War me­mo­rial re­calls those who served

Kapi-Mana News - - FLASHBACK - By AL­LAN DOD­SON

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.

Photo: PATAKA MU­SEUM

Then: The un­veil­ing of the Pau­ata­hanui War Me­mo­rial in 1922.

Now: The Pau­ata­hanui War Me­mo­rial in 2015.

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