About

This World War One diary is the Company diary of the 7th Wellington West Coast Company serving with the Wellington Infantry Battalion in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

Many of the men serving in the Company came from the Wanganui district.

The diary is a detailed account of their training, and their journey from New Zealand to Alexandria in Egypt, and finally to Gallipoli.  It covers the period from August 1914 to April 1915.

The Company Diary ends on Sunday 11th April 1915.  It resumes again on 2nd June 1915 and continues to December 1917.  To cover the intervening days entries from the Regimental Diary of the Wellington Regiment will be used.  The Regimental diary covers the period from August 1914 to September 1916 and includes the main movements of the whole Wellington Battalion.

Wanganui District Library is proud to present this incredible legacy of World War One to the world.  Each day the matching diary entry from 95 years ago will be posted on the site.  You can search the previous entries and make comments on their story.

The original copies of the both the Company and Regimental diaries are  part of the Lovegrove Papers in the archive collection of Wanganui District Library.  For more information on this collection please contact the Heritage Services team at ww1@wanganuilibrary.com

Project Team

Pete Gray
Gillian Tasker
Lynley Fowler
Anne Galpin
June Springer

Thanks to all who helped bring this project together.