Wartime ambulance to lead Armistice Day walk


A rare 1915 Rover Sunbeam World War 1 ambulance will lead a walk in Hawea to commemorate Armistice Day this Sunday.
The ambulance is normally housed at the National Transport and Toy Museum in Wanaka.
Curator Jason Rhodes said it was used in Europe during World War 1 and was the only one of its type in original condition.
It had not been outside the museum since being used in a commemoration in Wanaka in 2015, and was being tested to ensure it would work well in the weekend.
Hawea District Anzac committee member John Taylor said a walk from Peter Fraser Park to the Anzac Peninsula on the Lake Hawea Dam would begin at 10.30am this Sunday.
A piper and drummer would accompany the ambulance, as well as police and the Lake Hawea Volunteer Fire Brigade. A commemoration would then begin at 11am at the Anzac Peninsula, followed by a community luncheon at the Lake Hawea Community Centre.
The luncheon was being provided by the Hawea Community Association and the Hawea youth group, Mr Taylor said.
A World War 1 tank would also be on display, with readings and a song which would reflect experiences of the war for soldiers and nurses.
‘‘Please join with us for this occasion to commemorate the end of World War 1, and to remember our one nurse and 14 soldiers who did not return home to families and communities,’’ Mr Taylor said.
‘‘During the walk and approach to the Anzac Peninsula, pyrotechnics will be in action producing considerable ‘artillery’ noise.
‘‘We suggest you bring ear plugs, especially for children and babies.’’

★ Commemorations in Wanaka will include a memorial service at 11am on Sunday at the Wanaka War Memorial in Chalmers St. A string of love-heart pin cushions representing one heart for every New Zealander who served in World War 1 will be displayed at Pembroke Park from dawn until dusk.

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