The response of young New Zealanders to ww 1 (What ? (What was their…
The response of young New Zealanders to ww 1
Who was the youngest troop from new zealand ?
Private Frederick James Ewart of Auckland
He was 15 years and 10 months old on joining. He left on the 13th of October 1914 with the Main Body and was actually stepping from a ship into a lighter for the landing at Gallipoli on the 25th of April 1915.
What was their biggest fear about war ?
For most soldiers the biggest fear was probably going "over the top". This is when you get called up along with another couple hundred people to run through no mans land and invade the enemy. Of course this was no easy task and a lot of soldiers died in doing so.
What was the roll of most young people in New Zealand ?
Most young people were basically thrown into the front line with anyone else. We needed all the help we could get on the front line if we wanted any chance in winning.
How did they cope with the trench life ?
Some soldiers found it as a challenge to find a place to sleep and eat everyday
Some soldiers didn't really cope with the horrendous conditions including the smell of decomposing bodies, the diseases and the pests scarring around for food scraps.
How did they feel about leaving their parents or partners ?
From letters that I have read it seems as though they missed their loved ones very much.
Love letters link
Why did they join the war ?
Some young men joined the war because they thought if they did they thought it would make them more powerful, strong and fearless.
No one thought that the war would go on for as long as it did.
A lot of young New Zealanders went to war because their friends were going and if they joined the army they got clothes and in some cases money.
A lot of people faked their parents signature to go to war