Shell shock

When Cambridge High School library manager Glenys Bichan popped into school this week to get ready for a new school year, there on her desk was a mounted shell case from the HMS Achilles missing for years.

“I am so flipping stoked,” she told The News.

Details of where the shell case, presented to the school by Chief of Naval Staff Rear-Admiral Richard Washbourn on 17 July 1964, has been all this time are sketchy.

“It is dusty and yucky, I won’t clean it yet until I find out the story,” said Bichan.

The school appealed for the shell case’s return in The News on 15 January.

There was a sense of guilt from several at the school as then principal George Marshall promised to look after and value the shell case as it was a reminder of the toils and sacrifices of those who had gone before.

That included former pupil Able Seaman Archibald Cooper Hirst Shaw who died of multiple injuries to his chest after the HMS Achilles opened fire on the Admiral Graf Spee on 13 December 1939 at the World War II Battle of River Plate.

Once cleaned, the shell case will feature in a formal opening for the school’s new Marshall Archives facility within the library.

Photos, newspaper and magazine clippings dating back to the school’s establishment in 1883, will go on display.

More Recent News

Housing review delayed

A general review of housing in the district has been delayed by six months because of a heavy workload at Waipā District Council. Known internally as Draft Plan Change 21, the scope of work includes…

Waipā’s number is up…

Waipā’s population has cracked 60,000 for the first time in its 33-year history, up from 48,200 a decade ago. But whether that growth continues depends on what council policy advisor David Totman calls a “rogue…

Boards in secret reviews

Waipā District Council has held a series of behind closed doors meetings and interviews to discuss the future role of community boards. The talkfest between council staff, councillors and community stakeholders comes only a week…

A planting exercise  

Tom Montgomerie has walked the walk – and lunged the lunges. Tom, passionate about tackling climate change, has just donated more than $2700 to the Cambridge Tree Trust after using his skills to tackle a…