Otago Daily Times

Prom­ise kept with Armistice Day out­ing

- HAMISH MA­CLEAN hamish.ma­clean@odt.co.nz Queens · Dunedin · Otago · Germany · New Zealand · Southland Region

THE Armistice Day ser­vice in Queens Gar­dens yes­ter­day morn­ing held spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance for re­tired staff sergeant Char­lie Boyes (79), of Dunedin.

The for­mer chief cook for the 4th Otago South­land Bat­tal­ion stood shoul­der to shoul­der with his 13­year­old great­grand­son Dar­tanyon Richards, keep­ing a prom­ise to the boy af­ter Covid­19 dashed their An­zac Day plans ear­lier this year.

As traf­fic buzzed past the ceno­taph in Dunedin’s city cen­tre yes­ter­day, the Bri­tish Em­pire Medal re­cip­i­ent said he hoped more would have stopped to ob­serve a mo­ment’s si­lence.

The day should be front of mind at schools, busi­nesses and through­out the city, he said.

He feared his great­grand­son’s gen­er­a­tion could lose touch with the sacri­fice made more than a cen­tury ago.

A rev­er­ent crowd of about 200 stood in Queens Gar­dens as a 25­pounder field gun fired twice at 11am to mark the start of two min­utes’ si­lence.

As the smoke cleared, Padre Aaron Knotts be­gan the ser­vice to mark the end of fight­ing in World War 1 and the sign­ing of the armistice be­tween Ger­many and the Al­lies on Novem­ber 11, 1918.

Re­tired New Zealand Army colonel Roger McEl­wain said cer­e­monies such as yes­ter­day’s should serve to re­mind peo­ple today of the hor­rors and tragedy of war, and that the hu­man cost of con­flict was to be avoided at all cost.

‘‘It is ap­pro­pri­ate to say here, ‘Lest we for­get’,’’ he said.

Sev­eral dig­ni­taries laid wreaths at the base of the ceno­taph.

Bu­gler Ralph Miller played the Last Post and the ser­vice ended with the singing of the New Zealand na­tional an­them.

 ?? PHOTO: GER­ARD O’BRIEN ?? Young and old alike . . . Dar­tanyon Richards and his great­grand­fa­ther, for­mer 4th Bat­tal­ion mem­ber Char­lie Boyes, both of Dunedin, at yes­ter­day’s Armistice Day cer­e­mony at Queens Gar­dens.
PHOTO: GER­ARD O’BRIEN Young and old alike . . . Dar­tanyon Richards and his great­grand­fa­ther, for­mer 4th Bat­tal­ion mem­ber Char­lie Boyes, both of Dunedin, at yes­ter­day’s Armistice Day cer­e­mony at Queens Gar­dens.
 ?? PHOTO: GRE­GOR RICHARD­SON ?? Mak­ing the ef­fort . . . Mad­di­son Rus­sell (8 months) and her mother Sa­man­tha Rus­sell soak up the scene at Queens Gar­dens in Dunedin dur­ing the Armistice Day ser­vice yes­ter­day morn­ing.
PHOTO: GRE­GOR RICHARD­SON Mak­ing the ef­fort . . . Mad­di­son Rus­sell (8 months) and her mother Sa­man­tha Rus­sell soak up the scene at Queens Gar­dens in Dunedin dur­ing the Armistice Day ser­vice yes­ter­day morn­ing.
 ?? PHOTO: GER­ARD O’BRIEN ?? Tra­di­tion . . . Smoke from a QF 25­pounder field gun ob­scures the elms at Queens Gar­dens af­ter the how­itzer was fired to com­mem­o­rate Armistice Day in Dunedin yes­ter­day morn­ing.
PHOTO: GER­ARD O’BRIEN Tra­di­tion . . . Smoke from a QF 25­pounder field gun ob­scures the elms at Queens Gar­dens af­ter the how­itzer was fired to com­mem­o­rate Armistice Day in Dunedin yes­ter­day morn­ing.

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