Honouring University Collegians who fell at Gallipoli

Lt. Herbert Richardson.  Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 31-R967
Lt. Herbert Richardson. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 31-R967

Among those who died on 25 April 1915 during the Allied invasion of the Gallipoli Peninsula were three former Auckland University College students: Herbert Richardson (read his biography), Alan Dawson and Frederick Stuckey.  Another Collegian, Robert Frater, died a few days later from injuries he received that day.  In total, 21 Collegians aged between 20 and 36 are known to have lost their lives during the eight-month Gallipoli campaign.  

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing, a short biography on 23-year-old Lt. Herbert George Richardson has been added to the Their stories section of the University Library’s Special Collections First World War centenary website.  There is also a new biography on Sister Daphne Commons, who served in the NZ Army Nursing Service Corps in Egypt and England from 1915 - 1919.

The centenary website was launched in August last year and centres around the University’s Roll of Honour, a wartime record of the military service of 720 past and present students and staff.

More Collegians’ stories will be added during the centenary, as will new content that looks at internees and prisoners of war and the rise of peace movements in the War’s aftermath, drawing on material held in Special Collections in the General Library.