By Tony Wright
WELLINGTON, N.Z. (Newshub) — It’s estimated 1.5 million people died in the Armenian Genocide during World War I, as did 300,000 Assyrians.
On Sunday, November 25, New Zealand’s Assyrian community unveiled a memorial at Makara Cemetery in Wellington dedicated to the Kiwis who fought and died trying to rescue them.
Robert Nichol was a house painter from Lower Hutt, and one of New Zealand’s most respected and decorated soldiers of World War I.
His memory was honored on Sunday by the descendants of those he died trying to save.
“Captain Nicol [was] shot down and he died, sacrificing his life for thousands of Assyrian refugees,” Assyrian-Kiwi Ashoor Yalda said.