The Royal New Zealand Artillery
The Royal New Zealand Artillery
The 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele was marked on the 11th November 2017 by a 100 gun salute, fired at Fort de Seclin near Lille France with WW1 era Ordnance QF 18 pounders. One of the guns was manned by ex RNZA personnel, along with people from other artilleries.
It is with regret I advise that Dennis Schofield, former Director of Music of The Band of The Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery marched off to the Gunpark in the Sky.
It is with regret I advise that Bruce Wynyard marched off to the Gunpark in the Sky. Bruce passed away on 14 November 2017, at Waikato Hospital, surrounded by family.
David Weston, Graeme Ready, Peter Miles and Nev Mersky have all attended the 9RAR reunion in Adelaide this week - 50 years since they were raised in Keswick barracks, Adelaide (November 1967) after 3 RAR sailed for South Vietnam - 9RAR replaced them in 1 ATF 1 year later. The four New Zealand at
It is with regret I advise that Gaidyn Flay marched off to the Gunpark in the Sky. Gaidyn passed away on 11th November 2017 at Rossendale, Hamilton, aged 82.
Rest in Peace Gaidyn. Thank you for your service.
Gunner Matt Gauldie's War Horse statue will be unveiled at the Armistice Day Commemorations in Hamilton this Saturday 11th Nov. Starts 1030 at Memorial Park. Unfortunately I cannot attend, but it would be good if the Waikato Gunners were out in force to support Matt.
11/4 Bty, 16 Fd Regt will be conducting a charter parade through Papakura next Saturday the 18th. We will be renewing the Charter once held by 11A Bty. The colour gun will be on parade, as will the RNZA Band. If you are in the area it will be an awesome day for all Gunners.
We have had a request from a Lindsay Campbell, the son of a WW2 14th Light Anti-Aircraft Regt gunner, who is trying to find an official Army photo or photos that were taken of the Regt at Papakura before they left for the war.
It is with regret I inform you that Colin Whyte has marched out for the last time to the Gunpark in the Sky. Colin passed away on 28th October 2017, aged 85.
Colin served in 2 NZ REGT TAIPING MALAYA 59/61 & 161 Bty SVN 1968 and was a former president of the KEV Matamata Branch.
Christchurch, NZ. 13 October 2017. Graham Hutchison holds the dubious honour of being (as far as we know) the South Island's oldest remaining gunner and the world’s record holder of the fastest 100 yard sprint through the dessert with his trousers around his ankles.
We are saddened to advise that Alisoun Masters passed away away on October 23, 2017, at Mayfair Lifecare, Christchurch, aged 80 years.
Updated information on 32 Echo Bty Sesquicentennial (150 years) events 2017, South Island. Christchurch. Dec 1st and 2nd, 2017.
It is with regret I advise that Ray Speden marched off to the Gunpark in the Sky, peacefully on Wednesday 13 September 2017, at Rowena Jackson Village Invercargill, surrounded by his loving family; aged 86 years.
Rest in Peace Ray. Thank you for your service.
It is with regret I advise that Harry Haylock marched off to the Gunpark in the Sky. Harry passed away peacefully in the loving care of his friends at Anthony Wilding Retirement Village in Christchurch on 24th Sep, aged 97.
Rest in Peace Harry. Thank you for your service.
It is with regret I advise that Ken Edmonds marched off to the Gunpark in the Sky. Ken slipped quietly away aged 80 years at Kamo Home on the 22nd of September 2017.
Rest in Peace Ken. Thank you for your service.