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  1. This is a day to remember tens of thousands of young men and women who went to fight in other lands and saw the unimaginable horrors that their struggles and deaths has saved us from having to witness ,Thank You…….



  2. I certainly hope we do both remember and honour them.

    I intend to try.

    Unfortunately given the direction the slime appear headed and many disgraceful comments from the left we’ll have to do that remembering unaided.



  3. Big turnout again at the South Taranaki Anzac Service which was heartening to see.
    Seems people disregarded the “non specific” threats which were made even though we all knew who they were talking about.
    Good to see the public are more willing to stand up to subversives than politicians who spend all their time trying to appease them.



  4. We must remember that those Anzacs invaded Muslim territory and shot, bayoneted or blew up quite a few of them on their way to eternally commemorated tragedy and defeat. I fret that our Muslim immigrant brothers and sisters will be offended by such blatant glorification of anti-Muslim aggression, and advocate that Anzac Day commemmorations of any kind in future be banned.



    • Turkey decided to side with Germany.
      Thus it was blocking a way through the Black Sea, and where supplies could have much more easily been pushed up into Russia for its Eastern Front, as well as un-bottling the Russian Fleet.

      In November 1917, the Auckland Mounted Rifles entered the Palestinian port of Jaffa (the first time it had changed hands in hundreds of years). What they discovered was shocking: Turkish soldiers had systematically destroyed an Armenian cemetery, smashing headstones until barely anything was left. The New Zealanders arrived just in time to save a few of the graves.

      It seemed that anywhere Kiwi soldiers went, either as fighting men or prisoners, the ghosts of Armenian lives would be there too.

      The Rearguard
      In 1918, when the first Gallipoli memorial services were taking place, a British general gave his name to a band of commandos tasked with seizing strategic areas in north-west Iran and the southern Caucasus. The Dunsterforce , comprised of New Zealand, Australian, Canadian, and ‘Imperial’ troops, failed miserably in their mission.

      During their long retreat to British-held Mesopotamia, the Dunsterforce learned that Turkish troops were descending on a town called Urmia. The Armenian and Assyrian population evacuated. Of 100,000 locals, roughly 70,000 got away. An Australian, Captain Stanley Savige, went out with 22 men (including a handful of New Zealanders) to protect them.

      According to Savige, this doomed column snaking across parched valleys, was 24km long.

      There were “thousands in the valley,” Savige wrote in his memoir. “Along the road they were still streaming in thousands more … Terror and despair was deeply written on their faces.

      “The unfortunate women folk were so overcome at the sight of the first party of British that they wept aloud.

      “With lumps in our throats we ignored the cries of the helpless in our endeavour to save as many as we could.”

      But Savige couldn’t save them all. He wondered later whether shooting them would be more humane than letting them die on the roadside.

      With the Turks at their back, aided by Kurdish irregulars, Savige joined a minute number of troops at the rear of the refugee column as they trekked through hostile country.

      On August 5, 1918 (almost three years to the day since the assault on Chunuk Bair) the rearguard were set upon by Kurdish militia troops near a small village called Chalkainan.

      Outnumbered 10 to one, the small unit managed to force the Kurds back, but their Lewis machine guns were fast running out of ammunition.

      Captain Robert Kenneth Nicol, a painter from Lower Hutt, sent out Sergeant Alexander Nimmo, a farmer from Mosgiel, to collect ammo from the village but they were attacked from the rear sides. Nicol did his best to give covering fire, but was shot and killed. The last person he ever spoke to was Nimmo.

      Nicol’s body was never recovered. His name appears on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s memorial in Tehran.
      [Lest we forget]

      If any more evidence was needed of the Dunsterforce’s bravery, a Royal Army Film Unit accompanied them. Incredibly, their reels captured the streams of the destitute and dispossessed, Anzac soldiers alongside providing what safety they could. These soldiers weren’t obliged to protect the refugees, but they did anyway. It was a selfless mission, an example that would be followed when the war ended.

      What happened to the Armenians was widely reported during the war, even in modest New Zealand newspapers like the Feilding Star and Oamaru Mail. But the suffering of the Armenians didn’t cease after the Armistice. http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff-nation/assignments/share-your-familys-anzac-stories/14557961/Remembering-the-Armenian-genocide

      Yet NZ acknowledges Turkey saying they are honorable, yet turn a blind eye to Armenian genocide and no recognition of the problems that islam brings.

      Just how secular is Turkey today?



    • The lines mentioning God would have to be removed in case ethnic minorities were traumatised by their presence.
      On second thoughts maybe they would like them left in because trauma now guarantees residency.



    • and goodness knows why they chose ‘Abide with me’for a sing along. I think Amazing Grace always gets a good response but although we had a taped version of it and of the National Anthem there was little interaction.

      Beautiful thing that happened during the service though, despite there being little wind we were standing under a huge oak tree and some leaves cascaded down during part of the service. Yes, I was lucky to have not been hit by an acorn.



  5. My father’s brother was killed in the WW2, oddly enough by the British. The POW ship he was on was torpedoed by a British submarine. Killed hundreds of POW’s. I can accept that as enemy shipping supplying Rommel had to be sunk. What I can’t accept is that he died fighting for a world that is better than we have now. He was no socialist, I believe he would be horrified to see what New Zealand has become.



  6. Had a good day. Met up some mates who I served with in Viet Nam. Had breakfast, a couple of drinks, told some lies.

    No service attended, God was left unbothered by us [he was probably a little busy being bothered by others to notice us anyway], that didn’t matter. We’re soldiers.



  7. Nice commemoration; small town, main street closed with all attendant detour signs and road cones, with staff.
    A couple of police attended, and seem to patrol around, and obviously in touch with radio with the “road cones” staff. Look like holstered pistols.

    A well known centenarian’s passing is noted with a few others.
    Well supported with broad range of ages, families, attended, and the refreshments at the hall, after for a good catch up of neighbours, returning visitors, friends, etc. and the nearby club and pub
    Good to not hear of any problem today.
    Lest we Forget..



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