Gallipoli war diary
Excerpts from the war diary of Rikihana Carkeek provide insight into the tumultuous experiences of a soldier at Gallipoli.
Rikihana Carkeek was a prominent Ngāti Raukawa leader who was in the Māori Contingent and the New Zealand Pioneer Battalion. He fought in many battles during the First World War and kept a diary throughout. Rikihana returned home an officer and died, much later, at age 72. His memoirs were published after his death.
- What can we observe?
- What do we already know?
- How might people view these diary entries in different ways?
Possible discussion questions
- What impressions do you have of Rikihana after reading his diary excerpts?
- How do the events Rikihana describes in these excerpts fit in with other First World War events you know about?
- How do you think Rikihana Carkeek felt during the different events he describes?
- Have you read any other diaries?
- Why might it have been challenging to write/keep a diary during the war?
- What differences might there be between the way a soldier or a nurse described their experiences in their diaries compared with their descriptions in a letter home?
- Why do people keep diaries?
- If someone 100 years from now were to read a diary you had written, what might be of interest to them?