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To com­mem­o­rate 100 years since the Bat­tle of Pass­chen­daele, SCRolls (South Can­ter­bury Rolls of Hon­our) will be avail­able for the pub­lic to view at Com­mu­nity House.

About 70 South Can­ter­bury men lost their lives as a re­sult of the bat­tle, fought on Oc­to­ber 12, 1917. Com­mu­nity Trust Mid and South Can­ter­bury chief ex­ec­u­tive Liz Shea said the SCRoll project was fa­cil­i­tated by the South Can- ter­bury Mu­seum and be­gan in 2013. It aimed to com­pile a data­base of all sol­diers that had South Can­ter­bury con­nec­tions and fought in World War I.

The in­for­ma­tion has been avail­able on the Ti­maru District Coun­cil’s mu­seum.ti­maru.govt.nz/ex­plore/ scroll web­site for a while now, and was put onto an elec­tronic tablet so it could be taken out into the com­mu­nity.

South Can­ter­bury Mu­seum cu­ra­tor of doc­u­ment his­tory Tony Rip­pin said the bi­ogra­phies of about 3500 men have been com­piled so far, and there were an es­ti­mated 3-4000 more to go.

As Shea helped put to­gether some of the soldier’s bi­ogra­phies, she of­fered a space at the re­cep­tion of Com­mu­nity House for two weeks.

The bi­ogra­phies con­tained as much in­for­ma­tion as vol­un­teers could find us­ing re­sources such as the Auck­land Ceno­taph data­base, Ar­chives New Zealand, and old news­pa­pers.

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