Buglers dedication at Nelson Museum


People stopped in the street and looked on at the three buglers positioned outside the Nelson Provincial Museum at 5pm today.

The last post has sounded every night in April outside the Museum but this is the first time, in the week leading up to centennial celebrations, four buglers have played the traditional military call.

Tonight only three made it to the call, Sgt Robinson, joined by Chris Lawton and Logan Ford.

Sgt Robinson said he had been inspired at the dedication of Marlborough bugler Denis Teeling who has been playing the Last Post every evening at Blenheim’s Cenotaph in Seymour Square for the 100 days up until Anzac Day.

“We wanted to do something equally special here in Nelson to mark the centennial of Gallipoli,” he said.

“By World War I bugle calls had essentially ceased been used in battle and were mainly heard in the camps.  The bugle call now known as the Last Post was sounded at the end each day to signal to soldiers still in the field that fighting was over and to follow the sound of the call back to camp and safety. Often the enemy buglers would be heard playing calls to confuse our soldiers”.

The fourth stanza of Laurence Binyon’s, For the Fallen, will then be recited each night.

Sgt Robinson said the bright, cheerful call was intended to wake soldiers for duty.  It now symbolises the awakening in a better world for the dead and the rousing of the living back to duty, having paid their respects to the memory of their comrades.

Nelson Provincial Museum CEO Peter Millward says the bugle performance is a mark of respect to all those men and women from the Province of Nelson who served in World War One.

“In reality it reminds us of all who have served their country over time; including our current deployments.”