True To Ireland: Eire's 'conscientious objectors' in New Zealand in World War II
- Author: Burke, Peter
- ISBN: 9780995110786
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Irish men and women came to New Zealand in the 1930s to seek a better life, many carrying bitter memories of atrocities committed by the British. With WWII came the threat of conscription, but many Irish refused to betray their neutral homeland to fight for New Zealand and, by default, Britain. Peter Burke's father was one of the Sons of Eire - men who risked imprisonment and deportation by standing up to the New Zealand Government and appealing the draft in a dramatic case that paved the way for others. Burke tells a compelling story of unflinching loyalty and determination, one that crosses the globe and leads to unexpected diplomacy between two small but feisty countries with more in common than they realised.