Hilary Barry presents this episode from the third series of Great War Stories. The subject is Alexander Aitken, a veteran of World War l who would later become a world-renowned mathematician. Aitken wrote an acclaimed war memoir (Gallipoli to the Somme) which a student reads from at Aitken's old school, Otago Boys' High, on Anzac Day. The story of the violin he kept by his side at Gallipoli is told, and a musical arrangement of Aitken's is played. The short documentaries were made for the centenary of World War l, and screened during TV3’s nightly news.
More than once I felt like throwing the violin away down the streambed, but members of the section took turns with me in carrying it up the slope.– Alexander Aitken, in his 1964 memoir Gallipoli to the Somme: Recollections of a New Zealand Infantryman
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