Nearly twice the number of New Zealand soldiers served in the Gallipoli campaign in the First World War than originally thought, new research shows.
The research, by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage and the Defence Force, shows more than 16,000 soldiers served at Gallipoli, rather than 8556 previously cited in 1919 documents.
The new estimate follows the discovery in January of old notebooks which detail the movements of Australian and New Zealand Division soldiers in 1915.
A historian with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Dr Ian McGibbon, said historians had long doubted the accuracy of the 8556 figure.
He said the figures will change the percentage of casualties.
“We’ve been told in recent times that 93 percent of the men who landed at Gallipoli became casualties. On the 16,000 figure of course that percentage drops quite dramatically down to what the Australian casuality rate was, roughly 60 percent,” he said.