Armistice Day commemorations at Caroline Bay war memorial in Timaru

A weapon used in World War II was fired next to the Caroline Bay war memorial as South Canterbury marked Armistice Day. The 1941 South Canterbury Returned and Services Association’s 25-pounder Howitzer fired blanks three times in front of more than 30 people, including war veterans, before 11am on Wednesday. Read more from here


To tell the true story of Tamaki-Fort Cautley is going to require help from many personnel who completed their training at this special place. As our members know I am endeavouring to write a reunion book of our history. Unlike Tamaki-Motuihe this Tamaki had numerous schools and courses involved. The reason I started writing these anecdotes was to assist me to compile information to write this book. My request is for those of you who did training at OTS, Apprentice school, BBT’s, Command courses, specific branch courses such as RP’s, S&S, Coms, Marine engineers etc to POST COMMENTS on our site, MESSAGE me or EMAIL me at with your stories. By Jack Donnelly

Armistice Day

Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France at 5:45 am,[1] for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. But, according to Thomas R. Gowenlock, an intelligence officer with the U.S. First Division, shelling from both sides continued for the rest of the day, only ending at nightfall.[2][3] The armistice initially expired after a period of 36 days and had to be extended several times. A formal peace agreement was only reached when the Treaty of Versailles&...


The Ngapona Assn has been offered a number of maritime related books by the late Jim Paltridge for disposal. If you are interest, please email your bid by return email to Jerry Payne giving the title and your $ bid. Bids close on 7th August 20. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Books will be available for collection at the Ngapona AGM on 9th August at the Birkenhead RSA. Otherwise post and packaging will be your care. TITLE                                         LATEST BID Warships – Royal Navy – Ships at War – The Great War – Wars...

RNZN in Memoriam

RNZN In Memoriam 22 JULY: FRANCE Hamish D. CPOMF 1996DODD Owen John MAA K17535 64 2010HUMPHREY Shawn PODEF P100822 54 2013MINTO Neville James WWII W3725 97 2014

RNZN In Memoriam 21 JULY

WRIGHT Richard Walter James OTEL NZ9347 2001BOND Keith Challis (Casey) CCY NZD1958 86 2010ROLTON George William POTEL NZ13505 2015CORRY Peter John (Kermit) H20477 60 2015


Bernard Cyril Freyberg, Lieutenant General 1st Baron Freyberg, VC, GCMG, KCB, KBE, DSO & Three Bars, 7th Governor-General of New Zealand from 1946 to 1952. Lieutenant General Sir Bernard Freyberg was a dentist from Wellington who joined the Royal Naval Division in 1914, serving in Gallipoli and France, before transferring to the Royal West Surrey Regiment in 1916. Bernard Freyberg was born in Richmond. There is a blue plaque on the house he was born in, in Dynevor Road, along with a V.C commemorative paving stone outside Richmond station. His parents emigrated to New Zealand when he was two years old. Freyberg’s actions at Gallipoli were one of the most astonishing individual feats of courage and endurance of the whole Gallipoli campaign. An accomplished swimmer, he swam in bitterly co...


Gerry Wright is compiling the story of HMNZS Charles Upham. He would like to hear from anyone who served in her. Please contact Gerry at with any stories or experiences you have had with the ship. HMNZS Charles Upham (A02) was a Mercandian 2-in-1 class roll-on/roll-off vessel operated by the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) between 1994 and 2001.


On 6 November 1947, WG (Gary) Stokes joined HMNZS Tamaki as a Boy Entry. Later his five sons all joined the RNZN – one a year for five years. Lyle in January 1971, Wayne in May 1972, Shane in January 1973, Brian in January 1974 and Glen in January 1975.


The Ancient Mariners geared up in 1999 to attend the Air NZ Golden Oldies Festival in Adelaide.  This rugby festival was to finish a week before the Melbourne Cup.  I had always had a vision of attending one of these iconic horse races but there was the issue of what to do for a week prior to the race. Having always been intrigued by Outback Australia I picked up a few brochures and decided on one that would take me from Adelaide up to Alice Springs and then I could fly back to Melbourne for the cup. The more I looked at this outback tour the better I liked it.  It was departing Melbourne the Saturday of the final Golden Oldies dinner so I could travel north and pick up the tour on the Monday when it reached Dubbo.  Kerry also got interested in it so decided she would fly over and make a s...


As previously indicated I had been enticed back to rugby.  The Navy Water Rats were playing in the local Presidents grade and the Ancient Mariners were set up to take part in the Air NZ Golden Oldie Festivals.  As I have related I first attended the one in Perth in 1991. The next one was in 1993 in UK and the cost was too much for most of us to attend, however in 1995 the festival was in Christchurch.  To reduce the cost we undertook all sorts of fundraisers.  From barn dances to stock taking and even laying a concrete drive. We flew to Christchurch in beautiful weather arriving the Saturday afternoon that Auckland had taken the Ranfurly Shield off Canterbury.  This was announced just before we landed so one of the things we did over the next week was to ensure we related to everyone we ca...


In my memory 1993 was a year of surveying a lot and also spending a lot of time underway at sea.  It started with a bit of maintenance then off to the Bay of Islands for Waitangi day.  We were not deeply involved in the ceremonial part but the ship’s boats seemed to be in constant demand to transport people around. As most people remember one of the highlights of the ceremony at Waitangi is when the ships in the bay illuminate after sunset.  We were sitting bow on to Waitangi with the wind and tide, most other ships had the ability to flash up main engines and with their big propellers utilising one engine ahead the other astern could bring the ship’s head around to be beam on to illuminate and be spectacularly visible to the shore when they illuminated. Unfortunately, although we had main...

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