An­zac ser­vice held at Waireka home

Ser­vice is pop­u­lar for res­i­dents

Bush Telegraph - - Explore Pahiatua - By STEVE CARLE´

Bryan James has been tak­ing An­zac ser­vices at Waireka Home in Pahiatua for four years for the el­derly who can­not get to the Dawn Pa­rade.

“Be­cause of dis­abil­i­ties or im­paired eye­sight they find the ser­vice is ex­cel­lent for them be­cause they feel in their hearts they want to do some­thing for An­zac Day,” said Bryan.

“They feel good about it after­wards, they spend the whole day talk­ing about it. Each year I like to put in a story about our boys that we lost dur­ing the wars. That makes up for the time that would be taken at the Dawn Ser­vice and wreath lay­ing. This year I talked about Hugh Ross from Nga­turi near Pahiatua who is the only iden­ti­fied sol­dier from Pahiatua who is buried at Cater­pil­lar Val­ley War Memo­rial in France. He died in the Bat­tle of the Somme in World War I. He is buried in plot 14 row A and is one of seven sol­diers from Pahiatua buried at Cater­pil­lar Val­ley. There were 11 sol­diers lost from Pahiatua in World War I.

“An­other story told was about the Tomb of the Un­known War­rior who was repa­tri­ated from Cater­pil­lar Val­ley on 10 Novem­ber 2004 and placed in a tomb in Welling­ton on the 86th Armistice Day on 11 Novem­ber 2004. At Cater­pil­lar Val­ley there is a plaque which says ‘Here lies an AN­ZAC whose name is only known to God.’”

At the ser­vice were three veter­ans: Pri­vate Ashley Hunt served with the 14th Reg­i­ment of the Sec­ond New Zealand Ex­pe­di­tionary Force in the Mid­dle East and Japan. Af­ter the war he joined the Pahiatua RSA in 1947.

Able Sea­man Hugh Fer­gus served in the Royal New Zealand Navy on a mine sweeper in and around New Zealand and the Pa­cific. It rammed and sunk a Ger­man sub­ma­rine. Hugh joined Pahiatua RSA in 1946.

Nancy Al­tenburg served with the navy as a stew­ard in the Auck­land Naval Dock Yards dur­ing the war and also did a stint for 18 months help­ing at Waiouru Mil­i­tary Camp. Af­ter the war she joined the RSA.

Mem­bers of the Women’s Sec­tion of Pahiatua RSA who at­tended the pre-An­zac ser­vice at Waireka Home in Pahiatua. From left, back row: Nancy Al­tenburg, Molly Marenzi, Eleanor Bridge, Jill Milne, Dawn Stevens, Mar­garet Simpson, Rose Khan, Bar­bara Duck­ett,...

Bryan James was ser­vice leader for the Pre-An­zac ser­vice.

Pri­vate Ashley Hunt, Nancy Al­tenburg and Able Sea­man Hugh Fer­gus.

Waireka Home in Pahiatua hosted a Pre-An­zac ser­vice on Tues­day, April 24.

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