Marching for Pop on Anzac Day
The younger generation is keeping the Anzac spirit alive. A South Otago school girl tells the how.
My name is Brooke Leigha Anderson, I am 16 years old and a year 12 at South Otago High School. I enjoy most sports like netball and swimming. I’m also a surf life guard at Kaka Point Surf Live Saving Club.
I live on the Anderson family farm in Taumata, the eldest daughter of three girls to James and Tirina.
For Anzac Day this year, I am wearing Pop’s (Ernest Adam Anderson) medals, my grandad’s father - my great-grandad.
I will be marching in the Anzac parade in Clinton. I’ve attended the Anzac parade in Clinton most years since I was a baby wearing my Anderson kilt, until I grew out of it.
Pop was a company runner in the 2nd Battalion of the Otago Regiment. He received the Military Medal for heroic bravery on September 29, 1918 during World War One, when Welsh Ridge and Bon Avis ridge were taken in northern France.
Pop had to deliver dispatches to base. He had one particularly bad run to do while they were under heavy gun fire. It was this run that earned him his decoration for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.
This medal was presented to him by the Prince of Wales at Forbury Park in Dunedin on May 19, 1920. Following the presentation, Pop is said to have taken his medal off and hid it under his coat until local Clinton friends repinned it on the outside for everyone to see.
I want to take part in the parade to show my appreciation for my Pop and the men and women who served in the war for us.
My grandad (Norman Anderson) wore these medals every Anzac Day to the parade in Clinton, even when he retired and moved to Balclutha, and he was very proud of them.
It’s a year since Grandad died. He last wore the medals in 2015, the 100th anniversary of WW1.
I am honoured to wear them for my Pop and Grandad.
The Anzac Day service at the Clinton Community Centre starts at 10am.
Brooke Anderson, of Taumata, will be keeping up a family tradition by wearing her great-grandfather Ernest Adam Anderson’s war medals on parade this Anzac Day, at Clinton.