On Saturday the 8th March 2014, at 2.00pm under a brilliantly blue sky hundreds of young men from the Nelson and Marlborough districts were remembered as their regimental badge picked out in white rocks on a hillside above their training ground was re-dedicated at Tapawera.
The Nelson-Marlborough regimental insignia marked out in white stones above the army campground at Tapawera
The camp as it was leading up to WWI
Padre Ralph Bradley reads a prayer of dedication for the restored insignia on the hill above the campsite.
Saxophonist, Maurice Abrahams, plays his instrument with all the experienced ease his 95years will allow.
Karen Stade, President of the Nelson Historical Society, was dressed immaculately in the fashion of the day.
An excellent display of wartime photos and memorabilia was organised by Barbara Carlton
Local identity Maurice Taylor, a keen supporter of the celebrations, dressed for the part.
Marianne Mann inspecs the troops
Weapons of War. Hopefully this youngster will never experience it.
One of their number, Maurice Abrahams, now aged 95 sounded the Last Post and later, in an old-time variety concert, enertained with his saxaphone a small but appreciative audience – along with other locals and members of the Nelson Savage Club.
A team of young handbell ringers led by Frances Rae treated everyone present to the unusual and unique delights of handbell ringing from the collection assembled by Edward Edridge in the 1880’s and now in the care of the Nelson School of Music.
Nelson School of Music present an item with the Edridge-McLean handbells
It was the beginning of our remembrance of those soldiers who 100 years ago travelled 12,000 miles from New Zealand to the battlefields of France and Gallipoli – one tenth of the population of New Zealand at that time, who became actively engaged in World War I – many of whom were never to return.
Test firing of an early weapon from the 1840’s
David Featherstone and Mary Martin sing a World War I favourite: If You Were the Only Girl in the World
Well known Nelson journalist Arch Barclay leads the singing of God Save the Queen
Maurice Taylor delivers his rendition of Brown Bess