Women who served in war hon­oured

Waihi Leader - - News -

On Satur­day Waihi Ward Coun­cil­lor Anne Marie Spicer acted as MC for the af­ter­noon’s events which which fo­cused on ‘Those who also served’, the women of World War I.

Waihi Hos­pi­tal and Rest Home man­ager Helen Risen spoke about nurs­ing then and now, while NZTF 6th Hau­raki Bat­tal­ion Cap­tain (Rtd) Rus­sell Skeet made a stir­ring pre­sen­ta­tion en­ti­tled The Bet­ter Half.

Lynne Mill­som, grand­daugh­ter of World War I Waihi May­oress Ada Don­ald­son also spoke. Lynne had trav­elled from Aus­tralia to Waihi for the event. Meryl Ben­net and the Black­bird Singers en­ter­tained the crowd. Fol­low­ing a spe­cial cake cut­ting, every­body moved out into the sun­shine to wit­ness the un­veil­ing of the Women’s Poppy Cloak and the Tun­nelling Com­pany cloak.

The Tun­nelling Com­pany cloak was worn in Welling­ton on Sun­day to the Na­tional Ar­mistice Cen­ten­nial Com­mem­o­ra­tions. Tun­nelling Com­pany Re­searcher and Waihi Ar­mistice 100 fa­cil­i­ta­tor Sue Baker Wil­son had been in­vited to the Welling­ton event. She said that the cloak was es­pe­cially ap­pre­ci­ated by those who had a ser­vice back­ground.

Ar­mistice Waihi 100 events have pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity for Waihi to come to­gether and to en­gage with their World War I-re­lated sto­ries, a num­ber of which had been for­got­ten, she said. “Hav­ing a deeper un­der­stand­ing of the peo­ple and events that helped shape us and our town will help us face the fu­ture as a peace­ful and united com­mu­nity,” she said.


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