The first part of the film shows New Zealand soldiers, along with their horses and equipment, embarking on a troopship and departing from Wellington on 25 September 1914. This attempt to leave had to be aborted because of concern about the whereabouts of German raiders.
The Main Body of the NZEF eventually left on 16 October 1914. The 8000 troops who left for the First World War on this date were the largest body of men to ever leave New Zealand.
This second part of this film, which begins with shots of the troop ship HMNZT No.28 (SS Tofua), shows the 6th Reinforcements who left on 11 August 1915.