Sergeant William Tait (Bill) was in the NZ Army Medical Corps at the outbreak of World War 1 and sailed to Egypt with the first contingent of NZ troops. This was known as the "Main Body" and Bill was proud of this. Indeed he always referred to himself as being in the Main Body. He served at Gallipoli and came through unscathed. He later served in France and was wounded at Passchendaele. He bought back with him this trench mace which he kept against the possibility of intruders in the house. The mace has an oak shaft, with two iron bands and studs. How the mace was acquired or why it was bought back is not known. It is professionally made but the origins are unknown.