Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Thames (NZ): The New Year brings thoughts of Gallipoli & WWI

The WW100 commemorations have begun in New Zealand and in many small towns like Thames. 2015 will be a time of reflection for many, as our thoughts will turn to WWI and the plight of our soldiers on the 25th April 1915. This will be the hundredth anniversary of the Gallipoli landings.

Through the war years 1914 to 1918 (and beyond), Thames lost many young men on the battlefield, and back home as a result of war injuries.

Thames is preparing for ANZAC Day 2015. The Peace Memorial has been cleaned and a new track to the Monument had been developed. Considerable work as been done on the WWI Memorial Arch, at the entrance of the old Waiokaraka School, now the Thames Historical Museum.

2014 has been a big year for many of us, with the recent launch of our book: From Gold Mine To Firing Line: "The Thames" and the Great War 1914-1918, edited by Meghan Hawkes. If you want to know more about the book - go to The Treasury website.
New Zealand War Contingent Association. New Zealand War Contingent Association :"Also we will make promise so long as the Blood endures ... Rudyard Kipling. [ca 1915]..
Ref: Eph-POSTCARD-WWI-02. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22866598

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