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Re: Lucknow & WWI

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Posted by John Wilson on August 16, 2020 at 21:29:52 user hugo.

In Reply to: Re: Lucknow & WWI posted by John Nichols on August 15, 2020 at 13:18:27:

My grandfather was in the Sinai and Palestine Campaign in WWI; he was a Chaplain-Captain with the Auckland Mounted Rifles (and a Presbyterian minister). I have his diary. He did mention the war occasionally; e.g. how he took a pistol off an Arab. The Freemasons in the NZEF held a meeting in Jerusalem at the site of the Mosque of Omar on 6 April 1918, the reputed site of Solomonís Temple (accompanied by a sheik who was a Mason). The first meeting for 3000 years someone said, so some wag asked where the minutes of the last meeting were! During the campaign, some captured German and Turkish prisoners made Masonic signs.

A new book on New Zealand and the Gallipoli Campaign (see link to ebook). The attrition (casualty rate was higher than expected prewar (p11) and General Godley said he did not want 6000 horses there! (p28).

Against Britain during WWI, there were the warship bombardments of Hartlepool, Lowestoff, Scarborough, Whitby and Yarmouth in 1914 and 1916. Some civilian casualties; 137 in December 1914. An enlistment poster said "Remember Scarborough". The Zeppelin Raids on Britain started in 1915.

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