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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 15, Issue 2 (May 1, 1940.)

The Call to Arms

The Call to Arms.

Of their part in the Great War, Colonel J. N. McCarroll writes in “The Gael Fares North”: “Yes, I knew the men from Waipu (this means from all the Nova Scotia settlements) from A to Z—from Gallipoli to Damascus. When the call to arms sounded o'er hill and glen, their Highland blood kindled as they enlisted in large numbers, three families sending five sons each—the McLennans, Stevens and Haswells…. They not only gave their sons but their daughters…. I know of two-sisters, Mary and Hugha Sutherland, who served in the nursing service.”

Descendants of Waipu pioneers to the number of nine served in the Boer War and 500 in the Great War. Three served in both. There were also eight nurses on active service. Nearly 90 of the men were killed on active service, including a number at Gallipoli. Others served in the Navy and many held leading positions in the mercantile marine before and after the Great War.