The Royal New Zealand Artillery
The Royal New Zealand Artillery
Three active members, Graeme Henderson, Spencer Morrisson and James Horn and wives, (Joan, Rona and Aileen), met and enjoyed drinks and dinner at 228 Spey St Invercargill.
The Queen and the Regiment were duly toasted.
A group of Gunners gathered at the Thistle Inn on Monday afternoon to celebrate St Barbara's Day (albeit 24 hours early!) and to meet up with John Tulloch on his first visit to NZ in almost 40 years - John served in the RNZA (161 Bty 1968-69 Section Comd and FO, and 16 Fd Regt Adjt) before joinin
Harry Honnor is a lot brighter and more coherent today, but he said he may not return to his apartment. Pat had confirmed this earlier that he is being assessed for the Rest Home facility at Jan Mander.
Dedication Service and unveiling of a memorial to commemorate those who had served in the Armed Forces was held at Whenua Tapu Cemetery on Armistice Day this year. There were about 150 personnel in pouring rain attended, with veterans from Porirua, Titahi Bay, Pukerua Bay, Johnsonville and Tawa
Harry Honnor has not been enjoying good health of late and following a spell in Whangarei Base Hospital is now back in the hospital wing of the Jane Mander Retirement Village in Whangarei. [More as it comes to hand.]
Up to 30 Korean War veterans will be funded to attend the 60th anniversary commemorations of the Korean War Armistice in July next year, Veterans Affairs Minister Nathan Guy has announced on 23 November 2012.
Retired Brigadier and linguist Ernie Chamberlain served for 36 years in the Australian Army, including on exchange with NZ Force SEA in Singapore 1975‐77 as SO2 Intelligence. He has written The Viet Cong D445 Battalion: Their Story, published privately in 2011, and available to read free on-line.
From Willie Walker:
During the period 16‐19 August 2012 I was privileged to attend the unveiling of the original Long Tan Cross at the Australian War Memorial Museum in Canberra. In 1968 prior to 6 RARs second tour to Vietnam, a plan was put in place to erect a cross at the site of the Long Tan battle.
Our annual reunion, 9-11 November 2012, was a great occasion, enjoyed by all. Read on for the highlights of the weekend . . .
Here's an interesting and moving video comment on Remembrance Day in Canada - Click here . . .
The NZ Army Hut at Omori, Lake Taupo
I have had a request for any information, including photos of the NZ Army hut that was located at Omori (Southern end of Lake Taupo), which was mainly used by soldiers who were keen fishermen.
MCADAM, Francis Hardy. WWII NZ Army 49280 17th and 6th Field Regt. NZ Artillery. Passed away peacefully on 1 November 2012 at Redwood Hospital; in his 93rd year.
Dear Fellow Gunners
Greg Thwaite has called in a few favours and used a few contacts to achieve something of a coup (not seriously!). Prince Charles and Camilla will be attending our remembrance service on Sunday morning at the Auckland Museum and Greg is trying to establish the likelihood of a group photo of RNZA Assn members with HRH after the service.
SMITH, Ronald Jack (RJ). RNZA.WO2 Reg No. 462698. Aged 77. Passed peacefully at home on 23 October 2012 surrounded by his family, after a bravely fought battle. As Ron wished, a private family service has been held.