WW1 NZEF Unit Histories

New Zealand Electronic Text Centre

There are a variety of histories published based on information sourced from regimental diaries (now held in Archives New Zealand).  These books are often not well indexed (if at all).  Each covers the period in chronologically and can therefore be read in conjunction with an individual’s service record to provide context for the personnel file entries.

The following list comprises histories that were published, and where NZETC has a digital copy, click “NZETC“). A copy of the book also exists in the Auckland War Memorial Museum Library (catalogue link provided – click “LIBRARY“)

WW1 Official Campaign Histories

  • Vol.1, Gallipoli. Waite, F., The New Zealanders at Gallipoli (Wellington: Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd., 1921) [NZETC] [LIBRARY]
  • Vol. 2, France. Stewart, H., The New Zealand Division 1916-1919 (Wellington: Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd., 1921) [NZETC] [LIBRARY]
  • Vol. 3, Sinai and Palestine. Powles, C. G., The New Zealanders in Sinai and Palestine (Wellington: Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd., 1922) [NZETC] [LIBRARY]
  • Vol. 4, War Effort of New Zealand. Drew, H. T. B., The War Effort of New Zealand (Wellington: Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd., 1923) [NZETC] [LIBRARY]

Samoan Advance Force

  • Smith, S. J., The Samoa (N.Z.) Expeditionary Force 1914-1915: an account based on official records of the seizure and occupation by New Zealand of the German islands of Western Samoa (Wellington: Ferguson & Osborn, 1924) [NZETC] [LIBRARY]

Royal New Zealand Artillery

  • Byrne, J. R., New Zealand Artillery in the field 1914-18 (Auckland: Whitcombe & Tombs, 1922) [NZETC] [LIBRARY]

New Zealand Medical Corps

  • Carbery, A. D., The New Zealand medical service in the Great War, 1914-1918 (Auckland: Whitcombe & Tombs, 1924) [NZETC] [LIBRARY]

New Zealand Engineers

  • Annabell, N., Official history of the New Zealand Engineers during the Great War 1914-1919 (Wanganui: Evans, Cobb & Sharpe, 1927) [NZETC] [LIBRARY]
  • Neill, J. C.(ed.), The New Zealand Tunnelling Company, 1915-1919 (Auckland: Whitcombe & Tombs, 1922) [NZETC] [LIBRARY]

New Zealand Army Service Corps

Canterbury Infantry Regiment

  • Ferguson, D., The history of the Canterbury Regiment, N.Z.E.F. 1914-1918 (Auckland: Whitcombe & Tombs, 1921) [NZETC] [LIBRARY]

Canterbury Mounted Rifles

  • Powles, C. G.(ed.), The history of the Canterbury Mounted Rifles, by officers of the Regiment (Auckland: Whitcombe & Tombs, 1928) [NZETC] [LIBRARY]

Otago Infantry Regiment

  • Byrne, A. E., Official history of the Otago Regiment in the Great War, 1914-1918 (Dunedin: J. Wilkie, 1921) [NZETC] [LIBRARY]

Otago Mounted Rifles

Wellington Infantry Regiment

  • Cunningham, W. H. and Treadwell, C. A. L., The Wellington Regiment N.Z.E.F., 1914-1918 (Wellington: Ferguson & Osborn, 1928) [NZETC] [LIBRARY]

Wellington Mounted Rifles

  • Wilkie, A. H., Official war history of the Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment 1914-19 (Auckland: Whitcombe & Tombs, 1924) [NZETC] [LIBRARY]

Auckland Infantry Regiment

  • Burton, O. E., The Auckland Regiment: being an account of the doings on active service if the First, Second and Third Battalions of the Auckland Regiment (Wellington: Whitcombe & Tombs, 1922) [NZETC] [LIBRARY]
  • Allen, S. S., 2/Auckland, 1918: being a partial record of the war service in France of the 2/Auckland Regiment during the Great War (Auckland: Whitcombe & Tombs, 1920) [NZETC] [LIBRARY]

Auckland Mounted Rifles

  • Nicol, C. G., The story of two campaigns: official war history of the Auckland Mounted Rifles Regiment, 1914-1919 (Auckland: Wilson & Horton, 1921) [NZETC] [LIBRARY]

Divisional Train

NZEF Divisional HQ

Maori Battalion

  • Cowan, J., The Maoris in the Great War: a history of the New Zealand native contingent and Pioneer Battalion: Gallipoli, 1915: France and Flanders, 1916-1918 (Auckland: Whitcombe & Tombs [for] Maori Regimental Committee, 1926) [NZETC] [LIBRARY]

New Zealand Veterinary Corp

New Zealand Chaplains Department

Samoan Relief, Infantry

Samoan Relief, Mounted Rifles

New Zealand Army Pay Corps

New Zealand Army Nursing Service

1st Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
2nd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
3rd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
4th Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade

  • Austin, W. S.(ed.), The official history of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade (the Earl of Liverpool’s Own): covering the period of service with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War from 1915 to 1919 (Wellington: L.T. Watkins, 1924) [NZETC] [LIBRARY]

Other Unit Histories

  • Luxford, J. H., With the machine gunners in France and Palestine: the official history of the Machine Gun Corps in the Great World War 1914-1918 (Auckland: Whitcombe & Tombs, 1923) [NZETC] [LIBRARY]
  • New Zealand Cyclist Corps in the Great war 1914-1918, by officers of the Regiment (Auckland: Whitcombe & Tombs, 1922) [NZETC] [LIBRARY]
  • Moore, A. Briscoe, The mounted riflemen in Sinai and Palestine: the story of New Zealand’s crusaders (Auckland: Whitcombe and Tombs, 1920) [NZETC] [LIBRARY]
  • Robertson, J., With the cameliers in Palestine (Dunedin: Reed, 1938) [NZETC] [LIBRARY]

4 thoughts on “WW1 NZEF Unit Histories

  1. Please help trying to find any information about my 82 year old husbands father, he was one of the 1st onto Galipoli, he was a rifleman in the 1st world war, his name is Frederick John May , if I give my postal address please could you post me something, many thanks, Mrs Jo-Ann May, unit 8/20 Dobson street, Ascot, Brisbane. Qld, Australia

  2. What a wonderful archive: I so easily found the William Innes (10/3301, Wellington Regiment, 9th (Hawke’s Bay) Coy. 1st Bn.) I was looking for, as I’m reading a letter he wrote to the father of his mate, one Harold Beach (10/3181, same reg.), KIA on the Somme, 16/9/16. Many many thanks.

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