Anzac Day 2017

On 25th April at St Martha's, The Reverend Stephanie Sokolowski led the annual Anzac Day service to commemorate Lieutenant General Freyberg, VC, GCMG, KCB, KBE, DSO & Three Bars who was married to wife, Barbara at St Martha’s and is buried in the churchyard there.

The sun shone, the wind blew and the countryside looked its very best.

General Freyberg was born in Surrey and moved to New Zealand at the age of two. He attended Wellington College in New Zealand from 1897 – 1904.

General Freyberg took part in the beach landings during the Gallipoli Campaign and was the youngest general in the British Army during the First World War. He was one of the most highly decorated soldiers of the British Empire in the First World War. During the Second World War, he commanded the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Battle of Crete, the North African Campaign and the Italian Campaign.

He was the 7th Governor-General of New Zealand (1946 – 1952) and a Member of the House of Lords as Baron Freyberg (1951 – 1963).
 

About 25 people attended including Mary Llewellyn-Fowler, representing the New Zealand High Commission and Major Leanne Chambers of the New Zealand Defence Force, along with Australian Armed Force representation.

The beautiful weather even allowed us to serve a delicious tea outside the church, provided by one of our congregation, which really set the seal on the occasion.

 


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