ANZAC Day: Gallipoli

In 2015 Dad and I were at the dawn ceremony at ANZAC Cove and then the service at Chunuk Bair.

I carried the medals of my great-grandfather Harry Crozier with me. It was 100 years since ANZAC troops set foot on the Gallipoli peninsula in that ill-fated campaign.

Going to Gallipoli had been on my bucket list forever… and, with Dad, I finally ticked that off, and on the centenary as well.

It was, and remains, a very special trip and memory.    Read more »

ANZAC Day: Lest we forget

Credit: christchurchdailyphoto.co.nz

Credit: christchurchdailyphoto.co.nz

Original post: 25 April 2006

This is my ANZAC Day trib­ute post­ing. ANZAC Day means a great deal for me and my fam­ily. I sup­pose it is because we have a con­nec­tion to the orig­i­nal ANZACS in 1915 and Gal­lipoli, and to a vet­eran of a war much fresher in our minds  Viet Nam.

Firstly, I pay trib­ute to my great-grandfather Harry Crozier. I never really knew him and he died many years ago. Harry served in the Gal­lipoli cam­paign and, thank­fully, came home alive, albeit with only one working leg. I know he spent con­sid­er­able time in Rotorua con­va­lesc­ing and learned to carve Maori carv­ings as part of his reha­bil­i­ta­tion.

The sec­ond per­son I pay trib­ute to is a guy who truly epit­o­mises the ANZAC spirit. He is an Aussie, liv­ing in New Zealand, who fought for New Zealand in Viet Nam. He is mar­ried to a Kiwi and has three Kiwi kids, and four Kiwi grandkids. He is also my father-in-law.

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ANZAC Day: General debate

Fiona Goodall / via Stuff

Fiona Goodall / via Stuff

Whaleoil is a staunch supporter of our armed forces, both current and past.

ANZAC Day is observed solemnly.

As a result, there will be no non-ANZAC-related posts until midday.

Feel free to use this general debate thread to share your ANZAC stories, be that direct or indirect. Be they about your own family, or someone you know or knew.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

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