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Information sought on 1914 New Zealand Pay Warrant

by Neil Shafer

You are looking at a piece of World War I history. This 10-shilling Pay Warrant was issued on Sept. 21, 1914, shortly after the war had begun in Europe. It was used by the New Zealand Government Expeditionary Force, a unit composed of volunteers (at first) from New Zealand who became part of the British forces engaged in warfare activities.


New Zealand offered two brigades: one of infantry and one of mounted troops. These totaled 8,500 men. In 1916, conscription was introduced; by the end of the war, about 114,000 men had served in this Force. This period of action for this special unit came to an end in 1921.

From everything I have seen or read, the 10-shilling denomination is the only one issued for use by the Force.

If anyone has any more information to present, it would be very welcome.

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