War memorial recalls those who served
At the end of World War I, with 18,000 New Zealanders dead, many in unmarked graves, the New Zealand Government made the practical decision to leave the war dead where they fell.
Communities in New Zealand, seeking to mark the Great War, erected public war memorials to commemorate those who died and to remember all who had fought between 1914 and 1918.
The Pauatahanui War Memorial was unveiled on January 17, 1922, by Governor-General Lord Jellicoe.
The release of the Union Jack from the column revealed the names of six men from the district who died: Private Kenneth Boulton. 2nd Lt Victor Abbott. Rifleman Harry Death. Rifleman Walter Harris. Rifleman Norman Jones. Private Shirer Carter. The reply to Lord Jellicoe’s speech, on behalf of returned soldiers of the district, was from Eric Lynch, who had fought at Gallipoli.
The memorial has had some changes over the years – a matching shell motif has been placed on the top, a plaque honouring the two Lyle brothers killed in World War II has been added, a chain barrier to surround the memorial erected and a flag pole put in for Anzac Day.
The stories of Pauatahanui’s World War I fallen will be related at an exhibition at Pataka in April, Porirua Anzacs at Gallipoli.
Thanks to our readers, we’ve identified the people in last week’s Flashback photo as, from left, Trevor Mason and Porirua College students Henry Ropeti and Joshua Pasilio.
Then: The unveiling of the Pauatahanui War Memorial in 1922.
Now: The Pauatahanui War Memorial in 2015.