South Waikato delves into war his­tory

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

His­tory is in the mak­ing and it will be hit­ting the South Waikato next week.

The Waikato Mu­seum is bring­ing a World War I[WWI] road­show to Toko­roa and Pu­taruru where the un­told sto­ries of men and women who ex­pe­ri­enced WWI in the Waikato will be re­vealed.

Toko­roa RSA pres­i­dent Ken Reid has al­ready been sought out by South Waikato res­i­dents to iden­tify their un­known war ob­jects. ‘‘A lot of this sort of stuff is scarce and a lot of people don’t know they have it,’’ he said.

And he wel­comes any­one else who needs help.

While Reid is opt­ing to dis­cover what those ob­jects are, the Waikato Mu­seum hopes to cre­ate a story from them.

Waikato Mu­seum di­rec­tor Cherie Meecham said in­for­ma­tion sourced from the pub­lic will help tell the Waikato story.

Meecham said in­for­ma­tion about the vet­er­ans is avail­able on www.forus­ but she hopes there is more to come.

‘‘With the help of the pub­lic, Waikato Mu­seum in­tends to un­cover the un­told sto­ries of the Great War.’’

Dur­ing July the mu­seum will visit towns across the Waikato/ Coro­man­del re­gion to meet the com­mu­nity, demon­strate the web­site and ask people to share any sto­ries or me­mora­bilia from World War I.

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