One of New Zealand’s legendary military figures, who also served a term as Governor-General, is remembered in Freyberg Street. Baron Freyberg was born in England but emigrated to New Zealand with his parents in 1891. He joined the Territorial Army in New Zealand, and then served in World War One, winning numerous awards for bravery, including a Victoria Cross. He ended the war as a brigadier general and commanded the British 29th Division.
When World War Two was declared Prime Minister Michael Savage appointed Freyberg to lead the 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force, a commission he carried out with distinction. After the war he served as Governor-General from 1946-52.
Pic: Bernard Freyberg was a military hero to most New Zealanders.