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Object: Diary, Gallipoli

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Title Diary, Gallipoli
Production Cox, Edward Percy (writer), 1914-1915, Gallipoli
Materials paper, ink
Classification diaries
Technique handwriting
Registration number CA000316/002/0008

During World War I (1914-1918), New ZealanderMajor E P Cox kept this diary, which was contrary to army regulations. On 25 April 1915 when his troops of the Wellington Infantry Battalion landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey, he recorded the message that England's King George V had sent to hearten the troops before battle.

On May 6th May 1915 'The people of N.Z. will realize (if never before) the other side (the horrors of war) when they read the casualty lists of the past few days. The men however have risen to the occasion they are playing a real soldier's part those who have fallen have done so in a glorious cause.'

Chunuk Bair
Captain Cox wrote his diary until 5 August 1915, three days before he was wounded in fierce fighting on Chunuk Bair, the highest point of the Gallipoli Peninsula. During that encounter his battalion was almost wiped out.

Lest we forget
Captain Cox survived and returned home. Two years later, when there was an interest in building a war history collection, he donated his diary to the Dominion Museum (Te Papa's predecessor).

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