Pte Roger Gordon Boddie

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Roger Gordon
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Submitted by admin on Tuesday, 30 January 2024 - 9:04am


From Rosalind Dean (née Williams):

I knew Roger and his younger brother Bevian when l was in the 6th Form at Te Kuiti High. Roger had already left school and was working on the family farm in Boddies Rd, not far out of Te Kuiti.  He used to pick me up after school on a Friday in their Chevrolet Impala. Sometimes we would have a milkshake before he dropped me off at Corinth Avenue where l was staying with my Grandparents. The Boddie family had a bach at Kāwhia – l went with them one weekend and also spent a weekend at the farm when we attended a dance at the Pakeho Hall.

He went to Flock House Agricultural College in Bulls for a year,  then joined the NZ Army – l went away to Tech in Hamilton in 1967. He wrote from Vietnam in 1968 describing the war and what was happening. We met up again about 1971 in Te Kuiti when l was staying with my parents.

Roger went on to marry Cherrie Fagg who was in the same class as l was at Piopio DHS. Her Dad was a plumber in Piopio at that time. I understand they had two children, a girl and boy. Roger died at 44 and his plaque is in the Servicemen’s  Area of Te Kuiti Cemetery.

This is my memory of Roger as a young man with the aspirations of a bright future cut so short.