White cross for Alexander Petherbridge (1891-1920)

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White cross for Alexander Petherbridge (1891-1920).


On 23 September 1916 Alexander Petherbridge wrote a postcard to his father from France telling him about his narrow escape from death: "My Dear Father, This is the photo that I promised to send to you and it now bears the additional mark of interest, a shrapnel ball passed through a dozen of these in my pocket tunic. Poor Hugh Stocker was killed that day only a stone’s throw from our guns." Alexander died of tuberculosis in Auckland on 23 September 1920. In 2014 Tauranga's 'Field of Remembrance' was created comprising 107 white crosses in memory of the men from the Tauranga area who died during World War I (1914-1918). Each cross carries a red poppy and the name of an individual who died. Text and photograph © Debbie McCauley (2014).

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White cross for Alexander Petherbridge (1891-1920)

First Names:Alexander
Last Name:Petherbridge
Date of Birth:7 November 1891
Place of Birth:Culverden, Canterbury, New Zealand
City:Tauranga, New Zealand