12 Apr 2015

War Report - 12 April 2015

From New Zealand in World War I, 8:53 pm on 12 April 2015

With no idea of the carnage to come at Gallipoli the New Zealand home front was focused on minor matters. The wife of the Governor General urging woman to knit two pairs of socks for each serving man and the Wellington Chamber of Commerce refused to use pencils made in Bavaria by Johann Faber and was eager to buy from British manufacturers who were of necessity now providing higher grade pencils. General Andrew Russell, commander of the New Zealand troops reflects on the quality of the volunteers and the death of tennis star Andrew Wilding in action in 1915 is described. Newspaper reports indicate that the destination of the New Zealand troops is still not publically known, just days before the Gallipoli landings.

Music extracts:

Artist: John McCormack
Song: It's a Long Way to Tipperary
Composer: n/s
Album: Oh, It's a Lovely War Vol 1
Label: CD41 486286

Artist: Bill Murray
Song: Sister Susie's Sewing Shirts for Soldiers
Composer: R P Weston/Herman Darewski
Album: Songs of World War 1
Label: CD Geoentertainment 557331