Almost every country town in New Zealand has a cenotaph recording the names of men and women who did not return. At the outbreak of the war New Zealand had a population of 1.1 million, just under 10% of the population served overseas, of which more than 18,000 died. Nearly every New Zealand family was affected by the impact of the war.
On Armistice Day, the Luisetti Family paused to reflect on the death of four family members who did not return;
- Ashley Vincent from Oxford, Canterbury Regiment NZEF. Killed Messines Ridge, Belgium.
- His brother, Ray Vincent from Oxford, Canterbury Mounted Rifles. Killed Palestine.
- Jack Hartland from Bennetts (then Wellington), Wellington Regiment NZEF. Killed Le Quesnoy, France.
- Pietro Luisetti from Waikuku, Canterbury Mounted Rifles. Wounded Gallipolli, died England.
Vincent Luisetti, who was in England earlier this year, took the opportunity of visiting Pietro Luisetti’s grave in Torquay. He is pictured at the grave site where he placed a white cross gifted by the Rangiora Museum.
Lest we forget.