NEW ZEALAND MOUNTED RIFLES
MALTA: TO CONVALESCE OR DIE.

The tranquil Mediterranean Island of Malta became the last resting place for many Galliploli
soldiers. Above: The iron gates leading into a CWG cemetery on the Island. An army "dog tag"
of a New Zealand soldier. A 1915 Red Cross and Saint John's postcard home, and the last
resting place for New Zealand Mounted Rifleman 13/1056/a J.E. Scott, who died 4th
September 1915 aged twenty-six years old.


 


A Doctors summer uniform of WWI
note the shorts, commonly referred to as "Bombay Bloomers" and Pith Helmet.
This original uniform from a NZMR members collection.

 

 

 








 

A CHANCE TO RECOVER
The attack on the Galliploi Peninsular introduced The New Zealanders to a new horrific twentieth century war of heavy artillery bombardments and deadly machine gun fire. The carnage wrought on both sides of the battle lines had not been witnessed before. Men died in their thousands each day. Some were to say that "they were the lucky ones" as the injuries to tens of thousands of men in the allied lines were truly terrible. Compounding the problems for these wounded men was the inability to move them immediately out of the trenches to hospital ships anchoured off-shore. The open ground of ANZAC was a death trap for medics trying to aid men during the day, and the tortuous terrain down the steep ravines to the beachhead was dangerous at night - help was slow in coming. Men sometimes lay for days waiting evacuation, many bled to death, and infections and disease ravaged both the wounded and the able bodied. Thirst was also a continual pressure. Dressing Stations in the reserve areas swamped with dying men.
If a soldier was lucky enough to reach the beachhead and then survive the over crowded conditions aboard a hospital ship, he was destined for one of the many hospitals established away from the war zone. Close by on the Greek Island of Lemnos was the first of the hospitals, also there were many established back in Egypt, others for the more serious cases were located in England and Malta.

Veterans of battle recovering in Ward 4 of the
Cottonera Hospital - Malta 1915.
PAGE BEING DEVELOPED OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS.  
Above: The New Zealand Hospital ship "Maheno" loading the wounded and the sick from navy lighters that ferry the men from ANZAC Cove to the ships, then onto Hospitals like those stationed on Malta. Many men did not reach the much needed care of Hospitals and where buried at sea.
On the right: The "Maheno" meets a watery end. Now a tourist camera opportunity for travelers driving along the coast of Frazier Island off the Australian Queensland coast. The ship was being towed to a Japanese scrapyard after WWI when she went adrift from the salvage vessells during a Cyclone and wrecked ashore..