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The Auckland War Memorial Museum's Cenotaph Database began in 1997 as a roll of honour for the central Auckland museum's visitors to read. It started with names, ranks, dates of death, and the occasional photograph.
With the advent of the Internet its scope broadened to include whatever biographical details the museum could find or family contributed. To be included, a dead person must have a New Zealand link and have been in the armed forces or a support service. Current number exceeds 115,000, covering a century and a half from the mid-19th century to 21st-century peacekeeping missions. Basic pages have three main sections:
- Who were they?
- Where did they come from?
- Where did they go? (this section containing links to World War I troopships)
The database was featured on pages 65 and 66 of The New Zealand Genealogist March-April 2009.
- Email armoury at aucklandmuseum.com
- Record of "Swotty" Aitken