White crosses mark those who fell in WWI

A team of workers assembles the white crosses at the RSA. From left are Neville Orford, Terry Farrell and Max Hunter.
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A team of workers assembles the white crosses at the RSA. From left are Neville Orford, Terry Farrell and Max Hunter.

Every South Canterbury person who died in World War I will be remembered with white crosses this Anzac Day.

South Canterbury Returned and Services Association member Terry Farrell, and a team of about 20 volunteers, have been working on painting and putting together about 300 crosses.

"The work has been going on for two months," he said.

Farrell's reasons for volunteering his time and effort to make the crosses stems entirely from his respect for "our past history" - as well as something a little closer to home.

"I had five uncles who fought in World War I and I fought in the Vietnam War with the 161 Battery," he explained.

The crosses are part of a national project being organised by the Fields of Remembrance Trust.

The crosses, when they are completed, will be on display in various sites throughout South Canterbury, and will be a major feature in the region's forthcoming Anzac Day commemorations.

The committee is preparing interpretive panels to be placed with the crosses at memorials throughout South Canterbury, and a booklet will be produced with a "Cross Trail" as well as other facts relating to South Canterbury's involvement in the war.

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