COMMEMORATION GATHERING AT AKAROA.
A large audience gathered at the Oddfellow's Hall last evening
to commemorate the historic landing of the New Zealand troops just a year ago on Gallipoli Peninsula, the hall being packed while suitable hymns were sung and the French and British National Anthems were sung. Interesting addresses delivered by His Worship the Mayor, Rev. A. H. Julius, Mr J, D. Bruce, and Mr C. Hall were listened to attentive ly throughout. Corporal Percy Arnold and Private Manhire oi Christchurch were both present, together with Trooper A. Lelievre, all of whom had served with our troops on Gallipoli. It might be fitting to mention here that as far as we know only three Peninsula bred men ffcook part in the historic landing on April 25th, 1915. These were "Wally" Orme who was killed some few days later and Norman S. Young, well known on Peninsula football fields and at Peninsula sports gatherings, and Corporal T. W. Narbey, son of Mi T. W. Narbey. Private Young and Corporal Narbey went with the Taranaki regiment and Orme with the Canterbury infantry. Young, it will be remembered later took part in the big Cape Helles advance where he was wounded severely in both thighs. He afterwards returned to Gallipoli and was killed in action. Private W. Orme, son of Mr John Orme was killed in action some few days after the landing. Corporal Narbey was wounded and is now in Egypt, and is, we understand about the only Peninsula man who saw the landing and was not killed in action. Another Peninsula man who probably landed on April 25 was Private Samuel Manson, late of Little River who was killed in action in June. The Mayor in his address! touched upon the splendid manner in which the younger generation of New Zealand had taken up arms in defence of the Empire and so gallantly done their part in the great landing a year ago. He said New Zealand should be proud of what our men had done and would do. In Akaroa he could not think of five men of military age, who were not married, who could go forward. Mr J. D. Bruce said the celebration they were making should be an annual one in honour of those brave boys who had given their lives on Gallipoli. New Zealanders were not entitled to the whole honour, as the Australians, Indian, French and Imperial troops all did their part, and it was the combined effort that made the landing so memorable. The little doubt as to how our troops would behave was swept away in the account of that landing. Speaking with a Sergt-Major who had been at the landing, he learned that the New Zealanders had shown themselves on that day that they were some of the best fightingmaterial. Rev. A. H. Julius said it was hard to think that the many young men he had often met on the Peninsula following farming and other pursuits should have been converted in so short a time
into some of the best fighting material in the world as proved at Anzac one year ago. A man had told him that Gallipoli had been a failure, but he told him that it was -no more a failure than the charge of the Light Brigade or Captain Scott's great struggle to the South Pole. Such deeds as the landing at Anzac would ring down the centuries and never be forgotten.
Mr Chas. Hall compared the fighting of our brave New Zealanders on Gallipoli with the great retreat of our British troops in France. He said the wonderful deeds of bravery performed by our British troops went to prove that our Empire was by no means a decadent one and the historic landing at Anzac on April 25th, 1916, in the face of such insurmountable difficulties would go down in history as a military accomplishment of great valour and endurance. The speakers were heartily applauded throughout, and the meeting , , an earnest and enthusiastic one.
The following hymns and patriotic songs were sung: "0 God our help in ages past", Rudyard Kipling's "Recessional", "Eternal Father strong to save", "Sons of New Zealand (sung by Mr F. Armstrong), "La Marseillaise" and the National Anthem.
The Rev. A. H. Julius also delivered a prayer of a suitable nature after the opening hymn.
Mrs Julius and Miss V. Youngman played the accompaniments,
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COMMEMORATION GATHERING AT AKAROA., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3539, 26 April 1916