A Question of Numbers

The fundamental starting point for a photographic project such as Onward is to know who served. Without a comprehensive nominal roll we wouldn't know whose photograph to look for, so we have spent many years building just such a roll. At first glance, the official Nominal Roll of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force would appear to be all that is required - but that is just a start. The Nominal Roll is actually the Embarkation Roll i.e. a list names of all those who sailed from New Zealand on active service. It contains many duplicates i.e. men and women who left New Zealand on more than one occasion (Hospital Ship staff, Troop Ship staff, those who served in Samoa and later re-attested for s

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