Russell Ritchie AWMM
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Unknown AWMM 23 Lochend Street, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
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Mrs M.C. Edwards (wife), 600 Cargill Rd, Invercargill, New Zealand AWMM
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Member of the New Zealand Alpine Club:
"Russ, as he was affectionately known to his friends, passed away in June 1995. He was the second son of Isobel and Lewis Edwards of Dunedin. Like his father before him, he was a keen and respected sportsman. On leaving school he played senior cricket for the High School Old Boys' Cricket Club, and senior rugby for the Southern Club in Dunedin.
Russ was for over sixty years a member of the Otago Section of the Club with a lifelong love of the mountains and valleys of Otago. It is fair to say that notwithstanding his strong interest in a number of psorts, his overriding passion was mountaineering.
In 1931 he attended the Club Climbing Camp in the Rees Valley. Here from the summit of Earnslaw the desire was born to explore the unclimbed peaks of the Dart valley spread out so magnificently across the Forbes Range below.
During the following years, in the company of his older brother Gordon, Ernie Smith and Doug Knowles, all the peaks at the head of the Dart and Whitburn were climbed.
His mountaineering career was interrupted by his war service with the NZEF Div. Cavalry in the Middle East.
On Russ's return to Dunedin, family commitments curtailed trips to the mountains, but he spent many happy hours tramping the local hills. On his retirement, he and his wife Molly shifted to Alexandra where he continued his forays into the hills. Sixty years after his first camp in the Rees, in attended the Anniversary Camp in 1991, along with his old climbing companion, Vernon Leader.
Ill health in the last couple of years forced him to give up walking,b ut his spirit and courage in adversity will always be remebered by all who knew and respected him."
(from the New Zealand Alpine Journal, 1996) AWMM
Jun 1995 AWMM
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- New Zealand Alpine journal AWMM
The New Zealand Alpine Journal, 1996 AWMM
- Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
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