An oasis and a salve Te Rau Aroha was often in the thick of it along with the soldiers of the 28th Maori Battalion. It was ably manned by members of the YMCA Charles Bennet, affectionately called Charlie YM and Norm Perry.
Children from schools in Maori communities around the country fundraised for Te Rau Aroha, the YMCA mobile canteen that provided such respite for the men of the Maori Battalion.
Family collection. Courtesy of Linda Bennet