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Newspaper Clipping
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Object Name:
Clipping, Newspaper
Extent of Description:
Single clipping from newspaper, 26.5 x 19.5cm
Scope & Content:
[Newspaper clipping, rectangular with a photograph of men carrying a coffin from a marae.]

[Newspaper clipping reads]

[In handwritten ink] 1989

Hundreds honour war hero

War hero and Anglican priest Keith Elliott was honoured with a full military funeral service in Wellington today.
The body of Reverend Elliott, who died on Saturday aged 73, was taken this morning from Pipitea Marae where it had lain in state since yesterday.
This morning his casket was taken by hearse in a street procession to the Wellington Cathedral where the military service began at 1pm.
The Cathedral was packed with hundreds of people from all walks of life. Wing Commander A J Beattie represented His Excellency the Governor—General at the service. The first lesson was read by Archdeacon Tikituterangi Raumati with the second lesson read by the Rt Rev P E Sutton, Bishop of Nelson. The address was read by the Rt Rev H H Winiata, Assistant Bishop of Wellington.
The service was followed by a procession to the Cenotaph then on to the Returned Services portion of Paraparaumu Cemetery, for a graveside service at 4pm.
Mr Elliott, a sergeant during the war, was awarded the Victoria Cross for valour after German tanks attacked his unit on three flanks and he led his platoon to the cover of a ridge making a bayonet charge across open ground in the face of heavy fire. Five machine gun posts and an anti tank gun were knocked out and 130 prisoners taken. He was badly wounded in the action.
In 1947 he became the first VC winner to be ordained in the Anglican Church. He was a colourful and popular personality in the Church and was a champion of the underdog, service twice in the Wellington City Mission and seven years with the Maori mission.
In 1977 he raised $22,719 for a new church by walking from Cape Reinga to Bluff.

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