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Lyalldale and Springbrook War Memorials

South Canterbury, New Zealand

Lyalldale is a farming community about twelve miles south of Timaru, and about two miles west [inland] of St Andrews and six miles west of Pareora. The Lyalldale District dedicated its Memorial Wall at the Lyalldale School corner in April 2001 a year after the centennial celebrations and utilising the surplus funds from that event. There are no names on the plaques but the people who made Lyalldale what it now is, as well as the 'servicemen and servicewomen' are remembered.  Inside the old school, now the district Social Centre, are plaques one of the Fallen from WW1, the second of the returned WW1 men, the last WW2 returned personnel. The old school in the background of the above photo closed in 1929.

First plaque: A Vision Realized
This memorial honours the pioneers who created a community here - those who settled on blocks following the ballot on March 30, 1900, after the breaking-up of the Pareora Estate, as well as those who had previously purchased sections from the Estate or settled in later years.  We remember with pride these pioneering families who endured great hardship to develop the land and the community, the trade and professional people for their supporting role, and the servicemen and servicewomen from the district who served in wars overseas to defend our nation. Their fortitude was an inspiration to those who followed

Second plaque : 
Line-drawing of the Lyalldale School 1901-1929
This wall, erected by the Lyalldale Historical Group and unveiled in April 2001, marks the District's Centennial Celebrations and the publication of the book, Lyalldale-A Vision Realised, launched by the Rt Hon Helen Clark, Prime Minister of New Zealand on April 1, 2000.

The Lyalldale Memorial Native Area opened in December 2006, by the last remaining child of a settler. The district map.

Fallen from WW1

WW1 Roll of Honour - In Memory of Lyalldale Heroes who gave their lives for their county 1914-1918
Rifleman C. Scannell 	 7th Rein. Died of Sickness 	28 May  1917	unknown
Rflm G.R. Marshall 	 7th Rein. K.I.A. 		 7 June 1917  	age 25	
Sgt W.J. Williams 	26th Rein. K.I.A. 		 5 Dec. 1917  	unknown	
Pte J. Anderson  	23rd Rein. K.I.A. 		12 Oct  1917	age 22
Pte M.J. Scannell  	16th Rein. K.I.A. 		 7 June 1917 	age 29

The Returned Servicemen of WW1

Returned WW1 men

Served Overseas from the Lyalldale District 1939-1945

Pte G.F. Porter
Nurse N. Toohey, W.A.A.C.
Petty Officer D. Annett
Lt/cpl  P.Sheehan
Cpl V.T. Bishop
Pte W.T. Daly
L/sgt. A.O. Pye
Sgt L.S. Pye (mentioned in dispatches)
[this will be shown as an oak leaf clasp on the ribbon of his campaign star, depending where he was when mentioned it will be either Nth Africa or Italy]

WW2 returned personnel

Springbrook, a small district near Lyalldale, about ten miles south of Timaru and has a memorial, shifted from the [closed] school grounds to the corner of Pareora River Road and Sullivan Road. Originally subdivided into small holdings [15 - 30 acres] by the NZALCo in the early 1890s for the employees on the Estate. Probably only 25 or so families. The plaque is sited at the foot of a flag pole, and they are both surrounded by a wee rock garden, enclosed by a low fence. Sergeant P.F. Scannell is recorded on the memorial but should be P.L. Scannell, son of Daniel Joseph and Margaret Scannell, of Springbrook, so looks like that is a transcription error.


Springbrook photos x3 March 2011 courtesy of Bruce Comfort

Sergeant P.L. Scannell
Killed in Action
Florence, Italy
1 - 6 - 44

 Springbrook photos x3 March 2011 courtesy of Bruce Comfort

Memorial Gate erected in memory of Percy Preston died 9-12-56

Springbrook School
This site commemorates 100 years of education in the Springbrook District 1895-1995
The school site was 24 metres east of this point on the banks of the Pareora River.
Erected by the celebrations committee and the community.

Springbrook photos x3 March 2011 courtesy of Bruce Comfort

Lyalldale information and photos and Springbrook information courtesy of John Williams. Posted 17 Sept. 2001 & 11 Oct. 2007. 
Springbrook photos x3 March 2011 courtesy of Bruce Comfort.
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