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Military Monday:- Trans Tasman Anzac Day Blog Challenge review - roll of honour

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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 who's 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

Reflection of what Anzac Day means to one family

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

Frederick Andrew NELSON, returned serviceman, WWI AIF
Henry Oscar NELSON, d 20 July 1916, Fromelles

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

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

Fred MORRIS, d February 1915,  France
Leonard MORRIS, d 1916, the Somme
Ethel FROST and son Leonard, (civilians), d 14 November 1940, air raid, Coventry, England

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

Denis Patrick FINN, returned serviceman WWI AIF
Robert FINN, returned serviceman WWI AIF
John FINN, returned serviceman WWI AIF

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

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

Indigenous Australians at war

2nd Lieut Percival Richard COUTTS (AIF), returned serviceman
Sgt Arthur Theodore COUTTS (AIF), d 30 November 1917, Flanders
Leo William COUTTS (AIF), returned serviceman

LCpl Leslie Herbert COOMBRIDGE (AIF), returned serviceman

Also you are welcome to re-read ANZAC Day Blog Challenge Review 2012 and the 2011 Review of the TransTasman Anzac Day Blog Challenge.

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


With the rising of the sun . . .

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Where will you be commemorating Anzac Day this year?

In Auckland, the biggest focus is always on the dawn service at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

This year the Museum's Illuminate 2013 ran from April 22-24 in the evenings and

"focuses on the contributions and sacrifices of Pacific peoples alongside the Maori Battalion and the foundation this created for enduring ties between our countries and for Pacific self-governance. The archival footage was edited by Illuminate guest curator Pita Turei. With thanks to Archives New Zealand."


The Museum has quite a full programme for the day, for those inclined.
Services are of course, held in and around the Auckland region, and my family and I will be at the East Coast Bays Civic Parade and Service in Browns Bay.

After that, we'll spend a lovely day together as a family - appreciating each other and the lives we are able to lead, thanks to others sacrifices.

Of course, there is still time to contribute to our Trans Tasman Anzac Day Blog Challenge - our annual honour roll. There are quite a few contributions now, you might want to read the some of the blogs posted in the comments at the bottom of the Challenge page.

Best regards SEONAID

Tombstone Tuesday - the Ehrenfried family

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Mike Coleman was recently in the Auckland City Harbour News. His ancestors headstones were one of the 20 recently vandalised in the Jewish section of Symonds Street Cemetery.

In the article, Mr. Coleman mentioned that the Ehrenfried’s were early Auckland settlers and related to him in a direct line on his father’s side.

I thought it would be an interesting little to task to see what we have immediately accessible through our website on this family.

Searching our Symonds Street Cemetery database I found references to Elizabeth Davis Ehrenfried, Louis Ehrenfried, and Bernhard Ehrenfried. We have a photograph of their headstone at the library.
Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries

Our Auckland Area Passenger Arrivals database has a C. Ehrenfried and a J. Ehrenfried from the Addresses to Sir George Grey, stating they arrived in Auckland in 1862.

Louis Ehrenfried/ Ehrehfried is on the 1881 Electoral Roll with properties in the Waikato, Newton, and Thames (note the different surname spellings, I find it pays to search with browse if it’s an option).

There are mentions in Papers Past to the family, notably a business, Compbelle Ehrenfriede Co. Ltd., but also the attempted rape of Louis’s wife.

A search in our indexes, Index Auckland and the New Zealand Card Index, revealed a wealth of information on the family. These are abstracts to resources we have here in the Central Auckland Research Centre and can be accessed for free by coming in or requested online.

And this is just the very beginning...


Military Monday: World War One memorials in Symonds St Cemetery

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Although Symonds Street Cemetery was closed to new burial plots in 1886, people continued to be buried there if they had family already there right up until 1950s - from the end of 1909, they had the added requirement of needing to also be over 50 years of age.
Private William Parker, Heritage Images: Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 31-P2442
Full length portrait of Private William Parker, Reg No 38740,
of the Auckland Infantry Regiment,
22nd Reinforcements, - E Company.
Killed in action in France on 4th October 1917
at the Battle of Passchendaele.

Heritage Images: 'Sir George Grey Special Collections,
Auckland Libraries, 31-P2442'  

However, there are 11 names associated with World War One noted in the Cemetery. Memorials were erected for soldiers lost in action. These are:
  • Sapper Walter Edwin Clarke (4/516) who was killed in action on Gallipoli on 7 August 1915.
  • Sapper Alfred Ernest Drummond (12/2687) who was killed in action in France on 4 October 1917.
  • Private Walter Drummond (12/3307) who was killed in action in France on 26 September 1916.
  • Private Thomas William Hobson (12/3681) who was killed in action in France on 7 July 1916.
  • Corporal Leonard Ivy Joseph McCarthy (24663) who was killed in action in France on 17 February 1918.
  • Private Ernest Wieland Monk of the Royal Fusiliers who died in France on 12 March 1916.
  • Lance Corporal Charles Stanley Nicholson (23/535) who was killed in action in France on 15 September 1916.
  • Corporal Edward John Parker (2/2896) who was killed in action in France on 26 September 1918.
  • Private William Parker (38740) who was killed in action in France on 4 October 1917.
  • Rifleman Stanley William Rowe (26690) who was killed in action in France on 12 June 1917.
  • Wesley Neal Spragg, Royal Flying Corps, who was killed in action in Egypt on 1 January 1918.

David Verran

PS - Don't forget you can contribute
your ANZAC story to our
Trans-Tasman ANZAC Day Blog Challenge