Lawrence 'Curly' Blyth volunteered for World War 1 despite being under age. In 1916 his rifle brigade was sent to the Western Front, where he fought for 23 days amongst the mud of the Somme. In the final weeks of WW1 Blyth helped liberate the strategic French town of Le Quesnoy from German forces, later winning a French Legion of Honour for his efforts. In this documentary his grandson, director David Blyth, uses interviews and stock footage to chronicle the times at war of his bossy yet personable grandad, who died in 2001, aged 105.
Made with funding from NZ On Air
NZ History section on the capture of the French town of Le Quesnoy by New Zealand forces
Prime Minister Helen Clark's tribute to 'Curly' Blyth, Beehive website, October 2001
Veterans' Affairs Minister Mark Burton's speech at 'Curly' Blyth's funeral, Beehive website, October 2001