Christchurch - a chronology


February 3
Canterbury Battalion sustains New Zealand’s first casualties of W.W.I at Suez Canal.
April 1
First regular supply of electricity from Lake Coleridge received in Christchurch.
Christchurch pilot, William B. Rhodes-Moorhouse, killed in action in Europe. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, the first ever to be given to an airman.
May 9
Christchurch tennis star (4 times Wimbledon champion) Captain A. F. Wilding killed in action in Belgium.
First electric street lights in operation.
July 17
First Canterbury wounded from the war return to Lyttelton on the "Willochra".
December 20-21
Canterbury Battalion among the last to leave Gallipoli. The battalion suffered 385 dead during the campaign.
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Worker’s Educational Association (WEA) formed in City - the first in New Zealand.

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