Exhibitions Archive

08 November 2014 -
04 September 2016

Billy Connell's War - Whanganui in World War I

This is a local story about a local lad, using a collection of photographs taken by Christopher William (Billy) Connell while on active service overseas. Billy Connell enlisted in 1914 and left with the Main Body of the NZ Expeditionary Force. He served in Gallipoli where he earned the Military Medal. He became ill, spent time in hospitals and had a motorcycle accident in England while on leave in 1916 returned home to a life that would never be the same again.