Napier sol­dier plays es­cort role in France

Hastings Leader - - News -

Napier man Dave Gar­den has proudly rep­re­sented Hawke's Bay at the lib­er­a­tion of Le Ques­noy cen­te­nary com­mem­o­ra­tions in France.

Staff Sergeant Dave Gar­den, a Re­serve Forces sol­dier with 5th/7th Bat­tal­ion, Royal New Zealand In­fantry Reg­i­ment, was one of two escorts cer­e­mo­ni­ally guard­ing the Reg­i­men­tal Colour of 7th Welling­ton (City of Welling­ton's Own) and Hawke's Bay Bat­tal­ion at the cer­e­mony on Sun­day.

The Colour, which bears the bat­tle hon­our of Sam­bre (Le Ques­noy), was front and cen­tre of the com­mem­o­ra­tions.

“I was ex­tremely hon­oured to be rep­re­sent­ing Hawke's Bay in re­mem­brance of those who fought and gave so much be­fore us,” Dave says.

He has been a Re­serve Forces sol­dier for more than 30 years and has been one of the best sharp­shoot­ers in the New Zealand Army, hav­ing made its Com­bat Shoot­ing team three times and com­pet­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally against other Com­mon­wealth mil­i­taries.

In civil­ian life he works as a fore­man and car­pen­ter for a Napier busi­ness and those skills have also proved use­ful for his Re­serve Forces' role.

“I was at­tached to 2 En­gi­neer Reg­i­ment as a builder and helped build a fuel de­pot in the north­ern Cook Is­lands as part of New Zealand's HADR (hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance and dis­as­ter re­lief) pro­gramme,” he says.

“Serv­ing New Zealand and help­ing our Pa­cific neigh­bours in a prac­ti­cal way is one of the best things about be­ing in the Re­serves,” he says.

“The Re­serve Forces need all types of dif­fer­ent skills — if you're into fit­ness, work­ing as a team and giv­ing back to your com­mu­nity, give the

SSGT Dave Gar­den is a Colour Es­cort for the 7th Welling­ton (City of Welling­ton’s Own) and Hawke’s Bay Bat­tal­ion Reg­i­men­tal Colour at the Le Ques­noy Cen­te­nary Com­mem­o­ra­tions.

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