Leading Aircraftsman Sarah Henderson is the first female bugler to play the last post at Gallipoli
26 April 2014
Wellington resident Leading Aircraftsman (LAC) Sarah Henderson (24) made history this year at the Gallipoli Anzac Day services as the first women bugler to play Last Post at the NZ led ceremonies.
The New Zealand Defence Force was involved in the Dawn Service held at the Anzac Commemorative site and the New Zealand Service at Chunuk Bair.
LAC Henderson is a trumpet player who, on finishing her degree at Victoria University, joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force Band just over two years ago. When she found out she was selected to attend Gallipoli this year she couldn't believe it.
"As a bugler in the military, playing the Last Post at Gallipoli is what we all dream off and it was a tremendous honour to be selected to perform it,” she said.
LAC Henderson's great grandfather fought in Europe in WW1 and was a Prisoner of War in Lindberg, which made the whole Gallipoli experience more poignant for her.
"Our contingent spent a day visiting the battlefields and cemeteries where our soldiers and fought and fallen. It hit me that they were people who had died for us and made me even more determined to play as well as I could for them."
"Leading up to the Dawn Service I was a little nervous as I didn't want to let anyone down knowing that everyone had travelled to Gallipoli to pay respects to those who fallen."
As the thousands who watched the live broadcasts of the ceremonies will attest LAC Henderson did an amazing job and there were many tears shed as the last notes of Last Post sounded.
"It was such a humbling experience to be there and to play a tribute to those who went before us. It is an experience I will never forget."