A wreath laying ceremony will be held at Marlborough’s memorial to the Boer War at Tuamarina Cemetery at 10.00 am on Monday 21 October to commemorate the departure of the first troops to South Africa and to remember the Marlborough casualties of that war.
Marlborough RSA Vice President Terry Grant will welcome people to the service and a short address will be given by Nick Raynor, Principal of Tua Marina School.
Mayor John Leggett will attend the service.
The first Marlborough soldiers arrived in South Africa less than three weeks after war was declared by Britain. During the course of the conflict, the Marlborough Mounted Rifles sent 60 men with the various New Zealand contingents to South Africa.
Eleven casualties from Marlborough are recorded on the Roll of Honour at Tuamarina Cemetery.
In the event of wet weather the service will be held at the RSA Lounge, Clubs of Marlborough.
Mr Terry Grant
12 Alfred Street
Ph: 03 579 5073