Staff join in graves’ clean-up effort
Eight Bunnings staff were at the Terrace End Cemetery last week to clean 55 soldiers’ graves.
Palmerston North RSA president Ian Bailey and member Bill Devonshire were at the cemetery with the staff to identify the graves of the soldiers buried there.
“We have been selling our poppies at Bunnings and after the last Anzac Day, the RSA committee came up with the plan to clean the graves.”
The two men, both in their 80s, were grateful the Bunnings’ staff had the elbow-power to scrub clean the headstones with a little chemical help to dissolve caked-on lichen.
One grave was that of driver Robert Reaburn of the 9th Battery of the Artillery Regiment in WWI who was 28 when he died.
Ian said the families of the WWI soldiers had either moved away from the area, or there was no family member still alive.
The Bunnings staff started the clean-up at 9.30am and were finished by 1.30pm.
RSA member Bill Devonshire (left) and RSA president Ian Bailey with Bunnings staff Christina Galloway (left) and Janell Reading.