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Poppy from Joan on Frederick St (Saturday 8pm)

'Anzac Day', original handmade card. Drawing by Joan Butcher Hawkins, Dunedin (Poppy Day 22.4.16)Drawing by Joan Butcher Hawkins, Dunedin (Poppy Day, 22 April 2016)

Their talk is picturesque, their manner frank
A little hasty, what they think— they say—
They’ve got a down on arrogance and swank
Passive submission doesn’t come their way

And we are sorry now to leave you, but war is all “goodbye”

The red or Flanders poppy has been linked with battlefield deaths since the time of the Great War (1914–18). The plant was one of the first to grow and bloom in the mud and soil of Flanders. People in many countries wear the poppy to remember those who died in war or who still serve.

In New Zealand the poppy is most often worn around Anzac Day. Since 1927 Poppy Day has been marked on the Friday before Anzac Day (unless it falls on a Good Friday).

Anzac Day, 25 April, commemorates all New Zealanders killed in war and also honours returned servicemen and women. Anzac Day was first marked in 1916.

http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/anzac-day/poppies

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

*Anzac verse (extracts):
(1) Jessie Pope (“The Observer”, 29 September 1917).
(2) 2nd Lt Thomas A Clark Snr died 1918. Featherston Military Camp.

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World War I memorial project

North East Valley war memorial [flickriver.com] 1North East Valley war memorial [flickriver.com]

### ODT Online Sun, 4 Aug 2013
Monumental research surprising
By Brenda Harwood – The Star
A labour of love for Dunedin woman Heather Bray is to become part of the official commemorations of the 100th anniversary of World War 1 in 2014.
For the past five years, Mrs Bray and her mother Laurel Corbishley have been transcribing names from all the war memorials and rolls of honour they can find in Otago and Southland. These have ranged from large, official war memorials in the region’s cemeteries and public spaces to lists of names tucked away in businesses and schools, and even stained glass windows in churches.

”We are focusing on Otago and Southland because there is such a strong link between the two regions.” –Heather Bray

Along with listing the names, the project involves finding out as much as possible about the soldiers, from where they went to school to where they were killed. ”With a bit of careful work, it is amazing how much you can find out about them as individuals,” Mrs Bray said.
The ultimate goal of the Dunedin Family History Group president was to print a register of the 3000-plus soldiers named on the Invercargill Cenotaph, cross-referenced to other war memorials around New Zealand. The printing of the register, planned for April 2014, is part of the Government’s official World War 1 centenary programme.
”The unique thing about the project is that we are creating an overall genealogical and social history to go with all those names,” Mrs Bray said.
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Anyone who knows of an obscure war memorial or roll of honour, or who has photographs or transcripts from a memorial is asked to contact Heather Bray and the Dunedin Family History Group. Email: dfhg at xtra.co.nz

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