Author(s): Cheryl Carnahan
Little has been written about the nurses and less so the chaplains who served with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force during World War One. Several members of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists Nelson Branch have researched the lives of many of those nurses and chaplains who had an association with the Nelson Tasman area. This book captures the brave and courageous nurses and chaplains who were often very close to the firing line. Several chaplains were killed and ten New Zealand nurses went down with the ship when the Marquette was torpedoed. The nurses worked in frozen, leaking tents and draughty huts, often wearing tin hats and having to rush to a trench for safety when the hospitals were being bombed. In 2015 NZSG Nelson were winners of the Heritage and Environment category at the Trustpower Community Awards for 'going above and beyond to mark an important centenary.