On the Akaroa memorial one of the dead is a Sydney David Waghorn who died of his wounds in Palestine on the 19 April 1917 which by coincidence happened to be the same day his younger brother Percy Waghorn left NZ for the war. I wonder how long it took for Percy to learn of his brothers death?
On further investigation of the Waghorn family it turned out that eight family members left Little Akaroa and enlisted for the war with seven returning safely. I found a newspaper article which eludes to the eagerness and determination of the Waghorn's to enlist.
One of Arthur Guard Waghorn's great-grandchildren has contacted me with extra information. They report that on the day Arthur was injured at Gallipoli his twin brother Ralph Noel Waghorn was bayoneted at Gallipoli.
Below is a list of the Waghorn's who enlisted from Little Akaroa:
Arthur Guard WAGHORN embarked 16 October 1914, wounded seriously with a gunshot to chest on the 27 August 1915.
Clarence Raymond WAGHORN embarked 8 January 1916
Ralph Noel WAGHORN embarked 16 October 1914, wounded 7/8 August 1915?
(above three were brothers)
Arthur Oscar Dennis WAGHORN embarked 16 October 1914
Bernard WAGHORN embarked 8 January 1916
Luke Clyde WAGHORN embarked 21 February 1918
(above three were also brothers)
Sydney David WAGHORN embarked 10 July 1916, died of wounds 19 April 1917, Palestine
Percy James WAGHORN embarked 19 April 1917
(above two also brothers)