Author: O’DONNELL, BARRY (ED)
64 pages – paperback.
On 5 August 1914 the New Zealand Government declared war on Germany. As the country’s largest state agency, its largest employer and effectively its biggest business, New Zealand Railways (NZR) was one the most valuable assets available to the government. As with all nations involved in the four year long conflict, the railways would become a vital tool for the mobilisation, outfitting and dispatch of a military force and for the efficient operation of the wartime economy.
Part 1: A brief history of the impact WWI had on New Zealand Railways and its staff.
Part 2: The story behind the erection of the flagpole at Petone Railway Station.
Part 3: Anzac Day Petone 1916.
Part 4: Story of the 5th NZ Light Railway Operating Company at Ypres, Belgium.
Part 5: List of NZR staff killed during the war.
Part 6: Obituaries for some of the fallen.