Leaving for the front
As part of Wairarapa’s commemorations of the centenary of World War One, a re-enactment of the first troops leaving for camp was held on `13 August 2014, a century after the troops left for Awapuni Camp. Hundreds of Mastertonians turned out to see the contingent of Masterton schoolboys dressed in military uniforms march to the town square in front of the Town hall. There they were addressed by actors representing the local M.P., the town’s mayor, his wife (ably played by our current Mayor Lyn Patterson) and were then blessed by Anglican and Catholic priests. The contingent maerch up Perry Street, accompanied by hundred of spectators and the local pipe band. At the station they were farewelled for a short journey to Mauriceville.
Our sdtaf member Neil Frances has played a large part in researching for this and other World War One commemorative events, and was interviewed for television, radio and the press.
I great parade and a fitting tribute to the first of our soldiers to leave.