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ANZAC - from sport to war

Written by on August 10th, 2015.      0 comments

 ANZAC - Brothers in Arms

Anzac is the acronym for 
Australian and New Zealand Army Corps
No one knows who came up with the term Anzac
but it was used on a
rubber stamp: 'ANZAC'
and later the corps used it as their telegraph code word.


With the outbreak of war in 1915 Rugby League players were in the forefront of those volunteering:

The roll of honour of sports killed and wounded at the Dardanelles is assuming larger dimensions each time a battle, is fought. It seems to me that, when the history of New Zealand's part in this great war is written, the names of the sporting fraternity of the Dominion will loom large on its pages.From the Wellington paper: Free Lance, 17 September 1915
Bowden-William-Richard-World-War-I-1914-1918-1432-549871-923 Jones-George-Albert-World-War-I-1914-1918-7906-561532-500 Sinton-Charles-Bramwell-World-War-I-1914-1918-14491-608570-823
12/177 Private William  MOEKI,
He came from Gisborne and lived in Grey Lynn, playing for the City Club in Auckland and was killed in action on the 25 April 1915. He was 29.
2/117 Sergeant William Richard BOWDEN  
He lived in Spreydon Christchurch  and played for the Addington Club He was killed in action on Gallipoli 17 May 1915. He was  25.
12/1999 Private George Albert JONES  
He also played for the City Club in Auckland. He was just 20 when he was killed in action at the major Gallipoli Battle Chunuk Bair 8 August 1915.
12/2471 Warrant Officer Class 1 (Regimental Sergeant Major) Charles Bramwell SINTON
From Devonport, he played for the Sunnyside Club and was also killed in action at. Chunuk Bair 8 Aug 1915 age 23.

“The war had levied a heavy toll on the sportsmen of the Dominion”
Warrior Ryan Hoffman wearing the ANZAC jersy
In 2015 the Canterbury of New Zealand and the Vodafone Warriors are proud to announce the release of their stunning commemorative jersey.
Te Maumaharatanga is the name specially chosen for the ANZAC jersey, literally meaning ‘The Memorial’. The jersey was designed by Dave Burke with guidance from kaumatua and cultural advisor Luke Crawford.








The Fields of Remembrance Trust was established in 2012 to honour those who served and died for our nation during World War One.

The Trust is made up of the Passchendaele Society, the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association, New Zealand (RNZRSA) representIng all local RSAs, and the Auckland RSA. It is a registered charity.