Gunners of a military battery formed in Dunedin are gathering
in the city this weekend for the 150th anniversary of its
B Battery NZFA (New Zealand Field Artillery) was formed at
the Provincial Hotel in Dunedin on September 9, 1863.
More recently known as 31B Battery RNZA (Royal New Zealand
Artillery), its members included Otago and Southland men who
served in various wars over the years.
The battery was officially disestablished in the 1980s,
although a group of past gunners called Gunners Incorporated
has held monthly meetings in Dunedin for its 30-odd members.
They organised a formal ''dining in'' to be held at the
Customhouse on Saturday, celebrating the 150th anniversary,
co-ordinator Alan Riddle said.
A gun salute will be fired at 7.45pm before the dinner
About 70 people from throughout New Zealand were expected for
the black tie occasion.
Mr Riddle, who was a battery member for about 24 years, said
the artillery had a long and proud history in Dunedin and the
wider Otago and Southland regions.
''A lot of men from the province have served. My dad was a
gunner in Germany in World War 2 and he was a member of the
battery. And I'm led to believe that one noted member was Sir
Known as the Defender of London during World War 1 and World
War 2, Sir Keith was instrumental in the Battle of Britain
and Battle of Malta victories.