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John William Peake
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For doing all he could to ensure that the Cambridge, NZ men he lead would be remembered annually for the the sacrifices they made. One of the men, Francis Asbury Paine, was my great uncle who died on April 25th 1915. Francis was from the same district of Cambridge, Roto-O-Rangi, as John Peake. In my efforts as a composer, I wrote a song in 2014 using words taken from the following speech made by Captain John Peake during a public meeting, while addressing church leaders of the time: "If you are not prepared to solve your difficulties in times like these, then far better let those boys rest in peace than to convey to them in spirit that you will not make a sacrifice to your views, and do honour to them by having an annual service where all are united.