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100 years since the world wide Influenza Pandemic of 1918

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the great influenza pandemic of 1918. Some have called it the greatest pandemic in human history. Between 50 and 100 million people are thought to have died, representing as much as 5 percent of … Continue reading

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1918 – the final push

1918 was the final year of war, but it was also among the most costly. Bruce Hickenbottom was remembered at the Technical College for his portrayal of Father Christmas in a fundraising entertainment. He died on April 23, 1918. Nesslea Jarman … Continue reading

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October, 1917

October 1917 saw some of the fiercest fighting of the war, at the height of the Battle of Passchendaele. New Zealand troops were heavily involved in this battle. Percy Clark was a prominent member of the Students’ Association, rising to … Continue reading

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1917 – the fourth year

1917 was a sombre year for families of New Zealand soldiers, and the Technical College was no exception. George Craw studied in the Engineering department, before working as a cleaner for New Zealand Railways. He died on August 6, 1917, … Continue reading

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1916 – the third year

By 1916, any thoughts of “over by Christmas” were gone. The Technical College lost many Old Boys in the fighting of this year.                           Leonard Barter, Edward Beattie, … Continue reading

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The greatest enemy of all

Illness and disease have always ravaged armies, and the First World War was no exception. In an age before antibiotics, even common ailments could kill.               Ameral Abbott, who had worked on his family’s … Continue reading

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WW100: Disease: The greatest enemy of all

When people think about casualties caused by war they envision combat dead but disease has historically been a far greater danger. Disease: the greatest enemy? Was the Great War the first major conflict in which disease caused fewer deaths than armed combat?  A comparison of war casualties from the pre First … Continue reading

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