Gallipoli ballot research throws up some interesting researching

Crozier-casualty Form

Fairfax reports on people looking into war records to support their application to attend the Gallipoli centenary in 2015. I would love to go, but haven’t entered the ballot, even though my great-grandfather served and was wounded at Gallipoli.

Hundreds of New Zealanders have had applications for the Gallipoli ballot rejected – with some finding Grandad wasn’t the war hero they thought.

More than 260 disappointed applicants have had entries to the centenary celebrations in Turkey on April 25, 2015 invalidated by the Defence Force, with the military double-checking all personnel files with Archives New Zealand.

Entries were also rejected for being late, filled out by non-New Zealand citizens, and not containing enough information. Some desperate to get a spot at Anzac Cove tried to sneak in multiple entries.?

With the centenary of the disastrous 1915 Gallipoli landing next year, the country’s interest in war history has exploded. As a result, places at the Anzac Day commemorations in Gallipoli have been limited by the Turkish Government to 2000 Kiwis and 8000 Australians – figures roughly based on the number of deaths suffered by each country with Australia losing 8500 men and New Zealand 2721.

More than 10,000 people wanted to attend and have entered a ballot, the results of which will be announced this week by Veterans’ Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse.

Twenty per cent of the highly coveted spots are reserved for people who had an ancestor at Gallipoli, or who are veterans of any war. They also get another crack at the general ballot.

Each entry in these special categories has been double-checked by the Defence Force through Archives, which has digitised more than 160,000 personnel files from World War I in a massive six-year project.

The article was interesting as it mentioned logging on to the archives…so I went searching…and I found the?military record of my Great Grandfather, Harry Crozier.

He was who we always thought, a war veteran who served in Egypt and in Gallipoli, invalided out of the army and the campaign as a result of the injuries sustained in battle…it is all there.

I am immensely proud of his service.

Enlistment form of Harry Crozier for the NZEF

Enlistment form of Harry Crozier for the NZEF