Towns mark Anzac Day with cer­e­monies

Bush Telegraph - - Property Market - By DAVE MUR­DOCH Pho­tos by Ann Berry and Davinia Clark­son

Pon­garoa and We­ber each recog­nised the sac­ri­fices of peo­ple in wars com­mem­o­rated by Anzac Day.

Tim Hen­rick­sen led the Pon­garoa ser­vice, at­tended by a very large crowd which first marched along the main street. Guest speaker was Colonel Paul Curry who spoke on the work the wives of the dis­tricts’ sol­diers did on the farms and other busi­nesses while bring­ing up the chil­dren, while men were away at the wars.

The Rev­erend Jo Crosse of­fi­ci­ated at We­ber.

The au­di­ence par­tic­i­pated as chil­dren read po­ems, Karen Phelps read a let­ter of sym­pa­thy from the We­ber School Com­mit­tee to Mrs E Bas­sett, dated De­cem­ber 9, 1917 and Ann Berry read the last let­ter her Grandad Ed­win Bas­sett wrote home dated 17 Novem­ber 1917. He was wounded on 22 Novem­ber and died the fol­low­ing day.

Karen Phelps, with Rev. Jo Crosse and stu­dents Archie Rid­dell and Myles Hen­rick­sen at We­ber.

The march to the Ceno­taph in Pon­goroa.

Tim Hen­rick­sen lead the Pon­garoa ser­vice.

Colonel Paul Curry was guest speaker at Pon­garoa.

Left: Ann Berry reads out the last let­ter from the front sent by Ed­win Bas­sett in 1917. Below: With the Dan­nevirke Pipe Band at at­ten­tion the flag was low­ered at Pon­garoa.

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