Wreaths will be laid at Marlborough's Boer War memorial at Tua Marina cemetery at 10am on Sunday to commemorate the 113th anniversary of the departure of the first troops to leave New Zealand for South Africa and to remember the 11 Marlborough casualties of that conflict.
The Boer War of 1899-1902 was the first time that New Zealand had deployed troops to a foreign theatre of war. During the course of the conflict, the Marlborough Mounted Rifles sent 60 men with the various New Zealand contingents to South Africa.
On Sunday, Marlborough RSA president Ernie Thomson will lead the service at Tua Marina and Marlborough RSA vice president Peter Slape will be the guest speaker.
- The Marlborough Express