Tuesday 10 November 2015

Karori Services Cemetery, Armistice Day 2015

The Karori service cemetery is only small, but the men (and some women) buried there were involved in so many different aspects of World War One.

When the headstones stretch away into the distance, you have to keep reminding yourself that every single grave represents a person, a family, a life with hopes and dreams cut short.

Armistice Day 2015

Thanks to Barbara Mulligan (https://www.facebook.com/karoricemeterywalk/) for her thoughtful tour of the Karori Services Cemetery this morning to mark Armistice Day.

We walked round the graves listening to stories about the men (and some women) buried there, and then gathered at the lychgate for our two minutes' silence. 

The first grave in the Karori services cemetery, 1918...

...soon followed by many others as the influenza epidemic struck. 

Memorial wall to those who died and were buried at sea

The steps commemorate Rifleman Kane "and his comrades" who died at Passchendaele

The inscription over the lychgate: "Peace with honour"