Waikanae Burial for Solider

May 9, 2018

Sixty years had passed but the remains of three NZDF men were returned home to where their families waited at Ohakea on Monday.


The New Zealand Herald reports that the karanga from Ngati Apa called them home, as the three caskets draped with the New Zealand flag were brought from the Hercules.


Russell Beban spoke earlier to media how he felt, with his adult children and the great

grandchildren, of Flight Lieutenant George Thomas Thomas Beban (MBE).


He says he was five when his father died of natural causes, aged 40, in Fiji in 195 and it

was impossible for us to bring him home.


He says we will take him home to spend two nights with us then he will be buried in Waikanae.


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