So long as the rocks endure and grass grows and water runs, so long will this stone bear witness that through this low pass in the hills men from Cave, Cannington, and Moutakaika Districts rode and walked their way to the Great European War 1914-1918 and to World War II 1939-1945. Some of them have not returned but have left their mortal remains in foreign lands and strange seas that our British way of living may continue but their immortal souls have risen from the grave.
|Those who gave their lives:
Those who offered their lives by serving
|Those who gave their lives 1939 -
Struthers, H. (M.M.)
Those who served 1939-1945:
In 2010 saw 160 people make the traditional walk to the hilltop war memorial,
where Noel Crawford spoke about all the young men of the Cave district who went
to the wars.
Cannington District War Memorial plaques are set in the gate posts at the entrance to the Cannington School on Cannington Rd.
In Honoured Memory of
Who lost their lives in World War II 1939 -1940
26 April 2008 Timaru Herald
About 100 people attended the 10:30am service in Cave yesterday at the Cave Hall then walked to the top of the hill to lay the wreaths. The service at Cave had extra significance this year because there is only one returned servicemen left from Cave.
27191, Private Alfred Cuthbert AYMES, Canterbury Infantry
Regiment, 17th reinforcements, J Company, NZEF Killed in action, Ypres, Belgium,
Oct 12, 1917, aged 32 years
Alfred was born October 5, 1885 at Kirwee, son of Alfred and Elizabeth Amyes, Motukaika, Cave. He had attended the Templeton School and prior to his enlistment he was self employed. He enlisted in Timaru on April 29, 1916. Described as: weight 140lb, chest 32 inches, 5 foot 8 1/2 inches tall, of dark and fair complexion, eyes grey and hair brown. Alfred served in New Zealand from May 31, 1916 until September 24, 1916. He left Wellington on 25 September 1916 on the Devon with the 17th reinforcements for Devonport, England and arrived in France, December 1916. He suffered two bouts of sickness in 1917, one serious enough to require staying in hospital in England for five months. He returned to France in September and was killed in action less than a month later at Ypres, Belgium. Alfred was buried at Passchendaele Belle Veu Speer by Rev J.A. Leish on October 13, 1917 and is also remembered on on Tyne Cot Memorial. Alfred’s war medals, scroll and plaque were sent to his father, Mr Alfred Amyes, at Cave.