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Anzac Day Services
Thursday 25 April 2013
Dawn service: 6.30am - Cranmer Square (the parade starts at 6.20am)
Organised by the Canterbury Branch of the Malayan Veterans Association
in conjunction with the Christchurch Branch of the Royal New Zealand
Returned and Services Association (RSA) and Christchurch City Council.
Mayor Bob Parker will lay a wreath on behalf of the citizens of Christchurch.
Akaroa RSA Service, War Memorial (Area School gymnasium if wet) 11.30am
Cheviot RSA Service, meet at the War Memorial Cenotaph
Christchurch Citizens' Service, Christ's College Chapel
Cust RSA Service, Community Centre
Darfield RSA Service, meet at Trinity Church
Diamond Harbour, meet at the community store
Dunsandel, War Memorial
Ellesmere RSA Service, Leeston Rugby Football Stadium
Halswell Domain, War Memorial
Heathcote, corner Martindale and Bridal Path Roads
Hei Hei, War Memorial
Hororata, St John's Church
Kaiapoi RSA Service, Trouselot Park
Lincoln, Event Centre
Little River, Community Hall
Lyttelton RSA Service, meet corner London and Dublin Streets
New Brighton RSA Service, War Memorial Cenotaph
Papanui, RSA Clubrooms
Paparua, RSA War Memorial
Prebbleton, War Memorial
Rakaia, The Mead Memorial Gates
Rakaia, Memorial Community Centre
Rangiora, RSA War Memorial Cenotaph
Rolleston, New Community Hall
Sheﬃeld, War Memorial
Springfield, Tawera Memorial Hall
Springston, meet at Springston School
Sumner, meet at Burgess Street
Tai Tapu, War Memorial
Wigram, Air Force Museum
Citizens' Service: 10am - Christ's College Chapel, Rolleston Avenue
Organised by Christchurch City Council in conjunction with ChristChurch
Cathedral and the RSA. The address at this service will be given by
CDR A. M. Millar, MNZM Royal New Zealand Navy. It will be attended by
representatives of the Defence Force, Consular Corps and various
Christchurch youth groups.
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Sitting ducks as
all around them
By ABBIE NAPIER
CLEAR MEMORIES: Ian Campbell in his Riccarton home, looking at photos he took behind the lines
in the 1940s.
ONE YEAR and 298 days.
Now in his 90th year, Sergeant Major Ian
Campbell can still recall every single day of
his World War II army service -- every
brush with death, every friend and fellow
soldier gunned down right in front of him.
In 1942, he enlisted at the age of 18. At
that time, still too young for foreign service,
he served at home, filling the gaps left by
men already overseas.
In July 1944, his number was up and he
headed to Burnham a month before his 21st
birthday. By September, he was in Cairo. A
few weeks later, he and the 26th infantry
battalion were stationed in Italy.
That's where the war was by then.
We were about half a mile from the
German front line, on the other side of the
He clearly recalls his first frontline post.
Camped out in a half-destroyed farm-
house, Campbell and his division were
waiting out the winter, trading pot shots
with German soldiers in the snow and
watching for the first sign of spring.
A Box Brownie camera he smuggled into
Europe captured black and white moments
in time -- young men smoking cigarettes,
weighed down with ammunition and
On April 5, spring was breaking and
Campbell watched as the Americans
dropped bombs on the German camp across
It was a clear blue, beautiful Italian day
in the spring. There we were, in our shorts,
watching the bombs light up the sky.''
After the planes had inflicted some per-
sonnel damage'', it was up to Campbell's
battalion to finish the enemy off.
War at the time included a creeping bar-
rage -- where soldiers lined up in ranks and
walked 100 metres every five minutes.
I remember the smell of cordite and
burning. The sky was lit up, and they were
shelling us, but we had no way of knowing
where the next shell would land. We'd be
falling in shell holes and getting tripped up
in grape vines. It was 4am and we couldn't
see a thing.''
Campbell and his group captured eight
The April battle ended up being a pivotal
victory in the war in Italy.
As the battalion moved north through
Italy, Campbell was blown into a ditch,
and watched bullets ricochet inches from
Some men are not made for war. Some
should never have been there; they just
broke down. Some panic, others manage to
get through it,'' he said.
For me, it was like everything else in my
life. I always tried to do my best, and make
the best of it.''
After months on the front line, Campbell
had seen too many good men wounded
He was shipped off to Japan after it had
surrendered and ended up within a few
miles of Hiroshima [where one of the two
atomic bombs dropped on Japan landed
We had the life of Riley. Selling black
market goods and what not.
But, we drove right through the middle
of Hiroshima at least three or four times.
We had no protection, no idea.''
After five months in Japan, he came
home, married Cath and had sons of his
own. This year, he celebrates his 90th
birthday and 60th wedding anniversary.
Next week, despite his age, he is con-
sidering attending an Anzac Day memorial
service in memory of fallen soldiers.
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