Sis­ter re­mem­bered

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the work she did with sol­diers dur­ing and post war.

“For all her ded­i­ca­tion and ser­vice to sol­diers and the Ka¯whia com­mu­nity, she had nowhere to live and no money, but her RSA boys got to­gether and built her a lit­tle cot­tage over­look­ing the town and har­bour which she shared with a dis­abled brother.

“There were nine broth­ers, and she out­lived them all. For years they sent her a pound each for her birth­day and it is said ‘she lived on that and ev­ery­thing else she had, she gave away’.

“In 1956 she re­luc­tantly agreed to ac­cept an MBE in the hon­ours list. She died, game to the last, in Waikato Hos­pi­tal on June 17, 1977.

“After her fu­neral, she left money for her exser­vice men to pro­vide ‘Sis­ter’s last shout’.”

Theresa has been re­search­ing and col­lat­ing doc­u­ments on Sis­ter Reidy for more than 12 months and the lat­est chap­ter from com­mem­o­ra­tion will be added to com­plete her file then do­nated to the Ka¯ whia Mu­seum.

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O¯ toro­hanga mayor Max Bax­ter (right), pic­tured with or­gan­iser Theresa Arm­strong and Te Awa­mutu Re­turned Ser­vices As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Lou Brown, un­veiled the plaque ded­i­cated to Ka¯ whia’s own Sis­ter Reidy.

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