Godley was a man with considerable talent for organisation, as evidenced by his training of the Territorial Force in the early 1910s, and later command of the New Zealand Division in the First World War.
Christchurch-born George Chaney served with the Canterbury Regiment at Passchendaele. He was killed in action on 29 November 1917, aged 31, and is commemorated at the Buttes New British Cemetery (NZ) Memorial at Polygon Wood in Belgium.
A gun crew struggles in the mud at Passchendaele, October 1917. In the regimental history, New Zealand artillery in the field (p. 197), Lieutenant J.R. Byrne gives an evocative description of the conditions encountered during this battle:The whole countryside was one vast quagmire, and the roads were little better.