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The New Zealand Remembrance Army charity in conjunction with Veterans’ Affairs New Zealand secured the necessary permission from the city council to undertake the remedial work.
“It’s been approved, we’re waiting to hear from a mason and we’ll pay the bill, it’s a nationally significant grave,” said Remembrance Army chief executive Simon Strombom.
Once the headstone is upright, Remembrance Army volunteers will spruce up the lettering and add a permanent, ceramic poppy. The project should cost between $1500 and $2000.
A ceremony will be scheduled to officially unveil the rejuvenated plot, possibly next month to coincide with the anniversary of New Zealand forces claiming Chunuk Bair on August 8, 1915, during the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign.
Wright first noticed the Nicholas family plot when visiting from Dunedin 20 years ago.
He moved to Christchurch last November and was appalled the grave had not been repaired since the 2011 earthquakes.
Lincoln-born Nicholas was awarded the VC for his heroic exploits when storming a German machine gun nest in Belgium in December 1917.
The 27-year-old then fought in France, where he was killed on October 29, 1918. Hostilities ended on November 11.