It is ANZAC day here in New Zealand. Today we remember all the members of the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces who have served in wars.
Today I am remembering the following members of my family who served in the two world wars and who, remarkably and thankfully all returned home.
Harry Morrison, Army Sapper, Tunnelling Company of NZ Engineers. WW1
Reginald Morrison, Wellington Infantry Battalion, WW1 and Home Guard WW11
Raymond Morrison, 33rd Reinforcements, E company, WW1
Alexander Grey, Medical Corps, Egypt, WW1
Albert Edward Simmons, Rifleman, Western Front, Europe, WW1
Alexander(Lex) Grey, RNZAF, Seconded to Fleet Air Arm, WW11
It has been my interest in family history and the research that I have done that has bought this aspect history alive for me. I have a much greater appreciation of their contributions, sacrifices and the long term effects on them all now.
A good reminder that Anzac is about all soldiers who served. Have you been through the Arras Tunnel in Wellington yet? I may have asked you this before.
I do keep thinking that it would be good to see more about the women who served but at least they are more visible this year. I’ve seen posts on FB today about all the animals and birds who served too. Yes I have been through the Arras Tunnel a couple of times now – it is short compared to others in the city. I like the stylised red poppies on the walls.
Each year we seem to learn a little more about lesser known aspects of the wars. It’s great.