WWI sto­ries un­fold at road­show


In­cred­i­ble sto­ries of World War 1 vet­er­ans were ex­changed as South Waikato res­i­dents came to­gether to share their war me­mora­bilia.

The Waikato Mu­seum ar­rived to Toko­roa and Pu­taruru dur­ing its World War 1 road­show.

It was a chance for any­one who had unan­swered ques­tions about their vet­eran an­ces­tors.

Toko­roa RSA pres­i­dent Ken Reid said it was a great turnout.

About half a dozen people turned up with unique pieces.

Toko­roa’s Lorna Clarry care­fully un­folded an em­broi­dered piece all the way from France, some­thing that was im­por­tant to her as it had been gifted from her fa­ther.

And in the 97 years it has been in the fam­ily, it re­mains un­used.

‘‘I’m proud of it,’’ she said.

Along with the trea­sured piece, Clarry kept hold of a book com­piled of letters, pic­tures and cer­tifi­cates.

While Clarry re­mem­bered her fa­ther from pieces he left be­hind, Toko­roa’s Mur­ray Grey re­called his own dad in a dif­fer­ent way.

‘‘He was a very dif­fi­cult per­son,’’ he said.

It was only un­til he read the diary of this ‘‘dif­fi­cult’’ man that he be­gan to re­alise why he was like that.

‘‘ You did what he said and when he said it . . . I now un­der­stand why he was so dif­fi­cult . . . it’s not un­til you get older and you read some­thing like this that you un­der­stand,’’ he said. Grey’s suit­case full of books, pic­tures and even horse spurs were passed on to him by his sis­ter.

And part of the rea­son Grey turned up to the road­show was to have some of the writ­ing de­ci­phered.

The sto­ries will go to­wards the For Us They Fell web­site and an ex­hi­bi­tion which will be held in April next year.

Proud daugh­ter: Lorna Garry was proud to share the trea­sured items her fa­ther left be­hind.

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