Shot Kiwi mu­ti­neer hon­oured in UK

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New York: The name of a New Zealand sol­dier ex­e­cuted for mutiny dur­ing World War I was fi­nally added to a war me­mo­rial ded­i­cated to mu­ti­neers, “cowards”, and de­sert­ers yes­ter­day .

Ce­cil John “Jack” Braith­waite, 34, was ex­e­cuted by fir­ing squad at dawn in France on Oc­to­ber 29, 1916 af­ter a tu­mul­tuous time in the army. Pri­vate Braith­waite was posthu­mously par­doned by the New Zealand Gov­ern­ment in 2000 and by Bri­tain in 2006. How­ever, his name was omit­ted from the of­fi­cial Shot at Dawn me­mo­rial at the Na­tional Me­mo­rial Ar­bore­tum in Stafford­shire, Eng­land which re­mem­bers 306 sol­diers shot by their own side for de­ser­tion or cow­ardice dur­ing the First World War - 1914-18. The non-in­clu­sion was spot­ted by am­a­teur Welling­ton his­to­rian Ge­off McMil­lan dur­ing a visit to the me­mo­rial last year. Mr McMil­lan teamed up with Stafford­shire-based mil­i­tary his­tory re­search group, Chase Project to re­search the omis­sion and then cam­paign to have Braith­waite prop­erly re­mem­bered. NZ Her­ald

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