Army Corporal Chris Hey won the right to be part of the catafalque guard at Gallipoli 2014
25 April 2014
By winning Reservist of the Year Army Corporal Chris Hey also won the right to be part of the catafalque guard at the 2014 Gallipoli Anzac commemorative services.
CPL Hey said he was humbled and excited to represent his unit and country on a day that carries a lot of symbolism for New Zealand.
He is a police officer in the Hutt Valley, joining 5/7 Battalion as a Territorial Force soldier in 2007.
An active sportsman who instructs karate in his spare time, Hey was looking for something to challenge him and he has found that in the NZ Army.
“I was also hoping that I might get the chance to serve my country on operations and in 2008 I got my chance when I was deployed to the Solomon Islands for four months,” he said.
Before heading to Gallipoli CPL Hey had some understanding of the Gallipoli campaign. His unit, which had its beginnings in the Wellington Regiment, annually commemorate the 8th of August when the Regiment captured Chunuk Bair. The service is held at the Ataturk Memorial in Wellington.
"I was walking the battlefields that the New Zealanders had fought over during the Gallipoli campaign," he said.
CPL Hey found the whole experience overwhelming, amazing and terrifying all at the same time.
"Coming here I thought I knew a little about the campaign but getting on the ground and looking around you realise nothing can prepare you for what those men must have gone through in 1915.”
CPL Hey says it was an honour to play a small part at the Anzac Commemorative Dawn service.
He believes the trip to Gallipoli has only reinforced his commitment to the Reserves and with the support of his Police colleagues he will continue to proudly serve two forces.