Voices from the Past


Caesar was a bulldog that became the mascot of A Company, 4th Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade during World War I and before the troops embarked overseas, he led the grand parade down Queen Street in Auckland, as they marched to the wharves.

Caesar was also a trained Red Cross dog, and once on the battlefields of the Western Front in 1916, he was used to help stretcher bearers find wounded soldiers, especially at night. 

Unfortunately, when the brave little dog was out on the battlefield, he was killed in action and now his story has been immortalised in Patricia Stroud’s book Caesar the Anzac Dog.