Wednesday 25 April 2012


Unknown Kiwi Soldiers sightseeing in Egypt during WW1.
The photograph was found during restoration work on photographs in the University of Canterbury Students' Association (UCSA) archive during the late 1990s. It had been used as a backing board for another, much later, photograph. This was evidently quite a common practice during the early 1930s. Regardless of the reasons, this photograph was lost from view, and was absent any information when it was rediscovered.  I have always imagined them to have had a connection to the UCSA, an organisation I had spent much time involved with, and thus feel a connection to these unknown soldiers, unknown but not forgotten.

My thoughts often turn to this photo on ANZAC day, for so many reasons, reasons that I have tried so many times to put into words, but none seem to be satisfactory. Today is is day we remember those who serve, those who have served, and those who have fallen, in order to defend our country and our way of life. to them all I say thank you, and that we will remember them.


  1. Nice post Brian. Cool photo too.

  2. That the above picture seems to have lain forgotten until rediscovered in more recent times is perhaps a small example of what seems to be happening more at large. One feels that ANZAC day, and the soldiers that have served in New Zealand's wars, are more remembered today than in times past.

    There have been times, up to and including the present, in which New Zealand's involvement in conflicts around the globe has come into question; but let not that depreciate the good faith of the men and women who accept such tasks.

    1. I think that we have stopped looking on war as a whole evil in recent years and started to look more into the reasons why, in doing so war has become an acceptible thing to discuss. this in turn has allowed too look into the wars of the past and the sacrifice those men made