FROM THE EDITOR
Anzac Day is looming again. Each year the commemoration of New Zealand’s war heroes seems to grow in importance and crowds gathering at the services all around the country are swelling exponentially.
Porirua is fortunate to have a resident world war historian. Allan Dodson of Plimmerton has spent countless hours researching the links of Porirua men (and some women) with the world wars, especially World War I.
In our Flashback on page 16 this week, Dodson focuses more on the Western Front, with particular attention to the infamous Battle of the Somme. Porirua had several men unfortunate enough to be involved in that grim episode, as you will read.
Dodson also details the stories of the 50 men from the Cook Islands who left their homes in 1915 to join the Pioneer (Maori) Battalion and later served in France. Theirs has been a forgotten story of World War I. Not any longer.