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Trooper Nairn
NZ Mounted Rifles

Click on the image above to go to a new photograph Album posted by our President Greg Bradley of Trooper Nairn. Greg has put in some good work here presenting an Album purchased off the Trademe website. At this point in time we have very little informtion on Trooper Nairn but I am sure with your collective help this will grow.
As albums come to hand we will link them through this page HERE which already holds the Burrowes Collection

To start the ball rolling I have four names on my own (and possibly not complete) Nominal Roll, that has four names listed as "Nairn" - perhaps there are more (help required here please). First up it looks like 11/108 Lionel Nairn would be our man as he is listed as Wellington Mounted Rifles - but photos show the men are from the Auckland Mounted Rifles with the "white/red/white" pugaree flash on the hat bands - perhaps one of the others below were part of the AMR field engineers? Although the regimental number would suggest not? However, Lionel looks the best bet so far?

4/914 NAIRN James Bruce 24 Campbell Rd Grey Lynn Auckland      5th Reinforcements, NZ Field Engineers
11/108 NAIRN Lionel Douglas Khandallah Wellington Main Body, Wellington Mounted Rifles
4/654 NAIRN Robert Roland Alfred St Auckland 4th Reinforcements, NZ Field Engineers
12/1057 NAIRN Walter George 80 Cook St Auckland   Main Body, Auckland Infantry Battalion



21st Anniversary issue
penny and half-penny
stamps 1936.

50th Anniversary issue
4 penny and 5 penny
stamps 1965.

NZMR 24th
Reinforcements Badge.

This map will remain available from our Lists, Maps an documents section after it is removed from the updates page.
Documents available from our new "LISTS" page.

A bit of detective work allows the Association to track down the location of where this photograph was taken all those years ago.

The New Zealand Mounted Rifles Association extends its congratulations and thanks to New Zealand's newest recipient of the Victoria Cross, Corporal Willie Apiata.
He becomes the first New Zealand soldier to receive this honour since the end of WWII some sixty years ago.
New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark paid tribute to Corporal Apiata's bravery at the presentation.

His citation read: "In total disregard of his own safety, Lance Corporal Apiata stood up and lifted his comrade bodily.
"He then carried him across the 70 metres of broken, rocky and fire swept ground, fully exposed in the glare of battle to heavy enemy fire and into the face of returning fire from his main troop position.
"Having delivered his wounded companion to relative shelter with the remainder of the patrol, Lance Corporal Apiata re-armed himself and rejoined the fight in counter-attack."

Corporal Apiata is one of only 13 living recipients of the Victoria Cross.

Three other members of Apiata's squad, from the Special Air Services commando unit, were awarded lesser gallantry medals for actions in the battle in Afghanistan in 2004.

The Governor General of New Zealand Mr Satyanand said New Zealand could only express pride in his "extraordinary display of heroism".

"This award not only reflects the dedication skill and professionalism of the New Zealand SAS, but also your own special courage and character."


He Matua, He Toa, He Tuatangata.


Corporal Willie Apiata - "For Valour"

Corporal Willie Apiata hongis with Governor-General Anand Satyanand after receiving his Victoria Cross.
Photo / Mark Mitchell

New Zealand Herald photo monday july 30th 2007

The Proclamation of Martial Law posted throughout Jerusalem in
three languages, English, French and Italian.
Document content available from our new "LISTS" page.

A new animation just posted on the Badges page at :
The 800k animation takes about 6 minutes to download if you are on a dial-up connection.
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It is nice to know we have some great sleuths out there. Since posting Mackesy's 1919 Diary on our website one of our members has had a great find. "Old Joe" the Colonels walking cane has been part of a Northland Museum collection for many years, but now 2007 has brought to light one of the Colonels Hats. What a surprise for Donna Nobilo (NZMR Northland) when she flipped this hat to find clearly inscribed "C.E.R. Mackesy" in the crown next to the makers named agent in Port Said. Great to see these two items joined together once again, and both in immaculate condition. Well done Donna.

The Railway Muddle that confused the ability for friend and foe to trasnsport troops and goods in the Middle East in WWI
The map above is to be part of a new page on the railway structure during the Sinai Palestine Campaigns,
I am asking members for any relevant information regarding these lines to get it touch. I intend to cover the attack on the railway at Asluj of course and the line to Medina - however showing this map here from Llyod Georges Memoirs shows that along with the British 3' 6' track laid from Katara in Egypt meant there was a jumble of varios width rolling stock that made it difficult to cross Turkish Palestine from one side to the other.