2014 is the anniversary of the start of World War I. Just over 100,000 New Zealanders served in the war, from a population then of barely one million. Of those, more than 18,000 died and over 40,000 were wounded. Most were young men, and nearly one in five who served did not return. The growth of attendances at the ANZAC day services shows that people of all generations have a lasting interest in WWI, and a website called New Zealand WW100 has been set up by the Government as a place where New Zealand First World War centenary projects and activities can be shared, including official state ceremonies and community initiatives. Here are a few that have already started.
Christchurch City Libraries already has a presence on the website with links to our information on Conscientious Objectors and Nurses and other Medical Personnel. The library will be very much involved in these commemorations and as time goes on you will hear more about this, but in the mean time we have already started ordering some books that the publishing world, anticipating big sales and massive interest have started to produce.
- Women in the war zone: Hospital Service in the First World War by Anne Powell
- The Western Front Companion: The Complete Guide to How the Armies Fought for Four Devastating Years, 1914-1918 by Mark Adkin
- Mapping the First World War: The Great War Through Maps from 1914-1918 by Peter Chasseaud
- The Long Shadow: The Great War the Twentieth Century by David Reynolds
- 1914: The Year the World Ended by Paul Ham
- Wounded: From Battlefield to Blighty: 1914-1918 by Emily Mayhew
- 100 Days to Victory: How the Great War was Fought and Won by David Saul
- Empires of the Dead: How One Man’s Vision Led to the Creation of WWI’s War Graves by David Crane