Torquay played a special part in supporting the campaigns of the ANZACs and in the return of our New Zealand allies at the end of the War.
The New Zealand contingent of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (the ANZACs) had come to Torquay in 1917. The New Zealanders had a camp in the water meadows in Lower Cockington Valley. They also recovered from their wounds in Torquay’s hospitals, such as the one at the Town Hall.
At the end of the war, between 40,000 and 50,000 men passed through the New Zealand Discharge Depot in St Marychurch, and many were directly repatriated from Torquay.
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