WW1 soldier’s story immortalised in memorial

Father Tony Harrison led the Armistice Day service at the South Invercargill War Memorial last Thursday.
Rick Stone, Kathryn King and Martha McLeod’s great uncle Peter Scully was killed in action one week before armistice.

KILLED one week before armistice, South Invercargill soldier Peter Scully’s story has been

An information panel was unveiled at the South Invercargill War Memorial during an Armistice Day service last week.

Born in Invercargill in 1887, 2nd Battalion New Zealand Rifle Brigade Company Sergeant Major Peter Alphonsus Scully’s story was shared as part of a South Alive Heritage Trail across south city.

Members of his family attended, including siblings Rick Stone and Martha McLeod.

Their grandfather, Jack, was one of four brothers, including Mr Scully, who served in World
War 1.

‘‘Three out of four came back,’’ Mr Stone said.

He explained his great uncle was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, only to be killed in action three days later.

When Ms McLeod was asked how it felt to have her great uncle’s story shared to the public, she said it felt special.

‘‘It’s history, and it shouldn’t be forgotten.’’