Great War stories: NZ Division's executed men

  • Breaking
  • 22/04/2015

Discipline is always associated with the military, and tragically it was a fierce form of discipline that saw the British Army condemn more than 300 soldiers to death for mutiny, desertion and other crimes.

Five of them were members of the New Zealand Division. The Australians did not execute their own. They sentenced them to prison with hard labour.

Some, like Victor Spencer, a young man from Southland in his early 20s, may have been suffering from what's now known as post-traumatic stress disorder.

They were seen as shirkers, although this was not on their charge sheets.

Tonight we tell the story of the men of the New Zealand Division, shot by firing squads.   

Watch the video for the full report.

source: newshub archive