RSA seeks WWII sol­diers

Clutha Leader - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - MARY-JO TO­HILL

The Clutha District RSA is on the hunt for in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing four World War II sol­diers, who are part of an An­zac Day com­mem­o­ra­tive project.

The RSA is look­ing for de­tails about T. Brand­ford, J. D. Smith, F. Spark, and W.S. Thomp­son.

RSA sec­re­tary-trea­surer Pauline Soper said the com­mit­tee had re­searched 35 sol­diers but find­ing de­tails about the re­main­ing four men in the project who had left for war from the Clutha District was prov­ing to be a chal­lenge.

‘‘The process has been dif­fi­cult be­cause the sol­dier may have been work­ing here but not nec­es­sar­ily born here; Balclutha was put on his record at the time of en­list­ing.’’

Some sol­diers had their names recorded on more than one ceno­taph, she said.

The Balclutha Round Table group had been help­ing with the project and the crosses for An­zac Day have been made.

Last year, the Clutha District RSA de­cided to re­mem­ber its WWII sol­diers the same way WWI sol­diers were re­mem­bered with crosses at the Balclutha ceno­taph.

The com­mit­tee de­cided not to wait for the cen­te­nary be­cause those who had con­nec­tions with the war were at­tend­ing the ser­vices now

The RSA would be grate­ful to re­ceive any in­for­ma­tion about the sol­diers for the project. Con­tact Pauline Soper 027 2012 167.

MARY-JO TO­HILL

WWI An­zac crosses at Balclutha, at the An­zac Day dawn ser­vice last year.

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