Lest We Forget

“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 21st Battalion World War 2

My Dad Leslie Dunn Snr -21st New Zealand infantry battalion. 1939-1945 Western desert Egypt and his medals below.

War Medals

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.

Alex Beaton Army Photo

New Zealand Memorial Cross. Instituted 12 September 1947 by King George VI.

NZ Memorial Cross

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.

Robert Dunn Senior

Below: dawn service 25th April 2010 at cenotaph at Auckland War Memorial Museum. Set off at 4.30 am with our youngest son Fraser.

Anzac Day Dawn Service

Dawn Service Crowd At Auckland Museum

3 Responses

  1. ellada
    ellada |

    My grandfather was also hero, he’s fought against the Nazis. He’s no longer among us, but he will always be in my heart.

  2. Robyn Faire
    Robyn Faire |

    My father too was in the 21 st Battalion and last month we travelled to Morro in Italy to see if we could find any of the family he stayed with when sent to rest with the war weary, unfortunately no luck, but our minds at peace, seeing the stunning countryside in that area.
    The name Beaton interested me, because as a child growing up in a small farming village called Waimiha, we had a neighbour who was known as Hugh Beaton, a war rat, and very much a recluse. As kids we often spied on him, and my dad was the only person he would ever associate with.then one day he had an accident and went to hospital. I believe the welfare system discovered he had family in Auckland and we never ever saw or heard of him again. I wonder??? Could he have been a relation of yours?
    PS, my Dad was Snow Harper (John or Jack )

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