Archive for March, 2011
Thursday, March 24th, 2011
New Zealand soldier Pte Richard Cook’s bible he lost near Messines during World War I was yesterday returned to his family in a moving ceremony at the National Army Museum in Waiouru.
On 12 April 1918 British soldier, Herbert Hodgson found the mud encrusted bible when he fell into a shell hole during an attack. His diary says: ‘There was no name inside it but the army service number 34816 had been written across the top outer edges of the pages.’
His family later tried to trace the army service number without success. But in June 2010, using the internet, Geoffrey Hodgson (the publisher of Herbert Hodgson’s memoirs) identified the original owner of the Bible as Richard Cook from the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.
Monday, March 7th, 2011
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011
Susan Kaschula (nee Hart) visited the National Army Museum, with hopes of seeing the Universal Carrier her father donated to the Museum many years ago. Susan was not disappointed as the World War II vehicle is the centre piece of the Museum’s iconic North Africa display which also contains the famous soldier eating baked beans.