May 21, 2001
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
"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.