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.
Andrew Russell was a New Zealand military leader in the First World War, known for his meticulous planning.
Born in Napier, Andrew Russell was educated in England, first at Harrow School and then at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, as was family tradition. After serving for five years in India and Burma, Russell left the 1st Border Regiment to return to New Zealand and farm sheep with his uncle, William Russell.