ANZAC - from sport to war
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
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”
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.