Object: Postcard, ’German War Flag captured at Samoa by New Zealand Expeditionary Force’
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|Title||Postcard, ’German War Flag captured at Samoa by New Zealand Expeditionary Force’|
Wilson, William Thompson (publisher), 1914-1916, New Zealand
|Materials||paper, printing ink|
|Classification||Visual and Verbal Communication, postcards|
x 139mm (Width)
|Credit line||Purchased 2011|
This is an example of a commercial postcard published in New Zealand referencing New Zealand's occupation of the German colony of Samoa on 29 August 1914. This postcard titled ’German War Flag captured at Samoa by New Zealand Expeditionary Force’ is one of a small group of items at Te Papa associated with the New Zealanders landing and occupation.
Capturing the Flag
A New Zealand newspaper, The Evening Post reported that the flag was captured by Private Herbert Lloyd Bailey (Bayley) who was a member of the Legion of Frontiersmen in Fiji. He enlisted in the Samoa Advance force when they passed through Fiji en-route to Samoa. When the troops landed, Bailey spotted the German flag and rushed forward and lowered it. New Zealand troopers who witnessed the event remarked that there was quite a dramatic scene as the flag was hauled down, with German Government officials standing in the vicinity. As 'they saw it lowered they one and all reverently saluted’.
Private Bailey was given permission to keep the flag by military authorities. However, later on, he and other members of the Fiji contingent decided to present the flag to the New Zealand Government. In front of the headquarters at camp, the flag was handed over to the commanding officer of the troops from the Auckland district of New Zealand. The Fiji contingent expressed a hope “that the Government would see fit to retain the flag in Auckland.” The newspaper records also tell us that in the decades after the war, several other flags captured in Samoa made their way into the collections of the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
The original photograph was probably taken in New Zealand, some time between 1914 and 1916. The postcard was aquired by Te Papa at auction in 2011.
Pictured - back row: Trooper T. Mc Carroll, TV Roberts, CA Warden, RN Caldwell, H.F. Bayley (Bailey), Front row; Trooper D.Clutterbuck, G. Major, G.W.Wishart, H.R.Lister, Reclining: Sergeant R.J.Cottingham
Auckland Weekly News
The Evening Post
Liava'a, C. (2009) Qaravi Na'i Tavi They Did their Duty: Soldiers from Fiji in the Great war. Auckland, Polygraphia Ltd.
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