Your ‘lost’ ancestor might have been a WW1 Anzac

The least remembered men that fought in WW1 could be the British born recruits who joined up in New Zealand or Australia. They became part of the ‘Anzacs’, a term we all use to describe the Australian and New Zealand soldiers that fought in Gallipoli and on the Western Front. It’s true that most of the men were recruited in Australia or New Zealand. But that doesn’t mean they were actually New Zealanders or Australians.

For family historians in the UK, looking for a long lost relative, one of these Anzacs could be the man you’re looking for. I’ve spent two years researching the New Zealanders’ experiences in WW1. The stories of newly arrived immigrants to New Zealand, joining up to fight for their home country and their new country, are the saddest stories of all.

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The Society of Genealogists will be at Nunhead Cemetery Open Day - Saturday 20 May

Nunhead Cemetery, Linden Grove, London SE15 (open 11-5)

Once again, the Society will be having a stall at the popular Nunhead Cemetery Open Day in Camberwell, South-East London. Consecrated in 1840, Nunhead Cemetery is one of the “Magnificent Seven” Victorian cemeteries built around London in the 19th century.  It may not be as well-known as some of its counterparts (such as Highgate), but it is widely considered to be the most attractive, with its woodland grandeur and Gothic atmosphere.  Notable inhabitants include Sir Charles Fox (the civil engineer who built the Crystal Palace), Sir George Livesey (civil engineer and philanthropist), and Thomas Tilling (the omnibus proprietor).

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