32 added to memorial
MT ROSKILL men who lost their lives serving their country will receive a belated tribute this Anzac Day.
Their names have finally been inscribed in granite at the Mt Roskill War Memorial and will be unveiled on the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing.
Now Mt Roskill Historical Society president Garth Houltham is appealing for descendants of those men to take part in the Anzac Day service.
He says the reason why Puketapapa never had a roll of honour is unclear.
‘‘These men have been nameless in our society.
‘‘We think it is time their names are recorded here, where they came from.’’
The society has been busy researching and has found the names of 31 Mt Roskill men who lost their lives in World Wars I and II.
‘‘We want the descendants of these men to come here on Anzac Day, to commemorate these men who lost their lives and lay a wreath.’’
Houltham says the project to renew the Mt Roskill War Memorial has restored respect to the muchdeserving veterans.
‘‘The state of this place before the revamp was disappointing. It was run down and used for late-night drinking. I was constantly coming down here and picking up empty beer bottles.’’
Houltham says in the long term he would like to see a peace walk put in.
‘‘In Mt Roskill we have a lot of people, a lot of refugees from war zones, who might not associate with this memorial,’’ he says.
‘‘We want them to have a place they can come to remember their loved ones, come to on their independence days, or to pay their respects.’’