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WW1 Certificate of Service - New Zealand

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    Hey Guys,

    This has just been passed down to me as a birthday present.
    I never thought I would get it and had asked for a copy a few months ago, but was surprised when on my birthday it was sitting on the table.
    I had followed Hectors foot steps and was on ANZAC cove, Gallipoli 25/04/15 to mark the 100th anniversary.
    We had 2 serve at Gallipoli.
    Alex was killed in action in the Chunuk bair advance 06 - 07/08/15.
    His body was never found, along with 850 others.
    Hector served till 1920 and returned home.
    He had lost most of his hearing in France from a German shell, and so didn't hear the train that killed him coming.
    He had been home 17 days.

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    to get home and that happen terrible.

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    What a sad and tragic consequence of war, so sad.

    I have not seen one of these certificates before, good that it has gone to a good home with someone who will honour and respect his memory and that of his comrades.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Yes it's a tragic family story, one of many I bet.
    His other brothers all served in France.
    One was gassed after a week in the trenches and the other made it home. ( My Granddads Father)
    Many of us would not been here today if the wars had claimed more.

    Hector was walking home from looking for work.
    No one wanted to hire a half deaf worker.
    I remember asking my granddad why was he walking on the tracks? Why not the road?
    He said the tracks were often the quickest way to get somewhere and were better than the road in winter.
    Horse crap and mud were best avoided. Can't argue with that.

    After nearly 6 years of active service and WW1 and to make it through all that to be killed by a train.......

    At least he died at home and is buried in New Zealand.
    His grave is well tendered and he is not forgotten, nor will he be.

    I have only ever seen this one in the flesh, but all the others I've seen online are in museums.

    Danger

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