Phil Lascelles specialises in the history of New Zealanders at War. He graduated in 2015 with an MA in History with first class honours from Massey University and has earlier degrees in Computer Science and in Management. His MA thesis studied New Zealanders employed in the Mercantile Marine during WWI. He recently completed a Post-Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies with Distinction at Massey University.

He has undertaken a number of history research projects including documenting the Auckland War Memorial Museum medal collection displayed in its new Pou Maumahara Memorial Discovery Centre, and compiling the roll of New Zealanders who survived WWI for artist Fiona Jack’s Survivors’ Roll of Honour 2014 series of 20 prints commissioned by the Australian War Memorial for its Anzac Centenary Print Portfolio. He was awarded the Gold Medal of Merit in 2002 by the international Orders and Medals Research Society for his contribution to medal research.


Harry Wrigg’s New Zealand Cross – One of the most scandalous revelations ever made in public life in New Zealand. Unpublished MA Research Essay, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand, 2012.

Remembering Seafarers. The (Missing) History of New Zealanders employed in the Mercantile Marine during WWI. MA Thesis in History, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand, 2014. (Thesis available at http://mro.massey.ac.nz/handle/10179/5469)

Mercantile Marine War Medal, in The Great War in Phaleristics. Proceedings of International Colloquium, Lisbon, 2015. pp. 301-324.

Walter Winton: Digger of Old Codford, in H. Hill, P. Lascelles, G. Mellsop, K. Sampson, & K. Sampson (Ed.), Under Two Flags. The New Zealand Salvation Army’s response to the First World War. Wellington, New Zealand: Flag Publications, 2018. pp. 252-267.

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