“They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.”
My Dad Leslie Dunn Snr -21st New Zealand infantry battalion. 1939-1945 Western desert Egypt and his medals below.
Below: Alexander Beaton, 18th New Zealand infantry battalion. My great uncle missing in action at the battle of El Alamein Western desert Egypt 15th July 1942. Also the medal his mother, my great grandmother received. Both my father and uncle were fighting german troops led by the field marshal Erwin Rommel, also known as the desert fox.
New Zealand Memorial Cross. Instituted 12 September 1947 by King George VI.
This medal was awarded to the next-of-kin of NZ service personnel killed on active service (since 1995, this includes deaths during peace-keeping operations). Award is made to the nearest female relative if there is both a mother and a wife 2 crosses are awarded.
Below: Robert Dunn my grandfather after returning from the Boer war 1899-1902. Seventh contingent No 23 company Nelson section & No 24 company Canterbury section made up of 28 officers and 572 men.
Below: dawn service 25th April 2010 at cenotaph at Auckland War Memorial Museum. Set off at 4.30 am with our youngest son Fraser.