Navy man's personal link to Gallipoli

Commander Garin Golding with his grandfather's Gallipoli medals and a photo of his grandfather Samuel Stuart Scott.
Commander Garin Golding with his grandfather's Gallipoli medals and a photo of his grandfather Samuel Stuart Scott (WN10-0058-001).

19 March 2010

Having a great grandfather who fought at Gallipoli will make Commander Garin Golding’s role as contingent commander at the upcoming Anzac Day ceremonies in Gallipoli even more personal.

“My great grandfather Samuel Stuart Scott, from 1st Battalion Canterbury Regiment, served at Gallipoli with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force Signals. He spent three years in active service during WWI. He was wounded and after recovering in a British hospital, he returned to NZ, playing no further part in the War. His two older brothers (Jim and John), who were not at Gallipoli, remained fighting on the Western Front. I am honoured to be part of these Anzac Day ceremonies and have the chance to connect to my family this way,” CDR Golding says.

CDR Golding, who lives in Petone, intends to wear his great grandfather’s Gallipoli campaign medals at the ANZAC ceremonies on the Gallipoli peninsula.

“I have always been reminded that I have a close resemblance to my great grandfather so to be able to wear his medals, as a sign of respect, at the location Samuel and his comrades bravely fought 95 years ago is very special indeed,” CDR Golding says.

CDR Golding was born in Auckland and attended Glenfield College. He joined the Navy in 1988 as a Seaman Officer and is currently based at Joint Forces Headquarters in Trentham near Wellington. “My role involves the leadership and management of operational level scheduling, planning and execution of NZDF exercises and training activities, including tri-Service personnel exchanges and joint individual training,” he says.

Garin has a specialist navigation and Mine Clearance Diving background. He has navigated HMNZ Ships TUI, MANAWANUI, CANTERBURY and ENDEAVOUR, led the Operational Diving Team and commanded the diving tender HMNZS MANAWANUI.

As contingent commander CDR Golding is responsible for coordinating the official group of NZDF personnel, veterans and students that will travel to Gallipoli for the Anzac Day services.

The Anzac Day ceremonies in Gallipoli begin on Saturday 24 April with the Turkish International Service and conclude with the New Zealand Service at Chunk Bair on 25 April. The services will be attended by the Prime Minister John Key, Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Jerry Mateparae, as well as dignitaries from Australia and Turkey.


For further information please contact Ally Clelland, Defence Communications Group 04 496 0273 or 021 569 130.

This page was last reviewed on 19 January 2011.