Those who served
The total number of New Zealand troops and nurses to serve overseas in 1914–1918, excluding those in British and other Dominion forces, was 103,000, from a population of just over a million. Forty-two percent of men of military age served in the NZEF. 16,697 New Zealanders were killed and 41,317 were wounded during the war — a 58 percent casualty rate. Approximately a further thousand men died within five years of the war's end, as a result of injuries sustained, and 507 died whilst training in New Zealand between 1914 and 1918.
New Zealand had one of the highest casualty and death rate per capita of any country involved in the war. Although Gallipoli is most remembered because of its significance as the first major action of the war involving the deaths of New Zealanders (2,700 dead), the majority of New Zealanders killed were on the Western Front (12,500).
The Nominal Embarkation Rolls
This site endeavours to employ data sourced from the Nominal Embarkation Rolls — a series of documents listing the details of those departing for service overseas — in such a way that it can be used to answer questions about the makeup of New Zealand's contribution to the First World War, and offer researchers a service to help them draw conclusions about the social impact of WWI on New Zealand society.
We provide a number of examples here which show how this data can be queried and the results visualised by researchers.
|Number of deaths per day||Graph summarising the number of deaths per day, indicating where major battles occured.|
|Relationship of personnel to next-of-kin||Pie chart summarising the relationship of the stated next-of-kin to the personnel.|
|Place of death||Pie chart summarising the places of death.|
|Country of death||Pie chart summarising the countries of death.|
|Contribution of region||Pie chart summarising the contributions of various regions of New Zealand.|
|Strength of unit||Pie chart summarising the strength of the various units.|
|Occupation of personnel||Pie chart summarising the various occupations of the personnel.|