Sunday, 30 October 2011
Friday, 14 October 2011
Today and yesterday I was on the Battlefield with Patrick and Ella Duggan.
Patrick is since years Parade Marshal at the ANZAC service in Christchurch. There we met for the first time in 2009. He is also the author of "What have they done to the rain" (see http://www.kukupapress.com/ ).
Patrick is a veteran who served in Vietnam.
He was here in the trail of his great-uncle MANN CHARLES ELDRICH, Charles was a New Zealand Lance Corporal in the Otago Regiment and he was missed in action on 27/11/1917, during the preparation of the attack on Polderhoek Chateau (03/12/1917). He is one of the 3.000 NZ soldiers that have been lost during the winter of 1917-1918 in the Polygon Wood sector.
We have been together for two days and have done everything we could in this short time to see all the places of interest.
|Patrick and Ella at 's Graventafel Paschendaele 14/10/2011|
|Patrick sticking a RSA poppy next to the name of his great-uncle who's commemorated at the Memorial for the Missing New Zealanders at Butte's New Cemetery.|
Wednesday, 12 October 2011
A tiny flax cross with a RSA poppy at 's Graventafel near Belle Vue to commemorate today the ultimate sacrifice of those who came from the Uttermost Ends of the Earth
Today, I was there alone. I hope one day, we will be many to commemorate.
Rendez vous next year at 11 AM !
Lest it be forgot