NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

Soldiers, Signallers, Runners - Olympic Harriers in the Divisional Signals Company

The Olympic Harrier Club still holds an annual race to remember club members who died in the First World War.

The trophy for the Grand Memorial race - still held annually by Wellington's Olympic Harrier and Athletic Club in memory of club members who died serving in the Divisional Signals Company in WW1

In May each year the Olympic Harrier and Athletic Club holds its Grand Memorial Race to remember club members Frank, Vince & Charles Byrne, and James & Hugh Wilson who served in the Divisional Signals Company in the First World War. All but Hugh died in the war.

In 2017 soldiers and officers from the NZ Army's 1st NZ Signals Regiment took part for the first time - something that both the Regiment and the Club hope to continue. Next year's race will be advertised on the club website once the race calendar is set (around February 2018).

These men included Darky Byrne, the club's first Captain, and at the time one of the best known runners in Wellington. Their story, the official history of the Divisional Signals Company along with entries from its War Diary, and insights from Darky's own personal diary is told here.

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Newspaper article reporting the death of Darky Byrne
Club members and soldiers in 1915
Darky Byrne's grave
This activity is being worked on from
August 2016
 to 
May 2018
Date added: 14 August 2017 | Last updated: 15 August 2017

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