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Stuart Hayton
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Interview with Stuart Hayton
Interview by Patrick Bronte

Patrick: So did you volunteer early?

Stuart: I volunteered to go into the army and I was rejected on medical grounds. I was classified as grade three and I was very disappointed. So I was back in Civi Street, back doing my ordinary work. Luckily, I was a member of the Masonic lodge and the man in charge of recruiting was a Captain Crutch and he was a member of the same lodge as I. I had a friendly association with him and so I eventually said to him "you know I would really like to get in the armed forces and go overseas" and he said "do you really want to go?" I said "oh yes I do". And right then and there he passed me fit so I went into the army.
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Interview with Orm Poppleton
Interview by Patrick Bronte

Orm : I was born on the 12th of May 1915 in Wellington where I grew up. When I was 17, I joined the Wellington fire brigade. I had served there right up to the out break of war. In 1940, I got legal absence from the fire brigade, joined the army and was sent to the military camp at Waiouru which they were building. It was just a new camp, and it was my job to set up the fire service there. Once I got that settled I spent 12 months up there before I was sent to Trenthem to prepare to go overseas.

Patrick : What were your initial thoughts when you first heard that War was declared?
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