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An elderly war veteran was caught by fast-acting bystanders when he collapsed during an Anzac Day dawn service - and turned up to the local RSA a few hours later for breakfast and a rum.
The 82-year-old Alex Deans was standing in formation with seven other old soldiers during the bitterly cold and damp ceremony in Mataura in Southland when he suddenly lost consciousness and fell to the ground.
Image 1 of 15Veterans and family attend the dawn service at the Auckland Museum on April 25, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. In 1916 the first Anzac Day commemorati
Image 2 of 15Members of the public, returned service mean and woman lay poppies on the cenotaph after the the dawn service On Anzac day at the Auckland domain. 25
Image 3 of 15Thousands gathered at Wellington's Pukehau National War Memorial for the ANZAC Dawn Service.
Image 4 of 15Wanganui Anzac Dawan Service 25 April 2016 Wanganui Chronicle Photograph by Stuart Munro
Image 5 of 15GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 25: Members of the Albert Battery shoot a volley of fire during the Currumbin RSL dawn service on April 25, 2016 in Gol
Image 6 of 15The City of Auckland Pipe band attend the dawn service at the Auckland Museum on April 25, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. In 1916 the first Anzac Day
Image 7 of 15Members of the New Zealand Army attend the dawn service at the Auckland Museum on April 25, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. In 1916 the first Anzac Day
Image 8 of 15GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 25: Crowds watch on during the Currumbin RSL dawn service on April 25, 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia. Australians comme
Image 9 of 15An Australian soldier salutes during a dawn service to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli landings in Sydney on April 25, 2016. Dawn services were he
Image 10 of 15250416aw08bop ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the Tauranga RSA Greerton. 25 April 2016 The Bay of Plenty Times Photograph by Andrew Warner.
Image 11 of 15Representatives from the Australian and New Zealand army salute after laying wreaths during a dawn commemorative service on Monday, April 25, 2016, in
Image 12 of 15Wreath laying, Anzac Day service, Havelock North Cenotaph. 25 April 2016. Hawke's Bay Today photograph by Warren Buckland
Image 13 of 15Anzac Day civic service. 25 April 2016 Rotorua Daily Post Photograph by Ben Fraser
Image 14 of 15CANAKKALE, TURKEY - APRIL 24: New Zealand soldier lays flower to Martyrs' cemeteries during a ceremony marking the 101st anniversary of the Canakkale
Image 15 of 15Veterans marching to the Soundshell for the Anzac Dawn service, Soundshell, Napier. 25 April 2016. Hawke's Bay Today photograph by Warren Buckland