Former Chief of Army Lou Gardiner has died of cancer last Saturday.
|Lou talking with me, |
hosting our party in Wellington 2008
One of my best friends in NZ, the former Belgian Consul in Christchurch wrote me this morning:
I personally will always remember Gen Lou for what he told me at the Dawn Service at Tyne Cot on 12 October 2007, I remember saying to Gen Lou that I understood that you were going elsewhere in Europe with your wife after the ANZAC weekend of 7 October and would therefore miss the Dawn Service of 12 October. I was very pleased to see him at the service and I will always remember very clearly what he said to me after the service. He said I need to be here on the 12th October at this service in my role of Chief of New Zealand Army to pay my personal respects and on behalf of NZ Army at this hallowed place. He then said it is very important to me that any soldier that is chosen to be Chief of NZ Army has visited the hallowed Battlefields of Flanders before taking up the role and I will be recommending that fact to my military superiors in Wellington.
|from right to left: Lou, Judith, Willy Apiata VC |
and Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae
October 2007 on Tyne Cot Cemetery Passchendaele
Rest in Peace