Thursday, 28 February 2008

NZ Cenotaph Database

If your searching for family strays a large database from the other side of the world could be a goldmine. The website for Auckland's War Memorial Museum includes a link to Cenotaph, a biographical database of New Zealanders who have died in the 19th century, from the New Zealand Wars and South Africa, through the First and Second World Wars to Korea, Malaya and Vietnam. That isn't just war dead, but anyone who served.

The database already consists of 115,000 records, including for 1,000 women who served as nurses or in other roles, many of which include a portrait taken from published sources or supplied by family members, drawing on information from a range of published sources and from the Museum Library's manuscripts collection and references to personal items on display in the Scars on the Heart galleries.

I found quite a good entry for Capt Conrad Gordon Saxby who died in London in the influenza epidemic at the end of WW1. He is buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery. Saxby was the grandson of Stephen Martin Saxby, a British naval instructor well known along the shores of the Bay of Fundy for his supposed prediction of a hurricane which struck the area in October 1869. In fact he had forecast a storm, but did not specify the area in which it occurred.

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