They were remembered

by Kent Caddick

One of the most poignant moments in this year’s Anzac Day services around Selwyn was a parade by members of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Trust and their horses, which passed by the homesteads of Malvern soldiers who had taken their horses to form the Canterbury Mounted Rifles brigade in World War I.

The event took place as part of the Anzac Day service held at the memorial gates in the Greendale Domain.

The trust and its horses took a circuitous route to the domain to pass by several properties, which were homes to a number of local men who joined up after the outbreak of war in 1914.

Chair of the Greendale Reserve Committee, John Clarkson, said have the Mounted Rifles trust made it a special occasion.

“This is only the second time, we have held an Anzac memorial in recent times and having the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Trust and their horses, made it a memorable occasion,” Mr Clarkson said.

“We would like to thank the trust for their presence and Ian Warren from Greendale for making it happen, as well as the Red Cross for putting on the afternoon tea.”

Children from the local Greendale School presented purple poppies to the horses of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Trust in remembrance of the 10,000 New Zealand horses, which went to the war. Only four returned.

In Prebbleton the largest crowd for many years gathered around the District War Memorial to pay tribute to those who have served their country in the world wars and other areas of conflict.

Selwyn Deputy Mayor, Malcolm Lyall, led the service and read a message from New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to the Prebbleton community.

Mr Lyall thanked the volunteers from the Prebbleton Community Association who had organised the event and display and in particular, Daphne McAven, who was presented with a plaque for her work in commemorating the 100 years since WWI including helping to put together the First World War exhibition in the Prebbleton Hall.

In Rolleston, around 300 people took part in the parade led by Ellesmere Highland Pipe Band along Rolleston Drive to the war memorial clock.

Chair of the Rolleston Residents Association, Leonie MacLachlan, who gave the reading at the service, was delighted at the turnout.

“The Rolleston Anzac service of remembrance has been organised by the Rolleston Residents Association for the last 34 years,” she said.

“We were thrilled by the community and community group attendance at this year’s event, which has grown every year. This year total attendance has been estimated at approaching 1,000.”

The Selwyn Youth Band and the Selwyn Community Choir were on hand to provide the musical accompaniment to the Rolleston service. 

Logan Edwards, left, wears his great-great-grandfather Anthony Todd’s New 
Zealand Army medals while his sister Hanna wears the British Army 
medals of their great-grandfather James Todd at the Prebbleton 
Anzac Day service.  Photo by CommsKiwi

Daphne McAven who was presented with a plaque to recognise her efforts in 
making the 100 year anniversary of World War 1 a special event for the 
Prebbleton community. At the presentation were (from left): Lieutenant 
Colonel Don Bulmer (New Zealand Army), Commander Mike Humphreys 
(Royal New Zealand Navy), Major James Russell  (New Zealand 
Army), Daphne McAven (Prebbleton Community Association), 
Selwyn Deputy Mayor Malcolm Lyall and Lieutenant 
Corporal Blue Young (Royal Marine Commando 
Brigade) Photo by CommsKiwi

Members of the Prebbleton Pippins have been responsible for lowering 
and raising the flag at the local Anzac service for the last five 
years.  Photo by CommsKiwi

The horse of the fallen soldier leads the New Zealand Mounted Rifles
into the Greendale Domain

Selwyn Mayor Sam Broughton speaks at the Anzac service in Greendale