Able Electronic Warfare Specialist Taylor Forsyth (right) spent Anzac Day at Gallipoli this year
26 April 2014
Waihi man and sailor Able Electronic Warfare Specialist (AEWS) Taylor Forsyth (20) spent Anzac Day at Gallipoli this year. He was there with the New Zealand Defence Force contingent as a member of the catafalque guard.
" I was stoked to find out that I had been selected to go and proud that I would be representing my family and my ship TE MANA," he said.
Like many New Zealanders AEWS Forsyth had a general understanding of what had happened at Gallipoli but wasn't prepared for how he would feel.
He recalls that on the night of 24 April he was thinking that 99 years ago young men his age were getting ready to come ashore with no idea of what might happen.
"I was thinking how shocking it was to know that they fought and died on the place I was standing and it all seemed such a waste," he said.
"I then started thinking about my family, and all the families of the men who died and I felt incredibly sad. At the same time it felt right to be here to remember them."
AEWS Forsyth comes from a family with strong military links. His great grandfather Sergeant Bertram Queenie served in Europe in WW1 and was wounded in Belgium. His older brother Boyd is in the Navy and is the reason he joined up two years ago as Boyd always talked about what a great career it is.
In March AEWS Taylor returned from a three month operation on TE MANA conducting counter- piracy operations in the Gulf and so it was fitting that he was a young veteran at Gallipoli.
"I was just so proud to able to represent New Zealand and it was cool that people from all over the world came to Gallipoli to commemorate and remember what happened here so many year ago."
AEWS Forsyth has made the decision to come back under his own steam.
He wants to take time to visit the whole peninsula and learn more about what happened in Gallipoli.
"Everyone, regardless of country, deserves to be remembered,” he said.