In 1916 Lieutenant Colonel Lawrence 'Curly' Blyth, left New Zealand to fight in World War ll. In 2018, his grandchildren — director David Blyth and David's sister Jennifer Radford — and great grandson retraced his footsteps in Europe. Stopping first in Cairo, Egypt, where Curly trained for the battlefield, the descendants are captured on camels, echoing a photo of Curly doing the same. Then they travel around France, where Curly fought, visiting several gravesites of fallen soldiers. Curly would earn a French Legion of Honour. Grandfather's Footsteps screened as part of Maori Television's Anzac Day programming.
It did help us, there's no question about that. Helped us to restore our feelings, and our sanity. You couldn't dwell too long on those things.– Curly Blyth on how rum helped the troops cope with war
Prime Minister Helen Clark's tribute to 'Curly' Blyth, Beehive website, October 2001
Another Kiwi explores the history of Kiwi soldiers in Cairo, The NZ Herald, April 2009
NZ History section on the capture of the French town of Le Quesnoy by New Zealand forces