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City man attends anniversary

The Southland Times
May 21, 2001

SERGEANT Mervyn Gunn, of Invercargill, was among the New Zealand Defence Force contingent who attended the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Battle for Crete at the weekend.
A serving Territorial Force soldier in the Otago and Southland Regiment, Sergeant Gunn works as a roading engineer with the Invercargill City
Selected to be the New Zealand Defence Force piper, he attended each of the ceremonies in Crete, including Galatas and Souda Bay.
"It is a real honour to be able to represent Southland and the New Zealand Defence Force here," Sergeant Gunn said.
"For me it is quite special to come here because my uncle Bob Henry, also a piper, was a member of the 23rd Battalion during the Battle for Crete." The New Zealand Defence Force has 68 personnel taking part in the ceremonies on Crete, including a ceremonial guard of 24 and a Maori cultural group of 13.
The contingent, which supported Prime Minister Helen Clark during her visit to the island, also included several veterans of the Crete campaign.

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