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Private William Frazer is the namesake for my own child, William Frazer-Mills. My great uncle William was just a boy when he died in WW1. He had his whole life ahead of him. No wife or children. Dreams unfulfilled. I hope my boy, who bears my great uncle's name, will live a full and happy life, not just for himself, but for Pte William Frazer. Rest in peace, great uncle. Let us not be touched by war again.
Public - Kristina - Direct descendant - 25 April 2016
In 1971, when I was 10 years of age, I recited the "Ode of Remembrance" in front of my school community (a big deal for a shy kid). I did it to honour my great uncle who died at Gallipoli in 1915. In the weeks leading up to the memorial service, I rehearsed those well-known verses with my father as an audience of one. The day arrived. I remember standing at the microphone before the hushed school assembly, holding closely and carefully, William's medals in my hands. With all the reverence I could muster and with birdsong ringing out from the towering eucalypts to accompany me, I began: "They went with songs to the battle ..."
It was a privilege and a memory that stays with me still.
Rest in peace, Pte William Frazer (8/916, NZEF, Otago Regiment).
Your name is etched upon the Lone Pine Memorial.
Your name is etched for evermore upon my heart.
Catherine (nee Frazer) Forbes (Blackh
Public - Catherine - Direct descendant - 25 April 2016