Troopers' Memorial Wiggins Memorial, Pukekura Park Boer War Memorial  Patea Memorial Park Gates , Hawera Hempton Memorial, Okato Marsland Hill

South African War Memorials

While a number of Taranaki troopers served in the Anglo-Boer War of 1899 -1902 memorials to the casualties were restricted to the major centres. Two memorials to individuals were erected (Hempton and Wiggins) both who died of disease. A certain mystery surrounds Wiggins memorial as it appears to have disappeared without trace.

 

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Wiggins Memorial, Pukekura Park.

Wiggins Memorial, Pukekura Park 

Inscription from Auckland Weekly News photo - see below

 

IN MEMORIUM

CLEMENT EDWARD WIGGINS

(THIRD SOUTH AFRICAN CONTINGENT)

DIED OF ENTERIC FEVER AT GERMISTON

SOUTH AFRICA

13(?) JULY 1900 AGED 27 YEARS

ERECTED BY THE OFFICERS OF THE

BANK OF NEW SOUTH WALES, NEW ZEALAND

(?)SUBSCRIBED BY HIS BROTHER OFFICERS (?)

 

(An article on Wiggin's

Hempton Memorial, Okato.

Hempton Memorial, Okato

In

Memory of

T.A. Hempton

Who died

On 4th April 1900

Whilst serving

The Empire in the

2nd N.Z. Contingent

During the war

With the

South African

Republics

(Unveiled 11 October 1900 - see Taranaki Herald 11 Oct 1900 in Documents below )

 

THOMAS ALEXANDER HEMPTON

Thomas Hempton  grew up in New Plymouth but later farmed at Ōkato. He was consistently selected as a Taranaki rugby representative for nearly a decade between 1885 and 1894.

He

South African War Plaque.

South African War Memorial - Waitara 

South African War Plaque

The plaque records the names of the Waitara servicemen who served in the South African War. None were casualties. See details below

This tablet

Was erected

To commemorate the services

Rendered to the Empire

in the SOUTH AFRICAN WAR

of 1900 -1902

By our fellow townsmen

Whose names are subscribed hereto

 Troopers

W.T. Joll              G. Thornton

                                          4th Contingent

 Troopers

           G.J. Johnston       A.W.

Gate at Hawera.

Gate at Hawera 

The small side gates are the South African War memorial. The main central gate celebrates the Hawera Industrial Exhibition of 1904  

Cast Plaque on Side Gate

These side gates have been erected in memory

of those troopers from the Hawera District

who died in South Africa

 

 

Patea Memorial.

Patea Memorial 

 

Plaque on Base of Standard

British South Africa

9th Nov 1900

The light was originally sited on The Triangle (cnr Egmont & Cambridge Streets) in Patea and unveiled on 9 Nov 1900. It was removed in the 1980s, restored and re-sited outside the South Taranaki Museum in 1988. The original plaque on the base was transferred to the WW I & II memorial wall but replaced with a replica.

 

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