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Group of seven service men.
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In the photograph, William (Bill) Charles McIver's rank has not been shown. He was a Sergeant at the time. As an amusing aside, Bill's name is mentioned in the book "Kiwi Trooper" the story of Queen Alexandra's Own, written by Ted Andrews. In 1936 the annual camp was held at the New Plymouth racecourse instead of the usual Waverly sandhills. A parade through the town was held and near the Cenotaph, the newly shod borrowed horse ridden by Bill dropped dead. The veterinary officer said, "quick, get the shoes off and sell them back to the blacksmith." The vet hailed from Scotland ! Rumour spread that the horse had been sold to the local butcher and next morning there were sausages for breakfast, There were few takers.

- Derek Quickfall

Posted on 26-04-2019 00:07:18