Corps. It also includes photos and maps, honours and nominal rolls.
(940.41294z AUS - NZ History/Travel collection)

Beattie, P. J. (2014) Onward: Portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Vols 1-2. Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Din  kum Publications.

Contains portraits of soldiers from the Expeditionary Force. 
(940z BEA - NZ History/Travel and (Not for loan) Heritage ​collection)​

Kendall, S., & Corbett, D. (1990). New Zealand Military Nursing: A historyof the R.N.Z.N.C. Boer War to present day. Auckland, New Zealand: Sherayl Kendall & David Corbett.

A history about the evolution of military nursing in New Zealand. A list of the nursing staff who served in WW1 is also included. 
(355.345z KEN - NZ History/Trav​el collection)

Pomeroy, M. (2009). Kiwi Cameliers: a nominal roll of the men of the 15th & 16th NewZealand companies of the Imperial  Camel Corps in the Great War 1914-1918. Christchurch, New Zealand: Fair Dinkem Publications.

Includes a detailed list of those who served with the Imperial Camel Corps.
(NZ 940.5483z POM (Not for loan)​ - Family History Reference collection - Heritage Area)

Stack, W. (2011). The New Zealand Expeditionary Force in World War 1.Oxford, Great Britain: Osprey Publishing.

Provides the history and organisation of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force with images of their uniforms, insignia and military equipment.(940.41293z STA - Adult Non-Fiction collection)

Māori and Pacific Island


Cowan, J. (2011). Māori in the great war. Christchurch, New Zealand: Willson ScottPublishing.

Compiled mainly from the official war diaries of the Battalion commanders and includes the nominal rolls of the Māori contingents and reinforcements. 
(940.48z COW - Māori Non-Fiction collection)​

Liava'a, C. (2009). Qaravi Na'i Tavi They did their duty: Soldiers from Fijiin the Great War. Auckland, New Zealand: Polygraphia Ltd.

A history about the men and women of Fiji who served in World War 1. Includes a nominal index with brief biographies. 
(940.39611 LIA - NZ History/Travel collection)​

Pugsley, C. (1995). Te Hokowhitu A Tu: the Maori Pioneer Battalion in the 
First World War
. Auckland, New Zealand: Reed.

Draws on rare archival material and previously unpublished diaries and letters. Included is a complete list of soldiers who fought with the Battalion.(940.412z PUG - Māori Non-Fiction collection)

Rolls of Honour and Awards

McDonald, W. (2001). Honours and awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary 
Force in the Great War
  1914-1918. Napier, New Zealand: Helen McDonald.

Provides a complete list of those who were honoured and awarded for their service to New Zealand's Expeditionary Force in WW1. 
(355.1342z HON - NZ History/Trav​el collection)​

The Great War 1914-1918: New Zealand Expeditionary Force roll of honour.(1924). Wellington, New Zealand: Government Printer.

Provides a list of soldiers who died as a result of their military service during World War I. The roll is divided into three sections; 
1)Those who were killed in action or died from wounds or disease while on active service. 
2) those who died from wounds or disease after discharge.
3) those who died from accidents or disease while in training in New Zealand. 
(940. 467z GRE - (Not for loan) - NZ Heritage collection - Heritage area)

WW1 Histories

Fenton, D. (2013). New Zealand and the First World War 1914-1919
Auckland, New Zealand: Penguin.

A history book for the war's centenary with over 500 images and memorabilia such as fold-out maps, posters, postcards, letters and booklets.
(940.393z FEN- NZ History/Travel collection)

Hunter, K.& Ross, K. (2014). Holding on to home: New Zealand stories and 
objects of the First World War. Wellington, New Zealand: Te Papa Press.

An illustrated social history about New Zealand's experience in the First World War with images of everyday objects that supported the war effort.(940.3z FEN - NZ History/Travel collection)

Stowers, R. (2005). Bloody Gallipoli : The New Zealanders' story. Auckland,
New Zealand: David Bateman.

This book sets out New Zealand's involvement from the first declaration of war until the final evacuation of the Gallipoli Peninsula. Includes detailed information of those who were killed, made prisoner of war and receivedhonours and awards.
(940.426z STO - NZ History/Travel collection)

Please have a look at the online databases on our catalogue here.​

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