Navy Able Marine Technician Geldhill with her great grandfather’s World War One medals which she will take to Gallipoli.
18 April 2011
The World War One medals awarded to the great grandfather of Navy marine technician Hayley Geldhill will travel with her to Gallipoli later this month.
Able Marine Technician (AMT (L)) Geldhill, who grew up in Palmerston North and attended Palmerston North Girls High School, is now an electrician based on board the HMNZS Pukaki. She will be part of a tri-Service New Zealand Defence Force catafalque guard, which will parade at the Anzac Day services on 25 April in Turkey.
AMT (L) Gledhill says she feels excited and humbled to be chosen to be part of the Gallipoli contingent taking part in their year’s Anzac Day services at Gallipoli.
“My great grandfather Lewis Gledhill was in the Wellington Mounted Rifles. Apparently he didn't actually land on Gallipoli itself as he was left in charge of the horses on the ship. After Gallipoli, he took part in several other major battles in the Sinai/Palestine such as Rafah, Gaza, Ayun Karah and Romani.”
“My aunt leant me his diary which I have read and even though there is almost a century separating us, it made me appreciate that they were just regular guys in extraordinary circumstances,” she said.
AMT (L) Gledhill joined the Navy in 2007 and has worked onboard the HMNZ Ships Te Mana, Canterbury and Pukaki. She enjoys her life in the Navy, and has travelled to various ports in Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, China and Hong Kong.
“It’s a good career; you make great mates, get to travel to exciting places you probably would never go otherwise, learn useful skills.”
The official New Zealand contingent travelling to Gallipoli includes the Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General Rhys Jones, and a small group of New Zealand Defence Force personnel including an Army chaplain, catafalque guard, and members of the Central Band of the RNZAF.
The Anzac Day ceremonies in Gallipoli begin on Saturday 24 April with the Turkish International Service and conclude with the New Zealand Service at Chunuk Bair on 25 April. The services will be attended by dignitaries from New Zealand, Australia and Turkey.
For further information please contact Ally Clelland, Defence Communications Group 04 496 0273 or 021 569 130.