NEW ZEALAND MOUNTED RIFLES

Stanley Burrowes - 6th Wellington Mounted Rifles
Trooper Stanley Burrowes reg. 11/1296 is shown here standing in front of some of his photographs he took while serving through the duration of WWI. Promoted lance Corporal "in the field" 1918.

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Stanley Burrowes
in later life. At a family wedding, 6th of May 1967.
In for the Duration
by Steve Butler
Like many New Zealand young men, Stanley was keen to do his bit and volunteer for "king and Country" to fight the enemy in distant lands. Many men of the day saw the war in Europe as a great coming adventure. The Burrowes family lived in Hawera. Both Stan and his younger brother Edwin attempted to join the NZMR at New Plymouth - the younger brother was accepted but Stan was turned down after admitting that he suffered from asthma, and was rejected on medical grounds. Learning his lesson he travelled by train to Palmerston North, and enlisted there, this time neglecting to mention his asthma condition.
The brothers departed New Zealand for Egypt.
Both brothers landed on enemy Turkish soil with the mounted contingents, each in a different regiment. Stan with the Wellingtons and Edwin with the Aucklanders on the 30th June 1915.
As the weeks passed the brothers became part of the everyday horrors of trench warfare that was the battlefield of Gallipoli, an area of only 700 acres.
Then came the tragedy that struck the Burrowes family and hundreds of other New Zealand homes throughout the land. August the 8th was the beginning of the August offensive and the ANZAC forces went on attack across most of the front. The New Zealanders spearhead was to the high point of the peninsular at Chunuk Bair.
On that fateful day, like thousands of other ANZACs, young Edwin Burrowes was killed. So intense was the fighting that many sections were wiped out to a man. Therefore eyewitness accounts of actions and as to where men had fallen went unrecorded, the survivors of one hour were themselves victims and killed in the next hour.
August the 8th 1915 has become the most tragic day for the loss of life in New Zealand's history.

Right: Edwin Fitzherbert Burrowes
Trooper 13/779
Auckland Mounted Rifles, N.Z.E.F.
who died on
Sunday, 8th August 1915. Age 20
.

Edwin became one of the eight hundred New Zealanders that have no known grave on Gallipoli. After the battle the 'Courts of Inquiry' found only that 20 year old Edwin was 'deceased'.
Although Stanley was to survive the Great War his cousin was also another casualty, William Burrowes with the NZ Cyclists was killed in Action in France on the 17th April 1918.

Below: A collection of Stan's photographs taken during his service in WWI.

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