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Funeral for an Otago officer during World War I. Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association :New Zealand official negatives, World War 1914-1918. Ref: 1/2-013064-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23073117 Accidentally shot by a soldier. 'A tragic affair occurred in the 2nd Battalion lines on March 3rd. Captain R.J. Hill M.C.. and 2nd Lieut. D. McLean were fatally shot without apparent reason by a private of the Battalion Transport, who, presumably insane, subsequently shot himself. A funeral service was held in the Hondeghem Cemetery on the following day was attended by representatives of each company and of other branches of the Division.' (Byrne, A.E. (1921).)

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  • So sad - Roland was our great uncle. Is there any special commemoration next year for the 100 year anniversary in France or anywhere. These 2 officers tend to be forgotten and even the Hondeghem village booklet said they didn’t know why they were there - Roland particularly seems forgotten as he had emigrated from the UK to New Zealand in 1908 and so is not really remembered in either country.
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