100 years on Regiment Remembered at Tapawera


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 Nelson-Marlborough regimental insignia marked out in white stones above the army campground at Tapawera

The camp as it was leading up to WWI

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.

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.

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.

Karen Stade, President of the Nelson Historical Society, was dressed immaculately in the fashion of the day.

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An excellent display of wartime photos and memorabilia was organised by Barbara Carlton

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.

Local identity Maurice Taylor, a keen supporter of the celebrations, dressed for the part.

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Marianne Mann inspecs the troops

Marianne Mann inspecs the troops

Weapons of War.  Hopefully this youngster will never experience it.

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

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

Test firing of an early weapon from the 1840’s

Cooking army-style

Cooking army-style

David Featherstone and Mary Martin sing a World War I favourite: If You Were the Only Girl in the World

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

Well known Nelson journalist Arch Barclay leads the singing of God Save the Queen

Maurice Taylor delivers his rendition of Brown Bess

Maurice Taylor delivers his rendition of Brown Bess

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2 responses

  1. Hello I am enjoying receiving your posts on Waimea South Historical. Could you please let me know how one goes about becoming a member? Also could you inform me whether or not your group includes Waimea West area? Regards Jane McDonald Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2014 03:50:11 +0000 To: sparrowmac@hotmail.com

    1. Yes, Jane, we certainly do include Waimea West. The area from Richmond south to Spooner’s Range is our territory. You could join by coming to one of our meetings, but you might like to ring our Secretary, Jeannine Price at 03-5423033, for any questions you might have. The best time for you to join would be at our AGM which will be in the Tasman District Library on 29th May at 2.00pm.

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