Fairlie War Memorial
South Side 1914-18
C. F. Bartrum
G. W. Dines
T. W. Driver
W. G. Loomes
D. M. McVey
C. W. Saunders
F. J. Small
W. A. Smith
F. J. Waddell
F. C. Yeates
"Remembering These Dead Let
The Living Be Humble"
These men gave their lives. The memorial is situated at the intersection of Highway 8 and 79.
Press, 29 November 1919, Page 1
KEAY In loving memory of Thomas Keay, eldest son of J and A. Keay, Fairlie, 1th Re-enforcements, 3rd Battalion. N.Z.R.B., killed in action in Belgium, 30th November, 1917. � Inserted by his parents, sisters, and brother.
New Zealand Herald, 5 October 1915, Page 9
Frances James Small, Otago Mounted Rifles, shoulder and chest, admitted hospital, Anzac, August 27 Mrs. Catherine Small, Fairlie (mother).
Evening Post, 9 August 1917, Page 8 KIA
M'Kay, W. S. H., 32213, C.I.R. (J. M'Kay, Fairlie, f.)
Press, 2 February 1915, Page 6 DUNTROON
NEW ZEALAND ENTRANTS; Of eighteen New Zealand candidate who sat for ten vacant cadetships in the Royal Australian Military College at Duntroon, the following nine passed the entrance examination; P. S. Gillingham, Fairlie.
6/ 807 Canterbury Battalion, N.Z.E.F.
William Brass. He is listed on the Waimate War Memorial, the Timaru Memorial
Wall and the War Memorial in Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland. From Orkney, born 27
Dec. 1888 s/o James Gillies Brass and Isabella Bews Brass, of Kelton St. Ola,
Kirkwall, Orkney. Member of the Scottish Garrison Artillery. He was working at
Mt. Cook as
a guide when he entered. He joined the guiding staff at the Hermitage, Mt
Cook, in 1913. He was a corporal in the Zealand Force, and was killed in
action at the Dardanelles [Gallipoli] on the first landing, 25th April 1915, at
the age of 26. Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli M. R. 06 Panel. NoK: James Brass,
(father), Kirkwall, Orkney.
Ohinemuri Gazette 2 June 1915, Page 2
Corporal W. Brass (Canterbury Infantry Battalion, killed in action at the Dardanelles was the well-known Mount Cook guide. He was a member of the Scottish Garrison Artillery before coming out to New Zealand, a man of superb physique and .perfect health, says the Christchurch Press. He was a great favourite with his brother guides, who appreciated at once his strength, his fearlessness, and his good nature. He was a personal friend of Richmond, the guide who was lost with Mr King in the descent from Mt. Cook. Brass, with Mr Turner, made an ascent on the same day, and the two parties were to have met on the top. They passed over the avalanche which killed the others, tracing their steps down to it. Subsequently it was Brass who found the mangled body of Richmond, and his great strength was a considerable factor in bringing it down to the hut in that terrible journey in which the guides had to take it in turns to carry it on then backs down a mountain side in the dark, a feat which seems almost incredible when the place is gone over in daylight. Brass and Bob Young (the latter's brother Norman Young, by the way, being reported wounded last week, and at latest advice as progressing favourably) another very popular guide, came to Christchurch to enlist. Young was turned down because some of his teeth required attending to, and Brass because he was over the prescribed weight. This curious double mistake was subsequently rectified by the authorities, and both were taken in, Brass at Timaru into the infantry, and Young into the mounteds, and left with the main force, Young being subsequently chosen as a special scout and Brass made a corporal. Throughout South Canterbury, where Brass was well-known, and by every visitor to the Hermitage, the death of an exceptionally brave and manly man will be deeply regretted, but it is certain that he died, as he would have himself chosen.
Mackenzie Community Centre
C.R. Ellis [WW2]
G.I. Ellis [WW2]
T. Horne [WW2]
C. Blakeney, C. Halstead, G. Dines, T. Keay, F. Slow [WW1]
V. Howes [WW2]
Roll of Honour
Horne T. killed in Action
They severed their Country
|TE NGAWAI DISTRICT
Roll of Honour
R. Dale (Miss)
Z. Elliott (Miss)
Presented by The Woman's Institute.
Ex pupils who were in the Great War 1914-1918
23/38 Ser. George William DINES NZRB
48855 Rfm. Charles Cecil HALSTEAD NZRB
7/1568 Lt Cyril BLAKENEY NZMR
15915 L/Sgt Thomas KEAY NZRB
2/1200 Gunner Frederick John SLOW NZFA
Second World War
F/Lieut G.I. Ellis
Killed on Active Service
F/Sgt. C.R. Ellis
Killed on Active Service
S/Sgt. R.D. Cordes
Cpl. T.A. Crampton
W/O C.C. Crampton
Tpr. E. Ellis, M.M.
Tpr. N. Ellis
Pte J.R. McConnell
2/Lieut W.B. McConnell
Pte A.G. Mackie
F/O M.J. O'Connor
L/Bom. R.E. O'Reilly
F/Lieut. C.L. Seigert, D.F.C.
Seaman W. Stephens
Cpl. G.K. Wareing
Pte. B. Wareing
Te Ngawai School WW1 Honour Board
April 25th, ANZAC Day
April 25th, ANZAC Day, was a special occasion in Fairlie with a dawn and a mid morning service. The weather is no deterrent. The parade would leave from near the primary school on School Road lead by the Mackenzie Pipe Band with returned service men, dressed in suit and tie, wearing their medals on their left lapel, marching four or six abreast followed by the Girl Guides, Brownies and Boy Scouts and Boys Brigade. An army bigwig would read a message and In Flanders Field would be recited and a return serviceman would read
"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."
Round wreaths made from poppies with laurel leaves at the top would be laid at the foot of the monument, a prayer, two minute silence, and the public would unpin their poppy from their lapels and walk forward laying them in a special hollow box in the shape of a cross and ending with a lone bugler playing the 'Last Post'. Following this there would be a gathering at the Aorangi Hall, Main St, Fairlie to reminisce and with another service and a cup of tea. Everyone brings a plate (with food on it.) Throughout the communities ladies made wreaths for the other war memorials at the country crossroads and poppies would be laid on the graves of servicemen in the local cemetery. The Aorangi Hall was demolished in 1985 and replaced by the community centre. A lone bugler will also play the 'Last Post' at funeral or memorial services and that at night it is called 'Lights Out' and first thing in the morning it is 'Reveille'. Today the ANZAC Day services are getting larger, better attended, but fewer servicemen are marching.
It's more or less a duty to come back to pay respects. You can't leave things like that in the past, you just can't"
The old memorial with Denmark St. behind. At the foot of the steps on Anzac Day, a box in the shape of a cross was placed and we would file pass and place our poppies in the box.
RSA wants top of war memorial rebuilt
FAIRLIE -- Fairlie's proud war memorial is crumbling. The big limestone structure, consecrated in 1929, is seen by thousands of people every year as they pass through the South Canterbury town. Mackenzie RSA president Mick Carlton said the limestone, quarried from nearby Kimbell, was flaking, and the pointing standing proud. A stonemason has suggested repair alternatives, but the RSA would like the top of the memorial rebuilt in bluestone. Mr Carlton said the limestone for the memorial came from a Fairlie house, but would not last. A laurel wreath carved into the top of the structure had flaked badly and had to be removed. Mr Carlton said RSA members did not want future ratepayers to have to pay for the work, and $16,000 was being sought from the community trust. The memorial has the names of 100 soldiers -- 72 who served in World War 1, 27 in World War 2, and one in the Korean War. Mr Carlton said it was also hoped to correct the spelling in a plaque on the memorial. It says: Tell Britian ye who mark this monument, faithful to her we fell and rest content. Reference: The Christchurch Press, Early May 1998
Great Anzac Day Turnout
Brendon White - The Timaru Herald | Thursday, 26 April 2007
Young people boosted Anzac Day attendances throughout the region yesterday. Thousands of people braved cold misty conditions to attend Anzac Day services around South Canterbury yesterday. In Timaru, about 1000 people attended the dawn ceremony at the Queen Street Cenotaph and even more were present at the 10am service at the South Canterbury Returned Services' Association (SCRSA). Timaru district mayor Janie Annear was pleased with the high turnout. "The dawn service in Timaru was the largest I've seen.
Geraldine RSA president Robert Wood was happy that more than 500 people attended the 9am service at the War Memorial. The ceremony followed a march from the RSA.
A large number of children were among the crowd of more than 200 people who attended Waimate's Anzac Day dawn service. Waimate RSA president Kevin Holley said it was a good attendance, with more children present than usual. A civic service was held at Waimate High School at 11am, after which wreaths were laid at the South Africa and Second World War Memorial.
Temuka RSA president David Geddes said that about 250 people attended the town's 6am dawn service at the Cenotaph. The Last Post was played on trombone by John Forest, before the crowd walked to Arowhenua and Temuka cemeteries where poppies were laid on the graves of soldiers. Mr Geddes then attended the ceremony with 150 others at Winchester Rural School, before returning to Temuka for the march from the Temuka police station to the Alpine Energy Stadium. The main 11am service at the stadium was attended by about 650 people.
A record number of people, both young and old, attended the Anzac service in Pleasant Point. More than 350 people attended the morning service held in the Victor Wilson Hall. Pleasant Point RSA president Vernon Braid was surprised by the number of people who came. Mr Braid believed the good turnout was helped by the number of children who attended the event as scouts, cubs, brownies, pippins and with St John.
Secretary of the Mackenzie branch of the SCRSA Jim Dale estimated about 400 people attended the 10am ceremony at the Mackenzie Community Complex. After the service the crowd, accompanied by the Mackenzie Highland Pipe Band, marched to the Cenotaph where they laid their poppies. A large contingent of soldiers from Burnham Military Camp visited Fairlie for the event. Squadron leader Mark Waters spoke at the Cenotaph about the actual Anzac landing at Gallipoli and the terrible losses from it, Mr Dale said. After the service ended most of the crowd went to the Gladestone Hotel for lunch, he said.
The sun made an appearance at the Anzac Day commemorations in Twizel. Twizel RSA president Victor Payne said the town's 6:30am dawn service was attended by about 200 people, while the 10am church service figure was closer to 300. Mr Payne gave a welcome at the dawn service and a volley of three shots was fired by visiting personnel from Tekapo Military Camp. At the 10am ceremony, members of the public and returned servicemen laid their poppies at the wreath before entering the church where Major Christopher Mitchell addressed the crowd.
Anzac Day 2009 -
the town marches copy & paste
Thousands turn out for Anzac Day
Timaru Herald 26 April 2012
Crowds turned out to Anzac Day services in their thousands throughout South Canterbury.
Timaru had one of its biggest turnouts to the Anzac Day citizens' service, with more than 2000 people at the Caroline Bay Soundshell. Staff Sergeant Paul Buckley, of the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, the guest speaker at the citizens' service, said "Anzac Day marks our emergence as a nation. Every town, every village, every family was affected," he said. "It is in striving together and working as a community that the spirit of the Anzacs lives on." Close to 900 also attended the Timaru dawn service, well up on previous years. Attendances were also high elsewhere in the region. Close to 400 people attended the Mackenzie District day service in Fairlie, including soldiers from the 2nd Royal Gurkha Regiment, based at Tekapo for a training exercise. The fine weather played a big part in the large turnout. In Geraldine, more than 700 people attended the day service, and about 300 the dawn service; in Temuka close to 300 attended the dawn service and nearly 600 its main Anzac service. Close to 200 also attended the dawn service in Waimate.
Rain then sunshine. Friday 25 April 2014
The Fairlie Show is known for its fine days. The grounds had dried out over the weekend. A few came with gumboots but they were not needed. I picked up my poppy at the Fairlie Show on Easter Monday 21st at the RSA table. Money raised from poppy donations stays in the Mackenzie district. On Anzac Day I went to the Dawn Service, 6 a.m., in Timaru, a beautiful morning, not raining. After the official service was completed about 18 boys from TBHS, took off their jackets leaving their long sleeve white shirts and ties, and I wondered what they were about to do, it was an unexpected Haka in front of the Cenotaph on Queen St. It was good to see. There was a crowd of about 400 and the weather was fine
Then drove up to Fairlie for their Anzac commemoration at the Community Centre, very comfortable seats, turns out they were from the old State Theatre (maybe the Majestic) in Timaru, red cushioning, numbers on the backs of the chairs. Rain was coming down. About 400 people in the community centre for the hour long service, the venue couldn't hold anymore. The order of service: Welcome by the President of the Mackenzie RSA, National Anthem, the Lord's Prayer, the hymn Abide with Me. The guest speaker was the retired Rev. Kerr, a strong speaker. The rain had just stopped and it reminded him of a poem. Rain on your old tin hat. Prayer, the hymn :O God our Help in Ages Past, Thanks, God Save the Queen, parade briefing by the Parade Marshal. The Mackenzie Pipe Band lead the parade up Main St., followed by wreath bearers, members of the RSA and the Gurkha regiment soldiers who have been training in Tekapo, Guests and halted in Denmark St in front of the Memorial. The band played Green Hills of Tyrol as the wreaths were laid. Pipers lined up forming a pathway to the memorial and poppies were placed in the box as the pipers played Nurse Edith Cavell. The Challenge In Flanders Fields was read then The Response We Shall Keep the Faith. I don't remember the firing party being there but the Gurkha were. A bugler played the Last Post as the Flag was lowered to shoulder height, The Ode, the fourth stanza from Laurence Binyon's For the Fallen was recited.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Two minutes Silence. The bugler then played "Rouse" as the Flag was raised. The Pipe Band then played Abide with Me. The parade reformed and was led off by the Pipe Band back down Main St. to the Gladstone Grand for a good morning tea- carrot sandwiches, they were crunchy, and little savories and fried oysters. All were invited for morning tea. The police had a roadblock on the Main St. while the town marched up and down the street letting traffic flow in-between the two services.
We Shall Keep the Faith
by Moina Michael, a YMCA worker in New York, November 1918
Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet - to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With all who died.
We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.
And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We'll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.
The Mackenzie Returned & Services Association is a sub branch of the South Canterbury RSA Inc.
On this day we remember our brothers-in-arms. From all ranks, B (Sari Bair) Company, 1st Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles, British Army. During the ultimately unsuccessful Gallipoli campaign in 1915, the Gurkhas were among the first to arrive and the last to leave. The 1st/6th Gurkhas, having landed at Cape Helles, led the assault during the first major operation to take out a Turkish high point, and in doing so captured a feature that later became known as "Gurkha Bluff". At Sari Bair they were the only troops in the whole campaign to reach and hold the crest line and look down on the Straits, which was the ultimate objective.
On 25 April 1915, New Zealand troops, part of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), landed at Gallipoli at a point now known as Anzac Cove. The allies hoped to seize Gallipoli and open the Dardanelles for an attack on the Turkish capital, Constantinople. Thwarted in their initial attempt to seize and hold the high ground above the landing place, they soon found themselves unable to break out of the small area around Anzac Cove. The New Zealand troops' objective was to seize control of Chunuk Bair, part of the Sari Bair mountain range on the Gallipoli peninsula. If Chunuk Bair was secured, the Gallipoli peninsula could be controlled.
Wreaths have been laid at the cenotaph every Anzac Day since its erection in 1929
The old Fairlie War Memorial 1990.
THE DECOMMISSIONING OF THE OLD CENOTAPH ON ARMISTICE DAY
NOVEMBER 11th, at 11.00 a.m. 1999
A good gathering of about 30 residents, and six Returned Servicemen at the eastern side of the Cenotaph on an overcast, but fine morning. The Mayor, Mr. Neil Anderson, was also there. Mr. Don Young, the Asset Manager for the Mackenzie District Council began the Ceremony, and he asked Mr. John Campbell to play a lament on his pipes while Mick Carlton, President of the Mackenzie Returned Services Association, placed a wreath at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month laid on behalf of the Returned Services Association, is the last to grace the tall limestone monument. Mr. Young and Mr. Carlton, who served as an engineer in the Middle East campaign, spoke about the history of the Cenotaph and the reason for it having to be demolished and a new one built nearer the Plunket Room. Father Jack O'Connor gave a prayer decommissioning the Cenotaph. John Campbell played another lament on his pipes, then the Last Post played on a tape concluded the Service.
HISTORY OF THE CENOTAPH
After World War 1, when it was found that 72 men from the Mackenzie Country had lost their lives serving our country, the Mackenzie County Council and the Fairlie R.S.A. decided a Cenotaph should be built. A monumental mason was instructed to draw up a plan and the Council provided a prime site at the intersection of State Highways from Geraldine, Mount Cook and Timaru. The base, about three feet high, was to be built of river boulders with an eight inch concrete deck, and the main column was to be built of old limestone block which came from a house which was to be dismantled in the Main Street.
This house had been built by Margaret Hamilton who settled and named Fairlie in 1865. The Fairlie R.S.A. bought the blocks for twenty pounds, and the balance of the blocks was used to build a vestry on the Presbyterian Church in Albury. Money was slow coming in from the Appeal to the public, and a Returned Soldier, Mr. James Pringle of Cattle Valley, offered to pay for the balance required. The Cenotaph was dedicated on Sunday December 15th 1929 by the Reverend Father John Barra, Priest in Charge of St. Patrick's Church, Fairlie. Father Barra was a Frenchman, and also an Army Chaplain during World War 1. After World War 2, another plaque was fixed to the west side with the names of 27 men who were killed, and one name from the Korean War. The bolstered block work looked good for about 30 years, and then it began to flake badly, and members of the R.S.A. had several busy bees wire-brushing it down. It was even given a coat of paint but this was a disaster. A big carved wreath at the top also flaked away. We look forward to seeing the new Cenotaph built of Oamaru stone and with the existing plaques installed. A block of the old Cenotaph and a record of its history will be placed as a time capsule at the base of the new Cenotaph. (The above accounts have been written by Mr. P.D. Carlton, President of the Mackenzie Returned Services Association, at this time.)
MEMBERS OF THE MACKENZIE RETURNED SERVICES ASSOCIATION 12.11.99
Mr H.C.R. Dale (Secretary) Mr J.A. France Mr C.A. Gallagher Mr W.T. Taylor Mr M. Glover Mr N.J. Campbell Mrs E. Carter
Dec. 2000. Transit New Zealand realigned the intersection of State Highways 8 and 79 so the war memorial has been shifted and rebuilt. Thirty Anzac rose bushes will be used for landscaping.
Our Grateful Prayers are due as for all the Sailors and
Soldiers of the King, so in particular for the following Churchmen and others
connected with the Parish:
"May the Souls of the Faithful fallen in Battle, by the Mercy of God. Rest in Peace."
Lieut. Cyrill Blakeney Capt. L. O'Callaghan Corp. C.F. Bartrum Sergt. R.F. Piper Trooper C.P. Dorman L. Corp. J.P. Roberts Private T. Driver Private W.J. Rae Lieut. R. Fergusson Corp. R.J. Sims Private A.J. Hornblow Private H. Tarrant Private G. Kimber Trooper C. K.K. Tinckler Private W.G. Looms Private Harvey Wild
PRISONER OF WAR IN GERMANY
Flight Lieut. F.D.H. Sams
RETURNED FROM ACTIVE SERVICE
J.A. Burgess J.R.C. Russell J.F. Buckley F. Stamp O.B. Bartrum T. Stamp S. Gillingham C.E. West H. Hammomd
ON ACTIVE SERVICE
E. J. Askew R. Loomes T.S. Andrews A.M. Loomes K. Anderson S. Maynard V. Buckley J.E. Miles W.M. Buckley L.A. Marshall A.R. Bushell J.F. McMillan H.C. Bray E. Millichamp J.W.H. Bray G.J. Morrall G.W. Cooling H.N. Roberts (Rev.) H.J. Cooling R. Rapley A.G. Capill E.T. Reading G. Driver JR R.J. Robertson G. Foden H.F. Robertson A. Gillingham W.M.H. Sams E. Gillingham H.W.H. Sams R. Gillingham E. Saunders E. Goodwin C. Shailes C.H. Holland R. Shute K. Hammond L.C. Scott J. Hammond P.G. Scott A. Hammond B.S.M. Slow (Ballance Seddon Mackenzie Slow) J.A. Jacob (Ven.) K.B. Tennent V. LeCren E.A. Waters H. Loomes W.F. White
"God Bless Our Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen, and Grant Our Nation Victory and Peace."
Also see the beautiful church windows dedicated to:
Trooper C.P. Dorman who died on Gallipoli 18 Dec, 1915 given
Sergt. Rowland Francis Piper, N.Z.F.A. Killed in action in Flanders 8th December 1917
Star Thursday 6 June 1918
Killed in Action - BARTRUM - with photo - 014
Corporal Cyril Frederick Bartrum was killed in action in France on 5 April. He was youngest son of late Mr B.P. Bartrum of Fairlie. He was educated at Waitaki High School and was farming in the North Island aged 23 at the time of his death.
Press, 22 August 1916, Page 8
Wounded and missing: (August 9th.) Blakeney, Cyril, Lieutenant (Mrs W. F. Hamilton, Ashwick Station, Fairlie, mother).
In the grounds of the Fairlie Primary School on School Road - there is a flagstaff with a large concrete base erected in 1917.
Timaru Herald, 20 November 1917, Page 2
Thursday was a red letter day in the history of the Fairlie public school. For some time past those interested in the school and its welfare have watched the erection of school flagstaff to the order of Mr J. S. Rutherford, of Opawa, Albury, in a central position on the grounds in front of the school premises. As it neared completion arrangements were made for the formal presentation of the gift to the school, and on Thursday afternoon a large number of parents and, friends, and a full muster of pupils gathered round the flagpole for the ceremonies in connection with the formal banding over of the new erection and the unfurling of the new flag. Mr and Mrs Rutherford were present, and with the chairman of the School Committee took their place on the steps at the base of the staff. The chairman (Mr C. J. Talbot, M.P.) in opening proceedings explained how the gift came to be made, and called on Mr Rutherford to make the presentation. Mr Rutherford, on coming forward, was received with cheers. He briefly described the motives that led to his decision to offer a new flagstaff to the Fairlie School where a new pole was badly needed, and said it marked the connection of the donor with the late South Canterbury Education Board, particularly the period when he was chairman of that body. He had long taken a very great interest in the welfare of the province and the county in which he lived, and he considered it his duty to mark that interest by giving a substantial memorial in the chief town in the Mackenzie County. He traced the history of the South Canterbury Board from its inception down to the time when he was its last chairman, saw its absorption in the present Canterbury Board.
Presented by John S. Rutherford Esq., Chairman of the South Canterbury Education Board 1913 -1916
These tablets are erected
in Memory of the Pupils
of the Fairlie School
Who Laid Down Their Lives
In the Great War
"Lest We Forget"
Fairlie School Hall
A George William Dines, born Fairlie, twin brother to John
Henry Dines, sons of George William and Elizabeth Ann Dines of Fairlie.
Both brothers fought in the First World War, in NZ Army, part of the NZ Expeditionary Force. John Henry Dines, went to Gallipoli in 1915 and survived the war. George KIA 15/9/1916, Caterpillar Valley, Longueval, The Somme, rank of Sergeant, part of the Fourth Army attack, either in the 2nd Canterbury Rgt, or the 4th Otago or 10th Otago Rgt.. Listed on honour roll at Caterpillar Valley NZ Memorial, Longueval, The Somme.
Peace Avenue, Fairlie
Due to a long term maintenance programme there are 529 trees in the Peace Avenue, commemorated the signing of the Peace Treaty which ended the war of 1914-18, between Cricklewood and Kimbell, ranging from six to about 20 years of age (Dec. 2000) and from two to 20 metres in height. The original trees were planted by the County Council.
'For The Fallen'
|With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.
Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
They mingle not with laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.
But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;
As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.
'In Flanders Fields'
|In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and new we lie
In Flanders Fields
Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Fields
The following is from The Minister of Veterans
Affairs (Canada) Cat. No: V32-1272
John McCrae was born in Guelph, Ontario, November 30, 1872. His illustrious career could certainly not have been foreseen at that time. However, his father, David, and his mother, Jane, both born in Scotland, must have relished the fact that their second son had come into the world on St. Andrew's Day. In 1899 he enlisted as a Lieutenant in the Canadian Artillery for service in the South African War. He wrote several poems during the South African campaign probably the most well-known being the 1906 poem 'The Unconquered Dead'. When the thunder of the guns in Europe reverberated in the 1914 August nights, John McCrae immediately volunteer his services to his country either as a doctor or a gunner. He achieved both desires as he was appointed surgeon to the 1st Brigade Artillery which was lead by his old comrade-in-arms (E.W.B. Morrison) from South Africa. He would often direct the fire of the batteries in his sector when time permitted and when there was a lull in his duties as a doctor. The brigade was in position in Flanders in the spring of 1915, within sight of the village of Ypres and John McCrae had his dressing station on the banks of the Ypres Canal. It was here that he wrote 'In Flanders Fields'; the poem that was literally born of fire and blood during the heaviest fighting of the second battle of Ypres. From his dressing station he could see - day by day- the crosses springing up in the Canadian cemetery. In Boulogne, on January 28, 1918, Colonel John McCrae died of pneumonia. He was buried on January 29th with full military honours at the cemetery in nearby Wimereux. In the funeral cortege, his horse Bonfire went first, led two grooms and decked in the regulation white ribbons.
Remember ANZAC Day.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The three photographs of the old war memorial are courtesy of Alison deCaen. Thanks Alison. This page may be freely linked to but not duplicated in any fashion, wholly or in part, except for private study. South Canterbury NZGenWeb Project Main Street of Fairlie.
Marching on the Road of Life.
For the cry was Onward! Onward!
Some were calling - "Take a part.
Can you help a fallen comrade!
Can you heal a broken heart?"
So I halted there to listen
Of a tale I heard before.
So I asked a simple question.
Tell me what you are asking for?
Show us the way to the land of glory.
I am like some wanders
Were the fatal words I said.
Took their chance 'mid grief and strife.
We are just but simple children
Marching on life's beaten track.
See the old maid at the window,
Anxiety lined her human, dried face:
Unhappeniness, childless and alone.
So she sees the children playing.
Mine should be there to take part.