Staff join in graves’ clean-up ef­fort

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS - By MERANIA KA­RAU­RIA

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.

PHOTO / MERANIA KA­RAU­RIA

RSA mem­ber Bill Devon­shire (left) and RSA pres­i­dent Ian Bai­ley with Bun­nings staff Christina Gal­loway (left) and Janell Read­ing.

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