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Anzacs from Piha

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The WW1 plaque when installed 1919

The WW1 plaque when installed 1919

The attached article I wrote was printed in the Herald on Sunday today (21 April 2013) in preparation for Anzac Day later this week. Based on the WW1 Roll of Honour on Lion Rock, it tells the stories of three of the men who went to the First World War from Piha: Charlie Cowan, Jack O’Donnell and his brother Bill O’Donnell.

Charlie’s brother Doug and cousin Keith are all on Lion Rock,  and all three were wounded.

Both Jack and Bill O’Donnell were killed. Jack was one of the first Kiwis to die in WW1, during the Battle of the Landing on Gallipoli, and Bill died after being shot in the stomach at Messines.


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