Lest We Forget 100 years on

On the 100 year anniversary of Armistice 2018 my sister sent me through this photo that was passed on in the mid 1980's from our Grandmother, Marguerite Brier.

My Grandmother who was 15 at the time the photo was taken in 1914, said the photo was taken in Leith Valley and it was taken at the time that war had just broken out.

It is a photo on the 1914 Dunedin enlistments.

My grandmother's father (our great grandfather) Herbert Henry Brier is in the photo, back row 4th from the right.

My grandmother's younger brother, Eric Brier, jumped into the photo and sits front row in the middle.

Herbert Brier was one of the fallen, he died on the battlefield in France. He was taking supplies to troops on the front line and stepped on a landmine and bled out on the battlefield.

He is buried with other fallen soldiers at Armentieres, France.

We remember and owe a debt of gratitude to Herbert and all those that went to fight in the Great War ... may they all rest in peace.

 - Colin Black

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