Shot Kiwi mutineer honoured in UK
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