2013 Trans-Tasman Anzac Day blog challenge honour roll

The East Coast Bays Cenotaph

Anzac Day for me, means Anzac Day services and family time. A time of commemoration of the fallen, and for those who may not have fallen but whose lives were altered completely by war. Its a time of paying respects and thanksgiving.

Every year there seems to be more people turn out for the services.

We went to the Civic Service at East Coast Bays. There was a huge turnout, especially of children from schools and youth/community groups - highlight was the speeches by two prefers from Long Bay College.

Standing in this beautiful location, under the pines, looking out towards the Cenotaph and beyond it the beach and the sea, the peace of the location added to the poignancy and atmosphere of the service. The Coastguard boat and crew even attended, moored just off the beach and still within earshot.

After the service, our family lunched with friends at our local RSA.

We always have a great response each year from the blogging community for our Blog Challenge.

This year has been no exception.

We've been blessed with well-researched, well-written blog entries from New Zealand, Australia, England, and Iceland!

Bloggers have used letters, diaries and newspapers, as well as the other traditional resources.

Roll of Honour 

2nd Lt Hugh Lindsay PATTON (NZEF), d 27 Aug 1918, Bapaume, France

Allan (Jack) ELLIS, returned serviceman, WWI AIF

Cpl Alexander Joseph McDONALD, d 25 April 1915, Gallipoli

Pte George FORSYTH, d 9 August 1916, Pozières

Pte John Bertrand CHATFIELD, missing 3 May 1917, later declared dead

Pte James Daniel BOOTHER (BEF), d 23 September 1915, the Marne, France 

Cpl Margery GREENFIELD, d 7 October 1945, Rennes, France

Ernest James HAMBLIN, d 14 October 1917, Battle of Broodseinde, Flanders

Sgt Peter M GAFFANEY (NZRB), 5 April 1918, Mailly-Maillet, France

LCpl Leslie Herbert COOMBRIDGE (AIF), returned serviceman

Thank you to all who contributed your stories. Thanks also to those who read these blogs.

Remember also in the lead up to the centenary commemorations, that you can contribute your New Zealand stories to New Zealand's WW100, and your Australian and New Zealand stories to Inside History and FindMyPast's Memory Bank, to help preserve your families' memories of WWI.

Kind regards