Friday, April 25, 2014

ANZAC Family Tribute

It's that time again (when I post the list of family members that I know of that served in some capacity).  
I am in Melbourne for this one - interestingly feeling guilty (?) that I am not at the Nelson Dawn Service this morning!

For me (and everyone else I know) not a glorification of war but a day of remembrance and respect for those men and women, husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters who suffered trauma no people should have to suffer in order that we are among the lucky people of the world who have the right to complain about things like the "glorification of war" on social media such as twitter and facebook.

While I am standing in the chill and lifting-dark of early morning at the Dawn Service I am thinking about how cold, dirty, sick, hungry, lonely, sore and scared the majority of soldiers were in that transitional time between night duties and day duties on front lines.
I also often think about the agonising unbearable unknowingness that people at home must have felt in a time before skype, satellites and high speed internet.
Not my idea of glory, that's for sure.

Thank you to those people I know of in my family who were changed immeasurably and in some cases lost their lives and futures as a consequence of war.

I do my best to remember you, especially today.

Uncle Bob Silcock  1917 - 1999
WW2 #296993
4th Brigade 20th Battalion 2nd NZEF 1939 - 1945

Uncle Bob Papps 1922 -
WW2 Navy

Uncle Les Papps 1923 - 2006
WW2 reg# 618429. 
Compulsory military training. He was called to service overseas including Egypt and Japan. 
Uncle Richard Papps 1931 -
Served in army in Malaysia

Uncle Jack Park 1926 -

Great Uncle Edgar Noble Papps 1908 - 1998

Great Uncle Charlie Papps 1883 - 1943

Great Uncle Henry (Harry) Papps 1878 - 1958

Great Uncle George Samuel Papps 1874 - 1948

Great Uncle Arthur Papps 1888 - 1977
WW1 #33149 Lieutenant New Zealand Rifle Brigade

Great Uncle Herman Wendleborn 1896 - 1962
WW1 #7/1160 & WW2

Upon enlisting in 1915, Herman stated his year of birth as 1894 to appear older and therefore be eligible for service. After being wounded at Gallipoli (head wound) and spending some time recovering in Egypt, Herman was sent home to New Zealand on 11 February 1916.

At the outbreak of WWII, Herman re-enlisted for duty with the Home Guard. He again changed his date of birth, this time to make himself seem younger (40 instead of 43). He served at Papakura Military Camp, Waiouru Military Camp, and HMNZS Devonport until his discharge on 2 January 1944.

Great Uncle Laurence Wendelborn 1893-1918
WW1 #7/291 Corporal

Laurence served in Egypt, Gallipoli and Western Europe.
His military awards included the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
He was wounded in action at Gallipoli on around the 7th August 1915 and admitted to hospital on the 9th. He was discharged back to base and readmitted to hospital a few times throughout August, through September and into Dec 1915. On 13 Nov 1918 he was admitted to the Featherston Military Camp Hospital in Wellington and died on 15 November 1918, age 25.

Great Uncle Darkie Wendelborn 1884 - 1952

Clifford Wendelborn 1914-1995

Lance Corporal Clifford Laurence Wendelborn - serial number 16215. Clifford served as an infantryman, despatch rider, tankman and driver during WWII. He repeatedly refused promotion. 

Ron Wendelborn
 WW2 Reg #: 21111 NZ Army Corp 1939/1945 

He returned to New Zealand on 23 January 1946. During the trip back, Ronald requested a demotion from Sergeant back to Corporal.

Jack Leslie Friend 1920 - 25 May 1941

WW2 reg #8378
Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF), 1st Echelon 20 Canterbury and Otago Battalion
Died of his battle wounds in Crete

Stanley James Wendelborn 1919 - 1945
WW2 Gunner, New Zealand Artillery, 4 Field Regiment
Died at war - Cassino, Italy

Henry (Harry) John Windleborn 1910 - 1988

WW2 Chief Petty Officer Airman
Military awards include  the 1939-45 Star, the Africa Star, the Pacific Star (Burma clasp), War Medal 1939-45 and the New Zealand War Service Medal.

Percy Herbert Windleburn 1885 – 1945

New Zealand Mounted Rifles, Reserve Battalion. # 80399. When he enlisted in 1918, Percy gave his birth year as 1890 rather than 1885, making it appear that he was only 28. 

Lawerence (Lon) CF Windleburn 1897 – 1974
WW1 New Zealand Expeditionary Force 42nd Reinforcements D Company

Philip Edward (Tulip) Windleborn 1920 - 1990
WW2 Korean War reg # 72279 & 207892
New Zealand Field Artillery, 29 Light Anti Aircraft Battery: Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF) & Kayforce.

Military Awards
  • 1939-45 Star
  • Pacific Star
  • Italy Star
  • Defence Medal
  • War Medal 1939-45
  • New Zealand War Service Medal
  • Korea Medal 1950-53
  • The United Nations Medal (Korea)
Henry Charles Schroder 1895 - 1971
WW1 reg #: 26461 New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 14th Reinforcements New Zealand Engineers

Percival August Edward Schroder 1896 -
WW1 Reg # 35501  NZ Rifle Brigade 11th Reinforcements 4th Battalion, (H Company )

Albert Charles SCHRODER 1874 - 1929
WW1 reg# 72861. New Zealand Expeditionary Force 37th Reinforcements C Company

Bernard Austin Schroder 1897 - 1956
WW1 reg# 25/570. NZ Rifle Brigade 3rd Battalion, C Company

Cecil Lawerence Schroder 1883 - 1968
WW1 reg# 59463 New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 31st Reinforcements Auckland Infantry Regiment, A Company

Henry James Schroder 1881 - ?
WW1 reg#25/144   New Zealand Expeditionary Force 3rd Battalion, B Company

Arthur Charles Schwass 1905 - 1982
WW1 reg#74550  New Zealand Expeditionary Force 40th Reinforcements E Company

Leo Philip Schwass 1897 - 1918
WW1 reg#48413  New Zealand Expeditionary Force 26th Reinforcements Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company killed in action 15 July 1918 Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France

Sidney Charles Schwass
WW1 Reg# 29307 New Zealand Expeditionary Force 18th Reinforcements Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company

      Lewis Henry Windleborn 1893 – 1917
       WW1, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, 2 Battalion, 13 Company

      Polygon Wood (Polygoneveld, or Bois de Polygone), named for its shape, was a large wood near the Ypres-Menin road at Veldhoekn (north east of Ypres), Belgium.
      A prominent artificial mound in the wood, called the Butte, had been used by the Belgian army as a shooting range prior to 1914. Fought over during the First Battle of Ypres in October/November 1914, it thereafter remained in German hands until Third Battle of Ypres (aka The Battle of Passchendaele) in 1917.

      The NZ Division went to Polygon Wood during the winter of 1917-1918 (about October). It was a very cold winter. NZ suffered about 3000 losses during that winter in Polygon Wood. They carried out the attack on Polderhoek Chateau on the right hand side of Polygon Wood on 3 December.
       On the 13 December Lewis was killed in action here.
      At the end of February 1918 the NZ Division were relieved from their post.

      Lest We Forget 

      Wednesday, April 23, 2014

      Lucky us....

      Asteroid impact risks 'under appreciated'
      A visualisation showing where sizeable asteroids have hit the Earth in recent years has been released by the B612 Foundation. The US-based group, which includes a number of former Nasa astronauts, campaigns on the issue of space protection. It hopes the visualisation will press home the idea that impacts are more common than we think.

      Wednesday, January 29, 2014

      Al Bean Rocks

      "I realise, if you go through any endeavour, any journey across town or to the moon and back, all that matters is that you share the experience with people that you love. That's what makes life special. As ultimately that's... all there is. That's really all there is." - Alan Bean, Apollo 12 Astronaut, 4th person to walk on the Moon

      Monday, November 11, 2013

      Ned Kelly (no relation)

      On this day in 1880 the notorious bushranger, Ned Kelly, was hanged at Melbourne Gaol. His legacy is controversial -One person's hero another person's villan?

      I think sometimes you can't be so black and white on these things - especially when reflecting on different times that none of us can directly relate to.

      One thing is for sure --- he had some seriously rocking hair!!!

      Friday, September 6, 2013

      Arthur C Clarke

      "A teacher who can be replaced by a machine, should be."

      Which you can think about in at least two different ways if you follow the work of Sugata Mitra.

      Monday, September 2, 2013

      Serious Signage...

      Saw this sign today (on tv, not in person!)...

      That sign means business. It is not mucking around.
      It is a serious sign!!

      I am wondering what signs you might have already passed before you got to where that sign is!

      Saturday, August 24, 2013

      Two Sides of the Same Coin

      Hating on the people obsessed with the prospect of Ben Affleck playing Batman in the upcoming Superman/Batman movie when people are killing their own people in Syria with chemical weapons?

      Yeah, me too - until I thought about it a bit more...

      Bottom line is I'd much rather see pictures of Ben Affleck and hear people's opinions on his ability to play Batman than see children suffering the effects of a chemical weapon attack or see film of dead toddlers lying on the ground in the arms of their dead parents.


      While some may say that the whole current flurry of activity around Ben playing Batman is indicative of just how shallow and celebrity obsessed our society has is ironic, then, that if more people in Syria were as celebrity obsessed with his ability to play Batman as 'we' are there might be a less dire set of conflicts there right now :(


      Wednesday, July 24, 2013

      Prince of Cambridge

      Finally the Great Kate Wait is over!

      Now the Great Name Wait Debate is on ...

      Supposedly James or George. I don't think either - but most certainly not George seeing that the last Prince of Cambridge was called George and he was deeply in Queen Victoria's bad books!
      George is a very cool name and one I am much in favour of... but I just can't see them going with it considering the Prince of Cambridge connection.

      I don't think James because of the Scottish connection and the snub at Wales that may be considering William is a Prince of Wales - although now he is technically the Duke of Cambridge.

      So, Richard is out... obviously! No one wants to have to see King Dick written anywhere.
      Charles won't be considered even though it is grandfather's name - because grandfather is still alive and supposedly to be King soon and same goes for William.
      Henry is another possibility except it would be inappropriate considering the baby already just knocked Prince Harry down to 4th in succession - let alone also steal his king name!
      Other possibilities include Edmund (uncool) and Edward (could be that!)
      There really aren't that many possibilities according to tradition which seems to always be drawn upon in these events.
      It would be great if they picked Andrew!
      Ernest seems unlikely (although cooler than Edmund but shortens to Ernie...).

      I think, if not Andrew, I would like Albert (shortened to Bert is still cooler than Ernie!).

      EDIT: Please note... I LOVE Ernie (and Bert) but Bert is always going to sound more grown up and responsible than Ernie and, after all, we are naming a future King not a loveable puppet!

      I wonder if they would pick Arthur...

      Sunday, June 30, 2013

      Wombat babies

      I propose that baby wombats are almost as cute as baby musk oxen! (evidence below)

      Saturday, June 1, 2013

      Modern Day Pangea...

      I found this image today and I am quite intrigued by it - have not done any research to see if it is geographically accurate but it is food for (my) thought anyway! (btw the picture should be a link)

      Thursday, May 30, 2013

      Thursday Morning Road Patrol

       Frost this morning was. Super heavy!! Brrrrrr!!!
      Cars well behaved though... Not like last week when I was half way across the first double landed side with traffic stopped , flouro 
      vest on, waving flours flag with child in tow and car speed through on the far lane a metre in front of us...


      Thursday, April 25, 2013

      ANZAC Day 2013

      For the fallen, and those who came back, and those who stayed home, and those who conscientiously objected...

      Many Nelsonians turned out for my local ANZAC Dawn Service this morning and our nearby township of Motueka's service where the Motueka Baptist Church Minister Lyall Scheib told those gathered "May we never take for granted the freedom we enjoy". Amen to that!
      I do believe they are mistaken to say, in the article, that this year is the 99th commemoration of Gallipoli.
      We do often hear about and associate ANZAC services with Gallipoli as the landing date (25th April 1915) is the date in April that we use for ANZAC Day and NZ/Australia remembrance. I was pleased to hear reports from a few different Dawn Services mentioning lesser known campaigns this year such as the Maori Battalion's efforts to regain Florence, Italy and the Anzacs trek into Ethiopia to oust the guerrilla Italian troups.

      We had a lovely service this morning - my only complaint was that the speaker rushed the Ode of Remembrance - a pivotal part of the service and, in my opinion, not to be read without pause.

       I am including the painting below this year. It is by Bob Kerr and depicts NZ conscientious objector, Archibald Baxter, enduring "Field Punishment no.1". You can read more about it here.

      This ANZAC Day I have learnt about a very special ANZAC service held at a small memorial at Flock House near Bulls to commemorate extraordinary members of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force whose contributions are often overlooked. Horses, riders, and supporters of the Bess Society, gathered again this morning to pay particular tribute to Bess, one of about three or four New Zealand horses to serve through the entire WWI campaign and return home. Her war service is etched into the stone: Main body 1914, Egypt 1915, Sinai 1916, Palestine 1917-1918, France 1918, Germany 1919, England 1920.

      You can find more info here and here. There is also a lot of interesting info here.
      Horses in war - a particularly poignant subject for me...

      And of course, no ANZAC Day will ever seem complete to me without my 2011 blogpost honouring my ancestors involved with military operations in the 1900s.

      Thinking about going to Gallipoli for ANZAC 2015...

      Wednesday, April 24, 2013

      It's not raining.

      I just bought 2 unicycles.
      I also just ruined a perfectly good snack by savagely munching the inside of my cheek.

      Tuesday, April 23, 2013

      Resilience vs Entitlement

      I have titled this post Resilience vs Entitlement because my society seems to have created for itself a set of processes and infrastructure where these two concepts are in opposition.

      We've had a particular spell of near drought followed by about 7 days of rain - culminating in a severe "weather bomb" in our urban area (second highest hourly rainfall on record for any region in NZ).
      Losses could well be as much as 16.8 million dollars.

      It didn't take long for people to turn their fingers of blame to our local council. I understand the despair of property damage and the fear that comes of owning things.

      Our communities have become more sophisticated in many ways. 
      We have created modern western environments that have come a long way in terms of organised process and infrastructure. However, I see more and more how this "spoils" us and gives us a sense of entitlement for things that get damaged, broken, lost.
       In the olden days when this kind of thing happened all your things were gone/damaged, the end. The community rallied around and helped each other  but hand outs weren't invented and councils (if they existed) intervention wasn't expected. You had a sense of fortitude and moved forward. 
      Now we have an increasing number of people feeling they are entitled to compensation - expecting the council to provide them with a safety net for life - like it is a giant ultra-realistic video game with unlimited money and lives.
      In my experience having insurance keeps people stuck in the trauma of the event often for years with the fighting for your payout, waiting for decisions etc. People can't make a clean break in many instances and start their life anew. They get stuck in resentment, loss, anxiety and blame.

      If any blame was to councils from me it would be for not finding ways to foster resilience and community strength. 
      Which do you find more attractive - a sense of resilience or a sense of entitlement?
      The council didn't make it rain, nor did they tell you to live where you live. They don't make earthquakes or tsunamis. They are doing the best they can with the skills you voted in for them to make the most people they can have safe dry housing, clean water, sanitation etc etc.
      Further more (and arguably more importantly) YOU are your council.
       Please don't wait apathetically by (while you scurry around earning money and gathering more things) until an event like this to interact with our council!