It's almost 100 years since World War I ground to a miserable close four-and-a-half long years.
Any thoughts that the troops would be home by Christmas had been extinguished years earlier.
Some families lost all their sons.
One of New Zealand's best known composers, Gareth Farr, discovered that three relatives, all from one family, died in the war.
He felt compelled to write a cello concerto in their memory.
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