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Strathallan County War Memorials
Geraldine Area
South Canterbury, New Zealand

Gapes & Beautiful Valley | Geraldine | Mesopotamia | Peel Forest | Orari | Woodbury | 
South Canterbury War Memorials

Gapes Valley & Beautiful Valley Monument
Gapes Valley War Memorial, Anzac Day, April 25 2004, photo courtesy of Garry Toomey
Erected by the residents of Gapes and Beautiful Valley
In Memory of those who died in 1914-1918 War


Trooper W. Hopkins
Privates C.K. Tinder, E. Dass, L. G. Hopkins MM., A. Hall, C. Maxwell, R. Maxwell DCM

Killed in action May 1941
Pte A. J. Waller

LOCATION - This monument is situated beside the road on the Geraldine - Fairlie Highway 13 km west of Geraldine on the left side of the road if heading to Fairlie. On a fine day you can see the sea from here. A hazardous spot to stop.

Timaru Herald 29 May 1920, Page 3 HONOURING THE DEAD.
KAKAHU VALLEY'S MEMORIAL. On Thursday afternoon a memorial to fallen soldiers was unveiled in memory of soldiers from Gapes Valley and Beautiful Valley, who gave their lives in the great war. The memorial is in a picturesque spot on the boundary between the two valleys, and on the main Geraldine to Fairlie road, about six miles from Geraldine. The stone is of grey granite on four piers of concrete, and rises to a height of nearly 14ft. Inscribed on it in gold lettering are the words: "Greater Love Hath No Man. Erected by the residents of Gapes Valley and Beautiful Valley in memory of those who fell in the great war, 1914-1919." Then follow the names of the deceased soldiers �Trooper H. W. Hopkins, Trooper R. Maxwell, D.C.M., Privates L. G. Hopkins, M.M., C. K. Tincler, E. Dass, A. Hall and C. Maxwell. The Memorial Committee consisted of Messrs Wm. Patrick (chairman), J. McNaughton, E. E. Le Lieve, R. T. .Maxwell, W. Hayward, E. Galletley and P Mulvihill. At the unveiling yesterday, Mr Patrick spoke in reference to the erection of the memorial stone, and said it was erected by the residents of the combined districts. He introduced Mr B. R. Macdonald, Mayor of Geraldine, who spoke in sympathetic terms of the fallen, paid a high tribute to them and sympathised with the parents of the fallen heroes. Mr J. Kennedy, of Geraldine. spoke as a representative of the military. He said he was pleased to be present and thanked the committee for the opportunity of speaking He then called on the "Rev. Canon Hamilton, of Geraldine, to unveil the monument. This was done in a most appropriate speech, and after the unveiling he offered up a prayer on behalf of the bereaved parents, after which all stood in silence for several, minutes. The ceremony closed by the singing of the National Anthem. The returned soldiers present were Messrs B. Hall, D. Barren. H Dass. T Hall, E. Holland, C. Mulvihill. There was a large number of people present, including some from Timaru. After the ceremony beautiful wreaths were placed on the stone.


Geraldine Victory Memorial Community Centre
Completed 1963
TO HONOUR ALL WHO SERVED IN
WORLD WAR TWO 1939 -1945

LOCATION - This is a memorial plaque situated at the entrance to the Geraldine Public Library. A lamp is kept burning all the time.  (2004The Community Centre with the memorial plaque and light have also gone. There is a new complex there now, office/service centre and library.)


Buried in the Geraldine Cemetery, Huffey Street, Geraldine: 3 WW1 and 3 WWII
FIFIELD, Maurice Frederick 
Flight Lieutenant, Regiment: Royal New Zealand Air Force, Service No: 427494 
Date of Death: 06/04/1946  Age: 25 
Date of Interment: 09/4/1946
S/o Frederick Fifield, and of Frances Katrina Fifield (nee Ferguson), of Woodbury, Canterbury; husband of Tui Moana Fifield, of Geraldine, Canterbury 
Grave/Memorial Reference: 175 Presbyterian Section


KERR, James Edward
Leading Aircraftman, Royal New Zealand Air Force Service No: 431254 
Date of Death: 12/06/1943 Age: 27 ? age 22
Date of Interment: 12/08/1943 
S/o John Patrick and Annie Jane Kerr, of Geraldine, Canterbury 
Grave Ref.: 133. Catholic Section 


McNAMARA, Thomas 
Private, N.Z. Machine Gun Corps Service No: 24196 
Date of Death: 26/03/1921 Age: 39 
Date of Interment: 26/03/1921 
Additional information: Son of the late James and Mary Ann McNamara, of "Cottesmere," Kyeburn, Otago. Served on the Western Front, 1916-18. 
Grave Ref.: Plot 11. (R.C. Ground) 

PELVIN, Walter Allen 
Private, N.Z. Military Forces Service No: 496685 
Date of Death: 28/02/1943 Age: 34 
Date of Interment:  02/3/1945
S/o Arthur Ernest Pelvin, and of Rose Anne Pelvin (nee Humphries), of Waimate, Canterbury; husband of Ivy Josephine Pelvin, of Geraldine, Canterbury 
Grave Ref.: 330 Anglican Section

SKEVINGTON, Cyril Thomas 
Private, N.Z. Training Unit.  Service No: 2915 (?29195)
Date of Death: 19/08/1916  Trentham Military Hospital Age: 21 
S/o Thomas and Margaret Skevington, of Rakaia, Canterbury. Born at Ohoko. 
Grave Ref.: 70 Bock M. Methodist

Otago Daily Times 22 August 1916, Page 8 ILLNESS IN CAMP. TWO MORE DEATHS. WELLINGTON, August 21.
Private Cyril Thomas Skevington, of Pleasant Valley, Geraldine, C Company, Eighteenth Reinforcements, died on Saturday in the Trentham Military Hospital. The certificated cause of death is pneumonia, following measles. The next-of kin (Mr T. Skevington, of Geraldine) was present.

TYLER, James 
Private, Canterbury Regiment, 1st N.Z.E.F. Service No: 6/3494 
Date of Death: 04/12/1919 
S/o Mrs. Johanna Tyler, of Kerford Rd., Albert Park, Victoria, Australia 
Block A, Plot 66 A. Anglican Section


Mesopotamia Station War Memorial

Photo taken by Doreen, June 2011. Moss ridden as there is so much rain up there.    Photo taken by Doreen, June 2011
Erected by the Station
In Memory of those who went
Oversea from Mesopotamia
And Fell in the 1914 -1918 War

  Jan. 2015 photo taken by Bruce Comfort. Jan. 2015 photo taken by Bruce Comfort.

F. Boucher		R. Dalton
J. Jobberns		J. McNeil
A. McRae		J. McRae

LOCATION - This memorial is located in front of the Mesopotamia Primary School, Upper Rangitata Gorge, it is just a pile of stones with a plaque, has been neglected, moss ridden as there is so much rain up there. Nearly all of the Mesopotamia station's mustering gang enlisted to fight in World War 1. Of the eight who went, only two returned. High Country Heroes Remembered


Peel Forest War Memorial

Peel Forest War Memorial, Anzac Day, April 25 2004, photo courtesy of Garry Toomey   On a wet Anazc Day at Peel Forest 2007. Photo taken by Margaret Todd.

IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF
PEEL FOREST
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR
1914-1919

Lieut. J.R. DENNISTOUN
2nd Lieut. T.G. RUSSELL		2nd Lieut. L.D. RUSSELL
Sergt. W.C. PETERSON		Cpl  D.T. GILLESPIE
Private C. CROWE 	   	Private J. GODFREY
Private A. JOHNSTON	    	Private P. MacFARLANE
Private R.O. MAISTER	    	Private D.A. RAE
Private J.W. RAE	     	Private J.STILLIFANT 
Private J. TAIT		     	Private R.F. THEW
Private K. TINEY	   	Private H. WHETTON

THEIR NAME LIVETH
FOR EVERMORE

IN MEMORY OF
E.T.F. REID
D.M.H. TRIPP     H.M.H. TRIPP
WHO FELL IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR
1939 -1945

LOCATION - on the side of a small rise about 100 yards past the Peel Forest Hall. Unveiling date 12 September 1921.

Star 16 August 1917, Page 4 CORPORAL D. T. GILLESPIE.
Corporal Duncan Thomas Gillespie, (killed in action on June 7) was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs W. Gillespie, Breeze's Road, New Brighton. He was born in Timaru twenty-six years ago, and was educated at the Upper Waiau Ferry and New Brighton Schools. On leaving school he was engaged in sheep work, and at the time of enlisting was managing the Ben M'Leod Sheep Run, Rangitata Gorge. He left New Zealand with the Sixth Reinforcements, and was wounded in the Somme Battle in September.

Temuka Leader 13 September 1921 Page 3 PEEL FOREST MEMORIAL.
TO FALLEN SOLDIERS. UNVEILING CEREMONY. Before a large number of residents of the Peel Forest district, and others, some from long distances, the Peel Forest Memorial to its soldier heroes was unveiled on Monday by His Worship the Mayor of Geraldine, Mr E. Hardcastle. The memorial, which is in the form of an ionic cross set on a stone and masonry base, is of Coromandel granite, and is beautiful in its simplicity of design. The site chosen is on the Peel Forest Road, on a commanding site on the cutting above the old sawmill. A procession of about 200 people was formed at the Anglican Church, and marched to the memorial, headed by Lieutenant Colonel S. Bolton, Mr S. Marsh, and Mr E. Hardcastle. On the arrival at the site, the Very Rev. Bishop Julius, the Rev. H. Furchas, and the Rev. F. A. Crawshaw conducted a special service. The hymn, "O God our help in ages past," was sung, and Mr Crawshaw read the lesson from Revelations 7 and 9, after which Mr Purchas read the service appointed for the occasion. The Mayor then unveiled the Union Jack from the memorial, expressing his feeling of gratitude at being privileged to unveil a memorial to those brave boys who had laid down their lives in the Great War. To those who had lost relatives and friends the memorial would always have a personal meaning, while those who passed by would look on the memorial and remember how the brave boys had laid down their lives for their country. They must not allow their sacrifice to be lost sight of, and must carry on their good work. Bishop Julius reminded his hearers—those who knew the Old Country—of that land of ancient memorials, where every acre had some tradition or other of the past. That country was crowded with memorials of older days, rather than of the present time. New Zealand lacked "these old associations but was growing and becoming monumental through the memorials, which were being put up to those who had fallen in the Great War, throughout the country. They might have lived to manhood in service to their country in various ways, and their bones might have rested in New Zealand soil. But they were called away to a greater service, and this memorial was raised to their memory in reverence and gratitude for what they had done and suffered. New Zealand was richer for their death, and they had built up traditions. Some nations, such as Greece, the Roman Empire, and Spain, had lived long after their de cadence, on the traditions of the past, and it was questioned if they could carry on in the generations to come. This had been permitted them in the fact that the sons had proved worthy of their fathers, and we stood to-day richer and greater than before. The cross they had raised was a symbol of sacrifice, eternal sacrifice, and the sacrifice was not for anything tangible, but for Righteousness and Truth, which, though not seen, was none the less real. Might God help them, even in a little measure, to make their lives a sacrifice for others. The ceremony was brought to a close, after "Abide With Me" had been sung, by the Bishop pronouncing the Benediction. At the close of the ceremony a large number of wreaths were deposited at the foot of the cross. The cross was erected through the subscriptions by the Peel Forest people, and owed its being to the work of Mr C. Dunn, who, with Mr R. Dennistoun initiated the project.


Orari District War Memorial

Orari War Memorial, Anzac Day, April 25 2004, photo courtesy of Garry Toomey

REMEMBRANCE
ORARI
and
DISTRICT TRIBUTE
TO THOSE WHO FELL
for
KING & COUNTRY
LEST WE FORGET

J. BENNETT
W. BATES
S.G. ELLERY
R. FITZGERALD
N. MUFF
A. HENDERSON
A. MAITLAND
R. PIPER

1939 - 1945
M.K. BRENTON
P. FITZGERALD

LOCATION -This monument is located just opposite the Orari Post Office about 50 yards off SH One.


Woodbury District War Memorial

Woodbury War Memorial,  Anzac Day, April 25 2004, note the poppies lying on the base of the memorial, photo courtesy of Garry Toomey  On a wet Anazc Day at Woodbury 2007. Photo taken by Margaret Todd.

IN GRATEFUL MEMORY
OF THOSE WHO
GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR
KING AND COUNTRY IN
THE GREAT WAR

1914 - 1918

L.H. BARTROP, TPR		J. OWENS, PTE.
P.S. BARKER, M.C. CAPT.		J.W. PINCKNEY, LIEUT.
C. CAZALET, LIEUT.		R. PRIEST, CAPT.
C. CROWE, TPR			W.S. QUAID, PTE.
S.C. FARNIE, RFM.		R. SMITH, PTE.
J. FIFIFLD, CPL.		P. SULLIVAN, PTE.
E. HARRIS, CAPT.		G.A. SINCLAIR-THOMSON, CAPT.
A.J. HAMMOND,D.C.M., SGT,	K. SINCLAIR-THOMSON, LIEUT.
J. KNOWLER, LIEUT.		F.D. TEMPLER, PTE.
J.M. LYONS, PTE			H.L. THATCHER, CPL.
A. MCPHERSON, PTE.		J.M. WILLIAMSON, PTE.

THESE PASSED OUT OF THE
SIGHT OF MEN BY THE PATHS OF DUTY
AND SELF-SACRIFICE, GIVING UP THEIR
LIVES THAT OTHERS MIGHT LIVE IN FREEDOM

 

THESE ARE THEY WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY

1939 - 1945

LIEUT. P. FOGT
L/SGT J.Y. BROWN
PTE C.H. MOSS
PTE D.R. NOLAN
FL/LT M.F. FIFIELD

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

LOCATION - This monument is located outside the Tripp Memorial Library in the centre of the Woodbury village.

 Press 15 April 1922 Page 5 WOODBURY WAR MEMORIAL.
UNVEIIING CEBEMONY. In memory of. the men of the Woodbury .district who fell in the Great War, a fine cross has been erected on the corner of the school grounds at the four roads crossing at Woodbury, and on Wednesday afternoon a large number of people gathered to take part in the unveiling ceremony. The Geraldine band was in attendance and led the singing. Prayer was offered by the Rev. George King, after which addresses were given by Mr Flatman, chairman of the Memorial Committee, and Mr T. D. Burnett, M.P. The hymn, "O God Our Help," was then sung and the Rev. G. King gave an admirable address, after which the ceremony of unveiling the memorial was performed by Mrs J. M. Barker. The Rev. H, Purchas delivered an address and offered a prayer of dedication which was followed by an interval of silence. After the singing of the hymn "For all the Saints" the "Last Post' was sounded. Wreaths were placed around the base of the memorial which bears the following inscription:�"ln grateful memory of those who gave their lives for King and country in the Great War, 1914-1918. These passed cut of sight of men by the paths of duty and self sacrifice, giving up their own lives that others might live in freedom." Trooper L. H. Barhop, Captain P. S. Barker, M.C., Lieutenant C. Cazalet, , Trooper C. Crowe, Rifleman S. C. Farnie, Corporal J. Fifield, Captain E. Harris, Sergeant A. J. Hammond, D.C.M., Lieutenant J. Knowles, Private J. M. Lyons, Private A. Mcpherson, Private J. Owens, Lieutenant J. W. Pinckney Captain R. Priest, Private N. S. Quaid, Private R. Smith, Private C. Sullivan, Captain G. A. Sinclair Thomson, Lieutenant K. Sinclair Thomson, Private P.D. Templer, Corporal H. L. Thatcher, Private J. M. Williamson.

There are also Honour Boards inside the Woodbury hall and the Woodbury School. 


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Up the Te Moana Rd, Geraldine with Four Peaks in the background.