32 added to me­mo­rial

Central Leader - - NEWS - By ROSE CAW­LEY

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.’’

Alan Wil­liam

As­muss

Arnold Ed­win

Fearon

Syd­ney Philip

Aldridge

Don­ald Buck­land

Gor­rie

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