The Unfinished Drink
The Ted D'Auvergne Story
"The bottle of beer remains on the shelf for the soldier that would never return."
Ted D'Auvergne was invited by the publican, George Provan, Waihao Forks Pub, to have a farewell drink, and when the train whistled George put a bottle on the shelf saying "We'll have this one, Ted, when you come home again." Ted was on final leave from Burnham Training Camp before heading oversea, January 1940. He never came back and lies buried in a Crete cemetery, his name added to the long roll of honour of those who died in the service of their country.
I was in the area a couple of weeks ago so could not resist popping in to see the Bottle and honour one of our fallen soldiers.
Lest we forget