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Michael Gibson - Manurewa Intermediate School

“All of my relatives returned home!”

Nationality: French, Scottish and New Zealand European

Iwi: Auckland, New Zealand

World War I & II Veteran Relatives:

Great Granddad Gibson fought in World War I and II.
Great Great Uncle Ronnie Clark travelled with the N.Z Air Force and then joined R.A.F to fly bombers during World War II. Unfortunately he was shot down over Germany and ended up a German Prisoner of War.
Great Great Uncle Harry Clark fought in World War II.
Great Great Uncle Tui Rose fought in World War II.
Great Granddad Gibson went away with the first N.Z.E.F in World War I.

Thursday, 24th April

Here in Turkey I have found out that lives of the people are really different compared to New Zealand because it is a lot more crowded, their steering wheels are on the left side of the car, they drive on the other side of the road and their buildings are built different shapes and sizes which means I am a long way from home.

A highlight for me has been visiting the homes of the people because we get to experience new foods and make new friends however the biggest highlight has been entering Saphire, going up the very swift lift and seeing a 5D movie. What an experience to see Turkey from the air in five minutes. What an experience to be in the highest building in Turkey.

We now continue our journey and we will be visiting the Trojan horse. Every day brings us closer to Gallipoli and the ANZAC service. I am feeling a little nervous because I do not know what emotions I will be going through.

Michael Gibson