Bill English Leader of the Opposition
10 October 2001
National marks the passing of a great soldier
New Zealand has lost one of its most distinguished soldiers with the passing yesterday of World War One veteran
Lieutenant (ret) Lawrence Morris "Curly" Blyth, Opposition Leader Bill English said today.
"At the age of 104 Curly Blyth became one of the oldest recipients of the New Years Honours when he was made a member of
the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in 2001.
"The honour was to recognise his work for World War One veterans and service to the community, particularly his work on
New Zealand-French relations. What made his achievement all the more remarkable is that much of his contribution was
made after he was 95.
"This was a exceptional achievement for an exceptional New Zealander," Mr English said.
"It is a sombre day when we commemorate the veteran of a war almost a century ago and half a world away at a time when
New Zealand troops are to be deployed again.
"I extend my condolences and those of the National Party to the family and friends of Curly Blyth," said Bill English.