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

PUBLISHED: 14:00 16 September 2016

Maori soldiers graves buried at St Andrew's Church  Hornchurch,
Private Vasau, age22 and Private Moki, age 21

Maori soldiers graves buried at St Andrew's Church Hornchurch, Private Vasau, age22 and Private Moki, age 21

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A group of people from one of the smallest island nations in the Pacific ocean are coming to Hornchurch tomorrow to remember their First World War soldiers.

Maori soldiers graves buried at St Andrew's Church  Hornchurch,
Private Filitoua, age22 and Private Taleva age25Maori soldiers graves buried at St Andrew's Church Hornchurch, Private Filitoua, age22 and Private Taleva age25

The Niue association is travelling from the other side of the world to attend a special service to commemorate the centenary of the arrival of Niue soldiers, including a self-proclaimed Prince, in Hornchurch.

The soldiers fought alongside the Maori in the war and came to Hornchurch to convalesce. But four died of the flu and are buried at St Andrew’s Church.

A service will start at 1.30pm tomorrow (Saturday) at the church and everyone is welcome to attend.

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