Southerners at War

Thousands attend Anzac Day services


Tens of thousands turn out to pay their respects to the fallen at Anzac Day dawn services across the country.

One of the lucky ones

Shannon Francois

Anzac Day is always special for Southern Steel and Silver Ferns midcourter Shannon Francois

The Blue Line

Anzac Day

New Zealand's changing involvement in world conflict is forging a new Anzac tradition where khaki is joined by a blue uniform.

Live cover Anzac 2014

Anzac Services 2014

The voices of war, remembrance and mateship resonated in Anzac Services throughout the south today. 

Memories of Black Monday

Audio slideshow

Southland Times photo

Looking back: Andy Cook recalls Black Monday.

Life in frontline a tough battle

Invercargill's Private Stead wrote home describing the May 2 push up Suicide Gully to take a Turkish trench. This is an extract.

From Garston to Gallipoli

'Don't worry Naylor, you'll be going'

One of the gems from the vaults of the Southland Oral History Project is an interview, recorded in the 1970s, with Garston's Gallipoli and Western Front veteran Fred Naylor.

From Gallipoli: Fred Rogers

'It's pretty tough up there'

Fred Rogers

Fred Rogers makes a gentlemanly apology for the tremor in his voice when he talks about the Gallipoli landing.

Region marks Anzac Day 2013


Stories from around the region as we mark Anzac Day 2013.

Old and young pay respects as one

Sandy Ross, Anzac Day

As Anzac Day services came to a close, a 95-year-old veteran praised the youngest generation.

Young keeping Anzac Day spirit alive

Te Anau Anzac Day service

Southlanders braved what was in parts the worst Anzac Day weather in years to remember and honour the fallen.

Dad's war flying memories relived

Stan Smith and Wendy Smith, Anzac Day

Sitting in the cockpit diving at high speed toward the ground, WWII pilot Stan Smith looked to the pilot alongside him.

Home's service chance to remember mates

Emotional time for residents

Rowena Jackson Retirement Village Anzac Day service

With a steadying arm, J Force veteran Cyril Knight helped his mate and fellow J Force serviceman Reg Good lay a poppy in memory of the fallen at a moving Anzac Day service at the Rowena Jackson Retirement Village.

Never again, I hope

Southland Times photo

Vera Wilkie has lived through two world wars, lost family in combat and raised a family on rations.

Balclutha cenotaph marks 90 years

Southland Times photo

The Balclutha Cenotaph reaches a significant milestone today.

Kiwi colonel optimistic for Afghanistan's future

Donald Jones

From Kabul, ex-Southlander Lieutenant Colonel Donald Jones tells The Southland Times about his experiences in Afghanistan.

Looking to the future

'We can't let the RSA die just because we are gone'

Aaron Horrell

The RSA is three years shy of its 100th birthday. It has a long history, but does it have a future?

'Lest we forget'

Live cover of Anzac Day services in the south.

Soldier mixed battles with playing in band

Private Arthur Robert Quedley's World War One diary

"April 23, 1917 - Fatigue in the trenches. I am hit in the foot by a piece of shrapnel. Pain but no wound."

Shadbolt's medals returned in time for parade

Tim Shadbolt, Anzac Day

For Anzac Day, Invercargill mayor Tim Shadbolt donned his father's service medals for the first time.

The fortunate survivors

Marquette tragedy

You will be anxious to know how things are going with us since last I wrote.

Wartime memories

Elsie Vallily

Elsie Vallily might not remember everything about her World War II service, but she still recalls her identification number: ''20176333, Sir!''

Battle for Crete big part of Kiwi history


In the global conflict that was World War II, the 1941 battle for Crete was a significant scuffle . . . but one that deservedly lingers large in New Zealand's history.

Long-lost friends reunite

Commemorations mark 70th anniversary

Southland Times photo

The atomic bomb drops on Hiroshima and Nagasaki undoubtedly led to the end of the Pacific War during World War II.

Next generation brings hope

RSA | The Present

At a time when World War II veterans are less able to take an active part in the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association, or RSA, the baton is being taken up by younger members and associate members.

Remembering the past

Southland Times photo

Smoke-filled rooms with blokes standing shoulder-to-shoulder sharing a drink and a yarn - that is how some servicemen remember RSAs when they got home.

Anzac Day 2012 around the south


Southerners gathered in their thousands around the region to mark Anzac Day 2012.

A region remembers

Thousands attend Anzac services

Southerners have turned out in their thousands to commemorate the fallen at Anzac Day services throughout the region.

Kiwi's courage earned him Victoria Cross

Colac Bay

In our Anzac Day series, Alana Dixon has been visiting southern war memorials to discover what stories they hold.

Clifton's huge contribution

War memorials of the south

Seven men from the Lilley family at Clifton went away to fight in the Great War. Not all of them made it back.

War memorials of the south

Anzac Day

The south is dotted with war memorials, stark reminders of the tragedies that successive wars have brought.

Schoolboy takes up the challenge

Southern war memorials

War memorials around the world are there to remind future generations to remember their predecessors' sacrifices, and none illustrates this point more poignantly than the Southland boy who, at the age of 11, led the charge to restore the Kauana memorial to its former glory.

Stirling officer among casualties at chateau

The order to attack came through on December 1, 1917. Two days later, the men of the 1st Battalion of Otago and the 1st Battalion of Canterbury found themselves leading the assault on Polderhoek Chateau, a run-down Belgian estate turned German stronghold and headquarters.

A mother's double tragedy

Wyndham war memorial

On page five of the Southland Times on Wednesday, November 12, 1924, in between columns dedicated to a "divorce sensation" in Sydney, a story about Invercargill's water supply, and whether Italian dictator Mussolini was "losing his grip", was an article about a ceremony held at Wyndham the day before.

Promise cut down

Southern War Memorials

War has cut short the lives of many exemplary Kiwis, and one of the promising Southlanders it stole during World War II was Riversdale man Michael Cameron Tither.

Residents fight for memorial

Southern war memorials

Once, a memorial adorned with a soldier stood at the intersection of Hunt Rd and Katea Rd. On the hill overlooking it was a schoolhouse, and on the corner opposite was the Katea Hall.

All in a day's work

East Timor, 1999: Rob Mills

Rob Mills

The Southland Times

Isolated, unarmed and vulnerable to ambush and hostile action by militia opposed to independence; subjected to intimidation, death threats and hostile propaganda: it was all in a day's work for Rob Mills.

Protecting a fragile independence

East Timor, 2001: Dave McKenzie

Dave McKenzie

JARED MORGAN - The Southland Times

Sergeant Dave McKenzie's deployment with the United Nations in East Timor straddled an event that shattered the West's perception of peace and security in our time – September 11, 2001.

Real dangers in peacekeeping role

Solomon Islands, 2010: Andrew Karsten

Andrew Karsten

JARED MORGAN - The Southland Times

After two tours to East Timor and one to Solomon Islands, Constable Andrew Karsten has seen the countries struggle to cement democracy in first a khaki then a blue uniform.

NZ police history of service overseas

Anzac Day

New Zealand Police have served overseas in the following trouble spots:

A memorable party

Bosnia, 1995: Malcolm Darlison (NZ Army, UNPROFOR)

Malcom Darlison

JARED MORGAN - The Southland Times

"You Serb spy."

United by a common goal

Namibia, 1989-90: Mike Bowman

Mike Bowman

JARED MORGAN - The Southland Times

Namibia had endured a 105-year battle for independence when Invercargill Constable Mike Bowman was given the nod to join a United Nations mission to secure the nation's autonomy.

Social bonds problematic

Solomon Islands, 2008: Wing-wah Ng

JARED MORGAN - The Southland Times

In Solomon Islands, blood and brotherhood run thicker than water.

Explosive on more than one level

Cyprus, 1964: Don Wisely

Don Wisely

JARED MORGAN - The Southland Times

A jealous husband, a flirtatious wife, and the attentions of another man. As Don Wisely tells it, the matter was settled with explosives.

Behind the veil

Children in Bamiyan province, Afghanistan.

Since the global war on terrorism began in their country, women remained the forgotten casualties of Afghanistan.

Mission to a ravaged land


The opportunity to spend nine months in war-torn Afghanistan as the country took baby-steps toward democracy five years ago proved hard to resist for Invercargill police dog section supervisor Sergeant Wally Kopae. He shared his experiences with reporter JARED MORGAN.

A war story with a difference

BY JARED MORGAN - The Southland Times

Invercargill man Jake Grootveld has a unique take on war and conflict.

Veteran shares vivid memories

BY JOHN EDENS - The Southland Times

Almost 70 years on, World War II veteran Peter Wildey, 96, can vividly recall the Battle of Crete in 1941.

Servicemen heartened by attendance

BY SONIA GERKEN - The Southland Times

As young men they marched off to war and now, as they age, another generation of young people has picked up the mantle of remembrance.

Emotional day for Wanaka's oldest returned soldier

BY CRIS JOHNSTON - The Southland Times

Anzac Day commemorations were an emotional experience for Wanaka's oldest returned serviceman Ken Paterson, who fought back tears as young children laid poppies on the memorial.
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