Memorial services are not about glorifying war but commemorating courage and sacrifice so that we might live in peace and to remind us of its waste. We show our respect by still having a parade on Anzac Day, April 25th. The day will never come when New Zealand will forget them. Rouse Last Post Abide with Me
Many communities in the South Canterbury area have war memorials standing at intersections or overlooking the countryside. Schools, business establishments and churches have honour boards e.g. St Mary's. The Memorial Library at Timaru Boy's High School was built to commemorate former pupils of the school who lost their lives in the wars of the 20th century. Let us not forgot those who served in the defensive wars fought overseas. Anzac Day 2009 TH photos
Every district had
its own set of rules.
Some names appear on more than one memorial in South Canterbury. e.g. Capt. L. O'Callaghan's name appears on six war memorials in South Canterbury. On the Waimataitai School, St Mary's Church, Timaru, Sherwood Downs, Sacred Heart and Timaru's South African War Memorials. He attended school at Waimataitai, farmed on Sherwood Downs, was a member of the Anglican Parish, and served in the South African War and WWI. His name also appears in the Selwyn District on the Lincoln Memorial Board in Mid Canterbury. Memorials were erected years after the war when the funds had been raised for it and peoples memories were fading. There was no hard and fast rule how to select names and every community had a different idea. The odd memorial has a spelling mistake in the inscription or serviceman's surname. Just because the parents later came and lived in the district does not give them the right to be memorialised on any of our monuments. The criteria for the South Canterbury Wall Memorial on Queen Street, Timaru was born in South Canterbury, educated here or working here when they joined the services. Also in the roll-over period for the First World War, which was seven years, a lot of men died due to war injuries and exposure to mustard gas. The NZ Memorials register.
|Te Ngawai District||have||7||1|
|Cave||have||9||returned 37||10 returned 52|
|Sherwood Downs - Ashwick Flat||have||4||returned 29||7 returned 40|
|Fairlie Primary School||have||13|
|St. Stephen's Parish||not inside church||16||returned 56|
|Hook Memorial Hall unveiled 29 Aug. 1922||offsite||9||4|
|1 (spelling mistake)|
1 75 returned
|Memorial Arch Waimate Gardens||have||
|St Augustine Parish||have||
|South African War Memorial||have||
|Waituna||have||3 + returned 10||
|Waihao Downs St Michael's Parish||need||N/A||6|
|Bank Street Methodist Church||have||16|
|Geraldine and the library foyer includes Arundel||have||72 + 96||39 + 3 (total 210)|
|Geraldine St. Mary's Church||have||33||23|
|Rangitata Soldiers Memorial Hall||have||7||2|
|St. Joseph Church, Temuka||have||41||9|
|St. Peter's Parish, Temuka||have||28||14|
|Sutherlands||have||1 returned 14||3 returned 12|
|Timaru Cenotaph & Wall||have||
|Timaru's South African War Memorial||have||
|Sacred Heart, Parish||have||2||33||27|
|St Mary's Parish||have||72||40|
|Main School Memorial||have||
70 ex pupils & teachers, returned 360
|Caroline Bay -VC recipients have|
|Timaru Boy's HS Memorial Library N. St.||have||Window dedicated 10 April 1955|
As the number of old soldiers decreases each year, the crowds who gather to commemorate them grows.
ex-service cemeteries and memorials and Commonwealth War Graves Commission contact:
Ministry for Culture and Heritage, NZ
An Agency of the Commission, responsible for war graves in New Zealand.
Ministry for Culture and Heritage
PO Box 5364
Tel: (04) 499 4229
New Zealand Defence Force
Private Bag 905
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
McGibbon, Ian New Zealand Battlefields and Memorials of the Western Front. 112pp 2001 b&w photos, maps More New Zealanders died there in two and a half years fighting from 1916 to 1918 than in WW2. A guidebook which directions for those who wish to visit the graves of their forebears or to examine the places in which so much New Zealanders fought. Brief descriptions of the various battles in which the New Zealanders took part are provided to give the visitor a perspective on the numerous New Zealand battlefields, monuments and cemeteries. Review
NZ World War One Memorials
The National War Memorial
New Zealand Rolls of Honour
The Maple Leaf Legacy Project
British War Memorial Project
Address at Memorial Service for Unknown Warrior by Helen Clark
Passage of time clouds soldiers' Sacrifice
Written in 1941 by a Spitfire pilot.
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter silvered wings:
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
I've chased the shouting wind along and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious burning blue
I've topped the windswept height with easy grace,
Where never lark or even eagle flew.
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.
John Gillespie Magee was 19 when he wrote those lines. He was still 19 when he died a few weeks later.