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Richard Te Paa
Since the day my Father (your son) Mark William Chadwick (Chad Te Paa) told me of you and my uncles going to war, I have always carried with me a Great sense of pride , honour and dignity.
This here, is the only information I have of you but I feel it is more than enough as memorabelia are very few in our whanau and knowledge is not shared to families so stories of you can be remembered for centuries to come.
On Anzac Day, you, any many of your fellow soldiers are remembered, but yet the day is silent with an eerie feeling in the air. I couldn't for one second Imagine the terror you all would have felt or the braveness you all had to conjure up just to make it through to the next second, minute, hour, day.
However I do know that you will be remembered by me for the rest of my life and I will pass this knowledge to my children, grand children and so on.
I'm so proud to be your carry your
Public - Richard Kevin Johannes - Other Relative - 22 August 2015
For many years I had yearned a personal connection to Anzac Day. Just a few weeks ago, and nearly 30 years of my life, I have only found out that you, my Great Grandfather Richard Te Paa, served in WWI. I often looked at your grave stone while visiting my grandmother Beverly Te Paa your daughter, and something always drew me near to you whilst visiting.
It lightens my heart now that I have found that connection. I knew it must have existed somewhere and now I know where.
From now on, every Anzac Day is going to mean a whole lot more than what it was to me in the past.
I am proud of your achievements and I am proud to be a direct descendant of you.
My whole hearted Anzac Day contributions are dedicated to you and I look forward to passing the knowledge of your existence to the next generations.
Love you, Tisina and whanau xxxx
Public - Tisina - Other Relative - 14 May 2015