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Service commemorates First World War Niue soldiers buried at St Andrew’s Church, Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 10:33 20 September 2016 | UPDATED: 12:46 20 September 2016

The Niue Association commemorates their soldiers buried in Saint Andrew's Church, Hornchurch, after the First World War. Picture Credit: Wendy Wager

The Niue Association commemorates their soldiers buried in Saint Andrew's Church, Hornchurch, after the First World War. Picture Credit: Wendy Wager

Wendy Wager

A special service was held to remember First World War soldiers from one of the smallest island nations in the Pacific ocean.

A delegation of 16 people from the Niue island, which is inhabited by just over 1,000 people, travelled from the other side of the world to attend the service commemorating the centenary of the arrival of Niue soldiers in Hornchurch.

The soldiers entered the war fighting for New Zealand and came to Europe alongside Maori soldiers.

They came to the New Zealand Convalescent Hospital at the Grey Towers mansion in 1916 but four of them – including a self-proclaimed prince – died of the flu and are buried at St Andrew’s Church, Hornchurch.

President of Royal British Legion in Hornchurch David King said: “I was very emotional. It was a day I will always remember.”

The Niue delegation performed traditional dances and songs and left a commemorative plaque at the church.

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