Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Thames (NZ): Remembering ANZAC DAY

Since 1916, Thames like other towns all over New Zealand, has stopped to remember...
The first public ANZAC Commemoration Service was held in the Central Hall in Pollen Street, at 7pm on the 25th of April 1916. The Regimental Band, Territorials and Cadets meeting at 6.30pm at the Drill Hall in Mackay street; before proceeding to the Central Hall service. The evening included prayers, speeches and hymns – along with the National Anthem.  The Last Post was played by Bandsmen Dash and Robinson; while Gunner Wood, who was shortly leaving for the front, played the organ.
(From: Thames Firsts by A Barker)

Over the years, hundreds of men (and women) have gone to war and as the memorials record - there were a number who did not return. May each and all be remembered tomorrow, Thursday 25th April 2013.

10th January 1945

4th February 1945

8th March 1945

26th February 1945

Signalman D O Barker from Thames
Recorded events in his war diary, with pen sketches - some examples above
Worn by youngest grandson 25/4/2013