Daniel Jack

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World War 2

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Clevedon, New Zealand
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Mr H. Jack (father), Waitarata, Clevedon, New Zealand

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I am posting an article found in the Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 234, 3 October 1945, Page 8 that talks about the participation of Private Daniel Jack at a Memorial Service for Patrick Reuben of the 28th Maori Battalion.MAORI MEMORIALCLEVEDON CEREMONYUNVEILING OF MONUMENTOn Saturday, September 22, many relatives and friends accepted the invitation of Mr. and Mrs. Wiremu Hetaraka (W. Reuben), of Waitarata, Clevedon, to be present on the occasion of the unveiling of the memorial erected at their home to their son, 502350 Private Patrick Reuben, who was killed in action in Italy one year ago. At the request of Mr. and Mrs. Reuben, arrangements for the conduct of the ceremony were entrusted to the Clevedon branch of the R.S.A.Preparatory to the ceremony a flagpole had been erected, and upon it the Union Jack hung at half-mast, while the stone to be unveiled was draped with two Maori mats and the flag. At the base of the stone were photos of the deceased soldier and a case containing personal effects and souvenirs sent home from overseas.The service of commemoration was conducted by the Rev. R. W. Murray, returned chaplain. The lesson, Revelation 7: 9-17, was read in Maori by Mr. G. Brown, while two returned men of the Maori Battalion, Corporal A. King and Private D. Jack, performed the act of unveiling. Before the mats and flag were lowered, Corporal King briefly addressed those assembled in the following words:"In honour of our dear friend and comrade we solemnly unveil this memorial erected in memory of the life so nobly lived and freely given";while Mr. Reuben replied in Maori:"This memorial is now our sacred trust, and we shall guard it reverently in honour of the faithful and devoted life to whose memory it is erected."Following the act of dedication, Mr. G. Brown read the inscription in English and in Maori, after which Mr. J. A. McPherson (president of the local R.S.A. branch) laid a laurel wreath at the base of the stone and, in a short address, paid tribute to the deeds and qualities of the Maori Battalion and referred to the esteem in which the Reuben family was held.Military honours, provided by a firing and bugler in charge of Lieutenant M. Lornie, and the singing of the National Anthem, concluded the simple but impressive ceremony.___________________________