Taking these back to where they were won

Harry Crozier's medals from Gallipoli campaign

Harry Crozier’s medals from Gallipoli campaign

This evening I am leaving with my father to go to Gallipoli. Mum and Dad were going to go and were booked to go more than two years ago.?Mum of course contracted cancer and passed away, unable to ever go to Gallipoli. This will be an incredibly emotional trip for the both of us.

This has always been on my bucket list and to go for the centenary is an honour and a privilege.

We are stopping off in Dubai to visit my brother who lives there and then on to Istanbul and then to Gallipoli for the 100 year commemorations.

Yesterday I managed to pick up my great grandfather’s medal from that campaign. I spent some time with Harry’s son going over a lot of the memorabilia that he still has. It has been 30 years since I last saw him and I enjoyed my time yesterday afternoon with him. To have the medals sitting on the?passenger seat on the drive home was special.

They are a little worse for wear and when we get back I will look at preserving them in a more appropriate manner. I will be looking for some ideas for presentation, but I think his service needs to be properly recognised and displayed rather than kept in a drawer. I am proud of the service record of our family. It should be displayed. It is the only real way to keep the memory alive. ?

I am incredibly proud to be carrying these medals back to Gallipoli where Harry Crozier was severely wounded and evacuated firstly to a hospital ship then to various hospitals. He refused to let them amputate the leg, and back then antibiotics were unheard of. At one stage they fused both his legs together to assist in healing, and then had to separate them later.

As part of his convalescence he spent a great deal of time in a hospital in Rotorua. It was there he learned to carve, taught by a famous Maori carver. We have many of his carvings at Dad’s place and yesterday I saw many more at his son’s house.

I barely remember Harry, I was just 4?years old when he died, but I do remember him sitting in his lounge, under a massive ticking clock.

As I said I am proud to have his medals with me when I walk along ANZAC Cove with Dad, and up the ridges and stand on Chunuk Bair. I have a lot of poppies and I will leave some there.

Lest we forget.

You can read Harry’s service record online.

Harry Crozier ?- 3 October 1889 – 6 February 1972

Service Record

27 Nov 1914 Medical Examination
2 Dec 1914 Enlistment Questionaire
13 Dec 1914 Joined NZ Expeditionary Force Training NZ ? Otago Infantry until?12 Feb 2015 (61days)
13 Feb 1915 H & NZT 19 FEbruary until 26 Mar 1915 (42 days)
27 Feb 1915 Egypt
9 May 1915 Joined Unit – Cape Helles ? Foot of peninsula at Gallipoli
7 Aug 1915 Dardanelles ? ? way up peninsula at Gallipoli ? Wounded ? Left leg Compound fractures
13 Aug 1915 ?HS Itonus? to Hospital Valleta on island of Malta
3 Nov 1915 ?HS Regina D?Italia? to England
12 Nov 1915 ?3 rd Southern General Hospital? – London
5 May 1916 ?Grey Towers?- New Zealand Convalescent Hospital, Hornchurch Road, Hornchurch, England
24 May 1916 Admitted back to Hospital
29 Jun 1916 to ?Walton on Thames Hospital? – London
12 July 1916 transferred to ?WW1 New Zealand First Hospital, Brockenhurst?.
8 Aug 1916 back to Grey Towers?- Hornchurch Road,Hornchurch, England
11 Aug 1916 Discharged from Hospital
12 Aug 1916 Invalided to NZ on ?SS Willochra?
13 Feb 1917 Final Discharge – on account of wounds received in action

Medals Received

1914-15 Star
British War Medal 23 March 1922
Victory Medal 15 June 1922
Gallipoli Lapel badge & Gallipoli Medallion 27 July 1967